Clay can become anything you want it to be, whether a Christmas tree ornament or a birthday gift. It can also provide an inexpensive craft project for you and your children to share on a quiet afternoon. Using household ingredients, you can make your own bakeable clay. It takes just a few minutes to prepare, and unlike store-bought clays, you can be certain that your homemade clay only contains ingredients that are safe when accidentally ingested.
Things You'll Need
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
2 tbsp. cooking oil
1 to 1 1/2 cups water
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Doing this ahead of time allows you to move seamlessly from sculpting to baking your work.
Mix 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of salt in a large bowl. Add 2 tbsp. of cooking oil and stir in enough water to form a soft dough, about 1 to 1 1/2 cups. Stir in one drop of food coloring at a time until the dough it the color you want, but avoid stirring too much or the dough may become too tough.
Roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, such as a kitchen counter or cutting board. Knead it by repeatedly pushing it into the surface with the heels of your palms then folding it in half toward your body. Continue until you can form the dough into a soft ball.
Sculpt the dough into the shape you want. For instance, you can make a small figurine of a person or a heart-shaped ornament to hang around a doorknob.
Cover the surface of a baking sheet with a layer of aluminum foil. Set your sculpture carefully on the baking sheet.
Bake the sculpture for an hour. Allow it to cool before handling it.