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A boy and his father sculpting objects with clay

Clay Activity: Salt Clay

Sun March 22, 2020 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Right now we’d normally be in the Community Clay Studio hosting our weekly Family Day activities, but since the Museum is temporarily closed, we’re sharing fun and easy art activities that you can do at home. Our first project: salt clay!

Today’s challenge is to think of something that makes you happy and to sculpt it out of salt clay using the recipe below. It could be a pet, a special book, a favourite food, your family, or anything else that makes you feel good. Take a photo of your work and post it using #GardinerFromHome.

Bowl containing a mound white salt clay

1) Mix 2 cups of flour and 1 cup of salt
2) Add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
3) Slowly add 3/4 to 1 cup of water, mixing until it forms a dough

Five colourful balls of salt clay

4) If you want to add colour, separate the dough into sections and add a few drops of food colouring to each
5) Start sculpting
6) Once you’ve finished your salt clay creations, you can bake them in the oven for approximately 1 hour at 250 F or simply let them air dry for 2-3 days

Salt clay objects including a flower, a shark, a turtle, and an ice cream cone


The Gardiner is closed temporarily due to COVID-19.Learn more