Sculpting with Cornstarch Clay

Want a cheap, unique art project for your kids?   Using cornstarch to create a clay is a new twist!

Make Cornstarch Clay Main


1/2 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup salt


**In a small saucepan, mix the baking soda & salt with 1/3 cup water and bring to a boil.   In a small bowl, combine cornstarch & 1/4 cup water and stir well.

**When the salt mixture boils, remove it from the heat & add the cornstarch mixture.   Stir vigorously for a minute or two to thicken the clay.   Scoop onto a sheet of waxed paper & allow to cool before giving it to children to play with.

This recipe make a small batch of clay, probably enough for 3 or 4 sculptures.   If you’re entertaining more than a few kids or have a child with a big creative streak, I would double or triple the recipe.

To make your sculptures even more fun, look through the junk drawers & art supplies for things to stick on your sculptures for eyes, arms, antlers, buttons, etc.   Google eyes, screws, luggage keys, sequins, soda can tabs, tiny nuts & bolts, buttons, paper clips…any tiny pieces would make great additions!

The clay will air dry in a few days, so set them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper to serve as a drying rack.

**If using small pieces to decorate your sculptures with, this project is not appropriate for young children.**

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