I really thought long and hard about what kind of recipe to give you today. There were the Easter dinner choices, chocolate bunnies, and then this one. I chose today’s recipe thinking about our children and grandchildren. I can remember making my own beads as a kid, painting them wonderful colors, and proudly giving them to my parents, who acted like they were the Crown jewels. Mom and Pop days are coming up soon and I thought perhaps there might be another child who would love to get their hands dirty and create a one-of-a-kind gift! (It’s also fun for adults, too.)
Mix dry ingredients together. Slowly add warm water until the mixture sticks together and can be shaped. Mix well! You can add food coloring to the mixture, but remember it will stain hands and clothes so wear gloves.
To create bead jewelry, roll dough into small balls, pierce the balls with toothpicks, and allow to dry. Paint and decorate the beads and allow them to dry again. Apply an acrylic finish. Once the finish dries, you can string beads on jewelry thread, invisible fishing line, elastic cording, or yarn.
If you leave the clay a little stiff, you can make clay figures or roll out and cut with a cookie cutter to create ornaments.