DIY Alphabet Magnets from Clay!

I made these fun DIY alphabet magnets for M to play with… But do be sure to supervise and make sure the magnets are securely attached!

I tried these a few ways and this is the way that worked best. I also gave it a cool satin finish that catches the light and looks great! Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.

 

 

Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

 

 

When I first made these, I tried using Crayola air dry clay, not knowing that something so small and thin would just crumble apart. I found out the hard way…

Polymer clay is definitely the way to go with these, as they are meant for small projects. They are still somewhat delicate (they can break if they fall and smash on a concrete floor) but they will definitely hold up to some use.

 

Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

You can either get a fun bright pack like I did, or stick to white and paint it with acrylics. Painting it with a satin glaze gave it a beautiful sheen instead of the typical dull finish.

 

Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

M was SO excited when he noticed these on the fridge. I made them at night while he was asleep and the excitement was in line with the surprise of looking out the window to a fresh blanket of snow.

 

Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

He is obsessed with the alphabet. He ran to the fridge and said “look, Mommy, an O! And a U and look it’s a C also! And a  W! And look, now it’s a M”.

As you can see, alphabet magnets have lessons built in. He has been teaching himself about the forms of letters with it.

 

Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

A  while ago, my friend Alyssa made a cool wooden set of DIY alphabet magnets and I’ve wanted to do one for M. These clay alphabet magnets are perfect.  I am so pleased with the results and how they came out.

You can use these DIY clay alphabet magnets as a learning experience, or to write fun words and messages on a metal surface.

 

Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

A word of caution when making DIY alphabet magnets: The magnets that I used are Neodymium magnets and they’re SMALL and STRONG. That means they require supervision, they need you to make sure that they are always securely attached. They are not only a choking hazard, but they can be fatal if swallowed.

So exercise extreme caution when using this with young kids around. I really would only recommend them for children who don’t put things in their mouths anymore (never mind the toxicity of the materials used) as my preschooler does not at this point. And if you have other young children around, do keep an eye.

 
 


 
 

You can make these DIY alphabet magnets in a jumbo size and use larger ceramic magnets that are less strong. They are likely still a choking hazard, though, so magnets should really only be used for children who are big enough.

 

Watch the video tutorial below, or scroll down for further instructions.

 

 

 

What you need to make DIY alphabet magnets:

 

 

 

How to make DIY alphabet magnets:

 

 

1. Soften the clay in your hands.

Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

 

 

2. Roll it out into a rope.Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

 

3. Form your letter using bits of rope and connecting it, then press it so that it’s a bit flatter.

Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great. Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great. Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great. Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

 

 

4. Do this with all the letters and then transfer them to an oven proof glass dish. Bake according to package instructions (on 275F for 15 min. for the clay that I used.)Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

 

 

5. Allow it to cool and use a paint brush to paint on a single layer of satin glaze – or the finish that you choose. Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

 

 

6. When your glaze is dry enough to work with, use E6000 glue or another glue that will form a secure, permanent bond, to glue on your magnets.Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

 

Your DIY alphabet magnets are ready to go on the fridge!! Make these fun DIY alphabet magnets using clay - love this DIY gift idea for young children! IT's a great way to teach the abc's and perfect for preschoolers. The glossy finish makes it look great.

 

Isn’t that sheen just beautiful?!

 

 
 

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