Baking Clay Recipes

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Two baking clay recipes that kids can use to make sculptures.

Recipe #1


  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour


Stir the salt into the warm water until dissolved.

Let cool.

Add flour and knead for 8-10 minutes.

For coloring the dough, add food coloring or powdered tempera paint to the salt and water – before adding the flour.

Create sculptures and bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes to one hour (until all the moisture is gone).

Paint creations when cool.

You can also seal the completed work with a non-toxic, water-based sealer.

Recipe #2


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups water


Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is the texture of mashed potatoes.

Let cool.

Knead well by hand.

You can cut this “clay” with cookie cutters or use small molds.

Air dry for approximately three days or bake at 175 degrees F until firm (depends on thickness of art project).

Bake about 40 min one side and then turn and bake on other side.

You can add food coloring to the clay to make it colored, or paint with acrylics once hardened.

Use this clay to make pins, charms, etc.

The unused dough will keep for 2 or three days in a plastic bag, but it’s best to use it right away.