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How to Make Crisp White Homemade Corn Flour Clay

We have done homemade 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

How to Make Crisp White Homemade Corn Flour Clay

What is 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 homemade clay for her.

Corn Flour Clay Christmas Ornament

How to make Homemade Corn Flour Clay

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.

[wpvideo CLvcMATJ ]To dry out your homemade 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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  1. Love this fun idea and how simple (and non-icky) the ingredients are! I definitely want to try this with my toddler.

    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. I’m sure you and your toddler will love it! Feel welcome to share your creations in our Facebook group I can’t wait to hear how you go ???

  2. This is an awesome arts and crafts activity for groups and kids! I will definitely use this activity in the future! Great information

  3. Honestly, I never knew it was that simple. My boy will have a field day with this.

  4. I love making shapes with clay, and this looks made from safe ingredients so I can make it with my toddler and have some fun. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Amber says:

    I need to try to do this with my kids. They’d have fun with it, I’m sure. My daughter would want to paint them!

  6. oh I love this! I wanna do this with my toddlers tomorrow!

  7. This is so clever! I can imagine you could make some absolutely fabulous decorations with this πŸ™‚

  8. This looks like a fun project! I’m going to see if my kids would like to do this one day.

  9. This sounds like a nice play dough. I like that it is moldable and my boys could make cool things with it.

  10. successunscrambled says:

    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.

  11. Joanna says:

    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.

  12. You are a forge of always incredible ideas! I will find and I will tell you the result!

  13. oh wow you are so creative!! I would like to be creative too and have more time to try to do it. Love the ideas on your blog.

  14. I made clay with baking soda before, but I rather keep that for cleaning. Corn flour is cheaper for us too.

  15. Oh, wow! It looks amazing. I’m definitely going to have to give making some of this clay a go with my two little ones at the weekend πŸ™‚

    Louise x

  16. Waren Jean Go says:

    Oh wow! This is actually good for DIY projects. I have so many DIY projects that I want to do and I will definitely include this!

    1. I would love to hear how you go! It really is a very versatile medium. Imagination is the only limit to its possibilities!

  17. blair villanueva says:

    wow this is a nice idea, and you can make sure it is safe for kids πŸ™‚
    Perfect for any diy projects of any occasions.

    1. For sure! I made up a batch to fill in an hour the last week. The kids made sculptures one day then painted them a few days later.

  18. Shilpa Bindlish says:

    That’s an interesting playful activity that I would love to try with my kid. Infact I will explore more ideas on your blog.

    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!

  19. Chels says:

    I used to love making clay when I was younger. It’s a great idea for kids to be creative and so simple to make.

  20. Devyani Ray says:

    I love the clean look of the end product. Looks like it’s non sticky too! Will try it for sure

  21. swathiiyer says:

    Looks nice, I need to try this, tired of spending money on the play and clay.

  22. Bindu Thomas says:

    Wow..this is an awesome art idea! I love how the product looks after. Need to made one for my kids.

  23. What a great craft idea. This is perfect for a kids craft day.

  24. 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!

  25. JENNIFER says:

    Can you paint it?

    1. Play Inspired Mum says:

      Hello! Yes! Miss 5 made each of her classmates an ornament using the clay last Christmas. Each one personally painted. They came up beautifully! We used acrylic paint πŸ™‚

  26. Hello ! I have seen this recipe before and thought it was great, but I made several atttempts and each time it cracked on drying. Did it happen to you ? How can you prevent it (the other clay recipe I have contains glue which I al not happy to use for kids to manipulate.

    1. Play Inspired Mum says:

      Hello! I haven’t had any cracking however someone mentioned it on our Facebook page just today. Miss 2 and I are going to experiment with different variables to see if we can shed any light on it. My first thought is the mix may be to dry, or drying to quickly… we live in a area with quite a bit of humidity… Im wondering if that may be contributing to our success. Ill be editing the post with the results of our experiments once we have had a play πŸ™‚

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