clay butterfly crafts

as we dive deeper into our theme of ‘things that grow’, and we continue to journal and observe the life-cycle of our painted lady caterpillars, we opted to make some special butterflies we could keep. {there is some sadness mixed into the joy of  having a butterfly release celebration}

the folks over at nurturestore just happen to also be celebrating the raising of their own painted lady caterpillars, as we are. wonderful to share experiences and crafts — and likely these clay butterflies, as they’re too beautiful not to share with friends!

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as a gluten-free home, here’s two clay recipes we use {versus using a wheat-based-flour dough recipe}
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::: cornstarch clay {cooked} 
{porcelain type, requires cooking}

2 cups cornstarch
2 cups baking soda
1 1/4 cups cold water

:: in a saucepan, combine cornstarch and baking soda
:: gradually add water until the mixture is smooth
:: heat over low-medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches a moist ‘mashed-potato’ consistency

:: turn onto a plate, cover with a damp towel {careful for little fingers and hands – it will be hot!}
:: knead clay when cool enough to handle – clay is now ready to create with!

:: roll out the dough into a little under 1/2 inch thick and use your choice of cutters for shapes and designs
::  this dough will take some time to air dry or you can speed the process and dry in a warm oven (200*F)
:: {{ clay may crack if items too thick or bulky }}

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::: cornstarch clay {our favorite}

1 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup white glue
:: mix both ingredients completely
:: add extra corn starch or glue to get a workable consistency

:: store in plastic wrap/bag – this mixture should last for months
:: projects can be air dried – try rolling out thinly and using cookie cutters for your desired shape (using a straw to put a small hole for hanging, if desired)
:: leave overnight to dry – can be painted and decorated once dry

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