I love flicking back through old craft and home books and finding old ideas to introduce to my kids. One of my books has got a recipe for Baker's Clay made from kitchen cupboard ingredients and lovely to work with plus once dried in the oven it's hard and produces a white clay ornament. We've been making snowmen and tags with it for a couple of years and the ornaments get brought out and added to the tree but I've never paused long enough in the madness that becomes Christmas Crafting to share the recipe. Unlike our quickest ever salt dough - I really wouldn't recommend putting this in the microwave to speed up the process and from a couple of failed attempts don't leave it to air dry either the best method is to dry in the oven this avoids cracking and dries fairly quickly.
Baker's Clay is an easy recipe and the kids do help me a little, but as they are still young I'm a bit wary of them using the hob to heat the mixture so I tend to do that bit getting them to help me with the measuring and the kneading once it has cooled down.
Ingredients for Baker's Clay
1/4 cup of corn flour (corn starch)
1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/3 cup of cold water
Cling Film (saran wrap)
Step by Step making Baker's Clay
Measure out the ingredients and pour into a saucepan and stir with a wooden spoon until it's really smooth - it will dissolve quickly.
On a lowish heat to medium stir the mixture constantly whilst it blends - don't be surprised if it looks like it's reacting that's normal and the kids love when it does that.
When the mixture thickens and starts to come away from the sides in a dough like substances remove from the heat and leave to cool for a little while. It's important that you do it as soon as this happens otherwise you loose too much water and get crumbly clay.
When the Baker's Clay is cooled enough for you to touch take it out of the pan and mould into a ball.
Wrap in cling film and leave till it's room temp and cool.
When it's cool you don't need to flour the surface it's dry to the touch but mouldable and you can use it just like salt dough or air drying clay.
Don't worry about your pan - Soak it for 10 minutes in warm water and the mix comes right off with a quick wipe no problems at all - although I do tend to use an old "craft pan" for things like this.
To dry place in an oven on it's lowest setting - like oven dried salt dough they can take 1 - 3 hours to dry. I line the baking tray I use with some baking paper and then check on it regularly after the first hour to make sure that they are drying. Once they are dry remove from the oven and leave to cool.
These make fantastic little ornaments, gift tags and with pure white clay you could get really crafty and stamp them afterwards using a permanent ink pad to add a special message if you wished.
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For the last 3 weeks we have been counting down to Christmas sharing Paper Crafts, Handmade Gifts and now recipes with you that you and the kids can make at home. This week with recipes we're sharing our Baker's Clay recipe that you can use to create gifts, ornaments or even gift tags for presents.
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