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white clay ornaments with baking soda, corn starch and water
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5 from 3 votes

2-Ingredient White Clay Dough

This easy recipe makes a bright white clay that's perfect for kids to make homemade ornaments with.  
Author: Jackie Currie


  • 1 cup baking soda (bicarbonate soda)
  • 1/2 cup corn starch (corn flour in the UK)
  • 3/4 cup of warm water


Making your Clay Dough

  • Mix dry ingredients in a cooking pot, and add the water.
  • Stir continuously over medium heat until while it bubbles and thickens.
  • When it pulls away from the sides of the pot and resembles mashed potatoes, remove from heat. 
  • Let it cool a bit, and then transfer to clean counter or cutting mat and knead it into smooth, soft ball of dough.
  • If dough is too wet, sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the countertop and knead it into your dough until it’s no longer sticky.

Making your ornaments:

  • On a cutting mat, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thick, and use cookie cutters to cut out ornaments.
  • Poke a hole in each ornament with a drinking straw.
  • Press beads and jewels into the surface of the clay.
  • Transfer ornaments to a cookie sheet and allow to dry for several hours in a warm, sunny spot, or overnight in cooler temperatures.
  • Loop a ribbon through the hole in each ornament, and hang on your Christmas tree.