Homemade Clay Recipes to Beat Boredom

Twin Cities Kids

It might be the middle of summer vacation or snow day number six million, but one thing is for sure–the kids are going stir crazy, and you’re going just plain crazy! You’re probably open to any suggestions as far as entertainment options, right? Why not try out some homemade clay recipes with the kiddos?

It might be messy, but it will keep them occupied for hours. In the end, you’ll wind up with a cute keepsake to remind you of these crazy days when they’re all grown up! Keep scrolling for a few recipes explaining how to make clay.

Basic Modeling Clay

You’ll need to gather:

  • 2 cups salt
  • 2/3 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Saucepan

Follow these easy directions:

  • Combine salt and lukewarm water in the pan. Stir over heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Add cold water and cornstarch to the mix.
  • Keep stirring mixture until smooth.
  • Put entire mix back on low heat and cook until consistency is thick.
    Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Shape and mold as you wish!

For keepsake purposes, allow shapes to dry overnight. Then, have kids paint, color, and glitter. You can even cover with clear coat spray or clear nail polish if you wish! (Be sure to complete this step in a well-ventilated area!)


Bake-free Salt Clay

Gather these ingredients:

  • 2 cups salt
  • 2/3 cup room temperature water
  • Medium saucepan
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters or thin-rimmed drinking glass
  • Straw

Follow these simple steps:

  • Use the pan to mix the salt and room temperature water.
  • Boil mixture until salt is completely dissolved.
  • Next, pour in cornstarch and cold water. Stir until thick. If clay mixture doesn’t thicken, place back on low heat.
  • After the mixture has thickened, sprinkle cornstarch on counter tops and rolling pin to prevent sticking.
  • Roll out clay.
  • Cut out fun shapes with cookie cutters, using straws to create holes for hanging.

Decorate with paint, markers, glitter, gems, etc. Allow creation to dry overnight. If hanging, tie the ribbon through the hole, and VOILA! You will have an instant ornament that will last for years!

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Cinnamon Ornament Clay

Grab these items:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutters
  • Wax paper
  • Straw or toothpick

Follow this quick, simple method:

  • Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl.
  • Knead combined ingredients with your dry hands. If hands are damp, the dough may get sticky. If you do find yourself working with sticky dough, just add some flour or cornstarch to your hands and knead away!
  • You’re ready to roll! Roll dough out on wax paper to prevent sticking.
  • Use cookie cutters to create your desired shape. Use toothpick or straw to make a hole in the ornament for hanging purposes.
  • Allow project to dry for 24 hours.

These ornaments can be painted or decorated, but are very pretty with a simple piece of ribbon strung through the hole on top. Quick, lovely, and with a half cup of cinnamon, they smell fantastic!

Homemade Air Dry Clay

Fetch the following:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • Saucepan
  • Food coloring (around ten drops)

Mix it up like this:

  • In the pan, combine all ingredients.
  • Continuously whisk the mixture over medium heat until bubbles start to appear and dough begins to thicken.
  • Put dough into a mixing bowl.
  • Cover with a wet towel until cool.
  • Once cooled, add a pinch of cornstarch to the countertop.
  • Knead dough until it is no longer sticky.
  • Form clay into containers, shapes, sculptures, you name it!
  • Allow creation to dry for several hours.

Take note that your hands may become discolored from the food coloring added. If you don’t want to walk around with rainbow-colored fingers, just wear food prep gloves while kneading!


The next time you are cooped up in a chaotic house full of antsy kids, gather up some of the above ingredients! Your family can give one of these recipes a whirl and provide the kids with a lesson in, “how to make clay 101!” These are just a few favorites, but there are many more quick and easy homemade clay recipes out there! Does your family have a favorite homemade clay recipe not mentioned above? Have you given any of the recipes mentioned above a try?


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