Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets

Make your own fruit and vegetable fridge magnets out of salt dough or self-hardening clay.
Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets craft

Materials

  • Self-hardening clay or salt dough
  • Small magnets
  • Poster paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Clear acrylic sealer (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Step 1a Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets 1. We need colored self-hardening clay to make the fruit and vegetable fridge magnets.
Step 1b Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets Ask for an adult's help As an alternative to commercial self-hardening clay, prepare your own uncolored salt dough. To come up with a tough salt dough sculpture, add a bit of wall paper paste to the dough mixture.
Step 3 Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets 2. Mold the dough into different fruit and vegetable shapes. You can use a small spoon or some play dough tools to help you with the details. The sculptures on the top picture are made from uncolored salt dough while those on the bottom are made from commercial self-hardening clay.
Step 3 Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets 3. Position a magnet at the back of each sculpture. Salt dough is usually heavier than air dry clay so be sure to use a stronger magnet for salt dough sculptures. Gently press on the magnet until it is about halfway embedded into the dough. Pat the dough around the magnet.
Step 4 Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets 4. Let the sculptures dry completely.
Step 5 Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets 5. Self-hardening clay or air dry clay will dry overnight. Once dry, check for any loose magnets and glue them back in place using a glue gun. When all the magnets are securely in place, you can use your beautiful fridge magnets.
Step 6 Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets 6. Salt dough takes several days to dry completely. Once dry, paint your fruit and vegetable magnets with poster paint or acrylic paint.
Step 7 Fruit and Veggie Fridge Magnets Ask for an adult's help7. Before using your salt dough fridge magnets, check for any loose magnets and glue them back on with a glue gun.

To waterproof your salt dough magnets, apply 2 or more coats of clear acrylic sealer or wood varnish.

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