Saturday, January 17, 2009

Modeling Compound Magnets

If you could see my fridge, you'd know why I always say you can never have too many magnets! Between my boys' art projects from school, the lunch menus, photos and drawings done by kids I babysit, I am forever searching for something to hold them all in place. I bought a package of peel and stick business card magnets that cut easily and already have adhesive on them, but they need jazzed up a bit for us.

We first made these magnets years ago when Matthew was around 3 years old, so kids of any age can make their own masterpieces to hold up their masterpieces. These would be fabulous attached to Valentine's Day cards for classmates, Grandparents or anyone dear to your heart. We have used rubber stamps here, but you could certainly use chopsticks, toothpicks, spoons and forks, skewers or anything with a cool texture to make a pattern in these lightweight magnets.

White Air-dry Modeling Compound (I love Crayola!)
Rolling pin
Magnets (old ones work well, too)
Rubber Stamps (optional)
Tools to make patterns
Pizza cutter or cookie cutters
Markers or paints

Step 1: Roll out the modeling compound to about 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into desired shape with pizza cutter or cookie cutters.

Step 2: Make patterns, words or pictures with stamps or tools in the compound. Make sure to make the impressions deep because they will relax a bit as they dry. If you mess up, simply turn the piece over or roll it out again.

Step 3: Allow pieces to air-dry completely according to package directions.

Step 4: Color pieces as desired with markers or paints and allow to dry.

Step 5: Trim pieces with scissors if needed. Attach magnets to the back of the piece.

Heather is a wife, mom,
school cafeteria worker,
councilwoman and babysitter from Ohio.
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