Magnetized Jar Lid Photo Frame
Jar lids (plastic or metal)
Air dry clay (e.g. Crayola Model Magic or Amaco cloud clay) or salt dough
Small or medium-sized magnets
Small decorative materials (Optional)
Collect plastic or metal jar lids. Wash them and dry them off.
Roll a small chunk of white air dry clay or salt dough into a long sausage shape and wrap it around the edges of the jar lid.
Continue until you have covered the entire edge of the lid with clay. Pat the clay with your fingers to smooth it out and even out the thickness of the clay around the lid.
Add details with more clay or dough. If the clay around the lid has started to set and you have difficulty fusing the new clay parts with the base clay, you may moisten the joint areas a little bit.
*You can also start out with colored self-hardening clay or salt dough With colored clay, you can immediately see the final look of your clay project and it allows you to embed small decorative objects like wiggle eyes or beads while the clay is still soft. Remember to pat the clay around the embedded objects to fix them in place.
Not a must, but you may add clay along the sides of the lid.
Allow the clay to set completely (will take 1 to 2 days). If your clay frame has somewhat thin parts like these pair of round ears, it's best to position the frame with the bottom side-up so that the thin parts don't sag or break.
Once the clay has set, apply hot glue gun adhesive at the back of the jar lid. Put a magnet on top of the adhesive and press to fix it in place. Remember to use a larger magnet for a big jar lid. Test if your jar lid magnet frame can support itself. If it slides down your fridge door, then you will need a larger magnet or use a pair of small magnets instead of one.
If you started out with uncolored clay or dough, paint your clay magnet frame with your chosen colors of poster paint or acrylic paint.
Cut out your photo to fit snugly at the center of the magnet frame and glue it in place. The best way to get a perfect fit is to test the right size on paper. Once your paper circle fits well inside the frame, use it as a pattern to mark the right size on your photo.
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