a miscellany of thrifty craft formulas


make your own sidewalk chalk
6 eggshells, washed and dried
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon very hot tap water
Grind eggshells with a rock on concrete or with a heavy-duty mortar and pestle, into powder.  Combine flour and water in a separate container.  Add one tablespoon of the eggshell powder and mix until it sticks together.  Press into a stick shape.  Wrap up tight in a paper towel and let dry three days or until hard.

gelatin jewels
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
3 tablespoons water
food coloring
plastic lid
Cook gelatin, water, and a few drop of food coloring in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir until dissolved and remove from heat.  Pour mixture into a plastic lid, pushing any bubbles that may form to the edge.  Let dry one or two days until hard and edges are firm.  Use scissors to cut into desired shapes.  You can make jewelry, sequins, tiddlywinks, or decorate with markers to make sun-catchers.

lint modeling
3 cups dryer lint
2 cups cold or warm water
2/3 cup flour
3 drops clove oil
Stir lint and water in a saucepan.  Add flour, stir.  Add clove oil.  Cook over low heat and stir until mixture forms peaks.  Pour out and cool on newspapers.  Mold as you would for papier-mâché pulp.  Dries to a very hard durable shape in 3 to 5 days.  Recipe makes 4 cups.

basic salt dough
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 ¾ cup warm water
Mix together ingredients and knead 10 minutes.  Use as you would any clay.  Bake at 300 degrees F to harden, or let air dry a few days.

salt and alum dough
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon powdered alum
½ cup water (approximately)
Mix first three ingredients in a bowl.  Slowly add in water.  Knead until clay-like.  Use as you would any clay.  This dough is extremely hard when dry. (If you’ve been following along on this blog, you’ll know I use this one a lot.)

thin paste
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon alum
1 2/3 cup water
¼ teaspoon cinnamon oil (optional)
Mix sugar, flour, and alum in a pan. Gradually add 1 cup water, stirring constantly.  Stir and boil util clear and smooth.  Add remaining water and cinnamon oil, stir.  This paste is great for papier-mâché and can be stored for several months without refrigeration.  Makes 1 pint.


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