Gorgeous homemade fridge magnets that kids can make using a simple crayon-resist technique!
I am SO excited to share our latest kids’ craft project with you!
The girls and I made these beautiful homemade fridge magnets the other day, using just a white crayon and water colour paints.
The process was super-easy, and the results were absolutely beautiful!
We used a process called crayon resist to make them (crayon resist is also known as wax-resist). Don’t you just love the tie-dye look they have about them?
These would be great gifts for kids to make and give for Christmas or birthdays. What parent, grandparent or friend wouldn’t love to receive a personalized fridge magnet made especially for them.
It’s a rather “magical” process that always fascinates the kids.
Ok, who’s kidding who? It never fails to “wow” me no matter how many times we do it!
Let me show you how it’s done!
To make our homemade fridge magnets, you’ll need:
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- flat, mini art canvases (very similar to the big ones, but they’re not on a wooden frame)
- watercolour paints (I love Splash brand liquid watercolours)
- white crayon
- paint brushes
- thin magnets (buy them, or use business card magnets you already have on your fridge)
- hot glue gun
Ok! Let’s get started!
On this particular day, I had two of my favourite Hooligan grads with me (YAY!).
It was a professional development day (when the teachers have to be at school, but the kids don’t). My grads require daycare on those days, so they get spend the day here!
They’re always so excited to come back for a full day of playing and crafting, and I’m always stoked because I love the creativity and enthusiasm that these kids bring to the table. Literally. They are happy to craft and create for hours. Girls after my own heart. 🙂
I’d had this particular project in mind for my grads for a while.
See, at Christmas a couple of years ago, the toddlers made these fridge magnets with canvas and acrylic paints. The results were beautiful, and the project was perfect for that age group. I’ve always wanted to experiment with crayon resist on canvas though, and I knew my big kids would be up for it.
Making our fridge magnets:
To start, we each wrote our name on a canvas and embellished it with a few hearts. You can add whatever you like – stars, dots, squiggles, lines etc. Just make sure you press hard enough to leave a good amount of white wax on the canvas. The wax is essential for resisting the watercolours in the next step.
Next we dipped our brushes into the liquid watercolours, and we brushed the colour over our canvases.
And of course, the white wax repelled or resisted the paint, leaving our name and design to show through the colours.
We used our watercolours full-strength, but you can dilute yours with a few drops of water if you’d like the colours to be less intense. Rinse, and wipe your brush dry when switching colours.
The canvas soaked up the watercolours beautifully, and the colours blended so nicely into each other.
I love how each of our magnets has a slightly different look. Mine reminds me of tie-dye. Julia’s has a rainbow effect, and Olivia’s brings to mind a celestial sky.
We let our canvases dry in the sun, and then we turned them into magnets.
To do this, you can purchase thin sheet magnets, but I always use magnets that we already have on our fridge for this kind of thing. You likely already have a bunch of those business card type of magnets all over your fridge, right? Just trim one to fit the back of your canvas, and hot-glue it in place.
We did not put a coat of sealer on our magnets because the colour is water-based, and I didn’t want to risk smudging or smearing the look of our art.
I LOVE them! Sometimes the silliest, little things excite me, but I really do love them!
I hope you do too!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.