Introduction: How to Make Clay

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Have you ever wanted to make your own clay and not buy the expensive clay at the hobby store?
Well, heres the instructable, How to make clay!

This instructable will be explaining how to make a type of clay is made from not rocky stuff, but food. The clay is easy to make and you can easily get the ingredients from most food stores. You can keep this type of clay for a very long time if stored in a air-tight container in a cool dark place. It also has another advantage, instead of most types of clay that needs to be baked to solidify, it can be air-dried to solidified, so that clay is a bit 'green' too, you don't have to waste electric or gas just to solidify clay models.

And one more thing... This type of clay is great for all ages!

Step 1: Time to Go Shopping!

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It is time to go shopping or dig into your cupboard to get the ingredients! Get the things as listed...
  • 3 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cream of tarter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of oil
  • 2 cups of water,
Of course, you can divide or add more ingredients.

And the tools...
  • Anything that can boil water
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Cookie sheet

All of this stuff are optional, used to decorate your work pieces...
  • food coloring
  • Paint
  • Carving tools
  • Cookie cutter
  • Large needle
  • Or what ever you think it is the best!

Step 2: Boil the Water

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Okay, you got all of the stuff you need (hopefully) and lets start making clay!

Add water into anything that can boil water, preferably a pot. Start boiling the water and if you are going to make colored clay, add a few drops of food coloring now. (Note to kids: you will need your parents supervision to boil water.)

Step 3: Add Stuff Into the Bowl

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While you are waiting for the water to boil, put all the dry ingredients into the large mixing bowl and mix it all up!

Step 4: Mix in the Oil

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After the water is boiling, remove it from heat and then add in the oil and mix it together.

Step 5: Mix Together!

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Slowly pour the hot oiled water into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and mix it together thoroughly using the wooden spoon. After you have mixed it thoroughly, let the mixture sit somewhere cool to cool down the warm mixture.

If you like, you can add a little vanilla extract to the mixture to make aromatic clay!

Step 6: Knead the Mixture

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After the mixture in the bowl cooled, take it all out of the bowl and put it down on the cookie sheet and begin kneading the mixture until it becomes pliable consistency like that of store-bought clay.

Step 7: Play With It!

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You now made the clay that is cheap to make compared to the expensive store-bought clay!

Now you can hand it over to your little kids to play with. And after they have done playing with it, store the clay in an air-tight containers to retain its moisture so it can be used again!


Make models out of clay and let it dry out in air (never bake this type of clay, it will ruin it) and then paint it!


Make pottery out of that clay, carve it with your carving tools or something like that, then air-dry it, and paint it!

I hope you enjoyed this instructable!
If you have any questions, or need help, or found an error, or anything, make a comment! I like comments!


lionlover24 made it! (author)2016-11-23

this was so much fun to make thanks :)

lionlover24 (author)2016-11-23

it feels, smells, and looks like playdo

lionlover24 (author)2016-11-21

is there anything I can substitute for cream of tarter

CoolT27 (author)2016-03-27

Easily Way To Make Clay At Home With Easy Steps

GBarkley (author)2015-09-21

Kroach2 it is air drying polymer clay

SamidhaK (author)2015-04-09

havent made it yet but is it possible to make it without cream of tartar? i cant find it in any shop! from the latest malls to the oldest shops

GBarkley (author)SamidhaK2015-09-21

Spice or baking section of the grocery store.

Gieann (author)2015-06-17

Thank you for sharing.. I made it !!

lacey.megan.58 (author)2015-04-27

ho long does it take to dry

victorian2 (author)2015-04-13

Well, im making a cartouche, an egyptian artifact, and im just asking what clay do i use to make kind of little sculptures that are slightly bigger than our hand? by the way, if you can, how do i make a cartouche that is astonishing?

thank you

SymphoniS (author)2015-01-20

Also, it hasn't dried at all :/ If anything, it feels like the oil is seeping out of it.

SymphoniS (author)2015-01-20

I'm having problems with it :/ It turned out crumbly and not at all firm. It falls apart when I try to do anything with it and still feels a bit sticky.

Carlie Danielle (author)2015-01-06

how long do you bake it in the oven?

dperkins6 (author)2014-08-24

made a model of a mushroom but it was dried with a,bunch of cracks and the inside wasnt dry wasnt solid feeling any tips to stop that

spiritcode55 (author)2014-08-12

Did it very easy and fun!

mysandbox11 (author)2014-07-15

Does this mold? It's basically bread right?

abby5 (author)2014-07-03

Plasama what kind of paint do you paint it with?

borsaci06 (author)2014-05-23

saw this instructable and want to make tiny garden ornaments with it... like mini pots... is this substance durable outdoors?

Arts_and_crafts (author)2013-07-23

D: I'm sad because I made this because I wanted to bake it and make keychains, but now I can't!!! :( But thank you

Lkymama (author)2013-05-14

I am praying this dries in time for my son's due date for his school project! Thank you!!!!!

ccuello (author)2013-05-12

Thanks it really worked I had a great presentation at school for my Rosetta Stone project and I got an A+

agoh3 (author)2011-09-06

i was wondering if the clay can be harden and used to make jewelry or accessories. izit possible?

jennybotha (author)agoh32012-11-22

Hi there !! yes you can use it for jewelry making. Dust your board with cornflour or baby powder to prevent sticking, roll out and form into flowers or other shapes and it should dry overnight. I do non edible floral arrangements/ bouquets, ( for keepsakes ) on cakes .No-one likes to eat the flowers, so it works well, and they have a lasting reminder of their happy day. Hope this helps you :-).

mouldclay (author)agoh32012-03-27

i don't think so try to

jennybotha (author)2012-11-22

Hi DanCo----you could use a little less water to start with next time---- or you could just need in a bit of extra flour a little at a time till you get the right consistency.Either way it would work fine.

DanCQ (author)2012-11-04

I had trouble with this recipe. My resulting dough was too sticky to work with, even after three days of waiting for it to become more manageable. :(

mouldclay (author)2012-03-27

it it true what they both said i tried it

What does the cream of tartar add to the mixture?

It makes it more elastic. You can get it easily in the baking isle of any food store. It's a white powder that's sold with the spices.

mouldclay (author)AbstractDragon2012-03-27

thanks i needed that i could not figure it what cream tarter is

pmon2 (author)2011-10-24

after making clay with use this ingridence and made something with that clay will it be hard ? or it will be a soft creation? i made a barger with clay that was different recipe buy my barger was noy getting hard after a whole night that was soft . so if i use this recipe to make clay and made barger with that will that get hard.

mouldclay (author)pmon22012-03-27

what recipe did you use

ALogan97 (author)2011-08-27

Isn't that basically play-doh? It's at least similar. Cool project!

mouldclay (author)ALogan972012-03-27

yep it is

Kerushii (author)2012-02-16 does it dry?

mouldclay (author)Kerushii2012-03-27

yes of cause it is a drying process as amahmudy said

amahmudy (author)2011-12-07

would it get little cracked after the drying process?

canadian nh (author)2009-01-30

hi, Cream of tartar or oil of tarta, isn't available can we use another kind of oil? and can we do from this clay flowers or dolls? Thanks

levure+bicarbonate de soude

friedhand (author)2010-04-05

Hey you said that we needed cream of tartar, but when you are showing how to make it ,it doesn't include it .Why do we need it?

mslaynie (author)friedhand2011-09-08

Cream of Tartar isn't a cream, it's a bright white powder. As others have said, it helps add elasticity to the clay, making it a bit more stretchy and pliable.

AustralLord (author)2010-11-16

I'm thinking of making a clay tobacco pipe, could I use this effectively and safely?

mslaynie (author)AustralLord2011-09-08

Sorry, but I don't think so.

kroach2 (author)2011-06-12

do you need a kilm thing to use this clay or is it just an air dry clay???
because i dont have any access to a kilm :)

JohnDeere312 (author)kroach22011-06-13

um, its a kiln and it says that it is air dry ;)

luka1184 (author)2011-01-23

This is nothing like Chavant? :(

kroach2 (author)luka11842011-06-12

whats chavant
is it a brand name clay???

luka1184 (author)kroach22011-06-12

Chavant is a oil-based modelling clay, making it easy and able to do small tiny details. Movie prop builders use chavant clay. It's not that expensive ^^

adiaz8 (author)2011-05-29

Is there any substitute for the cream of tartar??

smiley_bear (author)2011-04-26

i have no oil ,is there any subsitute that i could use?

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