Homemade Recipes for Paper Clay

Written by alicia bodine | 13/05/2017
Homemade Recipes for Paper Clay
A paper clay vase.

There are many recipes you can utilise to make clay, and each one produces a different product. One of the methods you can use the next time you are ready to make a craft is paper. It is important that you follow the recipe exactly when you are ready to make something with your paper clay, or it could be too watery or too dry to mould in to the shape you want.

Crepe Paper Clay

Cut up crepe paper in to tiny little pieces. You can choose to use one colour or mix a few colours together. Place the crepe paper pieces in a large bowl, and completely cover them with water. Wait an hour, and then pour out any excess liquid. In a small bowl, combine one cup of salt and one cup of flour. Begin pouring this mixture in your bowl of crepe paper a little bit at a time. As soon as the mixture turns into clay, you can stop adding the flour/salt mixture. Take the paper clay and mould it in to a shape, animal or household object. Let it sit out until it drys. You can then paint it or let the crepe paper colours show.

Construction Paper Clay

Cut or rip up two cups of construction paper. You can stick with one colour or mix a few colours together. Place the construction paper bits in your blender and add four cups of water. Blend until your construction paper becomes like a pulp. Squeeze out any excess water. Place the pulp in a bowl and add half a cup of water and half a cup of flour. Mix it together to form clay. Mold the clay and let it sit out for two days before painting or using.

Newspaper Clay

Cut up a bunch of newspapers and place them in a large bowl. Cover them with boiling water and let them sit overnight. The next day you will need to squeeze the water out of the newspaper bits. Then pour one cup of glue over the newspaper bits. Put on a pair of plastic gloves and begin mixing the glue in to the newspaper bits. You will begin to form a clay that is mouldable. Make something with the clay and set it out to dry. It may take 24 hours to completely dry out. You can then paint it or use it the way it is.

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