Make this Homemade Holiday Gift:
Clay Magnets

Homemade Holiday Gift Idea Exchange: Project #5

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Maker: Heather Jennings
Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 30 minutes
Project Cost: $10

Magnets make a great all-purpose holiday gift for teachers, co-workers, friends, or for stocking stuffers. You can use different shaped cookie cutters to personalize the final result. Here, Heather used white clay, because she likes the clean, modern look, but oven bake clay comes in a variety of colors. Here's Heather's process:

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Materials:

  • Oven Bake Clay
  • Small Circular Magnets
  • Wax Paper
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • 1" Round Cookie Cutter (or shape of your own choosing)
  • Clay Carving Tools or A Wooden Spoon
  • Sheet Pan
  • Oven (For Heat-Setting)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  2. On a sheet of wax paper, roll out clay until it is smooth, and uniformly 1/4" thick.
  3. Cut the circles with the cookie cutter
  4. Using the tip of the handle of a wooden spoon, or the back side of a clay cutting tool, make uniform divots about 1/8" deep into the clay, taking care not to get too close to the edges or it will warp the shape.
  5. Bake on a wax paper-lined sheet pan for 15 minutes.
  6. Allow to cool completely on a rack.
  7. Apply magnets to the back side of the clay disk using a pea-size amount of hot glue. Press firmly and allow to set for one minute.
  8. If you'd like to display them nicely, simply apply a small amount of rubber cement to the magnet and press onto paper or cardstock backing. The magnets will stay put until pulled off, and the rubber cement will stay on the paper.

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Many thanks to Heather for this great gift idea! If you want more of Heather's crafty cleverness, check out Poppyhaus for lots more projects and inspiration.



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(Image credits: Heather Jennings / Poppyhaus; Heather Jennings)

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