DIY: Clay

If you haven’t already worked it out,  I am a sucker for DIYs.  I really enjoy making things. So, when I stumbled across this recipe, I just couldn’t resist, I needed to try it out. It’s really simple and easy to do. With little effort and ingredients you have stashed away in your kitchen, you can make this really cute mold. I chose to make a mold of my baby brothers hand and foot. This way he will have a copy forever. Another wonderful idea is to take your favourite quote and engrave it onto the clay. It makes a lovely wall piece or ornament for any area in your home, especially the baby room. Just play around with it and be as creative as you like.

You will need:

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1 cup of Bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup of Cornflour
3/4 cup of water
1 tsp vegetable oil

Method:

Add all the ingredients into a pot on a low heat. Stir continously until you get a doughy consistency (a little like mash potatoe).

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Remove the mixture from the pot, place a damp cloth over it and allow it to cool down.

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Once your clay has cooled down, kneed it until it’s smooth. You can divide the clay into two parts as well if you want to make two separate pieces. This recipe makes a good amount of clay.

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Using a rolling pin, roll out the clay to your decided shape. This is me rolling and taking a photo can the same time. In desperate need of a photographer!

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Go ahead and create your unique design.  I used my little brothers hand print and then carved his name and the date with a toothpick. It’s much easier than it looks, you might want the baby to be asleep when you attempt this. This took three attempts. Finally, this was the print I got.

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Place your finished design onto a baking tray and bake for 2 hours on 100°C or until the clay is hard.

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Allow the baked product to cool down completely before use. You might need to flip it around and bake it again for an additional 30 minutes. When I removed the plague it was a bit soft behind.

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FYI: You can leave your plague exactly as it is or you could get little more creative and add some colour with paint, stains and glitter. This is also a fun activity to keep young children busy after school, over weekends and during the holidays. Enjoy and have fun.

If you tried this before, let me know. And if you have any other DIYs to share please don’t feel shy, let me know as well. I would love to give it a go. Let me know what you think in the comment section below, I would love to hear your thoughts.

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