Homemade videogame-inspired gifts for the craft-impaired

Controller button magnets

We chose to make these magnets look like controller buttons from the 360, PS3 and Wii, but you can easily use any art under these flat glass marbles to create custom magnets. Magazine cut-outs also work really well too.

- Flat backed glass marbles (found in the floral aisle in craft stores)
- Glass-specific glue
- Scissors
- Magnets smaller than the marbles
- Controller button print out (PDF)

Above: Our print out includes two sizes as these glass marbles don't really come in standard dimensions. Cut out the ones that best fit

Above: Make sure the glue you choose is designed for glass and dries clear

Above: You'll need a small drop of glue on each marble

Above: Place a cut out button image face side down over the glue and allow to dry

Above: Make sure the diameter of your magnets is smaller than the marbles so they don't show 

Above: You can use the same glue to affix the magnet to the back of the magnet. Give it ample time to dry

Above: Congratulations, now you can pretend to play games on your refrigerator door

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  • Sjoeki - December 12, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    These are awesome!!! Could really use some of those portal mirrors to pimp out my home!
  • ObliqueZombie - December 11, 2011 9:05 p.m.

    Gifts? BA humbug! These gems are mine! >:D
  • MrDobble - December 8, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    Love the magnets & portals. Fatastic idea :D
  • TheCakeIsaPie - December 8, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Cheryll, you are amazing. Those button magnets are pure genious.
  • Oeysoph - December 8, 2011 2:40 p.m.

    how do you see the picture of the button if theres white glue over it?
  • Oeysoph - December 8, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    im stupid
  • TheCakeIsaPie - December 8, 2011 3:46 p.m.

    It's OK, you found your mistake! :) *pats head*
  • jackthemenace - December 8, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    Those are AWESOME. Seriously wish I had someone to MAKE them for/ for me D:
  • ultimatepunchrod - December 8, 2011 9:56 a.m.

    You guys really knocked these out of the park. Simple and cool.
  • CaptCOMMANDO - December 8, 2011 1:12 a.m.

    Cheryll gets to do the coolest projects at GR.
  • DBLDTheWise - December 7, 2011 11:52 p.m.

    Another great article. Really cool ideas guys!
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - December 7, 2011 10:03 p.m.

    I have to try out the secret compartment book.
  • comaqi - December 7, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    Articles like these are some of my absolute favorites! Keep up the great work guys!
  • Zeos - December 7, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Coolest magnets ever.
  • nomis - December 7, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    These are pretty cool ideas. I could totes see myself doing these, thanks!
  • Rubberducky - December 7, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    I'm not so much craft impaired, more like lazy. No one ever writes articles for people like me, lazy bastards. Though I do like the idea of the portal things but only if I could also put holes in the wall to make it more realistic...
  • D0CCON - December 7, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    I'm lazy AND craft impaired. Even when I do try this stuff, it looks like crap and I make a complete mess. At least none of this requires drawing. I'm a senior in high school and my drawings are equal to the second graders in my elementary school.
  • obviouslyadouche - December 7, 2011 8:32 p.m.

    It's the same with me, i'm not allowed to turn in essays hand written anymore because my hand writing is so awful, also the dragonborn book is pretty cool
  • Valcrist - December 7, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    Amazing article! Maybe you could make more like this about making videogamey stuff? Really loved the book idea. These tipe of original articles are what makes me come back to gamesradar everyday
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - December 7, 2011 6:40 p.m.

    I'm gonna make those controller button magnets for me. Nobody I know would appreciate them like I would.

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