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Anonymous asked in Games & RecreationHobbies & Crafts · 1 decade ago

I am looking for a recipe for homemade clay that my kids can paint to make ornaments?

I have made Christmas ornaments out of salt dough, but I am looking for something that won't get soggy when it gets lots of paint on it (my 5 yr old gets a little carried away) The salt dough gets soggy and then the paint looks all cracked.

6 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer


    This is an excellent recipe for homemade ornaments. The dough is very easy to work with, and once baked the ornaments are very firm and easy to paint.


    1 cup salt

    2 cups flour

    1 cup water

    2 tablespoons vegetable oil

    water-based paints

    Place dry ingredients in a bowl, add the water and oil, then stir until blended. Once the dough holds together, make it into a ball and knead it with your hands to make a smooth texture. Place the dough on a cutting board, and using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a pancake shape that is a bit thicker than you would use for regular cut-out cookies. Cut out the ornaments with cookie cutters, design your own ornaments using a blunt knife, or shape dough with your fingers. Punch or carve a hole into the top of the ornament to thread a string through to hang the decoration.

    Bake at 250 degrees until hard (for one to two hours).

    Once cooled, paint with water-based paints if desired, or glue on glitter using white household glue. Thread a string or ribbon through the hole and hang the decoration on the tree or elsewhere in your home. These ornaments can be reused year after year.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I checked out this site and it has several receipes for clay.

    also another one of many that I love to use are:

    While this isn't my favorite modeling clay recipe, it's certainly functional--and it's easy to make in a country where other ingredients might be hard to find....

    1/2 cup potato starch or corn starch

    1 cup salt

    1 cup boiling water

    Boil the mixture until it is similar to a soft-ball; then knead on waxed paper. Wrap the clay in a wet cloth, and place in air-tight container to keep it moist.

    Allow products to air-dry. Pieces may be painted after drying is complete.

    I have so many more sites Ive used over time for crafts too. I hope that these help you as they have helped me thru the years. :)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If you take a shovel and dig in the ground, in most places you will find clay at a depth of a few to several feet.

  • Homemade Clay Recipes

    Use the following recipes to make clay that can be rolled or shaped into sculptures. Some clays should be dried overnight, while others are best baked in an oven. When hard, sculptures can be decorated and preserved with acrylic paint or finish.

    Modeling Clay


    2 cups salt

    2/3 cups water


    1 cup cornstarch

    1/2 cup cold water


    Stir salt and water in a saucepan over heat 4-5 minutes.

    Remove from heat; add cornstarch and cold water.

    Stir until smooth; return to heat and cook until thick.

    Allow the clay to cool, then shape as desired.

    When dry, decorate with paint, markers, glitter, and so on.

    If you like, finish with clear acrylic spray or clear nail polish.

    Store unused clay in a Ziploc bag.

    Bread Clay


    6 slices white bread, crusts removed

    6 tablespoons white glue

    1/2 teaspoon detergent or 2 teaspoons glycerine

    Food coloring


    Equal parts white glue and water

    Acrylic paint or spray or clear nail polish


    Knead bread with glue plus detergent or glycerine until the mixture is no longer sticky.

    Separate into portions and tint with food coloring.

    Let your child shape the clay.

    Brush the sculpture with equal parts glue and water for a smooth appearance.

    Let dry overnight.

    Use acrylic paints or spray or clear nail polish to seal and preserve.

    Baker's Clay


    4 cups flour

    1 cup salt

    1 teaspoon alum

    1 1/2 cups water

    Food coloring (optional)

    Large bowl

    Cookie cutters, drinking straw, and fine wire (optional)

    Baking sheet

    Fine sandpaper

    Plastic-based poster paint, acrylic paint, or markers

    Clear shellac, acrylic spray, or nail polish


    Mix flour, salt, alum, and water in bowl. If dough is too dry, knead in another tablespoon of water.

    Dough can be colored by dividing it into several parts and kneading a few drops of food coloring into each part.

    Roll or mold into ornaments.

    To roll: Roll dough 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface. Cut with cookie cutters dipped in flour. Make a hole for hanging by dipping the end of a drinking straw in flour and using the straw to cut a tiny circle 1/4 inch from the ornament's edge. You can also use the straw to cut more clay dots for use as decorations.

    To mold: Shape dough into figures such as flowers, fruits, animals, and so on. The figures should be no more than 1/2 inch thick.

    Insert fine wire in ornaments for hanging.

    Bake ornaments on an ungreased baking sheet for about 30 minutes at 250ºF.

    Turn and bake another 90 minutes until hard and dry.

    Remove from oven and cool, then smooth with fine sandpaper.

    Decorate both sides of ornaments with plastic-based poster paint, acrylic paint, or markers.

    Let dry and seal with clear shellac, acrylic spray, or nail polish. Makes about five dozen 21/2-inch ornaments.

    No-Bake Craft Clay


    1 cup cornstarch

    1 1/4 cups cold water

    2 cups baking soda (1 pound)


    Food coloring (optional)


    Damp cloth

    Tempera or acrylic paints (optional)

    Clear shellac, acrylic spray, or nail polish


    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.)

    Remove from heat, turn onto plate, and cover with a damp cloth until cool.

    Knead until smooth.

    Shape as desired or store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.

    Dry sculptures overnight, then paint with tempera or acrylic.

    Seal with shellac, acrylic spray, or nail polish.

    No-Bake Cookie Clay


    2 cups salt

    2/3 cup water

    Medium saucepan

    1 cup cornstarch

    1/2 cup cold water

    Rolling pin

    Cookie cutters

    Drinking straw

    Paint, glitter, and other decorative materials


    Mix salt with 2/3 cup water in saucepan.

    Stir and boil until salt dissolves.

    Remove from heat. Add cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water and stir. If mixture doesn't immediately thicken, heat and stir until it does.

    Sprinkle cornstarch on table and rolling pin.

    Roll out clay and cut with cookie cutters. Use straw to make holes for hanging.

    Let dry overnight and decorate with paint, glitter, and so on.

    Remind your child that these ornaments are not edible!



    Here is that recipe for homemade clay that you played with (and probably ate!) when you were a kid. It is still just as much fun to play with and use to create your own elaborate ornaments with as it was back then.


    Difficulty: Easy

    Things You'll Need


    Food Coloring



    1Step OneMix 4 c. flour, 1 c. salt, some food coloring and enough water to moisten.

    2Step TwoMix the ingredients, adding water until you have the desired consistency. The clay should be stiff but still hold together when rolled into a ball.

    3Step ThreeStore in refrigerator to avoid spoiling until you are ready to create your own Christmas tree ornaments.

    4Step FourCut the clay with cookie cutters or a sharp knife. Or mold it into a variety of shapes - anything from vegetables to motorcycles.

    5Step FiveDry the objects after they have been shaped by baking in the oven at 200 degrees F for about 10 minutes. They can then be painted.

    Tips & Warnings

    This clay dries hard and can be painted or decorated with markers or pens.

    Remember to add a loop of wire or ribbon to hang your ornament on the tree.

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