Sunday, November 15, 2009

kitchen day

...a few days ago, j and t and i put together some homemade clay for painting and spent time cooking all kinds of make believe food for each other out in the garage/play room. we tried two different recipes for the clay, and only one worked for us. they had to dry longer than expected, but today we were able to paint our creations!! here is the recipe and a picture of the clay prior to shaping...

No-Bake Craft Clay


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


  1. Combine cornstarch, water, and baking soda in saucepan; stir over medium heat for about 4 minutes until mixture thickens to a moist mashed-potato consistency. (For colored clay, add a few drops of food coloring to the water before it is mixed with cornstarch and baking soda.)
  2. Remove from heat, turn onto plate, and cover with a damp cloth until cool.
  3. Knead until smooth.
  4. Shape as desired or store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
  5. Dry sculptures overnight, then paint with tempera or acrylic.
  6. Seal with shellac, acrylic spray, or nail polish.

...looks just like mashed potatoes, doesn't it?...

...we used cookie cutters and knives to make our designs...

...things we learned - make the clay very thin before shaping
(might have made the drying time much shorter.)
- use a straw to put
holes in the shapes for christmas ornaments

...we painted the shapes but did not seal them. next time, perhaps we'll make
a few more elaborate shapes to use for decoration in the kids' rooms...

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