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Creative Corn Flour Clay

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30/04/2020

This homemade clay is one of my favourites to make. As well as being super easy, it dries a beautiful white colour so is easy to paint or colour in, it dries quicker than salt dough and only uses 3 simple ingredients!

I also use this clay at Christmas to make decorations, I add essential oils to the mixture and it smells amazing!

But for today’s activity we are looking at making some keepsake Mother’s Day gifts!

Corn flour clay recipe

What you need

  • 1 cup sodium bicarbonate
  • ½ cup Cornflour
  • ¾ cup water
  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Breadboard
  • Damp tea towel

What to do

  • Put the ingredients into the saucepan and put over a medium heat. Stir constantly with the spoon.
  • After a couple of minutes the mixture will start to bubble
  • Once it is bubbling the mixture will start to come away from the edges of the pan and form a thin dough that looks a bit like mash potato
  • Once it has come completely away from the sides turn the heat off and tip it out onto the breadboard
  • Cover it will the damp towel and allow it to cool
  • Once it has cooled, mould it with your hands until smooth, if it is sticky use some cornflour to mould it with until it is smooth, but do not make it to dry

Notes:

You can keep it in the fridge for 24 hours but after that it tends to crack when you dry it out.

Do not use this clay as play dough, it is not taste safe.

Helpful hint! If you can’t find corn flour you can use custard powder instead! The dough will be yellow rather than white, but it works just as well!

Homemade finger print key chain

What you need

  • A batch of the corn flour clay
  • A small cutter of your choice
  • Paint/colouring pens if you want to colour in the key chain
  • A small metal key chain ring
  • A rolling pin
  • Bread board
  • Baking tray
  • Baking parchment

What to do

  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Roll out the clay on a board until it is about 1/2cm thick, be careful not to make it to thin or it will crack, but if it is too thick it won’t dry out.
  • Cut out the clay with your cutter shape and using a knife lay it on the baking parchment on the tray.
  • Carefully make a finger or thumbprint on the shape.
  • Using a straw, make a small hole in the top of the shape, this is for the metal ring.
  • Put in your oven on the lowest setting possible, you are drying the clay out rather than cooking it. If you don’t have an oven you can air dry the clay.
  • Drying time greatly varies on the oven and how thick the clay is! Mine took 4 hours to dry out in the oven. If you are choosing to air dry it can take 24-48 hours.
  • Every couple of hours turn the clay shape over in the oven so each side dries evenly.
  • Test the clay to see if is ready by gently squeezing the centre, if it is soft leave it longer, if it is hard it’s ready.
  • When it’s ready, allow it to cool.
  • Decorate it with your chosen colours/paint, allow to dry.
  • Thread the metal key chain through the hole and wrap up ready to give to Mum!

Star frame

What you need

  • A batch of the corn flour clay
  • A medium cutter and small cutter of your choice, I used a star. They need to be the same shape
  • Paint/colouring pens if you want to colour in the frame
  • A wallet size photo
  • Double sided sticky tape (or a glue gun)
  • A rolling pin
  • Bread board
  • Baking tray
  • Baking parchment
  • Card
  • Pen

What to do

  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Roll out the clay on a board until it is about 1/2cm thick, be careful not to make it to thin or it will crack, but if it is too thick it won’t dry out.
  • Cut out the clay with your medium cutter shape and using a knife lay it on the baking parchment on the tray.
  • Cut out another medium shape and lay it on the parchment
  • Using the small cutter, cut the centre out of one of the shapes. Make sure the edges are not to thin
  • Put in your oven on the lowest setting possible, you are drying the clay out rather than cooking it. If you don’t have an oven you can air dry the clay.
  • Drying time greatly varies on the oven and how thick the clay is! Mine took 4 hours to dry out in the oven. If you are choosing to air dry it can take 24-48 hours.
  • Every couple of hours turn the clay shape over in the oven so each side dries evenly.
  • Test the clay to see if is ready by gently squeezing the centre, if it is soft leave it longer, if it is hard it’s ready.
  • When it’s ready, allow it to cool.
  • Decorate it with your chosen colours/paint, allow it to dry
  • Carefully lay the photo over the large shape and stick down with the double sided sticky tape
  • Lay the shape with the hole over the top, when it is lined up OK, use the double sided tape or glue gun to stick it over the picture to make your frame
  • Stick the star onto the card and write above it ‘Mummy you are a shining star!’
  • Wrap up and give to Mum!

Handprint

What you need

  • A batch of the corn flour clay
  • A  cutter of your choice depending on the size of your child’s hand, I used a bowl
  • Paint/colouring pens if you want to colour in the print
  • A rolling pin
  • Bread board
  • Baking tray
  • Baking parchment

What to do

  • Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Roll out the clay on a board until it is about 1/2cm thick, be careful not to make it to thin or it will crack, but if it is too thick it won’t dry out.
  • Carefully press your child’s hand onto the clay but do not push too hard or the clay will become to thin
  • Cut out the handprint with your cutter shape and using a knife lay it on the baking parchment on the tray.
  • Put in your oven on the lowest setting possible, you are drying the clay out rather than cooking it. If you don’t have an oven you can air dry the clay.
  • Drying time greatly varies on the oven and how thick the clay is! Mine took 4 hours to dry out in the oven. If you are choosing to air dry it can take 24-48 hours.
  • Every couple of hours turn the clay shape over in the oven so each side dries evenly.
  • Test the clay to see if is ready by gently squeezing the centre, if it is soft leave it longer, if it is hard it’s ready.
  • When it’s ready, allow it to cool.
  • Decorate it with your chosen colours/paint, allow to dry
  • Wrap up ready to give to Mum!

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