Effortless Paper Mache Magnets
You will learn how to cut cardboard into a sweet magnets, cover with paper mache, paint, and care for with coats of shinny varnish.
This paper mache project is fabulous, easy, cheap, and great for someone wanting to create something unique and special for Mom on Mother's Day.
Our sweet cupcake, pie, and lollipop magnets are to be a spring board for you, we encourage you to tweak, change up the magnets all you want.
Recycled Newspaper and cardboard
Paper Mache Paste
Paints and Paint Brushes
Paper Clay (Optional)
H20 and Rags
Steps to Make Your Magnets Sculpture
1 Build Your Magnets Armature
Cup Cake and Pie Magnet
Draw the outline of a cupcake, and pie shape onto cardboard and cut your shapes out.
Wade up newspaper; place this onto your cardboard cupcake shape to create 3D cupcake. Tape all your paper into place with masking tape, slide your cupcake magnet armature into a plastic bag, and tape the plastic bag tight to the armature.
Wade up newspaper; place this onto your cardboard pie shape to create 3D pie. Tape all your paper into place with masking tape, slide your pie magnet armature into a plastic bag, and tape the plastic bag tight to the armature.
Wade up newspaper into a oval shape, use tape to shape, place in a plastic bag and tape tight. Use a straw or stick for the lollipop stick and poke this into your oval ball.
2 Paper Mache
Cover the magnets armature with 3 to 4 layers of newspaper using your hands soaked in paper mache paste. Lay your paper flat onto your magnets and work out all air bubbles. As you continue to apply layers of paper onto magnets they will look great.
Once you have covered your magnets with paper mache they must completely dry. Lay them out in the sun if you can for faster drying, they will take at least 24 hours to dry depending on the size of your magnets.
If your magnets does not seem tough enough add more paper mache. After each session of paper mache your sculpture must completely dry before moving to your next step. Awesome, guys get excited to see your magnets take shape.
Quick Link to Paper Mache Paste Recipe: http://goo.gl/BH5lgM
If you need once the magnets have dried you can lightly sand with sandpaper and wipe off before painting.
3. Paint Your Magnets Sculpture
Paint a white coat of primer paint on your magnets to give you a white canvas for painting on. We use white flat interior house paint to prime the surface our sculptures.
Once the primer coat as dried paint with acrylics anyway you like. I begin with the darkest color first and work my way to the lightest shade. On our magnets we used many washes of color, layering is very important when painting.
Let all you paint completely dry before sealing with varnish.
4. Varnishing (Protecting)
You must seal your paper mache pieces with varnish for protection against moisture. I spray on a couple of coats of spray can varnish and let them dry.
Paper Mache Sweet Magnet Wrap Up
This is just one way to make bright and beautiful magnets now it is your turn to use it to create your own magnets for the special Mom, lady, and friend in your life.
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