Crafty Recipes

Classic Paper Paste


1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon alum

4 cups water

Saucepan and heating element


1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer until clear and thick.

2. Allow to cool in saucepan and then store in an air-tight container.

Soap Dough

You can sculpt a masterpiece as you clean up.


2 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoons liquid paint

1 tablespoon liquid soap



1. Mix first four ingredients together. Mix well.

2. Add water slowly using only enough to make a pliable dough.

3. Store in an air-tight container when not in use.

Paper Mache Paste

Just add shredded newspaper, a balloon, some paint and you are ready to make a piƱata


1/2 cup flour*

2 cups boiling water

2 cups cold water

3 tablespoons sugar

Saucepan and heat element


*Do not use self-rising flour for this recipe.


1. Boil water in a saucepan.

2. While water boils, mix flour and cold water together in a bowl. Add this mixture to boiling water.

3. Let mixture return to boil.

4. Remove from heat and add sugar.

5. Mixture will thicken as it cools.

6. May be stored for a short time (under two weeks) in an air-tight container.

Big Bad Bubbles

The biggest bubbles ever!


1 cup water

4 tablespoons clear liquid dish detergent

2 tablespoons clear corn syrup


Container with lid

Optional: Small bowls, food coloring, and paper

1. Mix ingredients together in container.

2. Kids can use straws to blow bubbles.

Optional: Pour a small amount of bubble solution into a small bowl. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix well. Dip straw into bowl and blow air to create a surface of bubbles. Slowly place paper over bubbles. Pull up. The bubbles create a fun design on the paper! Best to do this outside because it’s quite messy!

Salt Glitter

No glitter on the craft shelf? Here’s a quick substitute.


1/2 cup salt

5-8 drops food coloring

Zip lock plastic bag

Paper plate

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon rubbing alcohol


1. Pour salt into plastic baggie.

2. Add a few drops of food coloring. You can also add rubbing alcohol at this step. Rubbing alcohol helps mix the color without adding more liquid since the alcohol will quickly evaporate.

3. Seal baggie and shake, shake, shake until color is evenly distributed.

4. Spread colored salt in a thin layer to air dry on paper plate.

5. Store in air-tight container.

Maria Nerius has been designing and writing craft projects for 15 years and is the craft expert at If you have questions, comments, have craft ideas of your own, or would like to see a particular craft in an upcoming issue, e-mail Maria at

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