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DIY non-toxic Air Dry Clay

DIY non-toxic Air Dry Clay

You'll be amazed by this natural air-dry clay recipe! It's so quick to put together and the resulting dough is easy enough for little hands to roll out and work with. It has a smooth texture, like play dough, but will air dry completely within 3-7 days.

The dough is white, but you can tint it with your botanical colour powders while wet, or let it dry and paint/ decorate once dried.

There are so many ways to use your clay! You can make gift hangers, bowls, fantasy animals, letters, etc etc.

If you want to add dried flower petals, glitter and crystal chips, you can either add those to the wet dough (make sure you roll them into the dough with a rolling pin to ensure they'll stick) or you may choose to glue them onto your clay creations once they are dry.

In the example pictures, we used our Air Dry Clay to make plant ornaments, carefully rolling different leaves/dried orange slices/banksia pods/plants onto round clay discs with a rolling pin and adding a hole for hanging them later.

The last picture is from last Christmas, when we made star-shaped gift tags to add to our gift wrapping. 

Recipe:

1 cup Bicarb soda

1/2 cup corn flour

3/4 cup water

Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat. Keep stirring constantly until the consistency resembles play-dough. Remove from heat and let it cool until you can safely roll it into a ball. Knead in your hands until the consistency is smooth. The dough is ready to use now.

Shape, colour, add flowers - let your imagination run wild!

In between uses, keep the dough ball wrapped in a wet cloths to prevent it from drying out. You can also spray the dough with a little bit of water to keep it moist and prevent it from cracking.

Use parchment paper for rolling out the dough and to dry the finished art works on - drying can take anywhere from a few days to a week - turn thicker pieces regularly to ensure even drying.

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