Thursday, June 19, 2008

Homemade Play Dough

Who would have thought that you could make your own play dough!! We got this recipe from "The Best of Children : Art & Crafts" by Women Weekly *this is a very recommended book for crafting with children*.

Beads from homemade playdough

The ingredients can be found in your kitchen. This recipe may be used for jewellery making.

You will need :
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cornflour
1/2 cup salt
vegetable dye or food colouring
90 ml warm water
clear gloss enamel

Method :
1. Mix first 5 ingredients in bowl. Add warm water gradually until mixture can be kneaded into a stiff dough. Dust with flour to reduce stickiness.
2. Mixture may be rolled into balls for beads. Pierce each bead with a toothpick then gently make circular movements to increase the size of the hole. Allow to dry for a few days. Large beads take longer to dry.

Making homemade playdough Making homemade playdough

3. Holes should be checked after a day to see if they need punching. Paint if desired.

Paint the bead Paint the bead from homemade playdough

This recipe makes a reasonably smooth dough that retains colour when dry. If desired, coat beads with clear gloss enamel to bring out colour.

Artist : Dita & Arwen

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