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Candy-Colored Marbled Magnets for Your Easter Basket

by Caitlin Kelch

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Like Halloween, Easter tends to be one of those special occasions that can be fueled by candy. We’ve been coming up with candy-alternatives for holidays for the last few years in our family, and these magnets are one of my favorite ways to celebrate the tradition of sweet confections tucked in a beautiful basket — without any ill-effects. There’s always a favorite chocolate or treat in there too, but these beauties are the star of the show. I also love that they encourage my daughter to post her own notables on the fridge! If you’re looking for a less-sugar, more-creative way to celebrate too, this simple DIY is perfect for an Easter basket treat or just dressing up your refrigerator any day of the week. –Caitlin

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Author’s Note: This DIY should be used with or given to children 12 or older. Be sure to give clear instructions that these magnets are not to be eaten or left around small children or pets.

Supplies

  • Large round magnets (We used 1.5" magnets.)
  • Paint (We used Waverly Inspirations semi-gloss paints in these colors: Sunshine, Lagoon, Bubble Gum, Coral, Lemon Lime and White Opal.)
  • Paint brush, straight pin, chopstick (Experiment with a variety of object tips for the swirling!)
  • Newspaper or scrap paper to cover your table surface

Instructions

Step 1

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Gather your materials in one spot and cover your work surface with something you can discard after your project.

Step 2

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Carefully drizzle your base color on top of your magnet surface. This can take some practice to not drop too much paint. TIP: If you do drizzle too much, wipe it off and start again, using the tip of a paintbrush dipped in paint to do the drizzling.

Step 3

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Drizzle your next color on top of, and around, your base color.

Step 4

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Use the tip of your brush, straight pin or other object to combine the paints into a marbled effect. Remember the goal is to not just combine the colors, but to stretch the paint layers into each other. As the paint sits on the magnet surface, it will do some merging of its own. Your job is to guide that motion, let it set a bit and then guide some more. TIP: If your paint is merging in a way that one color is covering up the other, this is the time to swirl! You can also add a tiny bit of the missing color on top of the second layer to make it more more prominent again.

Step 5

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Keep swirling until you’ve achieved the effect you like. Set aside to dry completely for 2 – 3 hours or until the paint is set and dry.

Step 6

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Use your candy-colored magnets on the fridge with an Easter note or tuck in a basket filled with goodies!

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