C is for Crafts: DIY Pumpkin Magnets
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Tomorrow marks the first official day of fall. Fall represents cooler weather, delicious apples, football, crunchy leaves and of course, pumpkins! Ava and I had so much fun making our DIY apple magnets for teacher gifts that we decided to make some pumpkin magnets too. This craft is so easy and inexpensive to put together. Ava loved helping me attach the paper circles to the stones and coat the paper with Mod Podge. She did a great job and we made a ton of magnets in one sitting. The pumpkin magnets turned out just as cute as the apples if not even cuter! Are you ready to make some darling little DIY pumpkin magnets? Here we go:
Clear glass stones, large size – I found mine at the dollar store in the floral section or order them here
Colored paper in orange and green
Using your circular paper punch, punch out one circle of orange paper for each pumpkin magnet you plan to make. Using your paint brush, coat the flat surface (the back) of your clear stone with Mod Podge. Carefully add an orange paper circle over the Mod Podge. Give the entire orange paper circle a generous top coat of Mod Podge to seal the paper to the stone. Repeat for each stone. Let dry thoroughly.
Once your pumpkins are dry, it is time to add the stem and tendrils. Cut a simple green stem out of colored paper using your scissors. I did this freehand and did not worry too much about them being exactly the same shape or size. Give the stem a little curve if you wish.
Wrap a piece of floral wire around the handle of a small paint brush to make a spiral. I found that 3-4 ringlets was enough to add some character to my pumpkins. Trim the ends with your scissors or wire cutters. Be sure to leave enough of a tail to glue to the back of the pumpkin.
Look at your pumpkin magnets from the front and decide where you want the top of the pumpkin to be. Attach the stem and the wire curl to the back of the pumpkin at the top of the orange paper using a dab of Mod Podge. I initially used my super glue to attach the curl before adding the stem, but as the process continued I found that the Mod Podge held it on just as well. I also gave the stem a light coat of Mod Podge on both sides to seal and protect the paper surface. Let dry thoroughly again after this step.
Use a small dab of super glue to attach a magnet to the back of each pumpkin. Let dry.
Use a damp paper towel to wipe off the glass surface of the magnet to remove any fingerprints or dried glue.
That’s it! Super easy and so cute for fall. These DIY pumpkin magnets are perfect for hanging all those sweet fall art projects on the fridge or for posting up Halloween events and invitations on your command center. How else might you use your pumpkin magnets? I would love to hear from you in the comment section. Enjoy this fun fall project. Happy crafting, my friends!
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