Homemade Recipes for Paper Clay

    by Alicia Bodine

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    There are many recipes you can utilize to make clay, and each one produces a different product. One method for making clay is to incorporate paper. The fibers in the paper create a unique consistency and texture. The type of paper, amount of water and other thickening agents can be adjusted to create a custom clay that is perfect for your project.

    Crepe Paper Clay

    Cut crepe paper in to fine pieces. You can use one color or mix a few colors together. Place the crepe paper pieces in a large bowl, and completely cover them with water. Wait an hour, and then pour out any excess liquid. In a small bowl, combine one cup of salt and one cup of flour. Begin pouring this mixture in your bowl of crepe paper a little bit at a time. As soon as the mixture turns into clay, you can stop adding the flour/salt mixture. Take the paper clay and mold into the desired shape. Let it sit uncovered until it drys. You can then paint it or let the crepe paper colors show.

    Construction Paper Clay

    Shred 2 cups of construction paper in any combination of colors. Place the construction paper bits in your blender and add four cups of water. Blend until your construction paper becomes like a pulp. Squeeze out any excess water. Place the pulp in a bowl and add half a cup of water and half a cup of flour. Mix it together to form clay. Mold the clay and let it sit out for two days before painting or glazing.

    Newspaper Clay

    Cut newspapers into small pieces and place them in a large bowl. Cover them with boiling water and let them sit overnight. The next day, squeeze the water out of the newspaper bits. Then pour one cup of white glue over the newspaper bits. Put on a pair of plastic gloves and begin mixing the glue in to the newspaper bits. You will begin to form a clay that is moldable. Make something with the clay and set it out to dry. It may take 24 hours to completely dry out. You can then paint it or use it the way it is.