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DIY Air Drying Clay Leaf Magnets

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There’s always room for some more magnets on the fridge, right?? That’s what I thought when I made these fun DIY air drying clay leaf magnets the other day! You might remember these magnets from last year too… well, now it was time for a little change on the fridge! 

DIY Air Drying Clay Leaf Magnets

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What I’ve used:

~ white air drying clay

~ these artificial leaves or these

[I cut apart some of my artificial leaf branches to make them smaller]

~ jar for evening out the clay and cut the magnets 

~ watercolours for painting 

 

diy air drying clay leaf magnets kreativk.net

Putting the clay onto a clean place mat, I used a jar to roll out the clay as even as possible. You don’t want it to be too thin because they’d break apart easily after. 

diy air drying clay leaf magnets kreativk.net

Press the leaves gently into the clay.

diy air drying clay leaf magnets kreativk.net

Next, place the jar or your cookie cutter or the tool you use to cut out your magnets on the parts you like most and want to be on the magnet, then slowly peel them off the mat onto a clean mat to let dry. 

diy air drying clay leaf magnets kreativk.net

Once they were dry [ it took these about 2 days…] I grabbed a nail filer to even out bumps and edges.

And then the fun part: Painting them! I used simple watercolours and more water than paint. I brushed over the magnet in one even brush and let it dry.

diy air drying clay leaf magnets kreativk.net

 

diy air drying clay leaf magnets kreativk.net

 

diy air drying clay leaf magnets kreativk.net

You could just let them be pretty decor on your coffee table or on a little tray if you don’t like the magnet idea….They would break if they fell off the fridge, although I hot glued pretty strong magnets to the back and so far they’re still on the fridge! 

diy air drying clay leaf magnets kreativk.net

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Have you ever worked with air drying clay?? if so, what did you make?? I really like crafts like these and would love to try something else with clay! 

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Debra
    05/03/2017 at 15:26

    Those are super cute! Much more fun than the boring magnets I have! Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Funtastic Friday 🙂

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    Amber Harrop
    28/02/2017 at 22:21

    I absolutely love these Katrin – I love the natural look of them and the way you used real leaves.

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    Leanna
    28/02/2017 at 22:11

    These are gorgeous! Such a pretty soft natural element. Thank you once again for the lovely inspiration.

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      Katrin
      01/03/2017 at 22:33

      I’m happy you like them Leanna, they were so much fun!

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    Angie Rose
    27/02/2017 at 00:22

    Hello Katrin! What a really fun project. I’m always looking for ways to combine crafting with nature, and these all turned out so pretty! I have a bunch of extra plastic aquarium plants that would be perfect for this. I seriously can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

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      Katrin
      27/02/2017 at 07:36

      Thank you so much that is awesome!!!

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    Christine
    27/02/2017 at 00:18

    A very cool craft! Thank you the great instructions :).

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    Sandra Garth
    25/02/2017 at 21:43

    My fridge has a mishmash of magnets from take-out eateries, and ones I’ve gotten from other businesses. I could definitely use some new ones. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great weekend.
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    Cristina
    25/02/2017 at 09:41

    Amazing idea. They look so great!

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    Maya
    25/02/2017 at 09:15

    I love working with clay and this is such a lovely project! They turned out great!
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    jodie filogomo
    24/02/2017 at 17:32

    I know I say this every week—but this is pure brilliance, Katrin!!
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      Katrin
      24/02/2017 at 21:25

      Thanks so much Jodie!

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    Pili
    24/02/2017 at 10:02

    They look gorgeous Katrin!! This would be a fun DIY to do with kids, they love to play with clay and watercolors, I have some doilies here that we could use too. Thanks for the idea!
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    Gina
    24/02/2017 at 04:43

    Katrin these are so gorgeous! I love how unique they are with each print. And what a simple yet beautiful craft! These would be so perfect as gifts!! I’ll have to keep it in mind for the next time I have a party of any kind. 😉
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      Katrin
      24/02/2017 at 06:56

      Thanks so much Gina!! I’m sure you’d have fun making some!

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    debbie
    23/02/2017 at 07:09

    These are gorgeous! I would love to try my hand at this DIY.
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      Katrin
      23/02/2017 at 22:21

      Thanks so much Debbie!

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    Lori
    22/02/2017 at 12:47

    These look like so much fun to make!
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      Katrin
      22/02/2017 at 22:09

      Yes, they were!! Thanks Lori!!

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    Sarah - Craft Invaders
    22/02/2017 at 11:00

    So pretty Katrin, I love leaf prints and I love how the watercolours bring out the detail 🙂

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      Katrin
      22/02/2017 at 22:10

      Thanks so much Sarah!!

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    Cynthia Chilson Finger
    22/02/2017 at 00:12

    Looking at your lovely magnets brought back so many great memories, Katrin. When my kiddos were young we use to make these, but we would first go on a nature hike and use real foliage … and colored clay … kids definitely don’t like to craft with white! I LOVE how you watercolored yours. Thanks for sharing, Cynthia
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      Katrin
      22/02/2017 at 22:12

      Real foliage sounds amazing! Yes, white clay would be boring for kids but fun to paint after… Thanks so much Cynthia, hope you have a great day!

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    Kim~madeinaday
    21/02/2017 at 15:55

    These are gorgeous! They came out so pretty! 
Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week! Sharing on TwitteR!
    Kim

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      Katrin
      21/02/2017 at 22:01

      Thanks so much Kim!!

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    MEDINA GRILLO
    21/02/2017 at 11:31

    Wow these are so beautiful! Took my breath away – havent seen anything like it before!

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      Katrin
      21/02/2017 at 22:01

      Thank you SO much Medina, that’s awesome that you like these!! 🙂

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    Julia - Vintage with Laces
    21/02/2017 at 09:39

    What a fabulous idea, Katrin! They are just gorgeous and those clay disks would make wonderful brooches as well. I love those shades of gray.
    Have a happy day! 🙂
    xo Julia

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      Katrin
      21/02/2017 at 21:59

      Thanks so much Julia! I love the brooch idea! Wishing you a happy week!!

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    Ardith
    20/02/2017 at 19:53

    Katrin, these magnets are so pretty…and functional. What a wonderful design, so thank you for sharing it. Cheers, Ardith

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      Katrin
      21/02/2017 at 21:58

      Thank you so much Ardith! I’m really happy you like them, they are fun to make!!

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    Marjan Hoebeke-Pfaff
    20/02/2017 at 18:25

    What a lovely idea, dear Katrin. I would go for some brighter colours (which would probably turn out rather pale). But it looks great. Would make a great gift!
    Have a happy week,
    Marjan

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      Katrin
      22/02/2017 at 22:24

      Thank you Marjan, you know I think they’d look really great in brighter colours!!! I might make some more and use some pastels, Thanks for the idea and for stopping by!

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    20/02/2017 at 16:55

    Katrin these are beautiful. They look so much better than anything store bought. I love the soft gray colors you have painted them, it makes them look very sophisticated. Also the indentations left are very soft and soothing. Katrin I do believe without the magnets you can also use them as coasters.
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      Katrin
      22/02/2017 at 22:26

      Thanks Mary!!! I have them on the fridge right now and so far so good! They’d look great on a table just as decor as well…they’d be too small for coasters, but hm now you got me thinking!!!

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    Marilu
    20/02/2017 at 16:33

    Never worked before but I will try this love this DIY idea. Thank you

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      Katrin
      20/02/2017 at 19:18

      You are welcome, I’m happy you like them! 🙂

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