Homemade Craft Clay

Turn materials you have in your pantry into versatile craft clay with our instructions.

2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
Food coloring*
Essential oils**

*Tip: Add food coloring one drop at a time until the mixture is your desired color. For colors not in the pack, follow the mixing ratios on the packaging.

**Tip: A few drops of essential oil go a long way — think lavender or geranium. Extracts such as vanilla, chocolate and peppermint are also perfect options.


*Safety First: While homemade play clay is a fun crafting material for kids, adult supervision is strongly encouraged when producing the mixture.

  1. Combine flour, water, salt, vegetable oil and cream of tartar in a medium-sized pot and stir over low-heat
  2. Continue cooking over low for 3-5 minutes until the dough resembles mashed potatoes — it should pull off the sides and clump in the center

Tip: If your mixture remains sticky, simply continue to stir and cook until the dough becomes dry.

  1. Once the dough has cooled to a workable temperature, knead until it reaches a silken texture
  2. Divide the mix into however many colors/scents you desire and form into balls.
  3. Form a well in the center of each ball and add the appropriate colors/scents. Work the dough until the colors/scents have become fully incorporated

Tip: Working with food coloring can leave stains on your hands, so we recommend working with disposable gloves.

Storage: Play clay can dry out quickly, so be sure to store it in an airtight container or bag when not in use. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, play clay can remain pliable up to six months!

Have a homemade play clay recipe or special touch? Be sure to share yours with the community below.



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