Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Homemade Craft Recipes

If you thought you were getting lots of good craft ideas from Ms. Shannon at Teaching Tinytots before, you are in for a bonus round today! We got LOTS of recipes from her to share with you...

What is mommy school with out homemade craft recipes?

Flour-Based Poster Paint


  1. 1/4 cup flour
  2. 1 cup water
  3. Small jars or plastic containers
  4. 3 or 4 drops of food coloring or paste (for smelly use kool aid)
  5. 2 tablespoons water per container
  6. 2- 4 drops of dish soap ( to make it washable)
  7. for shiny finish a few drops of corn sryup

  1. Measure flour into saucepan.
  2. Slowly add 1 cup water while stirring to make a smooth paste.
  3. Heat, stirring constantly, until paste begins to thicken.
  4. Cool.
  5. Measure 1/4 cup paste into each small container.
  6. Add food coloring/kool aid
  7. Stir well.

*If you want to make a big batch, don't divide into containers!

Store covered.

Stamp Pad

  1. Lay some paper towels or napkins onto a paper plate.
  2. Pour enough paint to make it stampable but not too much! You might need to spread it around with a paint brush.
  3. Now you can stamp anything you want!

Homemade Glue


  1. 3/4 cup water
  2. 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  3. 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  4. 1/2 cup cornstarch
  5. 3/4 cup cold water


  1. Mix water, corn syrup and vinegar in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil.
  3. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water.
  4. Add this mixture slowly to first mixture, stirring constantly.
  5. Let stand overnight before using.

Kool-Aid Play Dough


  1. 1/2 cup salt
  2. 2 cups water
  3. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 2 tablespoons alum
  6. 1 envelope unsweetened Kool-Aid,any color/flavor desired


  1. Boil salt in water until salt is dissolved.
  2. Add Kool-Aid, vegetable oil, flour and alum.
  3. Knead or process until smooth.

Keeps for two months or longer.

Imitation Sand

Here is a great recipe for colored sand that will keep forever! Great for crafts or sensory tables


  1. 1/2 c salt
  2. 1/2 c cornmeal
  3. 1 1/2 tbsp liquid paint
  4. ziploc baggie
  5. paper towels/wax paper


  1. Pour all items in a baggie and seal shut.
  2. Give to LO to shake up and lay on paper towels or wax paper to dry!

Imitation Glitter

This is great and wonderful to use w/ real LO's that might put glitter in their mouth! Great for crafts or sensory table too.


  1. salt
  2. food coloring
  3. baking sheet


  1. Mix up the amount of salt you want to make and food coloring
  2. Mix well
  3. Lay out on a baking sheet and bake in oven at 350 for 10 minslet cool and store!

Glossy Paint


  1. 1 can sweet condensed milk
  2. Pink, Blue and green food coloring
  3. 3 bowls


  1. Add enough food coloring paste to get the desired color depth you want and add just a tad of water to make it more spreadable.


Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! I will definitely be making some of these for Zander and I to use!!!!

Michelle Sybert said...

What a great "one stop" post for recipes! I'll be linking this on Sunday!

dani said...

thank you for sharing:)
happy new year, loves!!!
~dani xxx

jojoebi said...


Happy New Year, bit of something for you over at my place...

Prasti said...

excellent ideas!