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Salt Dough: Homemade Modeling Clay

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Reaching way back into my childhood, I didn't have a lot of experience with modeling clay. It was expensive at the time, and could be hard to find in the right color. But I learned to make a dough that functions similarly to modeling clay, producing small, lightweight models that tended to be a bit more fragile than clay, but still loads of fun to make. The best part is that it's super easy to make, so it could be a fun project for you this weekend!

You'll need:

1 1/2 cups salt

1 1/2 cups flour

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1 cup of water

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.

2. Gradually add the water to the flour and salt mixture, stirring until well-mixed.

3. Stir in oil.

4. Once the oil is mixed in and fully absorbed, place on a floured surface. Knead the dough until firm. Wrap the kneaded dough in plastic wrap or place in a plastic bag. Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes before you use it!

If you want to add color, you'll need to add food coloring during the mixing process. Alternatively, you can paint a completed model after it's been baked. For this recipe, most models will harden in the oven at 250°F, after about 2 hours. Look for signs that the model is hard and dried, especially in the thickest parts! This is great fun for kids and adults alike, so have a great time making whatever you like!

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