I have been on Pinterest alot lately. But for me, being on Pinterest is a much better use of ‘wind down’ time than TV. I feel refreshed, inspired and feel whipped up into a creative frenzy. Out come the lists for the next day, and what I need to buy for my craft project that just cannot wait a moment longer.
So the other day I got onto clay moulding shapes for gift tags (it’s a thing – everything is on Pinterest) and decided I needed to do it right then and there. Only thing was I couldn’t justify driving right over the other end of town for the clay I needed…..quick google later and I had a recipe, and was whipping up my own clay! I made some gift tags and was very impressed with how they turned out. So now I have a pile of
useless gift tags, but hey, they helped me fill in the horrible time of 3-5 pm with a toddler, and filled my creative love tank.
Later in the week I was at the Warehouse and saw some DAS clay so I brought some and tried some more tags. Have to say, the homemade clay was much easier to work with and dried just as good (if not better) than the brought stuff.
So if you invest 5 minutes into making some clay which ingredients you no doubt have in the house, its a great project to do with the kids (and a bit more fun for Mumma’s as well) and you get to make something cute.
The day I made mine it was super hot so I just air dried them, otherwise you can put in the oven on a lined baking tray on the lowest setting until they dry.
For the clay what you need –
3 cups flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
1 tsp olive oil
food colouring (optional)
cookie cutters, stamps, cutters to make shapes you require
What to do –
- In a large mixing bowl, slowly mix together all the ingredients except the food colouring. Mix and knead until you get a putty-like consistency.
- Add food colouring to the clay at this point if you want. You can break off hunks of clay to make several different colours from one batch. Add food colouring slowly and knead it into the clay thoroughly before adding more colour.
- Start using the clay right away or if it is too soft to hold shapes, refrigerate it for a couple of hours to firm it up.
- Air-dry or oven bake your objects.