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Homemade Clay: How To Make Air Dry No-Bake Clay

Air dry no bake clay is easier than you think! I have a teen that loves to get her hands dirty with DIY projects. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and asked over the weekend if she could make homemade clay. How could I resist?

Homemade Clay

We actually had everything we needed already in the house. BLISS! No shopping required. It was a fun little project and super easy to do! A little messy… as you will see in the below video, but a whole lot of fun.

I mean – look at Natalie’s face. She was absolutely in her element with this DIY art and craft project. Here’s what you need to make air dry clay.

Air Dry No-Bake Clay

Homemade Clay: Air Dry No-Bake Clay Ingredients

  • 3 cups of cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 bottles of school glue (pick your color)
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of lotion
  • 2 tablespoons of baby oil

Now, if you watch the video, you will notice that Natalie starts off with different numbers. She starts off noting about HALF of the amount of cornstarch that we reference above.

That’s because we were going off a recipe for homemade clay we found online… that was WRONG. You need a lot more cornstarch than what we originally said in our video.

The above bullets are what WORKED for us. On the YouTube video’s URL, we also noted this corrected recipe in the description.  Don’t worry! It is shared everywhere. 🙂

Homemade No Bake Clay

The directions are simple enough. You want to combine all the ingredients for the homemade clay.

making clay at home

And I hope you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty… because you need to mix and pull and twist and rotate this puppy a few dozen times to make sure everything is combined.

Homemade No-Bake Clay

Because we are doing a no-bake air dry recipe, you won’t have to worry about microwaving anything or turning on your oven. This makes this DIY craft perfect for kids. The next part is easy! 

You just have to let your creation sit! Leave your homemade clay out for as long as you’d like and wait for it to harden. It will work faster if you leave it outside because of the natural elements like the wind. And enjoy!

Super fun to create and absolutely fun to play with once it is done and over with! I hope your kids enjoy the process! For more DIY activities, click here.

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