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How Fun is This DIY Easter Decor?!
I absolutely love this baking soda and cornstarch clay. It takes just minutes to make and has the most wonderful texture! We use it as play clay, like a play dough, and then it turns into stunning crafts and DIY Easter decor by either air drying it or baking it in the oven. Here are 22 more ideas on what to do with the clay!
The Clay is as Simple As This:
1 Cup Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
3/4 Cup Water
Add all your ingredients to a non stick pan and cook over medium high heat for a few minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat once the consistency is like mashed potatoes. Store right away in an air tight container. Once cool enough to touch, knead well.
Playing with the clay is the part that is the most fun!
I knead the clay really well and set it out on a cutting board with some fun cookie cutters. I’ve linked above some fun ones!
Q loves to knead the clay with me and roll out the clay. I introduced this clay to Q when he was 16 months old, it was an instantly hit. The best part is it’s totally taste safe, and gluten free! Trust me, they won’t like the taste if they do mouth it.
After we play for a while we from some shapes to turn into a garland.
The best part about this clay is you can air dry it, or toss in the oven to bake.
I prefer to bake it. I place on a baking sheet and bake at 175F for about 2 hours, flipping after 1 hour. Depending on the thickness of your designs and oven it can take more or less. You’ll know when they’ve completely hardened. I recommend keeping pieces under 1/4 of an inch . The thinner the better. This clay is prone to cracking, just the nature of the materials.
Before I bake our garland pieces I use a straw to poke holes in them.
Time to decoupage.
So, I am a huge fan of Mod Podge. I also pick up little pretty cocktail napkins all the time and constantly find myself with an influx of them. I am constantly experimenting with the clay and what works and this worked SO beautifully I want to make dozens more. They’re perfect as home decor and gifts!
Simply brush Mod Podge onto the clay and then gently place cut up paper napkin pieces, layer the pieces however you’d like to add interest to the piece! Once your piece is covered use a toothpick to reopen the stringing holes.
Leave the pieces overnight to dry. I placed mine on little glasses so the edges wouldn’t stick on anything.
Time to string them together.
Tie a piece of twine to a plastic sewing needle and have your little one help lace through the openings. You could also use ribbon!
Toddlers LOVE to lace, it’s so great for improving fine motor skills, we lace almost daily lately around here!
That’s it! Hang them up and enjoy!