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Children's Craft Recipes

Liquid Starch Finger Paint

1/4 cup liquid laundry starch
2 drops food coloring
or 1 tsp. tempera paint

Mix ingredients in small plastic bowl until blended.

Cornstarch Finger paint

3 tbsps. sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups cold water
Food coloring
Soap flakes or liquid dishwashing soap

Mix sugar and cornstarch in medium saucepan over low heat. Add cold water and stir until mixture is thick. Remove from heat. Divide into four or five portions (in muffin tins or cups). Add a drop or two of food coloring to each portion and a pinch of soap flakes or soap. Stir and let cool. Store in airtight container.

Flour Finger Paint

1 cup flour
2 tbsp salt
1 1/4 cup hot water
1 1/2 cup cold water
Food coloring or tempera paint

Put flour and salt in a saucepan and add add cold water. Beat with a whisk or rotary beater until smooth. Add hot water and boil until mixture is thick. Beat until smooth. Keep in refrigerator and add food coloring as needed.

Laundry Starch Finger Paint

1 cup laundry starch dissolved in cold water
1 qt boiling water
1 cup pure white soap flakes or powder
Food coloring or poster paint

Add boiling water to starch and cold water mixture and boil until thick. Remove from heat and stir in soap. Divide into small containers and add food coloring as desired.

Jello Fingerpaint

Jello Powder
Fingers or Paint Brushes & Paper

Mix Jello powder with water to desired consistancy. It smells great, has a gritty texture, and you don't have to get uptight if some is ingested.


Poster Paint

1/4 cup flour
1 cup water
3 tbsps. powdered tempera paint
2 tbsps. water
1/2 tsp. liquid starch or liquid detergent

Measure flour into saucepan. Slowly add 1 cup water until mixture is smooth. Heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Cool. Add 1/4 cup flour paste into small jar or plastic container. Add tempera paint and water for each color. For opaque finish add liquid starch. For glossy finish had liquid detergent.

Condensed Milk Paint

1 cup condensed milk
Food coloring

Mix one cup condensed milk with a few drops of food coloring. This makes a very bright, glossy colored paint.

Frosting Paint (non-edible)

1 cup powdered tempera paint
2 tbsps. wallpaper paste
1/4 to 1/2 cup liquid laundry starch

Mix tempera paint with wallpaper paste. Add starch, mixing until thick enough to spread - like frosting. Place paint on a plastic lid and use popsicle sticks to spread.

Face Paint

1 tsp. corn starch
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
Food coloring

Stir together starch and cold cream until well-blended. stir. Add food coloring. Using a small brush paint designs on child's face. Remove with soap and water. Store in airtight container.

Face Paint for larger areas

1 tbsp. solid shortening
2 tbsps. cornstarch
Food coloring

Mix shortening and starch together until smooth. Add food coloring. Use a sponge or your fingers to apply to face. Remove with soap and water. Store in airtight container.

Egg Yolk Paint

1 egg yolk
1/4 tsp. water
Food coloring

Mix egg yolk with water and lots of food coloring. Use a paint brush to paint on baked cookies. Return cookies to oven until egg has solidified.

Oatmeal Playdough

1 part flour
1 part water
2 parts oatmeal

Mix all ingredients until smooth. Knead. Non-edible but not toxic if eaten by mistake.

Uncooked Playdough

1 cup cold water
1 cup salt
2 tsp. vegetable oil
3 cups flour
2 tbsps. cornstarch
Tempera paint or food coloring

Mix water, salt, oil and enough paint to make bright colors. Gradually work flour and cornstarch to consistency of bread dough.

Colored Playdough

1 cup flour
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients in saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly until ball forms. Knead until smooth.

Salt Playdough

1 cup salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup flour

Mix ingredients and cook over medium heat. Remove from heat when thick and rubbery. As mixture cools, knead in enough flour to make a workable dough.

Edible Peanut Butter Playdough

18 oz. peanut butter
6 tbsps. honey
Non-fat dry milk Cocoa for flavor

Mix all ingredients, adding enough dry milk to give make dough pliable. Shape, decorate with edible treats, and eat!

Simple Playdough

3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
6 tsp. cream of tartar
3 cups cool water
3 Tbsp oil
Food coloring

Mix dry ingredients in a big cooking pot. Blend liquids together in a bowl. Combine with dry ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and can be pinched without sticking (about 5 min.) Turn onto board or counter and knead until smooth play dough consistency. Store in an airtight container.

Edible Potato Dough

4 or 5 potatoes
1 - 1 1/2 cups flour

Bake 4 or 5 potatoes, in the skin, until soft inside. Peel, and disgard peel. Mash potatoes, I use a potato ricer, so I get a nice fine, even texture. Combine 1 - 1 1/2 cups of flour to every 2 cups of mashed potato and form a dough. My son loves playing with this dough, just so he can eat the scrapes. It has no raw egg in it, and leaving it out for a bit, there is nothing in it to spoil. The color will grey after a while, but if you add food coloring, when you make it, you won't even notice. If you have extra, roll it is balls and press your thumb in one side, and roll it across the back side of a fork. Cook in boiling water for 1 min. and serve either with tomato sauce or butter or even brown gravy. They taste great.

Creative Dough

1 cup flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla, optional
about 15 drops of food coloring, color of your choice

Cook all ingredients in a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, stirring real hard until mixture forms a ball. About 4 mins. Remove from pan and let sit for about five mins. Knead briefly and the dough is ready to use. Store in airtight container in refrigerator. I usually half the recipe, and make two different colors.

Koolaid Play Dough

3 cups flour
1 1/2 cups salt
6 tsp cream of tartar
3 cups cool water
3 tbsp oil packages of koolaid mix (without sugar) in desired colors

Mix dry ingredients exceot koolaid together in a big cooking pot. Blend all liquids together in a bowl. Combine with dry ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat when dough pulls away from the sides of the pot and can be pinched without sticking (about 5 minutes). Turn onto board or counter and knead until smooth and play-dough consistency. Divide into portions and knead in desired playdough colors. Store in airtight containers. Note: If making only one color, the easiest way to add in the kool-aid is to mix it into the liquid ingredients before cooking.

No-Bake Craft Clay

1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups cold water
2 cups baking soda
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients except paint in saucepan over medium heat for 4 minutes until thick (like mashed potatoes). Add food coloring to water before mixture adding for color. Remove from heat, turn out onto a plate and cover with a damp cloth until cool. Knead like dough. Store in airtight container.

Cookie Clay

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

Mix salt with water in saucepan. Stir and boil. Add cornstarch and cold water. Keep heating if it does not get thick. Roll out dough on board floured with cornstarch. Dry and decorate ornaments.

Baker's Clay

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 tsp. powdered alum
1 1/2 cups water
Food coloring

Mix all ingredients in bowl. If too dry work in extra water with hands. Color by dividing and adding food coloring to each portion. Roll or mold as desired. Once molded or rolled bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 30 minutes in 250 degree oven. Turn and bake another 1 1/2 hours. Remove and cool. When done, sand lightly if desired and paint.

Bread Clay

6 slices white bread
6 tbsps. white glue
1/2 tsp. detergent or 2 tsp. glycerine
Food coloring

Remove crusts from bread and knead with glue. Add either detergent or glycerine. Knead until no longer sticky. Separate into portions and add food coloring if desired. Shape and brush with equal parts of glue and water for a glossy coat. Allow to dry overnight to harden. Paint with acrylic paint. Seal with clear nail polish.

Modeling Clay

2 cups salt
2/3 cup water
1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup water (cold)

Stir salt and water over heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cornstarch and cold water. Mix until smooth, return to heat and cook until thick. Cool before using. Store in plastic bag.

Coffee Ground Dough

2 c. used coffee grounds
1 1/2 c. cornmeal
1/2 c. salt

Add enough water to moisten. Has a very different feel and look. Not good for finished products.

Silly Putty

2 parts Elmer's glue
1 part liquid starch

Put glue into mixing bowl. Add starch while mixing until it forms a ball.

Homemade Flubber

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup glue
1/2 cup water
2 T Borax

Mix water and glue together. In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup water with Borax (You should find this in the detergent aisle of the grocery store). Stirring the Borax mixture constantly, while adding the glue mixture. It should immediately glump up and look like flubber. If it isn't really rubbery and tough, mix up more Borax mixture and add that to it.


Glue/Paste Recipes


3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. white vinegar
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water

Mix water, syrup and vinegar in small saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water. Add this mixture slowly to first mixture. Stir constantly. Let stand overnight before using.

Homemade Paste

1/2 cup flour
Cold water

Add cold water to 1/2 cup flour until a thick cream forms. Simmer on stove for 5 minutes. Add food coloring or flavoring if desired. Wet messy paint that takes a while to dry.

Paper Mache Paste

1 cup water
1/4 cup flour
5 cups lightly boiling water

Mix flour into one cup water until mixture is thin and runny, stir into boiling water. Gently boil and stir for 3 minutes. Cool before using.
(Use with newspaper/newsprint strips for Paper mache).

Library Paste

1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. alum
4 cups water
Oil of cloves

Mix all ingredients in saucepan and cook until clear and thick. Add 30 drops of Oil of cloves and store covered