Make a Faux Polaroid Clay Magnet

If you find yourself longing for the good old days of Polaroid film, whip up a few of these simple refrigerator magnets! Trade your Instagram photos in and out of the faux Polaroid frames and put your favorite snaps on display.
Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Detail-2_h

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Detail-2_h

By: Chelsea Costa

Materials Needed:

  • air-dry or oven-bake sculpting clay
  • rolling pin
  • ruler
  • clay tool or craft knife
  • baking sheet and oven, if using oven-bake clay
  • glue
  • small magnets
  • washi tape
  • Craft paint, paint brushes or permanent markers (optional)

Roll Out Clay

Warm the sculpting clay in your hands until it’s soft. Use the rolling pin to roll out a sheet that’s about 3" x 3" and 1/4" thick.

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-1_h

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-1_h

Cut Out Rectangle

Using the ruler and a craft knife, cut away the excess clay until you have a rectangle that’s approximately 2-1/4" x 3".

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-2_h

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-2_h

Cut Out Inner Square

Use the ruler and craft knife again to cut out a square that’s approximately 1-3/4” on each side. Clean up any messy edges with the craft knife.

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-3_h

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-3_h

Bake or Dry Clay Shapes

Follow the directions on your clay packaging for baking and/or hardening.

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-3b_h

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-3b_h

Add Magnets and Embellishments

Once the clay Polaroids are hardened and cooled, glue a small magnet onto the back of the clay.

Allow the glue to dry completely. If desired, decorate the front side of the clay frame with paint or Sharpie pens. Or leave them white for a classic look!

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-4_h

Original_Chelsea-Costa-Instagram-Decor-Polaroid-Step-4_h

Add Photos

Use a bit of washi tape to attach your favorite Instagram to the back of the frame. Switch the photos out when you have a new favorite! Hang on your refrigerator and enjoy.

Keep Reading

Next Up

What Color Should You Paint Your Front Door?

It’s not just about your home. It’s about you and how you want to be viewed by the world. With so many options in paint, almost any color family can look good on your front door if you pick the right hue. So before we talk about the style and color of your house (more on that in the results), let’s talk about you.

Designer Confession: I Use Faux Plants and Here's Why

Let's get this out of the way: I love faux plants, I use faux plants and I give you full permission to use them too. Follow these important faux plant tips and you'll have thriving plants FOREVER.

Linoleum Makes a Comeback

This practical and eco-friendly flooring is being rediscovered by homeowners.

How to Make Glittered Pumpkins

Shake up your Halloween decor with these colorful glittered pumpkins. A great project for kids, creating these sparkling pumpkins is quick, easy and fun. Plus, since the pumpkins remain whole, they'll last much longer than carved ones.

How to Make Foam Halloween Tombstones

These hand carved and painted tombstones are an inexpensive and easy way to create a personalized and creative outdoor Halloween display.

How to Make Peekaboo Pumpkins

Create a spooktacular vignette of peeking pumpkins using miniature gourds and a variety of inexpensive bowls and lidded dishes.

How to Make a Cat Condo

Use everyday items to build a fancy cat post with baskets.

How to Make a Silhouette Pumpkin

Bring sophistication to your Halloween decor by embellishing a pumpkin with a trendy black-and-white silhouette.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.