Pretty Pebble Magnets With Alcohol Inks

Hello there! If you do much crafting at all, there’s a good chance you have alcohol inks around your house that you bought for one project, and never touched again. It’s okay! I’m going to show you how to make these pretty pebble magnets with alcohol inks! These are perfect for your fridge or using on a magnetic white board.

Pretty Pebble Magnets With Alcohol Inks

Pretty Pebble Magnets With Alcohol Inks

Check out my galaxy slime tutorial while you are here!

Just a quick note that alcohol inks are basically liquid Sharpie markers. They will stain EVERYTHING they touch and have a strong smell, so make sure to protect your work surface, your hands, and work in a well ventilated area. I wouldn’t recommend that kids under 14 use these without very close supervision. Here’s what you’ll need!

Supplies:

  • Alcohol Inks! I prefer the ones by Jaquard Piñata and Tim Holtz Ranger brands.
  • White or clear glass flat back pebbles. I buy these in big bags in the floral sections of craft stores.
  • Self adhesive magnets. These strip ones are my favorite, and the adhesive is really strong.
  • A piece of thick cardboard and paper towels to protect your work surface.
  • Gloves. These are a requirement unless you love having ink splotches on your hands.
  • 91% alcohol <- This is completely optional! I know it’s difficult to find right now, so you don’t need it!

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Start by protecting your work surface. I used a piece of thick cardboard and some paper towels. I keep all of my shipping boxes to repurpose as work surface protection or using for crafts. Next you’re going to make sure your glass pebbles are clean and free of oils. I used rubbing alcohol, but if you don’t have any you want wash them with dish soap and dry them well.

I decided to make three magnets, so I lined up the inks I wanted to use next to the pebbles. First up is the pink and blue one! Start by shaking your ink really well, and then squeeze out a couple drops onto your pebble.

Grab your blue ink, and add a couple drops of blue in the open spaces. If you want to, you can either add a couple drops of rubbing alcohol to spread out and dilute the colors, or gently blow on the pebble to move the inks around. Alcohol ink dries pretty fast, so only do one pebble at a time and play around until you’re happy with how it looks.

Pretty Pebble Magnets With Alcohol Inks

And then let it dry while you work on the next one.

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For this one I wanted a very fall vibe, so I used drops of yellow and orange ink, and didn’t dilute them at all. Then, I added a drop of metallic gold ink. Metallic inks tend to behave differently from standard inks, and can create some really unique effects.

I added a bit of gold here and there, and it separated and spread the other inks out. I then added a drop of orange on top of the gold, and it created a crackle effect!

Pretty Pebble Magnets With Alcohol Inks

Isn’t that so pretty? Take your time and play around with your inks to see what kinds of different effects you can make!

For my last pebble I decided to go Halloween themed, and my favorite Halloween color combo is green, black, and purple. I dropped on some black ink, and faded it out with rubbing alcohol. I then added some green while everything was really wet, so it slid down the sides to create a cool effect.

I let that dry for a minute and then added a drop of purple. Just to test, I added a drop of white on top, and it created a cool milky effect. Then I added green on top again and the ink separated in lines almost like the pattern in an eye.

I added one more drop of purple, and then let it dry.

Pretty Pebble Magnets With Alcohol Inks

Let all of your pretty pebble magnets dry for at least an hour before handling. The ink dries really quickly, but it takes some time for it to harden up enough so it won’t be scratched off.

I measured and cut the magnet strips to fit the back of the pebbles, and pressed them on firmly. See the light fingerprint in the gold ink? That’s what happens when you’re impatient like me and only wait 20 minutes before attaching the magnets. So make sure to wait a full hour!

Here’s all the pebbles with attached magnets. I love how the ink wrapped around the edges.

And you’re all done! I love those quick little crafts that make people say “Where did you buy those?”

Pretty Pebble Magnets With Alcohol Inks

And here they are in a place of honor on my fridge! These are permanent new additions to my fridge magnet collection. Don’t forget that these are easy enough to amok that you can make several different ones to match your decor OR make different sets for each of the holidays!

Pretty Pebble Magnets With Alcohol Inks

I hope you all enjoy making these Pretty Pebble Magnets With Alcohol Inks!

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