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Salt Dough Ornaments: ½ cup salt, 1 cup flour, ½ cup water. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours or until thoroughly dried. Decorate with acrylic paints.
Cinnamon Dough Ornaments: 2 cups cinnamon, 1-1/2 cups applesauce. Mix cinnamon with 1 cup applesauce. Continue adding applesauce a little at a time until the dough reaches a firm consistency. Place dough on wax paper. Place a wood strip on each side far enough apart so the ends of your rolling pin can rest on them. Cover the dough with another piece of wax paper and roll to 1/4 “ thick. Remove the top wax paper. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. For hangers, use a straw to make a small hole at the top of each ornament. Transfer to a flat area where they can dry away from direct heat. Turn them often; it will take about 5 days for them to dry completely. After drying, use emery board to smooth the outer edges.
Cloud Dough: 8 cups of flour, 1 cup of baby oil or canola oil.
Homemade Play Dough: ½ cup salt, ½ cup water, 1 cup flour, food dye.
Homemade Bubbles: 3 cups of water, ½ cup light corn syrup, 1 cup dish soap (transparent/clear soap works best). Mix water and corn syrup until blended. Slowly stir in soap. This will last several weeks in an air-tight container.
Homemade Moon Sand: 6 cups play sand, 3 cups corn starch, 1-1/2 cups water, food coloring if desired.
Flour Paint: Flour, liquid paint, water. Combine equal parts of flour and paint. Add drops of water until it achieves desired consistency.
Oobleck: 1-1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 cup water, food coloring.
Sparkle Paint: 3 cups flour, 3 cups salt, 3 cups water, food coloring.
Flubber: 5 tbs of liquid starch, 2 cups of glue, 1-1/2 cups of water to mix with the glue, additional 1 cup of hot water to mix with the liquid starch, food coloring. Mix 2 cups of glue and 1-1/2 cups of water in a big bowl. Add color if desired and stir. In the extra cup of hot water, dissolve 5 tbs of liquid starch. Stir well. After it is dissolved, pour the liquid starch mixture slowly into the glue and warm mixture. Mix with your hands or sturdy wooden spoon.
Papier-Mache: 2 cups cold water, 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 cups of flour, newspaper cut or torn into strips. Mix water and flour in a large bowl with a wire whisk until smooth. Mixture should be the consistency of heavy cream. Coat your mold (such as an inflated balloon) with one layer of the newspaper strips that have been dipped in water. Then dip strips into flour mixture and lay over the first layer until the mold is well coated. Allow to dry completely until your mold is hard. If desired, add another layer of newspaper strips that have been dipped in the flour mixture and allow to dry. Paint over the strips in any design or color of your choice.
Scratch and Sniff Watercolors: 1 tbs unsweetened powdered drink mix, 1 tbs warm water.
Crafty Clay (good for beads and small figurines): 1 cup cornstarch and baking soda in a small sauce pan. Add water and stir until mixture is smooth. Heat mixture for 5 minutes over medium heat. Stir until it begins to thicken and turn to dough. Remove from saucepan and allow it to cool. Knead dough 2-3 minutes. Let finished creation air-dry until hard.
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