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.