How to make clay using bread dough and glue

Updated April 17, 2017

Clay made from white bread dough is a non-toxic alternative to many of the commercial sculpting clays available in stores -- and it's simple to make using supplies you likely have in your home. If kneaded well, it can turn out very polished and smooth, looking almost identical to a sculpting clay when dried. This is an ideal project to make with young kids because it is easy for their small hands to handle and mold.

Things you'll need

A loaf of white bread Non-toxic white glue Food colouring A plastic zip-close bag

Take the crusts off the bread

Buy a loaf of white bread. (Brown, buttermilk or seeded bread will not knead well and will be difficult to paint). Break the crust off 9 slices of the white bread.

Break the crust-less bread into 5 pence pieces. Put all the pieces into a large plastic, zip-lock bag.

Add glue

Add 7 teaspoons of non-toxic white glue to the bag. Close the bag.

Knead the mixture

Knead your mixture until you get a nice clay consistency. This might take a bit of work, sometimes 15 minutes or more. Add more glue if the consistency is too thick or more crust-less, shredded bread if it is too wet.

Knead in colour

To add colour to the clay, break off chunks of clay and add a few drops of food colouring to each chunk. The more food colouring you add, the darker the colour will be. Knead the chunks to distribute the colour evenly.

Seal the clay

Keep the clay in the sealed bag to prevent it from drying out. It will last about two weeks before it starts to mold.

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Sonya has written two books, "Beadalicious" and "Just for the Frill of It." She contributes to arts and crafts books and magazines, and has appeared on a variety of television shows.