Craft Recipes

Here are a variety of craft recipes including paper mache paste, clay, bread dough and porcelain clay. Try each of these to discover which one you like best.


Paper Mache Paste

Here is an easy to make paper mache paste:

  • 3 cups of white flour
  • 1/4 cup white glue
  • 4 heaping tablespoons of salt
  • Water

Add water, to make a pancake batter consistency. Mix well to get rid of all lumps. For smaller projects divide accordingly.

The glue adds extra strength and the salt helps to act as a preservative. To make the paste smell better, add a couple drops of clove oil. This will also act as a preservative.

For a completely safe, non toxic alternative for young children, omit the glue. Even though a lot of white glues claim to be non toxic, omitting the glue makes it easier to wash the paste off. Especially if it gets slopped on clothes.

The paste can be stored in the fridge but not for long periods of time. After three or four days discard left over paste.

This is one of the craft recipes that has many variations. Try experimenting with your own. This one is not an exact science.

I made the pirate pinata with this paper mache paste.

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Paper Mache Clay

  • use this with the paper mache paste, above
  • mix in 1/2 cup drywall joint compound
  • add cellulose insulation

Break the cellulose insulation into small pieces by rubbing between thumb and fingers. The finer the better. Soak in water over night. Remove excess water by squeezing. Mix together with drywall compound and paper mache paste until you have a clay consistancy. If it is too sticky, add a bit of the dry cellulose.

Do not use fiberglass insulation. It is NOT a safe alternative to use for any craft recipes. Please only use cellulose insulation.


Bread Dough Clay

One of the craft recipes with surprising ingredients. Not the familiar kids bread dough clay. This is for a smooth, air dry clay, using the following materials:

  • white bread no crust
  • 1 tablespoon white glue
  • 1/8 teaspoon cold cream
  • drop of clove oil
  • few drops of craft paint or food coloring, in desired color
  • Small amount of Cornstarch, as required
  • Sealer

Crumble a slice of bread, without the crust, into small pieces. Add the white glue and the cold cream. Knead until smooth.

Add one drop of clove oil.

Add paint or food coloring, only a drop at a time, until you have the color you want.

If the dough is too sticky, add more bread crumbs or a small amount of cornstarch. If it is too dry, add more glue.

This can be used to make many craft projects, including flowers.

When dry, seal project with at least two coats of sealer.


Kids Salt Dough Clay

This is one of the traditional kids salt dough clay recipes.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • Water to make dough consistancy.

Add small amounts of water, until dough is smooth. If you add too much water and it is sticky, just add a bit more flour.

Go to canopic jars, halloween party decorations.


Cold Porcelain Type Clay

This needs to be heated on the stove after mixing ingredients together. Add the paint, after it has been heated.

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup white glue
  • 1 tbls. baby oil
  • 1 tbls. white vinegar
  • 1 teas. craft paint
  • hand cream

Mix ingredients together. Cook in a teflon pan, until it forms a ball. About 10 minutes.

Put foil on counter and cover with hand cream. When finished heating, put dough on foil and knead until smooth.

Cool and wrap in plastic wrap and store in a sealed container.

Can be used to make flowers and beads. When dried completely, coat with a good sealer.


Alternate Cold Porcelain Clay

  • 1 cup white glue
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tblsp. mineral or baby oil
  • 2 drops of clove oil
  • few drops of water based craft paint

This is a bit of a variation to the other porcelain clay recipe. The clove oil would be the preservative in this one. The vinegar would act as the preservative in the other craft recipe. Clove oil smells better but is a bit expensive and can be hard to find.

Cook the ingredients (except craft paint) on low heat. Stir constant for about 10 minutes. When dough starts to form and starts coming off of sides of pan, it is done. Remove from heat and cool.

Knead until smooth. This can then be tinted with a small amount of craft paint.

When working with dough, dust with cornstarch to keep from sticking.

To store, wrap in plastic wrap and put in sealed container in fridge

Project will dry in about 24 hours. There will be some shrinkage.

Seal with waterproof sealer, when craft project is completed.


Dryer lint Clay

Quick and easy clay using lint from your dryer.

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups dryer lint
  • 1/4 cup of white glue
  • 1 tblsp. dish soap
  • 1 drop of clove oil

Mix together until you have the desired consistancy. If it doesn't seem thick enough, add a bit more lint.


Monster Mud

This is one of the craft recipes that is used often, with halloween prop makers. It is quite heavy though and is not waterproof, unless covered with a good sealer.

  • 5 gallons of Drywall Joint compound 
  • 1 gallon of latex water based paint

Mix well with mixer on the end of a drill. For smaller projects, divide this craft recipe.

Build your form and dip cloth sheets or burlap into the monster mud craft recipe. Wipe off excess and drape over prepared form. This must be done over a sturdy form that can support the weight. This makes props that will be the heaviest of all these craft recipes.

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