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Frugal Living Fun: DIY Dimensional Magic Rings

Posted: 12/21/11 6:01 AM (Modified: 10/30/12 10:37 AM)

 

We're going to call this one my favorite craft of the year. Yep, the year. It's just that cool. First, I saw it on Pinterest (of course) then I followed that to the oh-so-fab website, ModPodgeRocksBlog.com. Her pics are super cute if you want to check that out. I put together my own version of this tutorial because I want to show you where I bought everything and a few mistakes I made. This can be a pricey craft so I'm going to try and frugal it for you.

{DIY Dimensional Magic Rings}

Supplies:

Dimensional Magic Mod Podge (I found it at Michaels for $5.99)

Ring Blanks (Hobby Lobby was WAY cheaper and had a much larger selection. You can use rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. They start at about $2.00, the earrings in the pictures below were on clearance for .53.)

Martha Stewart Microbeads (These are $16.99 for a set of 12, they'll last you awhile although they are a pricey investment.)

Charm/Brads (For the extra embellishment on the rings, I actually used decorative brads because they were cheaper. I removed the 'brad' part of it and used the front on the ring.)

If these items are not on sale, be sure to use your coupons for Michaels and/or Hobby Lobby.

Directions:

1. Pour in your Dimensional Magic Mod Podge.

2. Shake the beads over your ring, earrings or whatever you are working with. Do this over some kind of plate, these beads will go everywhere.

3. Once you've filled it with beads, just wait and let it dry and you're done. OR if you want to add an embellishment, you can at this point. All you have to do is place the brad or charm on the ring and it will set. I used decorative brads and removed the 'brad' from the back to make the rings below (the star and crown). For the flower, I found those at Michaels in a bag of 10 or so.

These do take a couple of hours to dry and you don't want to move them too much or the beads will move and set in the wrong way. Once it's dry you could seal it again with another coat of Dimensional Magic but I didn't and they seem to work just fine.

A few things to note...this is SO easy to do when you follow the instructions. If you're like me, you will try to skip a few steps or substitute cheaper items. Not a good idea, folks. Don't use regular Mod Podge, this calls for Dimensional Magic which is quite different as it turns out. Also, don't skimp on the beads unless you truly feel like you know what you're doing. The ring settings at Michaels are cuter than the ones at Hobby Lobby but they're twice the price too and harder to find.

If you are really like me, you'll make these rings and expect them to be finished in 10 minutes then you'll pick one up and realize it is still wet and the expensive beads will ooze out all over the place. Leave it alone and pray for patience. Then, come back to your creation in a couple of hours.

I wish I would have found this in time for teacher gifts but then again, I've made 12 rings so far and I'm just not too sure I want to give them away. I LOVE THEM. So easy and fun to make!

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Dec 16, 2011 02:08 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

really NICE!

Dec 16, 2011 02:15 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

SO cute!!

Dec 16, 2011 02:30 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

ADORABLE!!

Dec 16, 2011 03:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Great tutorial! You can always stack the rings!
Samantha Reed

Jan 21, 2012 02:29 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

These are great! Thank you so much for being inspired by me. I'm flattered! Your version is great and I love the stars especially.

-Mod Podge Amy

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