Category: Clay DIY

Homemade Clay Recipes (part 1)

There are some homemade clay recipes that can be easily done. Use them to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays are best baked in an oven, while others should be dried overnight.

1. Modeling Clay

Materials

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups salt
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Saucepan

Directions

  • Pour salt into water and stir in a saucepan over heat in 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove the mixture from heat; add cold water and cornstarch.
  • Stir until smooth, then return to heat and cook until thick.
  • Allow the clay to cool, shape as desired.
  • When the clay gets dry, decorate with markers, glitter, paint, and so on.
  • If you want, finish with clear nail polish or clear acrylic spray.
  • Store unused clay in a bag.

2. Baker’s Clay

Materials

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon alum
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Large bowl
  • Drinking straw, cookie cutters, and fine wire (optional)
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Baking sheet
  • Acrylic paint, plastic-based poster paint, or markers
  • Nail polish, acrylic spray, or clear shellac

Directions

  • Mix flour, alum, salt, and water in a bowl. If the mixture is too dry, add another tablespoon of water.
  • Color by dividing it into some parts and kneading some drops of food coloring into each part.
  • Roll/mold into ornaments.
  • To roll: Roll dough about 1/8 inches thick on a floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters. Dip the end of a drinking straw in flour to make a hole for hanging and use the straw to cut a tiny circle 1/4 inches from the ornament’s edge. Use the straw to cut more clay dots for use as decorations if you want.
  • To mold: Shape dough into figures like animals, flowers, fruits, and so on. The figures should be no more than 1/2 inches thick.
  • Insert the fine wire in ornaments to hang.
  • Bake ornaments on a baking sheet at 250ºF for about 30 minutes.
  • Turn and bake another 90 minutes till hard and dry.
  • Remove from oven, cool and then smooth with fine sandpaper.
  • Decorate both sides of ornaments with acrylic paint, markers, or plastic-based poster paint.
  • Let dry and seal with nail polish, acrylic spray, or clear shellac. Make about five dozen 21/2-inches ornaments.

Homemade Clay Project Ideas

It’s easy to make clay by yourself at home with just flour, water, salt, and vegetable oil. You can shape the clay into any form, bake and then paint it as you want. If you don’t have an oven or you don’t want to use your kitchen, the clay can be naturally dried from 48 to 72 hours.

Homemade clay is also a great way to get your kids into crafting without having to worry about little ones tasting their art. Here are some homemade clay idea suggestions for you and your kids.

Clay rainbow: Split the clay into seven equal portions and then use food coloring to change the clay to the seven colors of the rainbow. Roll the clay into long, thin strands. Form each clay portion into an arch shape. Join the strands together to create a rainbow. Dry or bake the clay and varnish it.

Christmas tree ornaments: Cut out shapes like trees, hearts, stars, or snowmen by using cookie cutters. Use a pencil tip or craft stick to draw designs into the clay, and then punch a hole through the top. Dry or bake the clay and paint it with fun designs. Yarn to the hole or thread ribbon.

Caterpillars: Split the clay into 10 pieces, with one piece a little larger than the others. Dye each portion and create the color of your choice with food coloring. Roll each piece into a ball to create the body and the larger ball will be used to make the head. Snip a pipe cleaner into 8 shorten portions. Put one pipe cleaner into each side of the balls, except for the head, and then slightly bend them. These will serve as the legs. Push two eyes into the front of the head. Stick the balls together, and let the clay dry or bake it. Finish it by varnishing the caterpillar.

Tips

  • Don’t make your clay projects too thick, or they will crack when baked.
  • Use cookie cutters to help make more precise shapes.
  • If you want your clay to have a golden appearance, brush your pottery with egg yolk before placing in the oven.
  • After baking, decorate your projects with acrylic paint.