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How to Make Crisp White Corn Flour Clay

We have done salt dough before. It is great however the brown, burnt biscuit look really isn’t very appealing as a base to work with. Yes, a good coat of white paint can rectify this issue but…. what if I told you there is something else out there that is better.

Corn Flour Clay

A substance that takes only 5 min to cook up that is malleable, beautifully soft, safe for small hands to handle and dries a beautiful crisp white.

What if I told you that this substance could be made using pantry staples- yes, you likely have all you need in the pantry already! Winning!

Introducing Corn Flour Clay.

Corn flour is known for its silky, squeaky fine texture. It is such a versatile ingredient in a few of our play recipes. It can make the most mysterious Oobleck, the softest cloud dough and now the whitest clay we have come across.

Miss 4 was keen to make a little keepsake for her Kindy friends to mark the end of the year. I won’t go into how excited I was to cook up a batch of this beautiful clay for her.

Corn Flour Clay Christmas Ornament

Would you like the recipe too?

All you need is:

  • 1/2 cup of corn flour
  • 1 cup bicarbonate soda
  • 3/4 cup water

Throw it into a saucepan and stir over medium heat. Keep stirring until the clay comes together. It goes from liquid to clay very quickly so please keep stirring and watch closely.

Turn your hot clay onto a silicone mat or baking paper and allow it to cool before using it. Please be careful as it will be hot!

Once it has cooled enough to safely handle, you can roll it, squeeze it, poke it, poke things into it and mould it. It’s soft and easy to manipulate.

To dry out your clay, simply just let it air dry. Today we were pressed for time so I put them into the dehydrator at 60 degrees for a few hours otherwise they would usually take a couple of days to dry completely. You could also slide them into a very low oven for a few hours. If you keep the temp low then your should still have that crisp white finish.

What could you make with your clay?

  • Figurines
  • Handprints
  • Plates
  • Wall hangings

We would love to see your creations! Feel welcome to join our community on Facebook and share photos of your treasures.

I really hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.

Dani D x

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28 thoughts on “How to Make Crisp White Corn Flour Clay”

    1. Thank you! It really is so easy to make and the end result is beautiful! My Miss 4 made Christmas Ornaments for each of her school friends as a little gift and they loved them! It feels amazing and is easy to work with. Iโ€™m sure you and your toddler will love it! Feel welcome to share your creations in our Facebook group I canโ€™t wait to hear how you go ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ


  1. Goodbye playdoh, hello corn flour clay. It is so interesting how you can use stuff from the pantry to use in art and craft. I do remember as a child that you can use a mixture with oats to make a strong glue.


  2. It’s so genius that you can use ingredients from your kitchen to create this type of clay. I can imagine children would be in love with it and create so many different figurines out of it.


    1. It really is so quick to make and the kids love it every time. Thanks for stopping by and by all means have a browse. Love what you see? Subscribe to the mailing list to be amongst the first to see the latest posts!


  3. What an awesome craft idea! I haven’t tried anything like this before, but I know my son would have so much fun doing this. We’ll have to give it a try this weekend. Thanks for sharing!


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