These are some amazing recipes using everyday objects...
often stuff you would throw away... and making them into fun craft projects! Enjoy!

Kool-Aid Playdough

  • 2 1/2 c Flour
  • 1/2 c Salt
  • 2 pk Unsweetened Kool-aid
  • 2 c Boiling water
  • 3 tb Vegetable oil

Mix dry ingredients. Add water and oil, stir.
Mix or knead with hands when cool. Store in Ziploc bag or container with lid. Lasts for several months.

Dryer Lint Clay

  • 1 c Lint from the dryer
  • 1 c Water
  • c Regular flour
  • 2 dr Wintergreen mint flavouring
  • Old newspaper
  • Paint

Place the lint in a saucepan and cover it with the water.
When the lint is saturated, add the flour and stir until it is smooth.
Add the drops of wintergreen oil flavouring.
Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it forms peaks and holds together.
Pour it onto newspaper to cool.
Shape and model figures, or cover a form with it, such as a balloon.
Allow to dry for 3 to 5 days, then paint and decorate as required.

Bubble Solution

  • 1/3 c Dish soap or baby shampoo
  • 1 1/4 c Water
  • 2 ts Sugar
  • 1 Food colouring

Combine ingredients and pour into an unbreakable bottle. To blow bubbles, experiment using plastic straws, pipe cleaners formed into loops and other items you think of.

Salt and Flour Finger Paint

  • 2 c Flour
  • 2 ts Salt
  • 3 c Cold water
  • 2 c Hot water
  • Food colouring

Add the salt to the flour in a saucepan. Pour in cold water gradually and beat the mixture with an egg beater until smooth. Add the hot water and boil the mixture until it becomes glossy. Beat it until it is smooth. Mix in food colouring.

Finger Paints

  • c Cornstarch
  • 1 pk Unflavoured gelatin
  • Food colour or poster paint
  • Water

In a bowl, mix cup cold water with the cornstarch to make a paste. Soak the gelatin in cup cold water; set aside. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to boil and add the cornstarch mixture slowly to it. Stir well. Cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until the mixture comes to a boil and clears. Remove from the heat and stir in the gelatin. Cool and divide into several jars. Add the food colour and blend.

Rock Candy (Edible snack craft)

  • 1 Glass jar or drinking glass
  • 1 Piece of cotton string
  • 1 Pencil or stick
  • 1 Paper clip
  • 1 Food coloring (optional)
  • 1 c Water
  • 2 c Sugar
  • Additional sugar
Tie a short piece of cotton string to the middle of the pencil or stick. Attach a paper clip to the end of the string for a weight. Moisten the string very lightly, and roll in a bit of sugar (this will "attract" the sugar crystals from the syrup to the string). Place the pencil or stick over the top of the glass or jar with the string hanging down inside.

Heat the water to boiling, and dissolve the 2 cups of sugar into it. For the biggest crystals FAST, heat the sugar-water solution a SECOND time, and dissolve as much additional sugar as you can into it. Add a few drops of food coloring to the solution if desired.

Pour the solution into the prepared glass or jar and leave undisturbed for a couple of days. Depending on how much sugar you were able to dissolve into the water, you should start to see crystals growing in a few hours to a few days.

Fruit Leather (Edible snack craft)

  • 1 cup chopped fruit, like strawberries, blueberries or raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • cookie sheet with a lip
  • plastic wrap
  • blender
Preheat the oven to 140 degrees or lower. Take the plastic wrap and cover the top of the cookie sheet. Put the chopped fruit and two tablespoons honey in the blender. Make sure that the top is secure on the blender. Blend for ten seconds or until it's smooth and the fruit looks all mushed-up.

Pour the fruit onto the cookie sheet and smooth it out with a spoon or spatula. Make sure that you spread it evenly. Put the tray in the oven and cook for three hours or until the fruit is dry. Once the fruit is dry, take it out of the oven and set it aside to cool. When it is cool, just roll it up and it's ready to eat.

Eggshell chalk

  • 6 Eggshells
  • 1 ts Very hot water from the tap
  • 1 ts Flour

The eggshells should be washed so they don't have any egg left in them. Dry them well. Take them outside and grind them with a rock on the sidewalk or other concrete surface. Make sure the rock you're using for grinding is clean so you don't get dirt ground in with the eggshells. Grind the eggshells into a fine powder. You'll need one soup spoonful of this powder to make a stick of chalk.

When you're absolutely sick of grinding and have enough powder, pick out any little bits of eggshell that are still not ground up and throw them away. Scoop the eggshell powder into a paper towel and bring it into the house for the next part.

Measure the flour and the hot water into a small dish. Stir them together to make a paste. Put the soup spoonful of eggshell powder into the paste and mix well. It may help to mash it with the back of the spoon.

Shape this mixture into a chalk stick. Then roll it up in a strip of paper towel. Let it dry. Drying takes about three days, so put it in a safe place and get on with your life. After three days it's ready to use. Just peel the paper off one end and you're ready for some sidewalk art.

(This chalk is for the sidewalks only, not for chalkboards.)

Jewelry Clay

  • c Flour
  • c Salt
  • c Cornstarch
  • Warm water

Mix dry ingredients together. Gradually add warm water until the mixture can be kneaded into shapes. Make beads by rolling the dough into little balls, piercing the balls with toothpicks, and allowing the balls to dry. Paint and string the beads.

Soap Dough

  • 2 c Flour
  • c Salt
  • 2 tb Liquid paint
  • 1 tb Liquid soap
  • Water

Mix all ingredients together. Add water, as needed, to make a pliable dough.

Soap Crayons

  • 1 c Soap flakes
  • Food colouring
  • 2 tb Hot water
Have one large bowl and several small bowls, one for each color. You will also need an ice cube tray with different sections, or containers to act as small molds.

Put soap flakes in a large bowl and drop the hot water into the soap flakes, stirring constantly. The mixture will be extremely thick and hard to stir.

Spoon some of the soap into each of the small bowls and color each separately, adding the color by drops until the soap has the consistency of a very thick paste. Press spoonfuls of the soap into your molds and set the crayons in a dry place to harden. They should take a few days to a week to dry completely.

When dry, remove from the molds and allow to dry for a few more days before using.

Yield: 20 Crayons

Salt Dough

  • 2 c Cornstarch
  • 4 c Baking soda
  • 2 c Cold water

Measure the cornstarch and baking soda into a pot. Mix and add 2 cups of cold water. Place on medium heat. Stir for about 5 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat. Cover the pot with a wet paper towel. When cool, knead for about 5 minutes, working on a surface covered with waxed paper.

Allow objects to air-dry before painting.

Silly Putty

  • 2 c White all-purpose glue
  • 1 c Liquid starch
WARNING: Non-Edible

Mix together well. Set on trays for play, or use waxed paper. Can be used as the commercial Silly Putty is. Store in an airtight container.

Sawdust Clay

  • 2/3 Parts fine sawdust
  • Parts flour
  • Water

To mix the clay, use a large bowl or bucket. Mix 2/3 parts of sawdust and 1/3 part of flour together. (NOTE: sawdust should not contain any redwood sawdust.) Pour in water and mix until it reaches a stiff but 'squishy' consistency. Add more flour if it is too crumbly. The clay needs some kneading before the gluten in the flour becomes elastic, holding the sawdust together. Work it in your hands or on a table top covered with newspapers. Play with the clay a little until it becomes easy to shape.

This clay air-dries very hard. It should be placed directly in the sun, if possible. When dry, you can sand it or not, depending upon what you like.

Use tempera or acrylic paints to decorate the finished objects. To give your pieces a glossy coating, spray with acrylic clear finish or paint with acrylic floor wax.

Finger Paints: Tempera and Starch

  • 1/8 c Liquid starch
  • 1 tb Powdered tempera

Pour starch directly onto paper. Sprinkle the tempera over the starch. Mix the colour in as you paint.

Tempura Detergent Paint

  • 1 c Powdered tempera
  • 4 tb Liquid starch
  • 2 ts Liquid dish detergent
  • Water

Mix together the first three ingredients. Slowly add water until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Dry Starch Paint

  • 1 c Dry laundry starch
  • 1 c Mild soap powder
  • 2 tb Powdered tempera
  • 1 c Water

Combine all ingredients. Beat the mixture until it is smooth. Add more water if mixture is too thick.

Flour Paint

  • 3 c Flour
  • 2 tb Liquid soap
  • c Water
  • Food colouring or powdered
  • Tempura

Combine the first three ingredients until the mixture is a thick paste. Tint with food colouring or powdered tempera.

Easy Fundough

  • 1 c Flour
  • c Salt
  • c Water

Mix all ingredients together. Slowly add more water if needed. Knead until a workable dough is formed.

Easy Fundough (Single portion)

  • 4 tb Flour
  • 2 tb Salt
  • 3 tb Water

Mix dry ingredients together. Stir in the water. Add more water or flour until dough forms a nonsticky ball.

Salt, Flour, and Oil Fundough

  • 3 c Flour
  • 1 c Salt
  • 3 tb Salad oil
  • 1 c Water

Mix dry ingredients together. Stir in oil and water. Add more water, as necessary, to form a soft, pliable dough. This dough keeps well.

Cornmeal Dough

  • 1 c Flour
  • 1 c Cornmeal
  • 1 c Salt
  • 1 c Water

Mix all ingredients together. Add more water to make the mixture cling.

This dough will keep up to six weeks in an airtight container.

Coffee Grounds Dough

  • 2 c Used, dry coffee grounds
  • c Salt
  • 1 c Cornmeal
  • Warm water

Mix dry ingredients together. Add enough warm water to moisten.

This dough has a unique texture and is good to roll, pat, and pound.

Flour and Salt Cooked Fundough

  • 1 c Flour
  • 1 c Salt
  • 1 c Water

Mix ingredients in an electric skillet. Stir on a low heat setting until the mixture is thick. Let cool.

Sugar and Flour Cooked Fundough

  • 1 c Sugar
  • 1 c Flour
  • 1 c Cold water
  • 5 c Boiling water

Mix the first 3 ingredients in an electric skillet. Add boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool.

This dough does not keep very well.

Flour and Cornstarch Fundough

  • c Flour
  • 1 c Cornstarch
  • 2 c Water
  • ts Baking soda

In an electric skillet, mix all ingredients together. Cook on a low heat setting until the mixture forms a workable dough. Cool and knead.

Cornstarch and Soda Fundough

  • c Cornstarch
  • c Water plus 2 tablespoons
  • 1 c Baking soda

Combine ingredients in an electric skillet. Stir while cooking until the mixture is thick and dough-like. When cook, knead.

Peanut Butter and Syrup Edible Fundough

  • 1 c Peanut butter
  • 1 c Corn syrup
  • 1 c Powdered sugar
  • 1 c Powdered milk

Mix all ingredients together with a spoon. Add more powdered milk if necessary to make a workable dough. Knead, shape, and eat.

Peanut Butter and Honey Edible Fundough

  • 1 c Peanut butter
  • 1 c Honey
  • 2 c Powdered milk

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Add more powdered milk if necessary to make a workable dough. Form the dough into balls and other shapes.

Frosting Edible Fundough

  • 1 cn Frosting mix
  • 1 c Powdered sugar
  • 1 c Peanut butter

Mix together until a workable dough is formed.

Fundough Treat

Servings: 1

  • c Brown sugar
  • c Peanut butter
  • 1 tb Granola (optional)

Measure the brown sugar and the peanut butter into a plastic bowl. Squeeze mixture with both hands. If the mixture is too sticky, add a little more brown sugar. If it is too dry, add more peanut butter. Add granola, if desired, for extra interest and nutrition.

Spice Edible Fundough

  • 2 c Flour
  • 2 ts Baking powder
  • 1/3 c Sugar
  • ts Salt
  • ts Cinnamon
  • ts Nutmeg
  • 1/3 c Milk
  • 4 tb Salad oil

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add milk and oil. Knead until dough sticks together and forms a ball. Divide dough into portions on wax paper sheets. Roll and shape the mixture into doughnut shapes or other forms.

This dough can be fried in oil at 375F. If dough is to be used for play, substitute water for the milk. This dough has a nice texture, an unusual appearance, and a spicy aroma.

Bread Edible Fundough

  • c Hot water
  • c Canned evaporated milk
  • 1 ts Salt
  • 2 tb Sugar
  • 2 tb Oil
  • pk Dry yeast dissolve in 2 additional tablespoons warm water
  • 3 c Flour
  • Raisins (optional)

Mix together all ingredients except the flour and raisins. Stir in 2 cups flour. Add more flour until dough leaves the sides of the bowl and can be kneaded. Divide into portions. Continue kneading single portions until dough becomes springy. Add raisins if desired, and knead them in.

Let the dough rise until double in size. Knead it down again. Let the dough rise for a second time. Knead it down again. Shape dough into balls or other forms.

Place shapes onto an oiled pan and let them rise again until double in size. Bake at 375F until lightly brown.

Molding Flakes

  • 1 c Soap flakes
  • c Water

If you are unable to find soap flakes, make your own with a kitchen vegetable grater and a bar of Ivory Soap.

Add half the water to the soap flakes. Beat with a rotary eggbeater until the mixture has a flaky appearance. Add more water if necessary. Mold as desired.

This dough has a nice texture, but it takes a long time to dry.

Molding Dough (Cooked)

  • 1 c Salt
  • 1/3 c Water
  • c Cornstarch
  • c Cold water

Mix salt and 1/3 cup water in an electric skillet. Cook on a medium heat setting, stirring constantly until the mixture comes to a boil. Turn the heat off. In a bowl, mix cornstarch and cup cold water together until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture to the cooked mixture, and turn the heat back on. Cook the mixture until it is thick. Cool before molding.

Sawdust and Wheat Paste Molding Mixture

  • 2 c Sawdust (strained)
  • 1 c Wheat paste or wallpaper
  • paste
  • c Water

Mix sawdust and paste. Add only enough water to make the mixture pliable. This dough responds better to squeezing and shaping than to rolling and patting.


  • 2 c White glue (Elmer's)
  • 1 1/2 c Water
  • Food colouring of choice
  • 1 ts Borax
  • 1/2 c Water
Mix the glue, 1 1/2 c water and food color until it's not sticky. Separately dissolve the borax and 1/2 c water. Add to the glue solution. You will get a very thick clump of Slime where the two mix. Now you must work in the rest of the solution. With clean hands, knead the Slime to get it to mix. This will take about 10 minutes or so, and is not very difficult as the Slime easily separates between your fingers. If you desire a looser, more slimy texture, add a bit more water and knead it in. The more slimy this is, though, the more apt it is to get stuck in any fabric it comes in contact with.

Best Ever Modeling Clay

  • 1 c Flour
  • c Salt
  • tb Cooking oil
  • 2 tb Cream of tartar
  • 1 c Water
  • Food colouring

Mix all ingredients in a pot and cook over medium heat for 2 or 3 minutes. Do not overcook. Cool the mixture until you can easily handle it. When cool enough to handle, knead it until smooth. Store in plastic bag or container.

Face or Body Paint

  • c Baby lotion
  • ds Liquid detergent
  • Powdered tempera paint

Mix the three ingredients together, using as much colour as necessary for the desired result. Using the paintbrush, paint designs on the body or face, usually the cheek or hand is painted. Paint washes off easily, due to the detergent added.

Invisible Writing

  • 1 Tablet of laxative
  • 1 tb Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Household ammonia

Mash the laxative tablet into the tablespoon of alcohol. Be sure the tablet is entirely dissolved. Write a message on the paper with paintbrush dipped into the solution. As the solution dries, the writing will disappear. To develop the message: dampen the cotton ball with liquid ammonia and dab it on the page. The writing will reappear.


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