1. A piece of iron (or an ore, alloy, or other material) that has its component atoms so ordered that the material exhibits properties of magnetism,

If you weren’t aware, the above is probably our favorite word in the dictionary. If we needed to select other favorite words, they would probably be: metallic, alloy, outer space, neodymium, catch the drift. Though we assume you would have a few different choices, we have a great new way for you to combine your favorite words with magnets.

Dictionary magnets are both fun and easy to construct. You can make them using flat marbles and dictionary pages. While we would use magnet-related words, you can try those related to art, sports, music -- just about anything you would like. They can also make lovely gifts if you carefully select words relevant to a theme or topic that a friend or loved one would enjoy.

Here are the materials you will need to get started:


  • Round flat glass marbles, often used as vase filler
  • Dictionary
  • Decoupage glue
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Small disc magnets


  1. Go through the dictionary and find the words you’d like to turn into magnets.
  1.  Place your glass marble on the top of one word you selected and trace it with the pen.
  1. Cut that circle out of the page. Then, cut inside the circle a tiny bit more, just about ⅛ inch, so that the paper is small enough to fit on the flat side of the marble without any extra paper wrapping around the sides or sticking out.
  1. Use an applicator to add a very thin layer of decoupage to the front side of the paper, the side with your word on it.
  1. Place the marble on top of the paper and press it down. After you have it in the correct position, paint a thin layer of decoupage onto the back. Let that dry for about 10 minutes.
  1. Add a small amount of decoupage to the back of the disc magnet, then place the magnet on the back of the marble and press down. Let it dry for about thirty minutes and then your magnet is ready to go!

Which words are you planning to use on your magnets?

Image by Caleb Roenigk