Whimsical Garden Statues and Toadstools

This’ll be a quick post! Just like the recipe! My girls are always begging to paint things, much as I was when I was young. A couple times I’ve let them paint ceramics, but that is costly and bulky. Making your own statues to paint is much funner and cheaper. Then you can take photos of the results, and easily toss them if they get broken or dusty. As long as you have a large amount of salt on hand you can whip up your own in moments! Just: Mix. Create. Bake. Paint!

Baked Craft Clay
4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cups water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten (optional)

Mix ingredients together and knead until smooth. Make shapes or statues, and brush beaten egg over the top.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 300F degrees for about one hour until the clay is golden.
Paint them with craft clay, then paint over that with indoor or outdoor sealer if you want them to last longer.
(The dough is technically safe to eat, but why would you want to? ack)

The girls made a variety of shapes, ladybugs, butterflies, and cats. Kay even made a garden statue slug ‘for dad’ as a joke since dad hates finding slugs in the garden. I made traditional red toadstools/mushrooms, while the girls opted for brighter whimsical colors…

fairy toadstools among the baby pea plants

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