It’s time for a fall refresh on the old refrigerator… because why can’t it be festive?!? I’ve been playing around with plaster of paris this week and I gotta say, these DIY Colorful Pumpkin Plaster Magnets make me pretty happy. As much as I love traditional fall colors of orange, gold and white (or whatever catches your fancy) I wanted to experiment with colors too. We had so much fun painting these pumpkin plaster magnets and experimenting with different patterns. Full disclosure… there was wine involved.
Helpful hint? Using Q-tips as your paint brushes makes for easier clean up and great polkadots!
DIY Colorful Pumpkin Plaster Magnets
Plaster of Paris
Silicone pumpkin ice cube tray – Make sure this is silicone or you won’t be able to remove the molds without breakage.
Various colors of acrylic paint
E6000 or hot glue
Let’s mix our plaster!
Mix plaster in a 2:1 ratio. I used 1/2 c of Plaster and 1/4 c of water and it makes 8-10 magnets depending on the depth of your mold. If the plaster is too thick add more water.
Use a spoon to fill each mold nearly full. If you want to get really fancy you can use a plastic ziploc bag to mix the plaster then cut off one of the corners and pour that way.
Lightly tap the mold on a flat surface to even everything out and get rid of some bubbles. Let it set for 40 minutes.
Once your plaster pumpkins are set, gently remove them from the molds. This is where I lost a few stems, so don’t be like me. Keep your stems! Use the sandpaper (if you feel like it) on the back of each magnet to even out flat surface of each mold.
Time to paint! We used paper plates to create a pallete and paint surface. And what I like best…. EASY CLEAN UP!
Let the paint dry and glue the magnets on the back with hot glue or E-6000.
Last step is to put these babies onto a refrigerator or chalk board and marvel at your creative ingenuity!