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Three Modeling Clay Recipes You Can Make At Home Easily

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.

Homemade Clay Recipes (part 2)

3. Bread Clay


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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!