Nontoxic Homemade Craft Recipes


This is too good a page to risk to the vagrancies of the internet.  All recipes are nontoxic, which is not only beyond cool, but can be used on food.  All of my deserts will now glitter fantastically.



Earth Zine Magazine1


Beeswax Crayons. 3

Water Color4

Natural Bubble Soap Solution. 5

Chalk Sticks. 6

Finger Paint7

Puffy Paint8

Puffy “Snow Paint”9

Scratch ‘n Sniff Paint”10

Natural Color Dyes. 11

Sidewalk Paint12

Paper Glue. 13

Craft Paste. 14

Play Dough. 15

Dough That Hardens (Two kinds)16

Cloud Dough. 17

Gak Flubber Silly Putty. 18

Supplies that Should be Stocked before an Inspiration Hits:19








Tools needed for this project

ž   Baking Pan

ž   Jar

ž   1/4 cup of salt (or granulated sugar)

ž   1/2 teaspoon of LIQUID food coloring

ž   Preheat an oven to 350 degrees

ž   Oven for 10 mins


ž  1/2 cup coarse salt (non-iodized) or 1/2 cup granulated sugar

ž  2 -10 drops food coloring (a drop at a time), adjust for desired color

ž  Measure salt or sugar into a clear jar with a tight fitting lid.

ž  Add food coloring one drop at a time and screw the cap on tightly. SHAKE to combine. Repeat until desired color is reached.

ž  Sprinkle, dip or shake onto whatever you like.


ž  Allow your homemade glitter to cool before using it.

ž  Store it in an air tight container for several months.

ž  Add a few grains of rice to absorb any moisture.

ž  Will store even better spread in a thin layer to air dry for about an hour or microwave in for two min repeat a 30 sec intervals, stir and repeat until moisture is evaporated.




Beeswax Crayons


Tools needed for this project

ž  Saucepan

ž  Can

ž  1 part grated soap

ž  1 part beeswax

ž  Paste food coloring

ž  Molds


ž  Melt the beeswax in a small clean recycled can placed in boiling water.

ž  Add the grated soap

ž  Stir until the soap melts and the mixture is smooth.

ž  Color the mixture with concentrated paste food colors (available in the cake decorating aisle).

ž  Pour wax mixture into molds.


ž  Use separate cans for making individual colors

ž  After testing the crayon, it can be melted again and more pigment added.

ž  Use ivory soap or for harder crayons glycerin soap

ž  Mix colors to make rainbow crayons

ž  Make shapes-Use ice cube molds, cupcake molds etc-



Water Color


Tools needed for this project

ž  Baking soda

ž  Cornstarch

ž  White vinegar

ž  Light corn syrup (or simply boil one cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until clear)

ž  Food coloring


ž  MIX: Combine 3 tablespoons each of the baking soda, cornstarch and vinegar and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of the corn syrup/sugar substitute.

ž  Allow the fizzing to subside and mix completely

ž  Pour the mixture into container(s) – see options below

ž  Add the food coloring to create colors

ž  Leave out to harden for three hours.

ž  Make sure you add the food coloring right away, as the paint starts to solidify almost immediately


ž  To hold paint you can get a paint tray at the arts and crafts store, use a plastic egg carton, or small jars



Natural Bubble Soap Solution


Tools needed for this project

ž  Container like Plastic jar

ž  1 cup water

ž  2 Tbs light karo syrup or 2 Tbs glycerin

ž  4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid


ž  Mix together and have fun!

ž  For Colored Bubbles:

Tools needed for this project

ž  Containers

ž  1 cup granulated soap or soap powder

ž  1 quart warm water

ž  Liquid food coloring

ž  Plastic straws


ž  Dissolve soap in warm water.

ž  Stir in food coloring until desired color is attained.

ž  Give each child a can about 1/3 full of mix and a plastic straw to blow the



Chalk Sticks


This Chalk washes off with water, you can use it on your sidewalk, too.


Tools needed for this project

ž  1 c plaster of Paris

ž  1/2 c cold water

ž  Powdered tempera paint or food coloring

ž  Candy/popsicle molds or other (see below)


ž  Combine all ingredients, keeping in mind that the amount of paint used will determine intensity of the chalk color.

ž  Pour the mixture into candy or Popsicle molds.

ž  Time Required: 15 mins plus drying

ž  Have fun!


ž  If you line molds with waxed paper will make removal of the chalk easier.

ž  The chalk works best just after it has dried and is removed from the molds.

ž  Toilet paper tubes or 5-oz disposable cups may be used as molds.

ž  Acrylic paint may be used instead of tempera, but may not be non-toxic.

ž  What You Need



Finger Paint


Tools needed for this project

ž  1 c. cornstarch

ž  3 Tbsp. sugar

ž  1/2 tsp. salt

ž  2 c. cold water

ž  Food coloring or natural dyes.


ž  MIX: Combine all ingredients except coloring in a medium saucepan

ž  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes.

ž  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

ž  Divide into containers and add coloring.


ž  This homemade finger paint works best when used immediately.

ž  It is washable, but you may want to cover and protect things that are not stain resistant before painting.



Puffy Paint


Tools needed for this project

ž  1 tbs self-rising flour

ž  Food coloring

ž  1 tbs salt

ž  Water


ž  Add little water to make a nice smooth paste

ž  Place in container

ž  Store in containers or paint pen tube

ž  Time to draw:

ž  Paint on a nice thick sheet of cardboard

ž  Microwave the design on high for 10 to 30 seconds until the paint puffs up, and everything is nice and dry.



Puffy “Snow Paint”


Make melted snowman…a polar bear…stars…moon…snow scene….fun!


Tools needed for this project

ž  Elmer’s Glue

ž  Shaving Cream


ž  Mix equal parts glue and shaving cream


ž  Place on cut our paper plates, cardboard and other surfaces.

ž  Puffs up like snow

ž  Add glitter if you like.

ž  Don’t eat this!

ž  *Use nontoxic natural shave cream if you want this nontoxic!



Scratch ‘n Sniff Paint”


Why not paint fruit-or a strawberry patch or a garden 🙂

Tools needed for this project

ž  Kool Aid

ž  Water


ž  Mix flavored gelatin or Kool aid package into half the water suggested in the package directions.

ž  Paint

ž  Let Dry

ž  Scratch and Sniff!


ž  TIP: Careful, gelatin (especially red) stains hands and clothing



Natural Color Dyes


Tools needed for this project

ž  Colored Foods (i.e.: yellow onions, beets, blueberries and chard -one for each color: yellow, red, blue and green)

ž  A Saucepan

ž  Fruit or Veggie

ž  Water

ž  White vinegar

ž  Jars


ž  Put leftover beet tops (or other vegetables) in approx. three cups of boiling water.

ž  Let boil for about 30 minutes

ž  Simmer on low for a couple of hours

ž  Strain into a jar

ž  Voila Color!

ž  Add a vinegar (about 3/4 mixture to 1/4 vinegar)


ž  You can use the colors for paint, dying t-shirts, coloring play dough etc.

ž  They have a short shelf life as they are natural and plant-based. But, the vinegar is a preservative and extends the life of the colors



Sidewalk Paint


Tools needed for this project:

ž  Liquid Food Coloring

ž  1 cup of hot water

ž  1/2 cup of cornstarch

ž  Mixing Containers or bowls

ž  1 squirt bottle for each color


ž  Pour a 1/4 cup of corn starch into each plastic

ž  Add a 1/4 cup of water into each bowl.

ž  Add 6-9 drop of food coloring, and stir.


ž  After you let your spray sit a while it will separate. 

ž  Shake it really well before you use it each time.



Paper Glue


Tools needed for this project

ž  Saucepan

ž  Cook and stir 1/2 cup of cornstarch

ž  1 1/2 cups of water

ž  4 tablespoons of light corn syrup

ž  2 teaspoons of white vinegar


ž  Mix over medium heat until thickened.

ž  Remove the mixture from the heat.

ž  In another dish, mix together 1/2 cup cornstarch with 1/2 cup water.

ž  Add this to the heated mixture.


ž  Use glue immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to two months.

ž  This homemade glue recipe is great for scrap booking, greeting cards, paper decorations, and other crafts that require transparent glue.



Craft Paste


Tools needed for this project

ž  Saucepan

ž  Spoon

ž  1/4 c salt

ž  1 c flour

ž  1 quart water

ž  Jar to put the mixture in


ž  Boil one quart of water in a saucepan.

ž  Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of salt.

ž  Gradually add 1 cup of flour, stirring the whole time to prevent lumping.

ž  Continue stirring until the mixture is the consistency of a very thick gravy.

ž  Allow the mixture to cool before using.

ž  You can use the paste immediately or store it in the refrigerator for up to five days.


ž  This craft paste works well for paper crafts and papier-mâché projects.

ž  You may need to add a little more flour or water to achieve the desired result.



Play Dough


Tools needed for this project

ž  1 cup flour

ž  1/2 cup salt

ž  2 tablespoons cream of tartar

ž  1 tablespoon vegetable oil

ž  1 cup water

ž  Food coloring


ž  Mix the flour, salt, and cream of tartar in a pot. Add the water, oil, and food coloring.

ž  Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly.

ž  When the mixture forms a ball in the center of the pot, turn off the stove and let it cool.

ž  Take it out of the pot knead it several times.

ž  Store in a Zip lock bag or airtight container in the fridge.


ž  More Cook and Non Cook Natural Play – Play Clay Recipes



Dough That Hardens (Two kinds)

Tools needed for this project

ž  1 cup sand (like play sand)

ž  1/2 cup cornstarch

ž  3/4 water

ž  Pan (For the cooking-recipe)

ž  Bowl & Spoon

ž  Measuring Cups

ž  Waxed paper


ž  Place 1 cup sand and 1/2 cup cornstarch into the pan & mix well

ž  Add 3/4 water to the pan & mix well

ž  Cook the mixture over medium low heat, stirring frequently until it is the texture of meatloaf.

ž  Place between waxed paper and cool

ž  Knead it


ž  Make sure it cools down before letting kids play with it.

ž  Takes about 3 days to dry


No Cooking Required Directions:

ž  2 cups flour

ž  ¾ cup water

ž  2 ½ to 3 cups sand

ž   1 tablespoon white (nontoxic) glue

Cloud Dough


NON Toxic Cloud Dough can be fun for many things!

Use it for sand with construction trucks or use it with molds to make play cookies, cakes and cupcakes, or just make shapes. You can also make hand prints and footprints. The sky is the limit!


Tools needed for this project

ž  BOWL or TUB

ž  4 cups of flour

ž  1/2 cup of vegetable oil

ž  Add vanilla or other flavoring for scent (OPTIONAL)

ž  Food coloring (OPTIONAL)

ž  Molds (OPTIONAL)


ž  Mix and play!

ž  Put it in a tub or large baking pan so kids can play with it!

ž  Use food coloring or not



Gak Flubber Silly Putty


Tools needed for this project:

ž  Bowl

ž  Plastic Cup

ž  Box Borax Soap

ž  1 80z Glue

ž  Liquid Food coloring

ž  Water


ž  Empty the entire bottle of glue into a mixing bowl.

ž  Fill the empty bottle with warm water and shake

ž  Pour the glue-water mixture into the mixing bowl and use the spoon to mix well.

ž  Add a couple of drops of food coloring to obtain desired color.

ž  While stirring the glue in the mixing bowl, slowly add a little of the Borax solution.


ž  Use separate cans for making individual colors

ž  As it gets thick, Use your hands to mix.

ž  Place in a plastic locked bag to keep it fresh





Supplies that Should be Stockedbefore an InspirationHits:


Acrylic paint

Baking soda


Box Borax Soap

Candy/popsicle molds


Colored Foods (i.e.: yellow onions, beets, blueberries and chard)


Cream of tartar

Dishwashing liquid


Flour Self-rising

Food coloring


Granulated soap or soap powder

Grated soap

Fine or play sand 

Kool Aid (mostly for color)

Light corn syrup (or simply boil one cup sugar and 1/2 cup water until clear)

Liquid food coloring

Molds for sculpting

Plaster of Paris

Plastic straws

Shaving Cream


TP rolls or plastic cups for molds

Vanilla or other flavoring for scent

Vegetable oil


White Glue

White vinegar




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