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Recipes for Clay and Playdough

Mix together:
  • 1 C. flour
  • 1/2 C. salt
  • 2 tsp tartar
  • 1 pkg unsweetened koolaid
  • 1 C. boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Stir until soft dough forms, knead until smooth. Store in air tight container in refrigerator.

SMELLY PLAY DOUGH (variation on the above recipe)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 pkg. unsweetened Kool-Aid
  • 3 Tbls. cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
Children can mix dry ingredients if you wish. Add oil. Pour in boiling water. Mix. I continue to mix and knead with my hands. When mixture is cool enough, children can knead an begin playing immediately. I store in a plastic container with a lid. Contributed by Mrs. Mari

Shape and bake Christmas ornaments, jar lids, etc.

Mix together:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cup water

Knead until smooth. Add food coloring if desired. Make shapes and bake at 300 degrees until set and golden (1/2 hr to 1 hr). Seal with shellac, or for a more golden appearance, paint with a beaten egg.


Recipe 1

  • Mix together
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup salt
  • Food coloring, optional
Store in refrigerator.

Recipe 2

Mix and cook over low heat until mixture thickens:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • Food coloring, optional
Cool before using.

Recipe 3

Combine over low heat, stirring constantly until mixture becomes stiff and comes away from sides of pot:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
Store in a closed container or plastic bag.

Recipe 4


  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/2cups cold water
  • 2 cups bicarbonate of soda
  • Food coloring

Heat over medium fire, stirring constantly until mixture is doughlike. Cool, covered with a damp cloth. Coat finished with a shellac to seal and preserve.

Recipe 5 - VICTORIAN SALT CLAY (can be used to make beads for necklaces)

Mix 2 cups salt and 2/3 cup water in a pan. Stirring constantly, heat over a low flame for about 4 minutes (Do not boil). Remove from heat. Quickly mix 1 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water together and add this combination into heated mixture. Stir and mix quickly. If resulting mixture is not a thick paste, place back on low heat and stir for about a minute until mixture is doughlike.

Treat like bread dough - knead on flat surface until dough is a smooth and pliable mass. Can be stored in plastic or foil and kept in an airtight container.

Color can be added when dough is being cooked or when being kneaded, or modeled objects can be painted when dry. It takes 2 days for a modelled object to dry at room temperature. For quicker results, preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and then turn the oven off. Place the model in the oven, preferably on a wire rack, and leave inside until the oven has cooled off.

For a finishing touch, smooth dry models by rubbing gently with sandpaper or an emery board.

To make beads for a necklace, punch holes with a toothpick while the clay is still pliable. You can also string the beads through a thin wire, letting them dry on the wire itself.

Clay can also be rolled out like cookie dough and cut with a cookie cutter.

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