There are several recipes to make homemade clay for modeling and arts and crafts projects. Three recipes below will help you make one clay that hardens when you bake it, one clay that you can coat for a glossy finish, and one that molds and stays pliable like store-bought modeling clay.
Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe 1
This recipe produces a modeling clay similar to the other two recipes, but it uses cornstarch and baking soda rather than flour and salt:
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- Food coloring (if you want)
- Mix the ingredients together over low heat till a dough is formed.
- Cover the clay with a damp cloth and allow it to cool before using.
- Seal completed clay products with shellac.
Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe 2
This basic clay is essentially bare-bones cooking dough that is easy to make with ingredients in your kitchen. It is sufficient for basic modeling projects, but you may want to throw it out before it starts growing bacteria. All ingredients you need to make it is:
- Mix the clay ingredients together.
- Store the modeling clay in the refrigerator in a bowl covered with plastic wrap or in a sealed plastic baggie.
Homemade Modeling Clay Recipe 3
This homemade clay uses cream and oil of tartar for thickening, producing a clay that is firmer than the one above. It is perfect for simple modeling projects and only requires a few ingredients:
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups water
- Food coloring (optional)
- Stir together the dry ingredients. Mix in the oil, the water, and food coloring.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly so that the clay thickens and pulls away from the sides of the pot.
- Cool the clay before use. Store it in a sealed container or plastic bag.
MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE DIY CLAY SPORTS MEDALS
* Bostik White Glu
* A straw
* Multi-coloured Permanent Markers
* Washi Tape (optional)
* Numbered stickers
STEPS TO MAKE DIY CLAY SPORTS MEDALS
Step 1. Pour 1 cup of Cornflour and 1/2 cup of Bostik White Glu into a bowl and mix together. Knead the clay for some time until you get a dough similar to ready to roll icing.
Step 2. Sprinkle extra cornflour onto a firm surface and roll the clay out flat. Use a plastic lid to create circles out of the clay. A bottle lid works best. TIP: use a knife to scrape off any excess clay from the bottle lid in between each use. This will mean you get a neat circle. Place the clay circles on a baking tray lined with baking paper. We made several clay circles at the same time for different activities.
Step 3. Use a straw to make a hole near the top of each clay circle and then leave them to dry out overnight.
Step 4. Let your child choose to use washi tape, permanent marker pens, or numbered stickers to decorate their clay sports medal.
Step 5. Thread ribbon or string through your sports medal so that it can be worn. We opted to use curling ribbon
We had a couple of helpers while making our DIY Clay Sports Medals. My sons and daughter had a go at decorating their own medals. My son chose to make repeating patterns while my daughter wanted to see how many colors she could get onto one medal.
The permanent marker pens were easy to use on the clay and the washi tape stuck securely to each circle. If you wanted to preserve your clay medals you could give them a coat of Mod Podge Glue.
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
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 2 cups salt
- 2/3 cups water
- 1/2 cup cold water
- Pour salt into water and stir in a saucepan over
heat in 4-5 minutes.
- Remove the mixture from heat; add cold water and
- Stir until smooth, then return to heat and cook
- 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
- Store unused clay in a bag.
2. Baker’s Clay
- 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
- Fine sandpaper
- Baking sheet
- Acrylic paint, plastic-based poster paint, or
- Nail polish, acrylic spray, or clear shellac
- 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.
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.
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.
- Don’t make your clay projects too thick,
or they will crack when baked.
- Use cookie cutters to help make more
- 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.