DIY Oven Flour Clay

Child making a clay figure

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Working with clay is a really great way to make crafts and be creative. You can mold and shape clay into almost anything; as clay can be expensive this low-cost alternative will help you be crafty on a budget.

These instructions will teach you to make clay using ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. As long as you can tolerate gluten this clay is safe to eat, it probably just won't taste good. It's a great way to get children into crafts without having to worry about little ones tasting their art.

Materials Needed

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 to 1 cup water


In a large bowl mix together flour and salt. Add the oil and then slowly add the water and stir until you get a nice clay consistency. Once completely mixed, make into the desired shapes. Bake in a 250 F oven for approximately one hour. This will vary depending on how thick you creations are. You want to bake it long enough for the clay to harden but not start to burn.

Tips for Working with Homemade Clay

It's important that you do not make your clay projects too thick or they will crack when baked. Try using cookie cutters to help make more precise shapes. If you want your clay to have a golden appearance, paint your pottery with egg yolk before placing in the oven. After baking, you can always use acrylic paint on your projects.