Bread Clay Recipe
What you will make:
This recipe makes a durable and very pliable clay that can be colored
vibrantly. This clay is particularly good for making items that will see
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.
This recipe makes enough dough to make beads for a necklace and a
bracelet, or a set of game pieces for a board game. It's easy to make
more clay by just doubling or tripling the recipe.
Related crafts: For a clay made with salt and flour
that is colored with food coloring, see the
Homemade Modeling Dough Recipe. For a lightweight
molding material, see Quick Papier-mâché Pulp.
For a scented clay, see the
Cinnamon Clay Recipe.
- 3 slices of white bread
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) white glue (Elmer's, PVA)
- Bowl or empty plastic container
- Plastic spoon
- Acrylic paint
- Zipper sandwich bags
- Optional: Disposable gloves, wax paper, lemon
juice, drinking straw, toothpick, needle, polymer clay cutters
This recipe is rated EASY to make.
How to Make Bread Clay
Read all of the directions before starting.
- Remove the crusts from the slices of white bread. Tear the bread
into very small pieces and place into a bowl. It's important to
use white bread to make a white base for
- Add the glue to the bread a little at a time while mixing with a
spoon and then mix with your hands. This is a bit messy, and you may
prefer to wear gloves, but the final clay is well worth the effort
and the mess. The bread and glue mixture will come together
into a ball as you mix. Continue to knead until the clay becomes
smooth and pliable. Add more glue if the clay is crumbly, and add
more bread if the clay is tacky.
- (optional) To add a nice smell and prevent the clay from going
sour, add a few drops of lemon juice. If you use the clay
immediately, you don't need to add lemon.
- For colored clay, knead a few drops of paint into the clay.
Knead thoroughly to get an evenly colored clay. If you are making
beads or game pieces for a game like
Pachisi, divide the white clay into four
balls and color each ball a different color.
Store clay in a zipper sandwich bag until you're ready to use it. If the clay feels a bit crumbly
after storage, knead in a few drops of water to make it smooth and
To make beads: Pat or roll out the dough to a thickness of
about ¼". Use a drinking straw, plastic caps, or polymer clay
cutters to cut beads like those pictured. To make round beads, first roll the clay into a
snake and cut off even segments. Roll the clay into balls between the
palms of your hands.
Use a toothpick or a needle to make holes in the beads for stringing. Let the
beads air-dry in a warm place for a few hours or overnight.
Tip: The small pendants are cut from rolled dough
using a plastic cap; the string hole is cut using a drinking straw.
To make game pieces: Bread clay is ideal for making playing pieces
for board games like
The clay is easily tinted in vibrant colors; items made with bread
clay are durable and won't shatter when dropped.
Use your hands to shape game pieces in
the desired shapes and sizes. To ensure that all of the pieces are the same size, roll
the clay into a snake and cut off even segments. Let the game pieces dry
for one or two days before using them.
That's it! Your clay is
ready to use!
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