I’m PRETTY excited about this being my first fruit DIY since I get to be joining in on this mega cute summer trend. This was that “other” cement project I had mentioned being part of the inspiration for my ombre candle holders and much like that project, this one took me some time to suss out. I’ll get to the details on that in a little bit, but let’s get started with what you’ll need to make these cuties.
-fruit ice trays (I used a pineapple ice tray and an assorted fruit ice tray)
-cement (I used Cement-All)
–magnets (These ones are super super super strong, which I like, but it made them difficult to work with. If that’s a concern for you, go with weaker magnets.)
So cement. This was actually my first time using cement, before my ombre candle holders, and I learned a few things after failing this project TWICE.
1) Work quickly with the cement, especially if it’s a fast drying one like Cement-All.
2) Add a bit more water to the cement than what’s recommended in the instructions on the box, until it becomes a little thinner than pancake batter. The thinner the cement, the better it will fill in all the little details in the ice trays. Be careful though- it only takes a little bit of water to drastically change the consistency of the cement.
3) Mix out all the lumps in the cement but don’t do it TOO vigorously. I did this the first time and it created so many air bubbles that after the cement dried, my fruit had tiny holes all over them :(
Learn from my fails, ok?
So it’s pretty simple, I just filled up the trays with cement and let them dry.
After popping out all the cement fruit from the molds, I glued on a magnet to the back of each fruit.
Then the funnest part- painting the fruit magnets. Seriously, it’s meditation.
You guys, I love them soooooo much, to the point where I’d be thrilled if you loved them even half as much as I do. What do you think of them? Summer trend or not, I’ll be keeping these up on the fridge forever.
53 comments on “DIY Fruit Magnets”
Now I see what you made with those fun ice cube trays! Great idea, so fun and chic!
Yesssss love that you were able to connect the sneak peek with the project <3 Thanks, Ashley!
Suuuuuuper cute, Amy! And I agree that they are definitely good enough to keep up year round. I still have yet to do a cement project. I really need to get on them.
Thanks, Alexis! This is the only way I’ve used cement, but I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite way.
THIS IS SO CUTE!!
Very cheerful, too!
Yea, much needed on a Monday ;) Thanks, Amy!
These are the cutest things ever- love, love them!!
Awww thanks, Laurel! That’s a big compliment :).
I LOVE these!! Sometimes it takes a few tries to get something perfect and clearly these little magnets were worth it. Great idea!
Absolutely agree. It’s the failures that usually turn into something great! Thanks so much, Cassandra!
These are adorbs! And look totally edible and ready to pop in my mouth haha. Love them!
Oh my gosh yes. Like fruit gummies or candies. Thanks, Bre!
Absolutely love!! Where are the pineapple ice cub trays from? I’m obsessed!
Thanks, Chelsea! I got mine at Anthropologie, but looks like they don’t sell them anymore. I did recently see the trays at The Paper Source, though!
I am in LOVE!! so adorable!! I might need to make these with my pineapple ice trays!
Yesssssss at first I was thinking about just doing all pineapple magnets. That would be SO cute, too!
I like them.
Thanks, Wartar :)
These are all kinds of adorable! Thanks for the specific tips about working with cement. Some things can only be learned through experience, y’know?
Absolutely. Mistakes are the greatest teachers! Thanks, Sarah!
Oh. My. Word. ADORABLE!
These are just adorbs! And they definitely don’t have the feel of heavy concrete. Very cute : ]
Interesting point! They have a good weight but aren’t bulky or heavy. Thanks, Jennifer!
Oh man, these are the absolute cutest! My fridge is very jealous.
Thanks, Jamie! Tell your fridge to ask you to make some magnets for it.
Amy your cement projects are genius and this one is no exception – it’s SO cute! <3
Aww thanks so much Stephanie! This is probably the only way I’ll be using cement :P
OMG these are too adorable!! I love them! And need them on my frige asap. And thanks for the cement tips, not a medium I have worked with before but you have totally sold me on it. :)
Cement is really, really cool. Makes me think about ice trays in an entirely different way. Thanks so much, Lusine!
These are THE cutest. My fridge right now isn’t magnet, but I may still make them and stick them to another random metal surface in my house…
Thank you, Cat! I support your plan to find another metal surface. Other than my fridge, some of these magnets will be going on my magnet board at my desk :P
I love fridge magnets.. These magnets are so adorable.. Can’t believe its so simple to make these cute little fruit magnets.. :)
Yes! Simple is always best :) Thank you, Arpita!
You are genius, my Friend! Loving this cute little magnets! Pinning for sure!Xo
Big compliment haha thank you, Aniko!
They are sooooo cute! I saw that the title said DIY, but I couldn’t figure out how they could be – they are perfect and your painting job is wonderful! Pinning :)
Thanks, Brynne! I thought painting them would be a pain in the butt, but it was actually really enjoyable, because they’re so cute <3 Thank you for pinning!
Amy, I LOVE these! They are too adorable! I love that you took the extra time to actually paint them like fruit, I’m sure I would have been lazy and just spray painted them solid colors. They are so so sweet. I’ve been wanting that pineapple ice tray and been unable to justify it–maybe this is my reason!
I totally considered the spray painting option, but couldn’t shake past wanting to paint them like actual fruit. So happy you appreciate my effort <3 haha! Thanks, Marlene.
Amy, these are so adorable and fun and make me smile. Yup, I’m pretty sure I NEED these!
These are so sweet, i just want to eat them…minus the magnet part! Honestly, I’ve been waiting for something quick and easy like this to do with the tub O cement I have sitting on my balcony right now. Hmmm, i have plaster too…wonder how that would work? Hmmm, I can just imagine all the air bubbles now…never mind. Cement it is! Love!
Thanks, Enid! I have no idea if plaster would work, but you should see if it does! Although you are right to want to put your box of cement to use. Let me know how it goes!!
This is soooooooo crazy! I purchased those pineapple trays a while ago to do the same projects! Nuts, right?!? And yours are soooo darling, so I’m totally going to bag my magnet idea! I love love love these! Great work! You know what they say about great minds! :)
Great minds <3 I'm very familiar with situations like these, but it's always reassuring to know we all share the same taste! Makes me feel like I'm doing something right :) Thanks so much for coming by, Lexy. Really appreciate the kind words!
This is seriously freakin adorable!!! Love it!!
Aww thank you so much, Monika!!
This one has to be the magnets season! Last week I tryed a magnets project too, but your ones are just sooo cute!
Hello Amy! I loved this idea and so I want to inform you that I used your DIY project in one of my posts, check it here: https://myblueflamingo.wordpress.com/2015/07/11/weekend-48/
I found it so adorable and summery! :) I hope you don’t mind but if so, tell me.
awesome idea Amy!!!! they are so simple and easy to make…… love this idea u r great…….!! :-) :-D
Where do you get those ice trays? they are sooo adorable!
Hi Stacey! You can find the pineapple tray here and the other tray I got an ebay (can’t find it and possible is no longer available).