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You know the ingredients your kiddos like to stockpile for making slime?  Those same ingredients can be made into an awesome, silky smooth white air dry clay.  

Air dry clay ingredients….

Grab some white glue.  We buy Elmer’s glue by the gallon because it so much cheaper than picking up the little bottles at the store.  Head to the pantry and grab cornstarch and  white vinegar.    Lastly you’ll need a bit body lotion and baby oil.

What a weird combination, right? 

But in the right proportions instead of slime you get a super smooth white clay that will air dry perfectly, no heating required at any step.  This clay is a perfect replacement for the more expensive store bought air dry clay or polymer clay like Sculpey.  

Use this easy DIY recipe to make your own air dry clay for kid's crafts and art lessons. Household ingredients combine to make a pure white silky smooth clay that requires no heating or baking.

Get started….

Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bow till smooth.  Chances are your clay will still be sticky.  Start with the ingredient amounts listed below and slowly add bits more cornstarch until the mixture can hold no more.  Add just a little at a time.  Soon the clay will go from being sticky to smooth, stretchy, and super soft.  

 


 

Prepare a clean counter with extra cornstarch spread out much like you are rolling out a pie crust.  Splash a little corn starch on your hands as well.   Turn clay out onto counter and knead it like dough.  If it’s still sticky- again with the cornstarch. 

Use this easy DIY recipe to make your own air dry clay for kid's crafts and art lessons. Household ingredients combine to make a pure white silky smooth clay that requires no heating or baking.

Ready to use….

At this point the clay is ready to use.  Mold it, make , let it dry- it’s really that simple.  The drying time will depend on the thickness of the finished clay product.  

If you’re not ready to use your air dry clay quite yet you can wrap it up and save it for later.  Spread a layer of cling wrap with a squirt or two of lotion and wrap tightly around your clay.  Put in the fridge and store for up to a week.

Check out this post for how to make texture pendants with this air dry clay recipe!

Use this easy DIY recipe to make your own air dry clay for kid's crafts and art lessons. Household ingredients combine to make a pure white silky smooth clay that requires no heating or baking.

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