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DIY Gift Idea: Marbled Magnets to Wow Them

These polymer clay galaxy magnets will add joy to their home, school, or office. Here, we’ll show you how to make them.

A woman adding gold leaf to handmade clay galaxy magnets.

Looking for an out-of-this-world gift you can whip up quick? These DIY metallic, marbled galaxy magnets are just the sort of stocking stuffer that'll put a sparkle in their eyes. Crafted with oven-bake polymer clay and a little copper, gold or silver leaf, they’re easy and fun to make—and they’ll delight your recipient, whether they’re using them to decorate their fridge, locker, or filing cabinet.

We made ours with neon clay and circle cookie cutters, but feel free to get creative. Try butterfly or mushroom cookie cutter shapes for more of a ‘70s vibe, or opt for star cookie cutters and clay with navy and silver swirls for something more celestial. Timing-wise, be sure to give yourself a few hours to complete this project since the magnets will need to bake and cool before you package them for gifting. Ready to begin?

Skill level: Beginner

Time: 1–4 hours

A flat-lay of materials needed to make DIY galaxy magnets.

Materials:

Step 1: Knead clay

Hands rolling a ball of clay.

Remove polymer clay from packaging. Break off a small piece of each color and knead with your hands to soften (about two minutes). Tip: Wash your hands between colors to avoid color transfer.

Step 2: Roll clay into long strands

Hands rolling clay snake against a marble background.

Once clay has softened, roll each color into long strands. These don’t have to be equal in size; some can (and should!) be thicker than others.

Step 3: Combine strands

Hands cutting combined clay snakes with an X-Acto knife.

Line up your clay strands side by side and combine to make one giant strand. Trim the edges if needed.

Step 4: Twist, roll, fold, repeat

Hands twisting clay.

Twist your giant clay strand until a swirl pattern results.

Hands rolling twisted clay snake against a marble background.

Roll out the twisted strands with your hands until it’s twice as long as when you started.

Hands folding the twisted clay snake in half.

Fold the strand in half.

Hands twisting the folded strand.

Twist again. (The more you twist and combine colors, the more marbled your magnets will appear.)

Step 5: Roll out clay with a rolling pin

Hands rolling the strand out with a rolling pin so that it's flat against the marble background.

Next, use a rolling pin to roll out the clay strand to an even thickness.

Step 6: Cut out shapes

Hands cutting out shapes with a circle cookie cutter.

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes.

Step 7: Add gold leaf and bake

Hands applying gold leaf with a paintbrush.

Use a small paintbrush to add gold, copper, or silver leaf to your shapes. Set finished shapes on a cookie sheet and bake according to package instructions.

Step 8: Glue on magnets and let dry, then package for gifting

Hands gluing magnets onto shapes.

Once the shapes have cooled, use an industrial-strength adhesive to add magnets to the backs of your shapes. Let the glue dry, then package for gifting!

Plus: For even more stocking stuffer inspo, check out these stellar selections made by Etsy sellers!

A collage of stocking stuffer ideas from Etsy. SHOP (clockwise from top left): Star hair clips from Princess Dream 365, $6.30; glittery planet pin from The Karly Shop, $11; marbled drop earrings from L Miles Handmade, $16; desert moon ornament from Lan Art and Design, $26

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