Friday, June 12, 2009

more fun with cornstarch clay

If you are a regular reader, you will have maybe, just maybe hopped on over to Craftzine to see my recipe for cornstarch clay and maybe, just maybe, you have checked out my most recent for the do post on clay rubbings. Here's a nifty take on continuing the fun, you know, just in case those boredom blues are still going on.

You will need:
*batch of cornstarch clay or other clay suitable for baking
*fun objects from around the house (beware of possible choking hazards)
*watercolor, food color or other thinned paint
*scratch paper or soft white paper. printer paper is fine
*cookie cutters
*cookie sheet
*string, yarn, or other length of lacing

scrumdilly-do it:

This is what you do after you have already finished with the clay and crayon rubbings. Remove the objects from the clay.Mix up a batch of liquid watercolor or add some water to food color and have your wee one paint up their imprinted clay.Place a sheet of paper over the painted clay to lift a print. Wipe down with a damp sponge for another color combo, etc.Once your tot is finished with the painting and printing, pass out the cookie cutters and have him or her cut out some shapes. Preheat your oven to 250F. Use a straw or pipecleaner to make holes near the tops of each shape. Place on a cookie sheet and bake until hard (at least thirty minutes). The paint will have set and the holes will have shrunk up a little but they should still be large enough to string.Make pendants, keychains, bead chains, etc. Make small clay shapes and adhere to plain cuff-links or tie clip for Father's Day gifts. Most of all, have fun and be safe. Children under three should be supervised and only an adult should take care of the baking.


  1. I am loving this!! Thanx!!

  2. This is WAY cool! I'll be linking to this if you don't mind.

  3. I love cornstarch clay. I've never waterpainted on it before. Great idea and thanks so much for sharing!

    Lisa ;)

  4. This looks super fun! Great for our rainy day!
    Found you though Crafty Crow...

  5. How beautiful! We'll definitely be trying this, especially as last time we painted cornstarch clay it didn't work out at all.
    Found you through Crafty Crow and will be following from now on!

  6. Thanks for this great craft idea. My 4 year old and I will try it this afternoon. I, too, found you at the Crafty Crow!

  7. Do these tend to fall apart if they get wet? (I think I know the answer to this, but just to give my little lads a heads-up on care of their new pendants!)

  8. thank you everyone!

    Hether-i was looking for a contact email for ya but can;t find one so i hope you check back here.

    i'm not sure if these pendants are waterproof or not. i would think that given a good soaking they would most probably fall apart but if you seal them with modge-podge or some other water resistant sealer you might be good. i just might not wear it when swimming. hope that helps! *smile*

  9. Very cool! We did the clay beads today. Will be painting them tomorrow...boy, was it super fast to make the dough! I used a tea bag to dye one of them (just to see, not too bad). Will use paint/glitter/modge podge tomorrow. THanks for the how-to and congrats on crafty crow. :)

  10. oooh emily, the tea bag dye sounds very cool! do you have pics? hope you had fun and thank you for the fun words!