How to Make Non-Toxic Craft Supplies



(Here’s a guest post about creating your own craft supplies at home!  I particularly like the glitter.  Maybe that’s because I have a house full of fairies. Enjoy!)


Some of the best-selling craft supplies on the market are made with toxic ingredients that pose a significant danger to the health and safety of small children. When you buy craft supplies, you should always try to seek out all natural, water-based products that are labeled as non-toxic. You can also try making your own craft supplies using the recipes below.

Craft Paste
Boil one quart of water in a saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of salt. Gradually add just over 1 cup of flour, stirring the whole time to prevent lumping. Continue stirring until the mixture is the consistency of a very thick gravy. You may need to add a little more flour or water to achieve the desired result. Allow the mixture to cool before using. You can use the paste immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to five days. This craft paste works especially well for paper crafts and papier-mâché projects. 
Paper Glue
Cook and stir 1/2 cup of cornstarch, 1 1/2 cups of water, 4 tablespoons of light corn syrup, and 2 teaspoons of white vinegar over medium heat until thickened. Remove the mixture from the heat. In another dish, mix together 1/2 cup cornstarch with 1/2 cup water. Add this to the heated mixture. Use the resulting glue immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to two months. This homemade glue recipe is great for scrapbooking, greeting cards, paper decorations, and other crafts that require transparent glue.
Finger Paint
Cook and stir 1/2 cup of cornstarch with 2 cups of water over high heat until the mixture boils and thickens. Remove the mixture from the heat and give it time to cool. Pour portions of the mixture into several small plastic containers. Add a few drops of food coloring into each container and stir the mixtures until the colors are evenly distributed. This homemade finger paint works best when used immediately. It is washable, but you may want to cover and protect things that are not stain resistant before painting.
Glitter
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Mix 1/4 cup of salt with a 1/2 teaspoon of food coloring in a small bowl until the salt is uniformly colored. Spread the mixture out in an even layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for ten minutes. Allow your homemade glitter to cool before using it. You may also store it in an airtight container for several months. This glitter can be used for almost any type of project and may even be mixed with glue for special crafts.
Modeling Clay
Bring 2 cups of salt and 1 cup of water to a boil over high heat. In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of cornstarch with enough cold water to form an easy-to-pour liquid. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling mixture, stirring constantly. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture is very thick and transparent. Pour the entire mixture onto a large section of wax paper. When the mixture is cool, divide it into separate portions and knead each portion with a few drops of food coloring until the color is evenly distributed. Press each colored portion of the modeling clay into a brick. You can use the clay immediately or wrap it in wax paper and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 months.
This is a guest post from Bailey Harris. Bailey writes about health insurance quotes and related topics for www.healthinsurancequotes.org.

One Response to How to Make Non-Toxic Craft Supplies

  1. vloky January 8, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    awesome.

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