Homemade Play Clay – non-drying
1 recipe = enough for 1 child
1 (1/4 ounce) package unsweetened Kool-Aid powdered drink mix (optional)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 cup boiling water (mixed with food color if you are not using Kool Aid)
Mix the dry ingredients together.
Add oil and water – if you wanted different colors, you can add the food color after the dough is mixed, but it is easier to mix it in with the water.
Mix the ingredients quickly to blend everything. The dough should be stiff and begin to form a ball.
Let dough cool slightly, then drop onto a floured surface and knead until smooth, about 5 minutes.
Store in an air tight container for hours of fun whenever you want it!
Pearly Play Clay – dries hard
Dries hard overnight to a pearly porcelain-like finish! Roll out and use cookie cutters (use a straw to poke a hole in the top) to make Christmas ornaments!
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup water
Stir the soda and cornstarch together in a saucepan then add water and mix well.
Cook over low heat, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes then cook another 2-5 minutes while stirring constantly until it looks like mashed potatoes.
Remove the pan from the heat, set aside and let cool.
When cool, put on floured surface and knead it, adding more cornstarch as needed until it’s a smooth workable clay.
For tinted clay, knead in a few drop of food coloring.
Form your sculptures/designs/ornaments and let dry overnight.
Store leftover clay airtight in the fridge, it’ll stay good for a couple of days.
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 – 2 cups water
extra flour for kneading
straw (if making ornaments you will need this for making the holes in top)
Mix the first 3 ingredients together to form a soft dough. Knead until smooth (can take about 5 min.) using the extra flour as needed. The more you knead this dough the easier it will be to work with.
Roll out what you will be working with at that point on wax paper, and keep leftover dough – covered – in fridge. Using deep cookie cutters, clean/empty cans, or templates of shapes (you will cut around these with a sharp knife) cut out the designs you wish to make. If you prefer to make sculptures you can do this as well – but keep in mind you will need to adjust (increase) your cooking times accordingly.
When done shaping dough, place it on a parchment paper or foil lined cookie sheet. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 – 3 hours for thin items, 300 degrees for 2 – 3 hours for thicker designs, or 350 degrees for 2 – 3 hours for really thick sculptures. You are only baking until the item is good and hard – not black. Remove from oven and let cool.
Paint as desired with acrylic paints and let dry. Once thoroughly dry, paint with a coat of “Glossy Mod Podge” to seal. This is the best sealant since it does not react with the paint or dough.
**If you want to color the dough without painting, you can tint the dough with food coloring while kneading – just remember a little color goes a long way – and to wear plastic gloves. You will still need to seal the dough once baked, so you will still need the Mod Podge, however.
Popcorn Bird Feeders
Plastic Knives or Spatulas
Creamy Peanut Butter
Popcorn – already popped
Cut desired shapes (stars, wreaths, etc.) out of cardboard. Poke a hole in the tops of cutouts (for hanging twine) and thread the twine through hole, using enough twine to make a fairly large hanging loop.
Spread peanut butter over the cutouts – fairly thickly – using spatula or plastic knife, and then pour birdseed over the peanut butter. Press seed lightly into peanut butter to help it stick and stay in place.
Using spots of peanut butter for “glue” stick popcorn to the cutouts around edges to frame shapes and help keep birdseed from shifting.
Hang outside on your favorite trees and watch the birds appear (and maybe a squirrel or two).
Cinnamon Tree Ornaments
3/4 cup Applesauce
1 bottle (4.12 oz) Ground Cinnamon
Toothpick or Drinking Straw (for hanging hole at top)
Ribbon for hanging
Assorted cookie cutters
Mix applesauce with cinnamon in a small bowl to form a stiff dough.
Roll dough out to a 1/4 inch thickness on a piece of wax paper. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, make a small hole in the top of each ornament for hanging. Carefully lay ornaments flat on a wire rack to dry. Let dry at room temperature for 1 – 2 days, until thoroughly dry – turning occaisionally.
Insert ribbon through holes for hanging and display as desired!
More to come soon………