Category: Clay DIY

Homemade Clay Recipes (part 2)

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!

DIY CLAY SPORTS MEDALS

MATERIALS NEEDED TO MAKE DIY CLAY SPORTS MEDALS

* Bostik White Glu

* Cornflour

* A straw

* Multi-coloured Permanent Markers

* Washi Tape (optional)

* Numbered stickers

* Ribbon

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.

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.