Crafts

Make your own clay ornaments

This is not a food recipe post. So you must be wondering as to why I am posting this. Well, it just so happens that I have developed a keen interest in crafting over the last couple of years be it, pencil drawings, Zentangle or small DIY crafts. I was snooping around the web for some cool DIY holiday gift ideas and I came across, the cornstarch dough clay recipe. The end result is that I can make small embellishments for either jewelry or to hang as ornaments.

Please note, I am still waiting for the embellished clay dough to dry to paint them so that I can show the images of the completed project.

This recipe is a mix from a couple that I have seen online. The good is that I did not have to buy anything from the store. I used household items that were lying around.

Ingredients:

Corn Starch – I table spoon

Glue – I used Mod Podge – 1 table spoon

Olive oil – 4 -5 drops

Vaseline (yes vaseline. What would I do without vaseline) – one small scoop

1 cup to stir the ingredients in

Pot of water

Method:

  1. In the cup add the corn starch and the Glue. IMG_1825

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2. Stir

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3. Add the oil

 

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4. Stir

5. Put the pot of water on your cooking range and put the cup inside the pot of water as it warms. Stir the mixture for around 7 – 10 minutes until the consistency become easy to manage as you stir.IMG_1830

6. Once step 5 is complete, add the vaseline and mix.

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7. Make a ball from the dough.

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9. Pull smaller pieces from the dough mixture and make your own ornaments.

10. I made an octopus, fish, heart …. and poked small holes at this stage where I thought I could insert a wire through for future use.

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11. Wait for 3 days for the embellishments to dry completely. 12. The next step is for me to paint the embellishments with either acrylic paint or with nail polish. I will post some pictures after I have painted them.

12/2 – Update.

We did not do a good job painting these, but here is the end result. The first image is that of an octopus and the second that of the sun. It was a cool project to work with my 4 year old. My thought is to use this on a self painted picture frame.

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I hope you enjoyed the instructions. I would love to hear from you if there is a better way to do this craft.

 

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