Eager to try out a different DIY project? Learn how to make clay yourself using simple household ingredients and start crafting! We have chosen the 3 easiest and cheapest methods to make clay, so make sure you try them all before choosing your favourite. Don’t forget to tag us in your clay creations online using #manomaker – we would love to see what you’ve been up to!
Go on, get making and seize the clay! 💪
How to Make Clay
Cold Porcelain Clay
- 225 ml white glue
- 125 grams of cornflour
- 1 tbsp lemon juice/vinegar
- 1tbsp baby oil
- Optional glitter and food colouring
Find a microwave safe bowl and fill it with the cornflour.
Add in the remaining ingredients (excluding glitter and food colour) and stir well with a whisk or spoon until you reach paste-like consistency.
Put the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 1 minute 30 seconds, pausing the microwave every 30 seconds to stir the contents.
After heating, stir the mixture once more then leave to cool to a temperature you’re comfortable to work with.
Once cool, transfer the dough to a flat surface and knead until smooth.
If you want, now is the time to add lots of colour! (you can also paint the clay after it is dry) Add a few drops to the mixture and knead until the colour is even.
Once complete, roll the clay into a ball and wrap it tightly in plastic. You’ll have to leave this overnight to ‘cure’ before you can start sculpting! (Sorry about that..)
We suggest putting some cream on your hands before you start sculpting, this will prevent any sticking and drying out!
Luckily, this clay air dries easily, so you don’t need to put it in any oven!
Salt Based Clay
- 280g salt
- 140g flour
- 112ml warm water
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and add glitter (if you want!)
Add a few drops of food colouring to your water if you want to make the dough coloured, and pour the water in the large bowl
Knead the mixture until it is smooth and dough-like
Start sculpting! If the mixture is still too wet, then add more flour. If it is too dry, then (you guessed it! 😉 ) add more water.
Once you’ve finished sculpting, put the dough in your oven for 2-3 hours at 100 degrees to harden the designs.
If you haven’t perfected your design yet and want to try again the next day, then simply leave the dough in an air tight container with some flour to preserve it!
Cornstarch Based Clay
- 180g baking soda
- 65g cornflour
- 170ml warm water
Add all of the ingredients into a pot and stir with a whisk until the mixture is smooth
Consider adding some glitter at this point, if you want to!
Move the pot onto the stove and heat the mixture whilst stirring it until it has a thick, smooth texture
Once the clay has thickened (and has a texture similar to mashed potatoes!) take it off the stove and cool
Once you are able to touch the clay without burning yourself, roll it out and start sculpting!
Important note: You have to use the clay on the same day that you make it!
Once you’ve finished sculpting, let the clay dry overnight and voila!
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