Whether the kids need to make a mold for a school project or want to create homemade play dough, all you need to add are a few ordinary pantry ingredients to make a mold out of flour. This inedible molding clay is easy to make and you can flatten the flour mold to create a permanent cast of your child's hands, make a homemade holiday ornament or fashion it into a creative piece of art.
Things You'll Need
2 cups white flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
Large wooden mixing spoon
Spray the inside of a large saucepan with non-stick cooking spray. This helps keep the flour mixture from sticking to the pot and makes cleanup easier.
Combine the flour, salt and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Turn the stove on medium heat. Mix the ingredients together with a large wooden mixing spoon.
Add the water and vegetable oil to the dry flour mixture in the saucepan. Stir with the wooden spoon to completely incorporate the oil and water into the flour.
Stir continuously until the mixture thickens. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool. Knead the flour mixture into the desired shape. Create a permanent mold by pouring the hot mixture onto a cookie sheet. Let it cool and press a cookie cutter into the dough to create an ornament or press your hands into the mixture to make a lasting shape. Let the mold air dry for 24 hours until it hardens.
Create colored mold by adding food coloring to the flour mixture after you have added the water and oil. Use the mixture like modeling clay and fashion it into imaginative shapes. To reuse this flour molding clay, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to six months.
Use caution when you pour the oil and water mixture into the hot saucepan as the oil can splash and pop up when it hits the heated saucepan.