DIY Salt Dough Clay Pastry Magnets

If you need some colourful and fun magnets to decorate your fridge or locker, this is the perfect DIY project. These magnets are very easy to make and the materials can be found right in your kitchen and most craft stores. They can also be a great gift idea for anyone who loves pastries and desserts. For some fun dessert ideas, click here!

The magnets I have made so far using salt dough are donuts, croissants, baguettes, pies, and muffins. You can make any kind of dessert you like! I love working with salt dough because it’s inexpensive, and you can come up with many different designs.

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For this DIY you will need:

  • white flour (non self-rising)
  • regular table salt
  • container (to hold flour mixture)
  • water
  • stirring stick
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • glue gun
  • googly eyes
  • magnet strips or buttons
  • clear nail polish (optional)


1. The amount of flour and salt you need depends on how many salt dough magnets you want to create. Usually, the amount of salt you  should add is about half of the amount of flour you are using. I have seen different recipes on the internet, and some use the same amount of flour as salt, and some use half. Usually when I make salt dough projects I just pour in a generous amount of salt without measuring and my projects turn out fine. I am  not sure what the salt does in the salt dough, but some people think that it kills yeast which makes bread rise, strengthens gluten, or helps preserve the salt dough.


Slowly add in small amounts of water and stir until you get a sticky mixture. Then use your hands to knead the dough until it becomes soft and easy to work with. Do not add too much water because if your dough is too runny, your project will change shape extremely easily. Your dough should be soft enough to work with, but it should stay in a fixed shape when left to harden. If your dough is too runny, then add small amounts of flour and knead. 


2.  To make a donut, roll a small amount of dough into a round ball. Use a pencil or a finger to poke a hole through the centre of the                     ball.  

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3. After you are satisfied with the shape, you can either leave it out to airdry for several days which is a lengthy process. You can also decrease the waiting time by putting it on a heating vent. Using a hair dryer also helps, but the fastest method is to bake your creation in the oven. I baked mine for about 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. If your salt dough project turns a little bit brown after being baked, do not worry because you cover it up with paint afterwards. Paint the entire donut with a light creamy colour, and then add frosting and sprinkles!

4. To make the magnet shiny I covered everything in nailpolish. This part is optional, however I think it makes the frosting on the donut look more realistic.

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 6. You can add googly eyes to give expressions to your pastries, or you can choose to leave them as they are.


 7. Add magnet strips to the back using a gluegun, and you’re finished!

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To make the croissant, roll out a piece of the salt dough clay, and use a straight edge such as a ruler to make a long isosceles triangle. The longer the triangle, the more ridges will appear on your croissant. Slowly roll the triangle by pushing very gently with your finger.

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After you’ve finished rolling the triangle, bend the ends of the croissant towards you, and smooth out any rough edges with your fingers.IMG_6632  

Use yellow and orange paint to paint the croissant. You can look at images of croissants or grab an actual croissant to use as a model to make your painting look more realistic. 

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To make the pie, you want to make a thick and flat triangle that is slighty thicker at the non-pointy end.


To make the crust of the pie, you can use a flat edge such as  credit card to create ridges at the end. Paint the pie a lighty creamy colour, and then add colourful dots at the side for the filling. I used red to make it look like a cherry pie, but you can use blue and purple to make a blueberry pie and etc.

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To make the muffin, I made a mushroom shape, and then painted it to make it look like a blueberry muffin.

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The baguette is very easy to make. You can just roll a piece of the salt dough clay and flatten it slightly to make it look like a loaf of bread. For the prints on the bread, you can use a toothpick or another small pointed object. 

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Hope you decide to give this project a try! Have fun and good luck!

Pictures by whimsicaldreamer 


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