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Discover an endless craft studio in your own home with Aunt Annie’s
craft material recipes. Pint-sized Picassos can express themselves with
homemade finger paints in a rainbow of colors, while miniature
Michelangelos will love making their own modeling dough. Sticker seal
gum allows kids to create fun stickers of their own design—perfect for
keeping in touch with pen pals all over the globe. Watch this page for
more recipes coming soon!
The projects range in difficulty from VERY EASY to AVERAGE.
On this page, find craft material projects made from ordinary
household materials. Choose a recipe and mix up endless creative
Finger Paint Recipe
- Why bother with a brush? Cavemen didn’t mind getting messy in
pursuit of their art, and you won’t either with this simple finger
Clay Recipe - This recipe makes a durable and very
pliable clay that can be colored vibrantly. This clay is
particularly good for making items that will get heavy use, like
beads and playing pieces for games. All you do is mix white glue
into shredded white bread and add color with a bit of paint.
Cinnamon Clay Recipe - This recipe makes a sweet
smelling dough that can be made into ornaments or package
decorations. Just mix together applesauce, cinnamon, and a bit
of glue to create a clay that is perfect
for rolling out and cutting shapes with cookie cutters.
Homemade Bubble Solution -
Soap isn’t just for bathtime. Breathe life into shimmering soap
bubbles with this simple solution, and share its special magic with
the whole family.
Homemade Modeling Dough Recipe
- Squishable, squeezable, and versatile, this easy to make modeling dough
can be crafted into paintable masterpieces or reused many times as a
play dough. Add color with a few drops of food coloring and see what sculptures you can create!
Paper - Make your own custom waxed papers! Learn the
technique of waxing paper and in no time you will be making waxed
papers in any colors or designs you like. You can use waxed paper in
the place of vellum in many crafts. Its translucent nature makes it
a natural for luminaries!
Seal Gum Recipe
- Follow this recipe to make homemade "lick and stick" sticker
adhesive. Turn any drawing into a sticker, and give letters,
notebooks, and paper crafts a personal touch! This adhesive also
works great as mucilage on the flaps of handmade envelopes.
Quick Papier-mâché Pulp
- Papier-mâché, or paper-mâché, is a time-honored craft beloved by
kids worldwide. Don’t worry about the mess with this quick paper
pulp; just mix, mold, and admire. Great for family, group or
Dracula's Blood Recipe - This recipe for fake blood
transforms trick-or-treaters from Type O to Type Oh, No! in just a
few minutes. Vampires, zombies and other mythical monsters beware:
you might even scare yourself.