How to Make Air Dry Clay 2023

How to Make Air Dry Clay: Air dry clay is a fantastic medium for unleashing your inner sculptor. In this blog post, we’ve compiled how to make air dry clay using simple and inexpensive things that will allow you to prove your sculpting using DIY methods.

Creating Air Dry Clay Using Different Things:

1.Air Dry Clay Recipe with Cornstarch and Baking Soda

If you dislike the sticky feel of glue on your hands, this recipe is perfect as it eliminates the need for glue altogether. It guides you through the entire air-drying process from start to finish.

Materials You’ll Need

Cornstarch (cornflour) – 1 cup

Baking soda – 2 cups

Cold water – 1.5 cups

Liquid or gel food coloring of your choice

Steps to Prepare

  1. Combine baking soda and cornstarch in a pot, ensuring thorough mixing.
  2. Gradually stir in cold water, eliminating any lumps and achieving a smooth mixture.
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring to give the dough a pastel hue. For a deeper shade, keep adding color until the desired hue is achieved.
  4. Heat the mixture over medium heat while stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
  5. Continue whisking until the mixture thickens, forming a ball in about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat when the whisk becomes difficult to move.
  7. Let it cool, maintaining moisture by covering the pot with a damp cloth.
  8. Knead the dough until smooth. Adjust consistency by adding more cornstarch if it’s sticky or a teaspoon of water if too thick.
  9. Your clay is now ready for molding. Shape it as desired and let it air dry on a tray for 1-2 days.
  10. Once fully dry, decorate with acrylic paint to your heart’s content.

2. Make Air Dry Clay Using Flour and Glue

Here’s a mess-free option for kids, as it involves no cooking or baking. The addition of glue provides strength to the clay.

Materials You’ll Need

Elmer’s glue – ¼ cup

Flour – ¼ cup

Cornstarch – ¼ cup

Steps to Prepare

  1. Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.
  2. Knead the mixture until it forms moldable clay with a slightly sticky texture (avoid making it brittle).
  3. Create your desired shapes and store them in an airtight container for 24-48 hours until they become dry and hard.
  4. You can paint and decorate them with ribbons and beads. Alternatively, you can replace the flour with baby powder.

3. Make Air Dry Clay with Bread

Materials You’ll Need

Bread- 7 slices

Water-½ teaspoon

White glue-7 teaspoons

Dishwashing liquid-½ teaspoon

Steps to Prepare

  1. Remove the crust from 7 slices of bread.
  2. Break the bread into tiny pieces and transfer them to a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Add 7 teaspoons of white glue and mix thoroughly.
  4. Repeat the mixing process after adding ½ teaspoon of water and ½ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid.
  5. Knead until you achieve the ideal clay consistency.
  6. Mold your creation and allow it to air dry. This method requires no cornstarch, flour, or baking soda.

How to Make Air Dry Porcelain Clay for Modeling

Cold porcelain clay serves as an affordable alternative to regular polymer clay.

Materials You’ll Need

Cornstarch – 1 cup

Vinegar/lime/lemon juice – 2 tbsp

PVA glue – 1 cup

Baby oil – 2 tbsp

Steps to Prepare

1. Mix cornstarch and glue in a microwave-safe container.

2. Add lemon juice and mix again. Incorporate baby oil.

3. Microwave the mixture in 5 segments, each lasting 15 seconds.

4. After each segment, remove the container and stir with a fork or knife.

   [Note: Clumps will form after the 3rd segment; ensure thorough mixing.]

5. Knead on a clean surface until cooled, typically 10-15 minutes.

6. Wrap it tightly in plastic film, place it in an airtight container for faster drying, and refrigerate for 24 hours.

7. If it remains sticky inside, add more cornstarch and knead.

You’ll know it’s the right consistency when a small part forms a teardrop shape when pulled.


Now, equipped with your homemade air-dry clay, you can bring your molding ideas to life. Let your imagination soar as you create lasting Christmas decorations, jewellery, and other durable art and craft items.

Priya Singh

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