Make Your Own Non-Toxic Oven Clay

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When Silas was about 4 or 5 months old, his first Father's Day rolled around and I wanted to do something special for Andy. (This was spring of 2010) After a lot of contemplation on what I could do that would be an awesome keepsake forever, I thought about all of the times that my mom and I would make and paint ornaments for Christmas. I really enjoyed that as a kid and frankly, it was super cheap! So, after working on that idea for a short while, I got the idea to do something that would have Syfy's (his nickname) handprint and footprint in it. Using one the medium heart shaped Wilton cake pans, I shaped my oven clay into a heart! After baking it came the fun stuff, painting it!!! This recipe is great for making Christmas ornaments, barbie doll house accessories(I was a very creative child lol), beads, plates, cups, or anything else that your creative mind can come up with. For a more golden look, paint your creations with egg yolk before baking them.

DIY Oven-Baked Clay


  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 cup real salt
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3/4 – 1 cup water
  • food coloring (optional)
  • water-based acrylic paints (optional)
  • toothpicks and/or other objects for poking/writing/stamping etc. (optional)
  • ribbon for hanging (optional)


  1. Mix together the flour and salt.
  2. Add the oil, and then slowly add the water until you reach a nice clay consistency that you like. If you want the clay-colored, this is the time to add the food coloring! Also, don't forget to make a hole, before baking, where you can string a ribbon through to hang your creation.
  3. Mold into whatever shapes you want. If using egg yolk, brush it on.
  4. Pre-heat the oven to 250 degrees.
  5. Bake creations in theĀ oven for 1 hour. Times can vary depending on the thickness of your creation. Don't forget projects that are too thick may crack while baking!
  6. Let cool before painting with water-based acrylics!
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