I tried four different homemade clay recipes I found on youtube. All of the recipes are different and some were better than others. I decided to grade them based on number of ingredients, how easy it was to clean up, how the clay felt in my hands, and if it was moldable. I’ve attached the video links so you can create them if you want to. Remember these are my experiences making each clay recipe. Yours might be different.
Air Dry Clay
Ingredients: 1/2 Cup White Glue, 1/2 Cup Cornstarch, 1 Tablespoon Baby Oil, 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar, Lotion 1: Add 1/2 cup of Cornstarch into a bowl 2: Add 1/2 cup of white glue 3: Mix with spoon 4: Add the tablespoon of baby oil 5: Add the vinegar 6: Microwave from 1 min but do it in to 30 sec sections 7: Mix with hands using a drop of lotion 8:When done playing with clay get out clear wrap and put lotion all over one side of it. Fold clay into a block and wrap it up using the clear wrap. Put whole thing into Ziploc Bag and get rid of any extra air.
Review: This had the most ingredients, but it was also the easiest to make and there was little to no cleanup. The clay felt light and very moldable. The best clay recipe.
Check out the Youtube video here: Air Dry Clay by Crafty Pops
Ingredients: Bread, Dishwashing liquid or Glycerin (This will preserve clay), Liquid Glue 1: Get one piece or pieces (optional) of bread. 2: Rip off the crusts of all pieces 3: Rip the bread into small pieces 4: Pour 2 Tablespoons of liquid glue onto the pieces 5: Pour 1 Teaspoon of Dishwashing liquid or Glycerin onto the mix 6: Mix with hands 7: Enjoy
Review: This clay had the least ingredients. The clean up was a little more difficult because it was glue, soap, and bread. The clay felt like dough but it was very moldable. The second best clay recipe.
Check out the Youtube video here: Clay Bread by Ami G. Mee
Ingredients: 1 Cup of Flour, 1/2 Cup of Salt, 1/2 Cup of Vinegar, 1 Tablespoon of Oil Food Coloring 1: Add flour into a bowl 2: Add salt 3: Mix with spoon 4: Add oil 5: Add water 6: Add food coloring 7: Mix with spoon 8: Mold into whatever you want 9: Bake it on a tray (metal or glass) on foil or a cookie sheet in the oven at 230 Fahrenheit degrees for 20 min 10: Wait to cool 11: Enjoy
Review: I decided to try food coloring with this recipe. It was not too difficult to make. It felt a little sticky compared to the top two clays. Molding the clay into a bowl was not too difficult. The third best clay recipe.
Check out the Youtube video here: Squishy Clay Crafty’s Way by TheCrafty Nikki
Salt Dough (Polymer Clay Substitute)
Ingredients: Half a cup of flour, salt and water Vinegar 2 Tablespoons of oil Food Coloring 1: Pour flour into a bowl 2: Add salt 3: Mix with spoon 4: Add water 5: Add oil 6: A drop of Vinegar 7: Mix with spoon 8: Add food coloring 9: Mix with spoon 10: Mix with hands 11: Enjoy
Review: I decided not to use food coloring with this recipe. I added more flour, but it was too sticky and did not create a clay compared to the top three clays. The fourth best clay recipe.
Check out the Youtube video here: Salt dough 3 ingredients by Heidyjackson14