Craft Recipes



Here is a large collection of craft recipes I have gathered over the years .  Great for all you crafting and kids projects.  

I have not tried all these recipes, and truthfully I am not sure where I collected them all from.   I hope you can use them and have fun.

Be sure to check back, I will add more as I find them.

Please enjoy!

Super Easy Salt Dough

When baked, this clay becomes as solid as a rock.

2 cups flour
1-cup salt
 1-cup water

1. Mix salt and flour.
2. Add in half the water, then gradually add the remaining water.
3. Knead until the dough is smooth, this can take up to 10 minutes.

Baking: Time varies based on thickness of ornament
Temperature: 225 degrees
Time: 3 hours – or until hard

This dough is a timeless remedy to spring fever! Sculpt, cut, paint, Create for a treasure to last a lifetime.

To preserve, coat with clear acrylic sealer, Awesome!

Artificial Snow

1/2 c Granulated Sugar
1/2 c Talcum Powder

Mix together. Sprinkle mixture over any area you want to decorate after it has been spread with liquid starch or a mixture of 1/2 glue and 1/2 water. Let dry. HINT: the more sugar the more sparkle.

Basic Paper Mache

Elmer’s Glue
Strips of torn newspaper

Mix enough water with Elmer’s glue to make a thin runny paste.

Dip the strips of newspaper in the paste, wipe off excess, and place in layers over mold or base.


Dryer Lint “Paper Mache”

3 c Dryer lint
2/3 c Flour

2 cups Water

Mix water and lint together in a large saucepan, stirring well. Slowly add flour, mixing well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture holds together, forming peaks. Pour out onto several layers of newspaper to cool.

Use mixture over a base, such as a box, balloon or bottle, spreading like paper mache. Dry 4 to 5 days. Store unused mixture in airtight container. Keeps only 4 to 5 days.


Paper Mache Paste

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 5 cups lightly boiling water

Mix flour into one cup water until mixture is thin and runny, stir into boiling water. Gently boil and stir for 3 minutes. Cool before using. (Use with newspaper/newsprint strips for Paper mache).


Easter Egg Coloring

1/4 tsp Red food coloring, * see note
1/2 c Hot water
1 tablespoon White vinegar

Mix together in narrow cup deep enough not to overflow when egg is dropped in. Makes deep, rich colors.

NOTES: Use as many colors as needed.


Brightly Dyed Pasta

Rubbing alcohol
Food colors
Noodles or rice, uncooked

Do not eat! This is for art projects only! Pour alcohol into large bowl and add food color. Use 1/2 bottle food color for each bottle of alcohol for very bright colors. Add pasta or rice, stir and let set until desired color. Spoon out, using slotted spoon, onto newspapers. Spread to dry (about 2 hours). Store in Baggies. Alcohol can be poured back into bottles and used again.



Coffee Sand

4 c. dried used coffee grounds
2 c. cornmeal
1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt

Mix in large plastic dishpan – use scoops, spoons, sifters, plastic cups, funnels, etc.


Colored Sand

3 c Masonry sand
2-tablespoon Liquid tempra

Mix the ingredients and allow drying, stirring occasionally. It will take about 24 hours to dry. For deeper colors, use more paint. If sand is not available, use salt.


Colored Sand

1 c Sand
1/8 c Water (approximately)
Food coloring

Mix food coloring with water, stir in sand, spread out and let dry a couple of hours.

For large amounts of sand, mix up Rit dye color and water, dump in sand, drain well, and spread out to dry.


Sand Casting

Submitted Anonymously

You will need:

1.  Imprint materials, such as shells, hands, feet.
2.  Wet sand.
3.  Plaster of Paris, or candle wax & wicks.
4.  Make an imprint in wet sand with shells, hands feet, juice cans, and the like.
5.  Pour Plaster of Paris or melted candle wax into the imprint. (Insert wick if using candle wax.)
6.   Remove wax or Plaster of Paris when cool and hard.


Food Coloring (red, yellow, green, blue)

In a large bowl, place cornstarch and blend in 1-cup water. Add remaining water. Microwave on high 8-9 minutes or until thickened, stirring every 2 minutes. Pour 1/2 cup thickened mixture into each of six small bowls. Add desired food coloring. Cool.


Water Color Recipe

1 tablespoon White vinegar
1 tablespoon Baking soda
4 tablespoon Cornstarch
1 tablespoon Corn syrup
Food coloring

Mix together the vinegar and baking soda. When it stops foaming, add enough food coloring to make it as dark as you want. Add the cornstarch and corn syrup and mix well. Store in small containers.


Poster Paint

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsps. Powdered tempera paint
  • 2 tbsps. Water
  • 1/2 tsp. liquid starch or liquid detergent

Measure 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.



2 C Flour
1/2 C Salt
2 TBSP Cream of Tartar
2 C Water 2 TBSP
Cooking Oil
Food coloring as desired
Oil of cloves, wintergreen

In a large saucepan, add flour, salt, cream of tartar, water and oil. Cook over a low heat until of dough consistency. Let cool, and then add food coloring and flavorings.

Makes 4 cups


Crepe Paper Modeling Plaster

1 pkg. crepe paper
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. salt

Cut crepe paper into narrow strips or small pieces; the smaller the pieces, the finer the texture. Place in large pan. Add enough water to cover. Let stand for 8 hours to overnight. Drain well but do not squeeze dry. Mix flour and salt together. Stir into crepe paper mixture gradually until mixture is consistency of thick dough. Knead until well blended. This is thicker and less messy than paper mache. Mixture does not store; prepare enough for each project


Do It Yourself Play Doh

1 c Flour
1/2 c Salt
1 c Water
2 tsp Cream of Tartar
1 tsp Salad Oil
Food Coloring

Mix together all ingredients and cook for 3 minutes over low heat.

Stir well. Add food coloring. Store in a plastic container. Kids love it and it is easier to clean up.


Do-It-Yourself Goofy Putty by Steven Spangler

Elmer’s White Glue (Do NOT substitute)
1 tablespoon Borax
Food Coloring
1 c Water
Empty plastic soda bottle with cap
Zipper-lock bag (quart size)

Making The Borax Water: Borax is a type of powder soap that is available in most grocery stores. Add 1-tablespoon Borax powder to 1 cup of Water. Stir until most of the powder dissolves. Store the Borax Water in a jar or bottle, and label the container “BORAX & WATER MIXTURE”. Remember that one cup of Borax water will make many batches of “Goofy Putty”.

Preparing The Glue: Measure 1 tablespoon of Elmer’s Glue into a zipper-lock bag. Add 1 teaspoon of plain water to the bag and mix. The additional water makes the glue flow better. Add a drop of food coloring to spice up the experiment.

Making Goofy Putty: Add 1 tablespoon of Borax Water to the bag of watered-down glue. Seal the bag and squeeze for 2 minutes in order to thoroughly mix the liquids. Notice that the liquids are starting to form a putty-like substance. Remove the putty from the bag and continue to squeeze. Try to explain how and why the glue changed.

How Does It Work: The mixture of Elmer’s Glue with Borax and water produces a putty-like material called a polymer. In simplest terms, a polymer is a long chain of molecules. As a model for these chains of molecules, picture in your mind strands of cooked spaghetti. If the polymer chains slide past each other easily, then the substance acts like a liquid because the molecules flow. If the molecules hook together at a few places along the strand, then the substance behaves like a rubbery solid called an elastomer. Borax is the chemical that is responsible for hooking the glue’s molecules together to form the putty-like material.

There are several different methods for making this putty-like material. Some recipes call for liquid starch instead of Borax Soap. Either way, when you make “Goofy Putty” you are learning about some of the fun an unusual properties of polymers.


Although these substances are not considered hazardous, you should treat all chemicals with care and wash your hands after handling. Do not taste or eat any of the materials described in these activities. Do not pour any of these experiments down the sink. Do not allow any GOOFY PUTTY to remain on clothing, upholstery, wood surfaces, or carpet. These substances may stain and damage the surface. Clean up any spill immediately.


 (Homemade Silly Putty)

1 c White glue (Elmer’s)
1 c Liquid starch
Food coloring

Put glue and coloring in plastic container. Add starch a little at a time, stirring constantly. Keep stirring until mixture holds together like putty. Test with your fingers, if too sticky, add more starch in small amounts until mass is smooth and rubbery. Have fun pulling, stretching, bouncing and taking transfers off of the Sunday comics, etc. Store in a plastic bag or airtight container.


Funny Face Make-Up

2 tsp White shortening
5 tsp Cornstarch
1 tsp White flour
4 drops Glycerin (found at your pharmacy)

Clown Face Make-up

1 tsp. flour
1/2 tsp. water
1/2 tsp. cold cream
Food coloring

Mix and use!


Soap Crayons

1 cup Soap flakes
-Food coloring
2 tablespoon 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 drying for a few more days before using.

Yield: 20 Crayons


Street Chalk

1 cup Plaster of paris (do not pack)
About 1/3 to 1/2 cup cool water
Liquid tempera paints, any color

Pour plaster into a disposable container (i.e. margarine container or large paper cup.) Stir in most of the water. Add 2-3 tablespoons of liquid tempera, mixing well, especially at the bottom. Add a little more water as the mixture thickens. Stir well and pour into containers. Three-ounce paper cups work well. Peel paper off when the chalk is dry.




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