DIY clay flower magnets

I always get the itch to make something, to think up new craft ideas. But none came for a while so I resorted to wandering about aimlessly in my local craft shop when I spotted and bought some fimo clay on impulse even though I've never used them before. I think it's this pretty shade of pale pink that got me. Then I got home and thought "Now what?"

One glance at my fridge door got me thinking; I went through a phase where my fridge was plastered in magnets collected from holidays abroad. Later on, I went through another phrase where I vehemently removed and threw out all my magnets to rid my life of clutter. So my fridge is looking suitably bare for adornment of some kind. Three pretty little clay flowers can't hurt, can it?
To make your own clay flower magnets, you'll need:

Fimo clay (or other modeling clay, if you prefer)
Ceramic magnets
Skewer
Hot glue gun
Pearl/beads (optional)

First up, we need to make the clay flowers. I'll start with the simplest 4 petal flower:

1. Roll 5 equal sized balls of clay and flatten each one to make a circle of ~ 2 cm.
2. The first circle will be your flower base. With the remaining circles, use your thumb and index finger to pinch into petals.
3. Attach petals onto the base and press to secure with blunt end of skewer.
4. Pinch the rounded end of each petal.
For the chrysanthemum:

1. Roll and flatten one ball of clay to form ~2 cm base.
2. Roll 20-25 smaller balls of clay to form ~ 1 cm circles when flattened.
3. Pinch the smaller circles with your thumb and index finger to form little petals.
4. Attach around the circumference of the base.
5. Keep adding petals, making sure to overlap to cover gaps.

For the camellia:

1. Roll 10-15 balls of clay and flatten into oval thin pieces of varying sizes.
2. Roll one piece of clay into the camellia bud, by rounding, scrunching and pressing in gently.
3. Add petals around the bud, using bigger pieces of clay for the outer layers of the camellia.
Once you have made the flowers, pop them on a baking paper in a baking tray to bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 110 degrees Celsius.

Once baked, allow to cool to room temperature so the clay completely hardens.

Add pearls/beads to centre of flowers if you like, using a hot glue gun.

Hot glue the ceramic magnets to the base of each flower.

42 Responses to DIY clay flower magnets

My Garden Diaries said...

Those are gorgeous!!! I am thinking they would be gorgeous in an office or even in a glass container!!! What a talent you have friend!!! Amazing!!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

These are just lovely! I'm so envious of your crafting abilities Trishie!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

lovely magnets.

Pamela RG said...

So pretty Trishie. They will be nice as a brooch too. You are so talented Trishie.

Linda said...

Wow...beautiful!
Almost looks like that almond paste thingy...what is that called?
You probably know the name...
You are really crafty...
Still waiting on baby, eh?
How much longer??

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Tina Bradley said...

I love these! That shade of pink is my fave!!! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

jo said...

This is so pretty!! I don't think I can do it though, not as talented and creative as you. :)

xo Jo

http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

Mili said...

These are adorable! I can't believe you made them, I need to try it out ASAP

Mili from call me, Maeby

Victoria // Oh So Pretty said...

This is the best thing ever, Trishie!! I wanted to get my mom new magnets for her fridge, but I think I'll do this instead!! So pretty!

Susannah said...

Hi Trishie. You've done it again. You have such a flair for craft, cooking and photography. Did you get the magnets from the craft shop too? Are you on Instagram? If not, you really should be, it's so much fun seeing the photos people take each day. You take such great pics, I'd definitely follow you!
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cquek said...

DIY, cool I like the colour and you are very creative.

Feronia said...

Beautiful! How clever you are :)

Ladybird Diaries said...

These are really beautiful.
M x

FASHION TALES said...

These are so lovley and look like fun to make as well. :) Well done. /Madison

Stephanie Lula said...

You are truly the Queen of DIY on Blogger I believe :) These are great and so cute!

Loz said...

oh they're gorgeous.. so pretty. My fridge is always covered in magnets, photos, kids drawings and school notes :) these would look so much prettier lol

Anouka K said...

I didn't know that one could make these at home. They look incredibly cute!

Lisa said...

These are so sweet! I can't even remember the last time I used clay, may need to get back into it!

Gita said...

This looks gorgeous! But I'm so bad at these crafty things, I never make anything right :D! You're a true master :)!

xx
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Blond Duck said...

They're so pretty! I'd sear my fingers with the glue gun! :)

Sam said...

These are so beautiful, they look store bought, I would have never otherwise known they were DIY. great job!

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Gorgeous! You did such a wonderful job! x

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

very cute & sweet!

always, koru kate

Our Neck of the Woods said...

This is just the cutest idea! You are so creative. I think the camellia is my favorite one :) I pinned this to my crafts board on pinterest!

Amy said...

These are so pretty. You're very creative and artistic. :) I'm really bad in crafts and stuff. Really admire your talents.

Jane said...

omg! these are wonderful! you have lots of creativity and skillful hands!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

So lovely! These would make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers too.

Kim Alston said...

those are so pretty! i love clay items in general, so these would be really neat. they're so pretty and delicate.
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Ann Jones said...

Those are so pretty! I'm pretty sure if I made them they would look nothing like yours :) Love the color!

Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

You always post the prettiest diys Trishie! This one is so sweet! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xo Mary Jo

Latrina M. said...

So stinking cute! I can't get over how amazingly creative you are. :D Love it!!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Trishie,

Your flower magnets are the cutest and such a gorgeous shade of pink ~ isn't fimo fun to play with.
Happy weekend
hugs
Carolyn

Shirley Tay said...

I love diy too, but u're a masterchef at this level, Trishie! ^_^

Gracie said...

What a clever idea! The pale pink colour is very pretty. I love playing around with fimo. I use tiny cookie cutters to make little shapes which I turn into gift tags.

kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com said...

Pretty! I wonder if I could do that... :-)

Tallia said...

wow this is absolutely amazing! I am very impressed!

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Julia said...

They are lovely! You are very talented!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

These have to be the prettiest magnets ever!

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

These are just gorgeous! I bet your fridge looks super chic now.

x Jasmine

Michelle said...

So pretty, I think these would look gorgeous in your hair too :)

Sylwia Dolores said...

amazing idea!
looks beautiful!
following, kisses x
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akiko hiramatsu said...

Great!
These are so cute!
It is a pretty idea.

akiko