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How to Make Your Own Clay

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


  • Step 1: Bring to boil Bring the water to a boil and add a few drops of food coloring.
  • Step 2: Mix ingredients Mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a large bowl.
  • Step 3: Remove pot Remove the pot from the heat and add the oil.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Add vanilla extract to give it a nice aroma.
  • Step 5: Knead Lay the clay mixture on a baking sheet until it's pliable.
  • Step 6: Store Have fun molding your clay. When you're done, store it in an airtight container.
  • FACT: Modeling clay has been used to fool fingerprint-reading security devices.

You Will Need

  • 2 c. water
  • A few drops food coloring
  • 3u00bd c. all-purpose flour
  • u00bd c. salt
  • 1 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 2u00bd tbsp. oil
  • A large bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  • A baking sheet
  • An airtight container
  • A few drops of vanilla extract (optional)

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