Corn Starch Clay Decorations

Thanks to Pinterest I have discovered some wonderful ‘new’ recipes!

           This lovely baker’s clay from is cheap and simple to make,

smooth and easy to work with,

 comes out the oven white and hard,

and looks pretty even un-painted!

We used our normal play-dough cutters,

and I gave the girls our rubber stamps to use for texture and embossed designs.


Here’s the recipe:

1/2 Cup Corn Starch

1 Cup Bicarbonate of Soda

3/4 Cup Water

* Mix all ingredients together in a pot.

* Stir over heat until the mixture thickens and resembles thick mashed potatoes (really!)

* Remove from the stove and place as a ball in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth until it cools.

* Roll out, cut, shape and decorate.

* To make the holes we used a drinking straw – press down, twist, and lift, then blow out the little centre into your hand to re-use the with the scraps.

* Bake@ 180○ C for about 10 minutes or until firm and hard.

* Cool and paint, varnish, or enjoy as is.

Great for Xmas decorations, place-name settings, gift tags and gift embellishments.

Give it a try!


9 thoughts on “Corn Starch Clay Decorations

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  2. Dear Nadene, These look beautiful and I’d love to do them with my four yr old grandson, but really need to know what I’m doing ahead of time. When you first posted this I had to find out what was the farenheit equivalent to your 180 degrees C [356 degrees F]; but as I went through the article and comments on the original page by Carmen in BC, Canada
    [ ], ] I got confused. She says 175 degrees with no designation of C or F and to bake for an hour which is 6 times longer than you state [10 mins]. And 175 degrees F is not quite 80 degrees C. I’m in the US and while 10 mins at the higher temp. would be much faster, I don’t want to mess them up, either. Could you clarify? Thanks! All’s grace, Kay


    • @Kay, We work in in Celcius, but I would advise a warm oven rather than a hot oven and just peek and tap the clay as it bakes. It should be dry and hard. As my oven is an AGA (anthracite-burning) oven, I work rather “intuitively as the oven itself differs from side to side and top to bottom! Some of our pieces went a little brown when baked, which we covered with paint, but I’m sure an hour is too long. Rather go cool and slow, than hot and quick. Hope this helps!


      • Thanks Nadene… My oven goes in 5 degree [Farenheit] increments, so am going to try the 175 degrees F (warm, but not hot; our normal bake temps of 350 degrees F are very hot, since they are well above the boiling point of 212 degrees F), and just check them every 10 minutes or so. My grandson is on his way over, so I may be able to try this today! All’s grace, Kay


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