Monday, August 6, 2007

Leaf Magnets


This is a nice way to bring some fall color into your house. Most of my magnets have been broken over the years. I really need to get some new ones. But this is something I might try for fall.

What you'll need:

  • Leaf shaped cookie cutters
  • Acrylic paint in red, yellow, green, orange and brown
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpick
  • Acrylic spray sealer, matte
  • ½” round magnets
  • Hot glue gun

How to make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed.
  3. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
  4. Roll out the dough to about ¼” thick with a rolling pin that has been dusted with flour.
  5. Use different sized cookie cutters to create as many shapes and sizes of leaves that you want.
  6. For smaller children, use a single shape to make it easier at painting time. For older children, you can double up and even triple some of the leaves for a 3D affect as we did (see photo).
  7. If desired, use the toothpick to draw lines in the leaves.
  8. Place all leaves onto an ungreased cookie sheet and place into the preheated oven.
  9. Bake for two hours.
  10. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  11. Paint with acrylic paints and spray finished leaves with acrylic sealer.
  12. Hot glue a round magnet to the back of each leaf and hang on the fridge!

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