Father’s Day is coming up and handmade gifts are wonderful!
There are a lot of crafts you could do with your children to make Father’s Day gifts but this simple clay gives you so many options, you may want to make two batches!
3 Simple Ingredients:
1/2 Cup Corn Starch
1 Cup Baking Soda
3/4 Cup Water
DIY Gift: You could fill a mason jar with the dry ingredients, decorate the jar with a ribbon or something, and add the instructions tied around the neck. Give that to Dad and say “Let’s do a craft together!”
Put the dry ingredients into a medium saucepan/ pot
Pour in the water then whisk until it is smooth. (Note: if you want coloured dough, add the food colouring now)
On the stove, turn on the heat to medium and let it come to a low boil, stirring so the bottom doesn’t stick.
Once it starts coming together and looks like mashed potatoes, take it off the heat and let it cool until you can comfortably touch it. (Don’t leave it uncovered and forget about it or it will start to dry out!)
Kneed the dough until it is smooth. To use later, make a ball and wrap it tightly with plastic wrap.
Now Make Stuff!
(Drying instructions below.)
Roll out the dough on parchment paper, press hand into the dough, then cut around the hand print in a square or circle. Dust hands with corn starch, or make hands wet, so the dough doesn’t stick. Use the dough when it is still slightly warm (as opposed to being in the fridge for a day) as it will make a better hand print. Once dry, paint and decorate however you want!
Make dad a key chain bead! Roll the bead, poke a hole though with a tooth pick, let dry, then paint.
When this clay dries, it is light. You could make a picture frame without it being too heavy.
On parchment, roll out the dough to about 0.5 cm- 0.75cm. Lightly mark a square, or any shape you want for a photo, then, mark a bigger square or shape around that. Cut out the inner square. Cut the lines of the outer square then peel away the clay surrounding it. Let the frame dry until it is hard enough to flip without breaking, then flip it to dry some more.
Once dry, paint and decorate as you want!
Using a cup or a round cookie cutter, cut out circles, let them dry then decorate them for dad!
If they are too thick, they may crack as they dry and will take longer to dry in general but a cute figurine for his desk would be a lovely gift!
Whatever you think of, try it!
Let dry for a day or so (depending on how thick you make the items). You will know it’s completely dry by the feel and look. It will be solid white and won’t feel damp.
You can also dry in the oven, on a sheet pan, at a VERY LOW temperature to help speed up the process, flipping the items over every once in a while so it dries evenly.
If you have a wire rack, putting pieces on there to dry (in or out of the oven) will help then dry more evenly. Put the items on the rack once they’ve dried enough to be moved from the parchment.
You can paint the clay with acrylics, draw with markers and pencil crayons, glue on beads and sparkles, and seal with a clear glitter paint or a specific paint sealer. Note, if you use markers, clear glitter paint or a sealer may cause then to run a bit.