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A few months ago I shared a DIY tutorial for some cute pencil toppers. The best part of making that post was trying out a homemade clay recipe for the very first time.

The fact that I can just make whatever whenever I like, without having to go out to the store to get supplies or wait foooreeever for my order to arrive, that is – without a doubt – the best part of making your own clay.

To make this tutorial you only need a few common household ingredients AND with this clay recipe you don’t have to wait for your design to bake!

Homemade Clay Recipe:

What I used:

1 cup baking soda – Get it here*
1/2 cup corn starch – Get it here*
3/4 cup water

That’s it!

How to make this recipe:

Put all of the ingredients in a cooking pot or sauce pan. Put the pot on low to medium heat. Stir the mixture to combine all of the ingredients and keep stirring regularly as the mixture heats up. The mixture will start to clump together. Keep stirring to smooth it out.

Very easy step by step tutorial to make your own DIY Clay decorations for pencils + a BONUS homemade clay recipe! Tutorial by The Makeup Dummy

After a while (at least 10 minutes) the mixture will start to look like a solid dough, a lot like cookie dough.

Transfer the clay dough to a bowl and give the mixture time to cool. Once the mixture feels cool to the touch, knead it like you would knead a bread dough until you have a smooth round ball.

Store the homemade clay in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it. My clay was still soft after keeping it in the container for several weeks!

How to turn your air dry clay into a Unicorn Jewellery Holder:

Since unicorns are everywhere right now, I wanted to see if could turn this clay recipe into something inspired by my favorite magical animal. The idea of making a unicorn jewellery holder came to mind. You can stack rings on top of the horn. And the ears are perfect to dangle bracelets from!

I made the horn first by twisting 2 pieces of clay around each other, a lot like braiding but with 2 only strands.

DIY Unicorn Jewellery Holder - Step by step tutorial with homemade clay recipe (easy and cheap gift idea) by The Makeup Dummy #diygifts #unicorns

Next up were the ears. I started by making 2 round patches. Then I folded them in half and pinched them at both ends to make them pointy.

DIY Unicorn Jewellery Holder - Step by step tutorial with homemade clay recipe (easy and cheap gift idea) by The Makeup Dummy #diygifts #unicorns

For the roses I started by rolling a strip of clay for the centre. The petals are actually 3 round patches I folded around the roses’ centre.

DIY Unicorn Jewellery Holder - Step by step tutorial with homemade clay recipe (easy and cheap gift idea) by The Makeup Dummy #diygifts #unicorns

This jewellery holder is made from different, seperate parts so make sure all of the seams are blended together. You can use something like a popsicle stick or even a tooth pick to really smooth out all of the edges. If the pieces still fall apart after your design has dried, you can re-attach them by using a fresh ‘wet’ piece of clay.

Once the clay has completely air dried (I let mine dry overnight), you can easily paint your design. I first painted the horn yellow, but then decided to go over it with a layer of gold to really turn it into a magical unicorn. I colored the inside of the ears pink and the petals of the flowers in shades of blue, purple and pink.

DIY Unicorn Jewellery Holder - Step by step tutorial with homemade clay recipe (easy and cheap gift idea) by The Makeup Dummy #diygifts #unicorn

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DIY Unicorn Jewellery Holder - Step by step tutorial with homemade clay recipe (easy and cheap gift idea) by The Makeup Dummy #diygifts #unicorns
Yield: 1 1/2 cups air dry clay

Air Dry Clay Recipe + Steps

Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: 1 US dollar

Make your own Air Dry Clay with this simple homemade recipe. All you need is a few household ingredients and you can start making your own clay creations. from scratch!

This is a perfect kid's activity craft idea to keep them entertained for hours and let their creativity run wild.

Materials

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cup water

Tools

  • Cooking pot
  • Spatula
  • Stove

Instructions

  1. Measure the baking soda, corn starch and water, and pour them together in a cooking pot or sauce pan. Place the pot or pan on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Stir the mixture to combine all of the ingredients and keep stirring regularly as the mixture heats up. The consistency will start to thicken as you stir.
  3. At this point the mixture will start to clump together. Keep stirring to smooth it out and make sure no lumps are left. Step by Step Homemade clay recipe to make any design you like Tutorial by The Makeup Dummy
  4. After a while (at least 10 minutes) the mixture will start to look like a solid dough, a lot like cookie dough.
  5. Next, transfer the clay dough to a bowl. Give the mixture time to cool to room temperature. Once the mixture feels cool to the touch, knead it like you would knead a bread dough until you have a smooth round ball. How To Make air dry clay at home with simple kitchen household ingredients by The Makeup Dummy
  6. Keep kneading until the dough no longer sticks to your fingers. If it still feels sticky you can add some corn starch.
  7. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin or pinch a piece off and start creating! Let your creativity run wild as the possibilities are endless. Keep kneading the dough with your fingers and in the palm of your hand to keep it soft and moldable. As soon as you're happy with what you've created, you can set it aside and let it air dry. The clay will have hardened considerably after 2 hours already. And your design will be fully dry in 24 hours. Once dry you can paint the outside with acrylic paint, permanent markers (like Sharpies) or porcelain markers. Finish with a coat of varnish and your design will last forever!

Notes

Store the homemade clay (or any leftovers) in an airtight container until you're ready to use it.

If you like it, than don't forget to put a pin on it!

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This easy no bake air dry clay recipe is the perfect kid's craft activity idea! To make this tutorial you only need a few common household ingredients AND with this clay recipe you don't have to wait for your design to bake!

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2 Comments

  1. Izzy 10 December 2017 at 14:10

    It stuck to the pan. But otherwise this is one of my favorite DIYs.

    Reply
    1. The Makeup Dummy 10 December 2017 at 15:38

      That’s very strange … 🙂 I would keep stirring the mixture and maybe turn down the heat a little bit?

      Reply

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