Homemade Cookie Cutter Clay

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by Patrice on April 27, 2011 · 0 comments

in Crafts

Most kids love to be creative. Their talents may lie in different areas. While some can produce a masterpiece out of almost any substance they are given, others are better with the finishing touches and may need a bit of help with the basic shapes. Cookie cutters can be a big help to kids who want to sculpt with clay.

Single moms can make clay with items from the cupboard. The clay can be rolled out and cut into shapes with the cookie cutters and will dry overnight. The next day, the kids can finish the project with paint, glue and glitter, or any other accessory they find in the activity box.

While there are many other types of clay mom can make at home, the cookie cutter clay is quick and easy to prepare and the consistency lends itself perfectly to cut out shapes. The drying process is easy, just let it sit out overnight and the kids have flat sculptures to decorate anyway they like the following day.

Make the activity less expensive by adding cookie cutters to the list of items you’re always on the look out for when you hit the rummage sales or the thrift store. Special holiday cookie cutters often go on sale around the holiday they are geared toward. Check out the craft department if you can’t find them in the bake ware aisle.

Cookie Cutter Clay Ingredients

  • 2 cups salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup cold water

You’ll also need a medium sized saucepan, rolling pin, drinking straw and, of course, the cookie cutters. The shapes won’t be ready to decorate until the next day, so if you don’t have the needed artistic enhancements, you have time for a quick trip to the store.

Directions

Mix the salt and water (2/3 cup) in the saucepan and bring it to a boil. Stir the mixture until the salt is completely dissolved.

Take the pan off of the heat and stir in the cornstarch and cold water. The mixture should get thick right away. If it doesn’t, put it back on low heat and stir it continuously until it thickens.

Dust the table and rolling pin with cornstarch and roll out the clay.

Let the kids use the cookie cutters to cut out their creations. If they want to display their work, use the straw to make a hole at the top of the shape that a string or piece of cord can go through.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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