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.


You’ll Need:

1 cup flour

½ cup salt

½ cup water

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

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)


Sealer (Optional)


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.


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.


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.


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!


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

— Gabby Cullen