3D Refrigerator Magnets
What you will make:
If you are looking for a versatile craft that gives great
results, this is it! Kids of all ages and adults love making these
simple refrigerator magnets and are proud enough of the finished magnets
to give them as gifts. In this project, you will learn how to make
refrigerator magnets out of painted molded shapes created by
pouring plaster of Paris into candy molds. Group instructions
included. Options for magnets made without candy molds are also
This project requires few materials and is great for family, classroom or group craft time.
Teachers or group leaders can mold the shapes in advance to make this a
quick and simple craft project.
Related craft: It's easy to make a pin or brooch
using candy molds and plaster. See how in the
Valentine's Day Pins project.
Here's what you need:
- Plaster of Paris
- Candy molds (or soap molds)
- Paints and paintbrushes or markers
- Plastic cups and spoons for mixing plaster of Paris
- Wax paper or newspaper
- Toothpick or straight pin
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make 3D Refrigerator Magnets
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project, then gather the materials needed for making the
magnets. When purchasing candy molds, select those with smaller
shapes—no more than 2" in size or so. Some smaller soap
molds are also suitable.
If doing this craft with a group, mold the magnet
shapes in advance. It takes up to 48 hours for the plaster of Paris
to dry enough to paint. Cover the work area with waxed paper or
newspaper to catch drips and splatters.
- Step 2: Mold 3D Shapes
Mix up a small quantity of plaster of Paris according to the
package instructions. A slightly thicker mixture is good for magnets.
Slowly pour the plaster mixture into the molds, filling each mold well to the top.
Tap the mold gently on the table to bring any bubbles to the top. Prick large bubbles with
a dry toothpick or straight pin.
Set the molds aside for 1 to 2 hours (depending on temperature and humidity) until the plaster
has set, then unmold the shapes. Let the molded shapes dry for about 48 hours. Painting wet shapes
can result in the paint peeling or the colors bleeding and running.
- Step 3: Paint
Paint the shapes any colors you like—use your imagination.
If you are making a set of magnets to give as a gift, paint them in
coordinating colors. Markers also work well.
- Step 4: Glue Magnet
Attach the magnet to the back of the painted shape using a very
strong craft glue, jewelry glue or hot glue gun. If the painted shape
is heavy or large, use multiple magnets.
That's it! Your magnets are complete!
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