Nothing says nostalgia like old-school clay crafts! If you can’t make it to see a faraway friend or your family, send your love with a personalized blast from the past. A bowl of flour, a handful of salt, under two cups of water—that’s all you ‘knead.’ Make and bake all of your holiday gifts in a night!
Old-School Clay Crafts
Recipe from Food.com
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 1/2 cups water
1. Combine all ingredients. Knead dough for 15 to 20 minutes. If all of the flour doesn’t seem to be kneading, add a little bit of water.
2. Roll out the dough, and cut your desired shapes! Cookie cutters work well for ornaments; X-Acto knives work well for custom shapes. To stick different pieces of dough together, dip your finger in water and use that as an adhesive. If you are making an ornament, don’t forget to puncture a hole before you place your masterpiece in the oven! (Wire hangers and toothpicks work well for this.)
3. Set your pieces on a greased baking tray. Bake at 300ºF for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly golden. Your pieces may not feel hard right away, but they will harden as they cool.
3. Paint your finished pieces however you like! Acrylics work best. To apply glitter, paint or brush on a glue, such as rubber cement and then apply glitter liberally.
What cool crafts are you making this holiday season?