Play Dough, Salt Dough, Play Clay
Salt Dough, Play Dough, and Play Clay


1 cup water
2 cups salt
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup glycerin
4 cups flour

Place the water, salt, sugar and glycerin in a non-stick saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then add to flour in large glass bowl and stir until mixture holds together.

When dough is cool enough to handle, turn out onto counter and knead for several minutes until smooth and elastic. If too dry, add small amount of water; if too moist, add flour. Salt dough should be fairly stiff so it will hold its shape, but should not be too dry.

Store in a plastic bag and refrigerate until ready to use. Dough can be kept for 3 days. If it becomes sticky, add small amounts of flour to bring it back to the correct consistency.

Form dough into balls and press with cookie stamp, then cut out around design with knife or use a cookie cutter. Transfer to cookie sheet. Bake in a 225 degree oven. Higher temperature will cause overbrowning.

From Sharon Reese
Source:  Crafts Magazine May 1996

4 cups Gold Medal® flour (self-rising flour can be used in this recipe)
2 cups salt
1 teaspoon powdered alum
1 1/2 cups water

Mix all ingredients thoroughly with hands. (If dough is too dry, work in 1 tablespoon water.) If you wish, dough can be colored by dividing into several parts and kneading in desired food color in each part. Roll or mold as directed.

To Roll:
On lightly floured board, roll dough 1/8-inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters or cardboard forms. If ornaments are to be hung, make a hole in each 1/4 inch from top with end of plastic straw.

To Mold:  shape dough no more than 1/2-inch thick into figures, such as flowers, fruits, vegetables or animals. If ornaments are to be hung, insert fine wire in each.

Heat oven to 250° F.  Place ornaments on ungreased baking sheet. Bake about 30 minutes. Remove from oven; turn ornaments over (if possible) and bake about 1 1/2 hours longer or until completely hard and dry. Remove from baking sheet; cool.

When cool, sand lightly until smooth with fine sandpaper. Outline desired designs on ornaments with pencil. Paint with plastic-based poster or acrylic paint.* (Do not forget to paint sides and backs of ornaments.) Allow paint to dry. Place ornaments on waxed paper and brush with clear shellac. Yield: About 5 dozen 2 1/2-inch ornaments.

Note:  Dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerated about 2 weeks. 

From Gold Medal® Flour package

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon alum powder
1 cup salt
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoon mineral (baby) oil


Mix all dry ingredients. Add boiling water. Add baby oil and knead. Caution: the dough is still very hot and should be kneaded by an adult. Food colors should be added while kneading.

From Sharon Reese

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Play-clay is a fine idea for a make-at-home Christmas gift, and one that is so simple even junior can get in on the act. 

1 cup of cornstarch
2 cups of baking soda
1 1/4 cups water
A few drops of food coloring

Combine ingredients and cook, bringing to a boil, stirring constantly until mixture reaches dough-like consistency. Remove from stove, cool and knead, Pack in a plastic bag, attach a note tag (include the recipe for play-clay), and give it to a youngster for Christmas.

From The Oregonian Newspaper 12/9/64

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