DIY Air Dry Clay
Air dry clay is one of those staples that every crafter should have in their arsenal. Handy for a variety of projects, it’s also easy to make with supplies you already have in your kitchen. As with any stove related project, children should only make this with adult supervision.
Things you’ll need
3 parts salt
1 part cornstarch
1 part water
Things to do:
1. Add your water to your pan and bring to a boil. Slowly add your salt to the boiling water until all has been dissolved.
2. Little by little add the cornstarch, stirring as you go, until the a solid lump of clay forms.
3. Dump the clay onto a sheet of foil and allow it to rest until it’s cool enough to handle. Once cool, knead until smooth and then use in your projects.
4. This clay will dry to a smooth finish overnight.
UPDATE: We had so many readers having issues with the salt not dissolving, that we looked into the possible issues. It seems humidity plays an important role when you’re making air dry clay. If you live in an area where there is a lot of humidity in the air, your salt will not dissolve and you are left with a grainy mess. You can try using this tweaked recipe…
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch (Plus a little extra as needed)
1/2-2/3 cup water
Mix the baking soda and cornstarch in a pot (dry) until well combined. Add water until you have a smooth, stirrable mixture. Heat on low, stirring all the time, until you it reaches the consistency of thick oatmeal. Sprinkle a little cornstarch onto your counter and turn out the dough. Knead as soon as it is cool enough to touch. The dough will smooth out and become easily workable. Shape and allow to air dry or store in a air-tight container.