Fall and Thanksgiving
What you will make:
See how easy it is to make seasonal refrigerator magnets for fall
and Thanksgiving with
Homemade Modeling Dough. Make a simple dough in less than
15 minutes, and use your fingers to shape fun, fanciful, or beautiful
creations. Use the ideas offered here or create magnets of your
This craft project requires few materials and is great for family, classroom or group craft time.
The modeling dough can be made in advance and stored ready-to-use in the refrigerator.
Related craft: Use the modeling dough to make some fun and fanciful
Pencil Toppers. See
this project for more modeling shape ideas.
Here's what you need:
- Wax paper
- Small magnets and glue
- Optional: Clear nail polish or varnish, black
marker, yellow pipe cleaners (chenille stems)
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Modeling Dough 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. Follow the craft recipe for
Homemade Modeling Dough
to make dough balls of red, yellow, orange and brown, or other colors
best for the magnets you are making.
If doing this craft with a group, make one recipe of
Homemade Modeling Dough
for every three children. It's better to have too much than too
little. Leftover modeling dough can be saved for weeks in the
refrigerator. Instead of making modeling dough in a variety of
colors, the magnets can be made with white dough and, after the
magnets are dry, colored with markers or paint.
- Step 2: Basic Modeling Technique
Spread a sheet of wax paper on the table so the dough won't
Pinch off dough to make a small ball and leave the rest in a
sealed container. Use fingers to shape your creation—see
Modeling Ideas below. Attachments like
caps and beaks can be shaped from smaller balls and
in place with a dab of water. Use the toothpick to add features like
leaf veins and eyes.
To make several balls of dough the same size, roll the dough into
a long snake and cut into equal-sized pieces with the plastic knife.
To make ¾" (1.5 cm) balls, roll the dough into a snake
about ½" (1 cm) in diameter and cut into 1" (2 cm)
- Step 3: Dry and Seal Topper
When you have finished molding your magnet, leave it on the wax
paper to dry. It should dry in a day or two to a hard finish. Magnets
may be left plain or painted with clear nail polish or varnish for added
durability and more vibrant colors. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area when using
nail polish or varnish.
Glue a magnet to the back of each of your refrigerator magnets.
- Modeling Ideas
This is just a start. What else can you make? Pumpkin or a slice
of pumpkin pie? A candle? A pilgrim's hat? A cornucopia?
Acorn Magnet: Start with a ¾" (1.5 cm) ball
of orange dough and use your fingers to create the acorn shape.
Use a ¼" (.5 cm) ball of brown dough to shape the cap.
Pull out a stem from the top of the cap.
Put the cap on the acorn. Flatten the back to make a place for
the magnet to be glued.
Fall Leaf Magnets: Start with a ¾" (1.5 cm)
or larger ball of orange, yellow, red, or brown dough. Flatten
the dough into a circle or oval—not too thin. Draw a leaf
shape on the dough with the toothpick and use the plastic knife
to cut away excess dough. Smooth the edges with your fingers.
Make leaf veins by pressing the toothpick into the dough. Let
dry, and then glue a magnet on the back.
Turkey: Make a flat turkey to use as a
magnet. Shape the body from brown dough. Add a small yellow beak
and a red gobbler (wattle). Make the tail from orange dough by
creating a fan-shape. Put the tail on the body. Use the toothpick
to make eyes and feathers on the body and tail. If you like, add
some legs using yellow pipe cleaner. Let dry, then
glue a magnet on the back.
Tip: Modeling dough magnets can be heavy and it is easy to jar a magnet loose when opening and closing the refrigerator door.
Use individual magnets meant for crafts for the best results.
That's it! Your magnets
are ready for the refrigerator!
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