3. Bread Clay

Materials

  • 6 slices of white bread, crusts removed
  • 6 tablespoons of white glue
  • 1/2 teaspoon of detergent or 2 teaspoons of glycerine
  • Paintbrush
  • Food coloring
  • Equal parts of white glue and water
  • Spray or acrylic paint or clear nail polish

Directions

  • Knead bread with glue plus glycerine or detergent until the mixture is no longer sticky.
  • Separate into portions and then tint with food coloring.
  • Let your children shape the clay.
  • Brush the sculpture with equal parts of glue and water for a smooth appearance.
  • Let the mixture dry overnight.
  • Use spray or clear nail polish or acrylic paints to seal and preserve.

4. No-Bake Craft Clay

Materials

  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups of cold water
  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • Saucepan
  • Plate
  • Damp cloth
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Tempera or acrylic paints (optional)
  • Clear shellac, nail polish, or acrylic spray

Directions

  • Mix cornstarch, baking soda, and water in saucepan; stir over medium heat for about 4 minutes till the mixture thickens to a moist mashed-potato consistency. If you want to create colored clay, add a few drops of food coloring to the water before mixing it with cornstarch and baking soda.)
  • Remove from heat, pour into plate, and cover with a damp cloth till cool.
  • Knead until smooth.
  • Shape as you want or store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container.
  • Dry sculptures overnight, then paint with acrylic or tempera.
  • Seal with shellac, nail polish, or acrylic spray.

7. No-Bake Cookie Clay

Materials

  • 2 cups of salt
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup of cold water
  • Medium saucepan
  • Rolling pin
  • Drinking straw
  • Cookie cutters
  • Glitter, paint,  or other decorative materials

Directions

  • Mix salt with 2/3 cup of water in saucepan.
  • Stir and boil till salt dissolves.
  • Remove from heat. Add cornstarch, 1/2 cup of cold water and stir. If mixture doesn’t heat, thicken, and stir until it does.
  • Sprinkle cornstarch on table and roll pin.
  • Roll out clay and then cut with cookie cutters. Use straw to make holes.
  • Let dry overnight and decorate with glitter, paint, and so on.
  • Remind your children that these ornaments are not edible!