Sand Clay Recipe - Create, Bake & Keep!
November 27, 2020

Sand Clay Recipe – Create, Bake & Keep!


Make your own Sand Clay - Create, Bake & Keep!

Here’s a wonderful Sand Clay Recipe to Create, Bake and Keep! Perfect for creating a wonderful Sandy Beach Footprint – or many other fun ornaments.

Ingredients –

  • 1 1/2 Cups Sand
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cornflour
  • 2 Cups Bi Carb Soda
  • 1 1/2 Cups Water

Method –

Mix all the ingredients in an old medium saucepan (I recommend using an old one because the sand will scratch the pot a little). Heat over a med-high heat whilst continually stirring until the mixture thickens and resembles a thick dough – similar to Mashed Potato.

Homemade Sand Clay to make keepsakes

Empty the dough onto a sheet of baking paper and allow to cool under a damp tea towel. Once the dough is cool enough to touch you can kneed it until smooth then replace the tea towel. *always store the dough under a damp tea towel when not in use to prevent it from drying out prematurely.

DIY Homemade Sand Clay Recipe

Time to Create!

Simply model your clay into whatever you choose.

Sand Dough

Homemade Sand Clay

Place them on a drying rack, then immediately bake in a low heat oven (100 degrees Celsius) for two hours, allow the creations time to cool IN the oven before removing (this will prevent the hot clay from cracking when exposed to cooler temps).

Sand Clay to Bake

We had so much FUN making sandy footprints and also sandy fossils with our clay…what will you create with your children?

Homemade Sand Clay Keepsakes - Create, Bake & Keep!Louise x

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46 thoughts on “Sand Clay Recipe – Create, Bake & Keep!

    1. Hi Tracey, It could be called baking soda where you live? Should be in your cleaning or baking isle at your grocery store. Louise x

  1. made theses today with my 2 year old grandson they have turned out awesome going to make more for family gifts thank you for sharing

    1. I wouldn’t recommend it being left outside unless you coat it in a sealant from your local hardware store?

  2. I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I will do this with my son. But what is a tea towel?? Lol sorry I’m clueless

  3. Can you tell me how much this recipe yield. Trying to figure out how much I would need for VBS100 kids. Making this craft. Thanks

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  5. Don’t mean to sound dumb … But is cornflower the same as corn starch ? Cornflower is something I’ve never used . Thanks for you time, and I’m so excited to make these once I get this misunderstanding cleared up .

    1. Not necessarily. Cornstarch is made from maize, whereas cornflour could be made from either maize or wheat. I would use wheaten cornflour in this recipe, unless the author says otherwise.

  6. Do you think we could build a mini sandcastle with this… maybe 6 inches high? All the pictures show flatter creations. We can’t wait to try it!

    1. How many grams depends on what substance. One cup equals approx 225ml, if that helps to translate it into metric. Sand will weigh more than cornmeal in that measurement, as its volume, not weight. I hope this helps!

  7. How long do these last as a keepsake? I have sand from my little ones first ever trip to the beach – would it last a very long time? Great idea x

  8. OH boy. I just spent forever trying to make mini sandcastle ornaments using sand from my family’s Favorite beach which we visit together yearly. Warning: Do not try to make anything that is not flat! They started out looking good. After an hour of baking, they’ve already cracked and imploded. I guess it might be good for kids to play with.

  9. Such a lovely recipe!!! Thank you for sharing. Do you have to use a dedicated oven for this craft or can I use my regular oven in which I bake edibles?

      1. WONDERFUL!!!! I love crafts on the cheap! I live in the Middle East and sand is… currently in my shoes! 🙂

  10. Hi girls, I tried making the diy baby’s keepsake but they cracked? How long do I need to kneed them for? Thx a lot

    1. Hi Kyla, Wet sand would be fine as the sand will get wet in the mixture anyway. You will need to bake it for it to set.

      Louise x

  11. Please help! I LOVE the look of these but something’s not working for me. When I mix the ingredients there’s not enough liquid to even mix the items — had to double the water amount just to make it like thick soup — only heated for a couple of minutes before it started lumping. Kneaded fine but it won’t set enough to shape. The only thing I can think of is that I’m using decorator sand — perhaps it is more fine than what you are using? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

  12. Trying to make this a day ahead for my class. If wrapped in a wet towel, placed in plastic bag and kept in refrigerator, do you think this will still be workable for my preschooler 24 hours later?

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