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Great Craft Recipes, Fun for Summer!

The kids and I really enjoy doing crafts together, especially those icky, gooey kinds. So here's some recipes and I hope you have lots of fun with the kids making messes and memories.
Thanks to Blue Bonnet Village for the recipes


Bread Dough
The kids and I really enjoy doing crafts together, especially those icky, gooey kinds. So here's some recipes and I hope you have lots of fun with the kids making messes and memories.
4 pieces of bread (remove crusts & make bread crumbs for cooking or feed the birds on your next nature walk) 4 Tablespoons of white craft glue a small amount of acrylic paint to color zipper type plastic bag.
Instructions Tear bread in small pieces and place in zip bag, add glue. Mix well until it starts to form a ball. Add paint to color and mix well. It will form a smooth ball collecting all scraps when ready to use. This takes a while so an adult may want to start before time for project Keep stored in zip bag in refrigerator until ready to use. Shape as desired and allow to air dry (depending on thickness of shape and humidity can take several days to cure. The project can be made without color and finished shape painted if you prefer.

Salt Dough
2 cups of salt, 2/3 cup water, 1 cup cornstarch, additional 1/3 cup COLD water acrylic paint or food coloring.
Instructions: Place salt and 2/3 cup water in small saucepan and heat until quite warm. Remove from heat. Mix cornstarch and COLD water together, add to salt mixture stirring constantly. Return pan to heat and keep stirring until mixture forms a smooth mass. Turn out on a plate and cover with damp cloth until cool. Work in color as desired or leave natural. Place in zip bag & refrigerate. Salt Dough will keep indefinitely. Shape on foil covered cookie sheet and let dry (Several hours in a warm oven or several days at room temperature). You can sand rough edges with an emery board when dry.

Industrial Salt Dough
1 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon oil Food coloring
This is a long lasting dough that requires cooking. Mix all ingredients in a sauce pan and cook over medium heat until smooth. Let the mixture cool slightly and knead. The dough will be very pliable and easy to sculpt.Place in plastic bag or airtight container to store. Bake in a low oven and paint.

Cornstarch Clay
1 cup cornstarch 2 cups salt or baking soda 1 1/3 cups cold water Food Coloring
This is a gooey clay that is great for sculpting. Bring the salt and 2/3 cup water to a boil. In a separate bowl mix the cornstarch with 2/3 cup water.Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt water and knead into a clay. This clay should be air dried and then painted. To prevent cracks when drying cover with a damp dish towel . Keep unused clay in the refrigerator in an airtight container.This is an air dry clay.

Baker's Clay
4 cups flour 1 cup salt 1 teaspoon powdered alum 1 1/2 cups water Food coloring
Mix all ingredients in bowl. If too dry work in extra water with hands.Bake on un-greased cookie sheet for 30 minutes in 250 degree oven.Turn over and bake another 1 1/2 hours. Remove and cool.When done, sand lightly if desired and paint

Edible Doughs

Yummy Honey Peanut Butter Dough
Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup honey 2 cups powdered milkThis dough is naturally yummy! Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Knead until smooth with your clean hands. Form the dough into shapes and then eat them for a snack.

Peanut Butter Dough
Ingredients 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup karo syrup 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar 1 1/4 cups powdered milkAlthough a little on the sweet side, this dough is also very yummy. Mix together with your clean hands.

Summer Kool-Aid Dough
Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid 1/4 cup salt 2 tablespoons cream of tartar 1 cup waterChoose your flavor! This dough smells and looks pretty but tastes yucky! First combine and mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot. Next add water and oil. Stir over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat when the mixture begins to form a ball. Knead until smooth. Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Fall Applesauce Sculpty Stuff
Ingredients 3 3/4 ounces of ground cinnamon 23 ounce jar applesauceIf you like apples and cinnamon this doughÕs for you. Mix ingredients until the dough is stiff.

Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Clay
Ingredients instant mashed potatoes waterPotato spuds makes a nifty dough. Make just like you were cooking for Thanksgiving dinner. Cover the table with wax paper and play.


Finger Paints
Materials: 1/2 cup cornstarch 1 cup cold water 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 2 cups hot water 1/2 cup detergent or soap flakes food coloring to desired color intensity
Divide cold water, dissolve gelatin in 1/4 cup and dissolve cornstarch in 3/4 cup cold water. Add hot water to cornstarch mixture and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until it comes to a boil and is clear. Remove from heat blend in softened gelatin. Add detergent or soap flakes and stir until dissolved. Store in closed jars. Add food color as desired. Use on coated paper such as shelf paper or butcher paper.

Poster Paint
Ingredients 2 parts powdered pigment 1 part liquid starchPowdered pigment is great to have around. While powdered pigment can be mixed with plain old water, liquid starch is better. This is a thin quality paint that works great for printmaking, silk screening, etc.

Deluxe Poster Paint
Ingredients: 1/4 cup flour 1 cup water 3 tablespoons powdered tempera paint 2 tablespoons. water 1/2 tsp. liquid starch or liquid detergentMeasure 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.

Monets Water Color Paints
Ingredients: 1 tablespoon white vinegar 2 teaspoon baking soda 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon glycerine food coloringDo like the famous impressionist painters did and bring your watercolors outside to paint. To make your own watercolors, first mix vinegar and baking soda. Next slowly add cornstarch and glycerine to the mixture. Poor into small paper cups to let dry. Add food coloring. The color is not as intense when it is dry so remember to add a lot of food coloring. When dry peel away the paper cups.

Shinny, Glossy and Shimmery Paints

Moooo Paint
Ingredients: 1 cup condensed milk Food coloringMix one cup condensed milk with a few drops of food coloring. This makes a very bright, glossy colored paint.

Egg Yolk Paint
1 egg yolk 1/4 tsp. water Food coloringMix 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.

Translucent paint
4 ounces school glue 1/4 cup liquid starch Food coloringThis is a short-lasting paint that works well for easel painting. Mix together all ingredients and store in small glass jars. Make only as much as you will need. The paint will last for almost a week.

Artist Quality "Oil" Paint
Ingredients Tempera paint Liquid dish washing soapThis paint has a smooth, glossy effect and holds color well. Mix together tempera paint and soap. Store in glass jars.

Crystal Paint
Ingredients 1/4 cup hot tap water 3 teaspoon epsom saltsSparkle and Shine! Mix hot tap water and epsom salts. Brush the mixture onto a dark colored paper. When dry the salt will form crystals that shine in the light.

Dazzling Paint
Ingredients White school glue glitter Food coloring Small zip type freezer bags.Pour glue and glitter into small freezer bags. Add food coloring if desired. Mix by squishing around in your hands. Snip off a small corner of the bag and squeeze to paint.


  1. Thanks for all the great ideas! My boys will love them.

  2. Wow! So many recipes. I remember making salt dough for children to play with b.c. (before computers) ;)

  3. That sounds like so much fun for kids and moms too! LOL!

  4. Those are GREAT! Thanks for sharing.


  5. So cute! I posted this on My Spot to save for (myself) Sabrina--she will love it! Unbeleivabel--where did you find it all?

    I put a link to your site for all my friends! Love your blog!


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