How to Make Your Own Clay

Making your own clay is easy, inexpensive, and fun to do.


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You Will Need

  • 2 c. water
  • A few drops food coloring
  • 3½ c. all-purpose flour
  • ½ c. salt
  • 1 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 2½ tbsp. oil
  • A large bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  • A baking sheet
  • An airtight container
  • A few drops of vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Bring to boil

    Bring the water to a boil and add a few drops of food coloring.

  2. Step 2

    Mix ingredients

    Mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large bowl.

  3. Step 3

    Remove pot

    Remove the pot from the heat and add the oil.

  4. Step 4

    Mix ingredients

    Carefully pour the water mixture into the bowl. Use a wooden spoon to thoroughly mix it, and then let it sit until it's only slightly warm.

  5. Add vanilla extract to give it a nice aroma.

  6. Step 5


    Lay the clay mixture on a baking sheet until it's pliable.

  7. Step 6


    Have fun molding your clay. When you're done, store it in an airtight container.

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