Art Recipes: Make your own supplies!

Here is a fun way to save money and be frugal. Make your own art supplies. These art recipes are fun and easy!

Dough Recipes


Cold Playdough

1 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water

*Mix all ingredients together to proper consistency.

Cooked Playdough

1/2 cup salt
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 T. cooking oil
1 T. cream of tartar

*Heat over low heat and stir. When it clumps up remove from heat and knead in a few drops of food coloring

Peanut Butter Playdough

1 part peanut butter
1 part non-fat powdered milk
1 tsp. of honey*(optional)

* Mix and knead.* Honey should be avoided for children under age one.

Bread Dough

1 part white bread without crust
1 part Elmer’s glue
food coloring

*Shred bread well and add glue. knead until proper consistency and not to gooey. Add either bread or glue as needed. Add a few drops of coloring as desired. This dough dries well.

Oatmeal Fun Dough

2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup water

*Mix all ingredients and knead dough.

Rubber Dough

2 cups baking soda
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup cornstarch

*Mix with fork. boil over medium heat until thick. Cool on flat surface.

Other Recipes

Flour Finger-paint

3 cups flour
2 TBSP liquid soap
3/4 cup water
food coloring

*Mix all ingredients together

Finger Paint

*Mix together dry tempera paint with liquid starch or wall paper paste.

Puffy Tempera Paint

(for paper use only)
1 part salt
1 part flour
1 water
2 parts dry tempera

*Mix all ingredients together and put in squeeze bottles.

Silly Putty

*Add 4 T. of white Elmer’s glue to 2 T. of liquid starch. Mix together, if it stays stringy, add a drop of glue. If too brittle add more starch. Chill for at least 3 hours.

Clean Crayons

*Mix 2 parts Ivory Snow powder with 1 part water until thick and creamy. Add a desired food coloring drop. Let harden in small molds, or ice cube trays. Super Bubbles
1 cup water
2 T. light karo syrup
4 T. liquid dish soap

*Mix all ingredients together.

Sidewalk Chalk

2 cups of water
2 cups of Plaster of Paris
2 T. powdered tempera

*Stir all ingredients and let set for a few minutes. Pour into paper towel tubes that have been taped over at one end. Let dry for at least 2 hours

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