Home Arts & Crafts General Arts & Crafts How to Make Sand and Cornstarch Modeling Dough

How to Make Sand and Cornstarch Modeling Dough

(12 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)
Written by Darlene Michaud   

homemade clay recipe

Sand and cornstarch modeling dough or modeling clay is a very easy play dough to make and it's extra fun to use! This modeling dough is grainy and looks stonelike when fully dried. It can be used to make interesting sculptures. It does not need shellac or varnish for protection but you can shellac or varnish your creations if you want a shine. You can also paint your dried works of art. Or you can just leave them as is in their natural stonelike condition! No matter how you decide to use this modeling dough or play clay, you will have fun in the process! This recipe makes about 2 cups of sand and cornstarch modeling dough. If you need more, it's best to make several batches instead of one huge batch.

Step 1:  Gather the following ingredients to make sand and cornstarch modeling dough: 1 cup sand (sand must be clean or you can buy sand at any craft store), 1/2 cornstarch, 1 teaspoon powdered alum, 3/4 cup hot water, food coloring (optional).

Step 2:  Mix the sand, cornstarch and alum in a bowl.

Step 3:  Slowly add the hot water while stirring constantly and vigorously until well blended.

Step 4:  Add food coloring, if desired, and blend well.

Step 5:  Cook the mixture over medium heat until thick. Stir constantly.

Step 6:  Plop the dough out onto a board that is lightly dusted with a bit of cornstarch and let it cool.

Step 7:  Mold the cooled dough into any shape sculpture. Just remember that the thicker the sculpture, the longer it will take to dry.

Step 8:  Air dry the sculpture for several days. If the sun is shining, put the sculpture out in the sun to dry. Do not bake it in the oven. You will know the sculpture is dry when it feels sort of like a stone.

Step 9:  Paint your dry works of art if you like. You can also add varnish the finished sculpture if you like but it is not necessary.

Step 10:  Store any leftover sand and cornstarch modeling dough in a plastic bag or any airtight container.

See my other helpful articles!
How to Make Oxi Clean
How to Make Waterproof Glass Glue
How to Adopt a Retired Racing Greyhound
How to Make Gourmet Dog Biscuits
How to Lose Weight by Ignoring Cravings
How to Make Dyed Hair Color Last Longer

Watch Darlene Lose 100 Pounds
See Darlene's Plus Size Tunics

Comments (0)add comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.