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  • Writer's pictureMegan Weller

How to make CLAY with things you have AT HOME! + easy air dry clay projects

Updated: Apr 4, 2021

How to make clay with things you have at home. Best salt dough recipe. How to cook salt dough.

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Hey guys, it's Megan!

Today I thought I'd try something a little bit different. I know a lot of you like when I make crafts with household items, so I decided to make CLAY using 3 things you probably already have at home.

I've been seeing so many cute air dry clay pieces on my TikTok "for you" page, and I've been dying to try it.

The "clay" that I made is also known salt dough. There are lots of different salt dough recipes/baking techniques out there, and this is the one that worked the best for me.

To make this, you'll need:

2 c All Purpose Flour (Do NOT use self rising Flour)

1 c Salt

3/4 – 1 c warm water

Mix the flour and salt together, combining them evenly. Make sure to use All Purpose Flour, NOT Self Rising Flour. If you use self rising flour, your project won't hold it's shape (since it will, well, "rise")

Mix 2 cups of flour and one cup of salt in a large bowl. Stir until combined evenly.

Add ¾ to 1 cup of warm water.

Add 3/4 to 1 cup of warm water to the salt and flour mixture. This will bind the salt dough together.

You’ll want the clay to have about the same consistency as Play-Dough.

You'll want your clay/salt dough to have about the same consistency as Play-Dough.

If you add too much water, you can add a little extra flour.

Store in an airtight container until you’re ready to use. This recipe will last about a week “un-baked” stored in the fridge.

You can store leftover salt dough in an airtight container for up to a week in the fridge.

I've seen lots of different methods for "drying" salt dough projects, and here's what worked best for me:

Let your creations air dry over night, then bake them at 200 degrees F the next day.

By air drying your pieces before baking them, they'll be less likely to crack.

The length of time you bake them will depend on how thick your piece is. I baked mine for about 6 hours.

I let mine sit overnight after removing them from the oven to make sure they were 100 percent dry before painting.

Paint with acrylics, and seal with the medium of your choice. I used clear satin Polyurethane. You could also use gloss Mod Podge, Clear Gloss Spray Paint, or anything else you have on hand.

Check out this video to see what I made with my salt dough!

Products I used:

Have you ever made salt dough? Let me know which project was your favorite!

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