Joyces no-mess way to make clay

by Joyce

Recipe :

  • 3 cups of flour

  • 1 cup salt

  • 1 cup oil 1/2 cup oil

  • 1 cup water

  • Put the ingredients in a plastic bag and seal. Then you can mix them without making any mess.


    Thanks Joyce - that sounds like a nice easy way to make clay. I am guessing a large ziploc type bag would be good for this.

    I have used this method before with my silly putty recipe and it works well.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Update Feb 2012:
    A lot of you seem to think this clay is oily so I have reduced the amount to 1/5 cup. The oil gives the clay some elasticity, so if the clay is a bit crumbly, then you may need to add more.
    I found this clay sometimes needed a lot of kneading to get it to stick together and be a flexible dough, depending on which flour I used. Please don't just dump all the ingredients into the bag and expect perfect results every time. Everyone uses different flour and oil - so you will need to experiment a little around the recipe to get a good clay. Please read my instructions on how to make playdough before you start.

    Comments for Joyces no-mess way to make clay

    Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

    Click here to add your own comments

    Sep 14, 2014
    Super Easy
    by: Anonymous

    It was so much fun added more flour cause it was a bit sticky. My kids had fun making and playing with it, I added ground cinnamon to add smell and tempera paint for color. Thanx

    Jan 26, 2013

    I love making clay but I cant get the right amount of the ingredients. Thanks to you...

    Jul 31, 2012
    by: Anonymous


    Feb 04, 2012
    very oily
    by: Anonymous

    This was very oily and when you picked it up, it broke in half or just crumbled up.

    I have changed the instructions to start with less oil, but a lot depends on the flour you used. I found that some flours needed a lot of kneading to get a good flexible dough. And I also sometimes needed to add a little more water. Julie.

    Dec 28, 2011
    how long
    by: Anonymous

    hi how long dose it tack to dry befor you can use it

    Hi, not sure I understand. You don't want it to dry out before you use it. You can use it straightaway.
    How long your models take to dry will depend on how big they are. Thin, small models will dry much quicker.

    Dec 18, 2011
    by: taylor

    that is reaky good joyces

    Oct 26, 2011
    by: Anonymous

    Does this clay harden on its own or does it need to be fired? Is it durable?

    This clay will harden but I think the air hardening clay recipe may be more what you are looking for. Neither recipes need firing. They will be fairly durable (the salt will help preserve it), but it won't last forever. Varnishing your finished item will help.

    Aug 30, 2011
    not good
    by: Anonymous

    this clay is not good dont waste ur salt on it.

    Julie says:
    I am sorry this didn't work out for you. What was wrong with it?

    Jul 22, 2011
    Verrrrrry Oily .
    by: Anonymous

    Yes this was very oily. I would say only use 1 tsp.

    Jun 11, 2011
    by: gamingmusicchick98

    After you make it and it sits around for a while will you have to throw it away? Because I want to make my friend a charm with this recipe so she can keep it forever ;)

    Julie says
    No this clay won't keep forever.

    May 06, 2011
    clay dough
    by: Baby Girl

    Hey Joyce do you have to bake it after you mix it in the zip lock bag?


    No - this is a no-bake clay recipe.

    Apr 08, 2011
    by: Anonymous

    what kind of oil ?


    I used sunflower oil but I think any type of vegetable oil would work.

    Mar 28, 2011
    Question about adding oil
    by: Amber


    Do you have to use the oil? like Kim said, it was very oiley.


    You don't have to add all the oil but you will get a better result if you use some oil because it gives the clay its elasticity.
    If you are worried about the clay being too oily then just add a little at a time until you get the results you want.

    Jan 08, 2011
    Too oily!
    by: Kim

    I need a clay that hardens rather quickly but didn't want to have to bake it. I cut the recipe in half just to test it and it has proven to be very very oily! The oil itself is a mess. Not sure how long it will take to harden, but it appears it will be awhile.

    Hi Kim

    Did you use Joyce's recipe above? I think different flour might be giving everyone different results.

    This Claydo recipe looks like it might do what you want.

    Dec 20, 2010
    by: Anonymous

    is this air dry clay??

    No, I don't think so. Just a general clay recipe. You can find an air dry clay recipe here though.

    Click here to add your own comments

    Return to Homemade Clay Recipes.

    Share this page:
    Enjoy this page? Please share with your friends. Here's how...

    Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

    1. Click on the HTML link code below.
    2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

    What's New?

    Best Homeschool Year Yet Planner
    Educational Board Games for Kids
    Homeschool Newsletter - Fuel the Fire Newsletter
    Free Homeschool Newsletter

    Look what's available in my homeschool store!

    Lovely messages sent from visitors like you:

    Oh my goodness! I am a home schooling mum of 4 and I have NEVER found a better site! Thank you so much.
    Blessings, Jenny (New Zealand)

    I wanted to say THANK YOU for your fabulous website. I found your website, and finally I have the confidence to take the plunge and take my daughter out of school and educate her at home, thank you, thank you.
    Marina (UK)

    I cannot get over how much great information and super ideas you have here. Fantastic!
    Ruralmama (USA)

    This is simply fabulous!! I just now found this site and I'm so excited!! The opportunities and suggestions as well as the need to inspire are exactly what I have been searching to fulfill!! I'm so thrilled to get started and even more excited to continue to explore all of the fabulous suggestions and creative ideas you have offered here!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Jennifer (USA)

    Free Homeschool Curriculum