Your little elves love getting messy with DIY holiday tasks so this year, try out a simple recipe for gifts that last all year round. You may have tried the salt dough method for making ornaments, but this time you can upgrade to a magnet that not only stays up after the tree comes down, it makes a sweet gift. Scroll down to get the how-to.

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You’ll Need:

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

½ cup water

Rolling pin (an empty wine bottle works just as well!)

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Cookie cutters and jar lids

Acrylic paint

Magnets (We used ones like these)

Hot glue (Elmer’s glue works well too, just leave time for drying)

Paintbrushes

Sealer (Optional)

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Prep the Dough

Set the oven to 250 degrees. Combine the flour and salt, then slowly add in water, mixing thoroughly. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour.

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Make The Magnets

Place the dough on a countertop and knead into a ball(the longer you knead, the smoother it gets). Then, roll out the dough until it’s about ¼ thick. Using the cookie cutters, jar lids or whatever else the kids want to try, cut out shapes and transfer to a cookie sheet lined with either parchment paper or aluminum foil. Bake for two to three hours, until completely dry.

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Decorate the Magnets

Once the shapes have dried, get out the paint and let your littles decorate in bright, cheery colors. Optional Step: To preserve the magnets, add two to three coats of sealer (we use Mod Podge) on top of the paint once it’s completely dry.

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Finish the Project

Once the paint and sealer has dried, use the hot glue gun to attach a magnet to the back of every shape. Showcase your artist’s completed project on your own fridge or wrap and give away as tiny treasures!

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Will you be crafting any homemade gifts this year? Share with us in a comment below. 

— Gabby Cullen