I’m sure most of you must have seen this all over the Internet already; they’re just magnets made with little cheap plastic toy animals and spray-painted.
I had some dinosaurs knocking about (not real ones, sadly!) that looked quite cheap and rubbish, so I thought they’d do for this project.
– Plastic toys (not necessarily animals, but they’re good because you can use both halves)
– Small magnets
– Silicone to fill them (this could also be done with polystyrene, cork, or pretty much anything else)
– Spray paint (optional)
– Sharp kitchen scissors or knife
First, cut the animal in half with a pair of scissors – most of these cheap plastic animals are hollow inside, so it should be easy enough. If they’re solid, best use a small saw or sharp knife.
If your animal is hollow, you’ll have to fill it before attaching the magnet. One of the tutorials I’d seen on the Internet suggested using a plastic bottle cap. My dinosaur was tiny and it wouldn’t have fitted, so I had to think of something else. This might not be the best idea, but I had some silicone sealant handy and I thought that’d do. I filled both halves and let them dry overnight. They seemed ok and the sealant isn’t too heavy. Another idea might be filling it with a chunk of polystyrene or cork, which might be even lighter.
Then, you just need to stick a small magnet with Superglue, let it dry, and it’s ready.
Mine looked particularly cheap, so I ended up spray painting them.