Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bright White Clay Dough Recipe

In my last post I shared a classic, easy salt dough recipe perfect for making with kids. But what if you prefer a brighter, white dough for your Christmas ornaments and gift tags?  Then I have the perfect recipe for you! This Bright White Clay Dough recipe is just what it says - white as snow and bright, and great for painting on...but be advised, the finished product is not as rock-hard as traditional salt dough. To make these ornaments stronger and more durable, make them thick.

Bright White Clay Dough
2 cups of baking soda
1 cup of cornstarch
1 cup of water
1. Combine baking soda, cornstarch and water in a medium pot and stir over medium heat until all ingredients are dissolved.
2. Continue to stir over me remove from heat and transfer mixture into a mixing bowl. Be careful, mixture will be hot!
4. Cover with a cold damp dish cloth until cool enough to knead. 
5. Knead dough until soft and smooth. If mixture is too dry, add a few drops of water at a time and knead until a softer, workable consistency is reached.
6. Roll out dough to 1/4" or thicker and cut into shapes as desired.
7. Bake finished creations on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet in a warm oven (I do mine at 175 degrees F for about two hours, flipping them over about half way through baking.)  Allow to cool completely in the oven. 
8. Once completely dry, finished creations can be painted with acrylic craft paints and sealed with a craft sealant.  
9. Wrap unused dough in plastic wrap to keep it fresh. 

Stamped Clay Dough Ornaments
1. Roll out dough to 1/4" or thicker.
2. Use cookie cutters to cut shapes.
3. Use a toothpick or straw to make a hole in each ornament so that you 
have a way to hang them.
4. Stamp dough with rubber stamps - either with ink or without.
5. Bake as directed above.
6. After baking, gently file off any rough edges with a nail file or piece of sandpaper. 

If you prefer, you can stamp your dough before cutting out shapes with cookie cutters instead
of cutting and then stamping. I tried it both ways and the results were just about the same
with each method, and the method you use will mainly depend on what type of cookie cutter
you are using. If your cookie cutter is not open-topped, you will not be able to see the exact
placement of your cut on pre-inked dough.  You waste dough if you ink stamp and then cut 
because the scraps with ink are now tinted and no longer white. My advice is to use whatever
method works best for you!

I use generic store brand baking soda and corn starch. They work great!

Combine baking soda, cornstarch and water in a medium pot and stir 
over medium heat until all ingredients are dissolved.

Continue to stir over medium low heat until mixture thickens. 
It will turn from this liquid mixture (photo above)... thick, sticky clay  (photo below)

Once thick, immediately remove from heat and transfer mixture 
into a mixing bowl. Be careful, mixture will be hot!

 Allow to cool and then knead until a soft dough forms

The consistency of they clay should be smooth and soft

Dust rolling pin and table or parchment paper with a little bit of cornstarch if needed.
Roll to 1/4" or thicker!

Choose your weapon

Place on parchment covered baking sheet

Keep the dough thick. If they are too thin they could crack or bend while baking.

Try stamping a design with an inked rubber stamp. But first...

Use a moist cotton swab to wipe away excess ink from the outer edge of your 
rubber stamp before stamping your clay. 

 Make a hole in each ornament so that you have a way to hang them!

A straw works well for larger sized ornaments. Use a toothpick for smaller ones. 

Ready to go into the oven! 

Make an impression with an uninked rubber stamp

Make imprints with common items to create unique designs

This is one of my favorite necklaces. It made a great stamp!

Peace sign impression made from my necklace pendant.

The finished, baked pieces:

What do you think?

Thanks for visiting! 

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at


  1. Too cool! I'll have to give this a try! I use polymer clay now but this looks to be a LOT cheaper!Ooohhhh..ideas..ideas! Thanks!Julia

    1. This is a lot cheaper than polymer clay, but polymer is much more strong. If you drop these, they would probably break, so keep that in mind if you make these! Also, be sure to not make them too thin - 1/4" thickness works great.

  2. What a great post and tutorial! I love how they turned out, just what I was looking for.

  3. Our dough fell apart and cracked a little. Not sure what went wrong, but it seemed like there wasn't enough water. Loved the stamping technique though!

    1. You can add a few drops of water at a time and just knead it in until the clay is soft and workable. If it's cracking when you are rolling it out then it sounds like it's too dry. Thanks for visiting!

  4. I will try to do it with my child daycare kids and let them print their hands on the clay. then make ornaments from it, I hope it will works. Really nice tutorial :) thank you.

    Les petits vikings

  5. Ours cracked too but after add some water it seemed to helped them.

  6. I can't wait to try this! I've seen other tutorials for making baking soda and cornstarch dough ornaments, but yours is by far the clearest (I love that you showed a pic of what the dough should look like before it is kneaded) and most detailed--your stamping tips and "warnings" are excellent!!

    Thank you so much!♥♥♥


    1. Thanks for visiting Pat, glad you enjoyed the post!

  7. Is there a way to make BOTH sides pretty?

  8. Mine have started cracking in the oven. Is there a way to prevent this?

    1. Make sure you make them thick. Also, make sure you use a warm oven not hot and its very important to let them cool in the oven.

  9. mine cracked too. they are exactly 1/4" thick and i'm air drying because the first batch burned in too hot an oven. any other suggestions?

  10. I have been looking for some time this last few months for the very best looking result recipe. Yours is slightly different in measurements than some others... Also very gorgeous with these amazing thought out ink stamps on them as well???the two holed stringing ability can almost provide a garland type as well! I am so impressed! Many many thanks! Jeanine, Canada

  11. Thanks for this! This dough is awesome!

  12. do these bake as hard/durable as salt dough ornaments? I tried a very white air dry cornstarch/baking soda recipe and the end products were pretty, but could be easily snapped in half like crisp shortbread cookies.

  13. These are not has hard as the salt dough recipe.


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