How To Make Your Own Paper Clay

DIY Craft Tutorial How to make paper mache air dry clay

Recently I decided to see if I could make my own air dry, paper clay to use on some of my paper mache projects.  I ended up with a really great clay that can be used not only for paper mache projects but for many other sculpting projects as well.  It was super easy and inexpensive to make. You will never believe the main component I used to make this clay...a roll of toilet tissue paper. Seriously.  Here's the recipe and instructions on how I did it.



Ingredients 

1 Roll of inexpensive toilet tissue paper.
2 tbs of Mineral Oil
1 cup of regular, all purpose joint compound
3/4 cup of flour
3/4 cup of Paper Mache Paste (my recipe is here)


1.  I took the cheapest roll of toilet paper I could find (four rolls for $1 at a local dollar store), removed the center tube and soaked the tissue roll in a container of hot water until all the fibers completely broke down. The thinner, less expensive stuff is great because it breaks down easy.


Recipe how to make paper mache clay using toilet tissue paper

2. I strained all the water from the bowl and then hand squeezed out all the absorbed water I possibly could from the paper fibers. I pulled into chunks and measured out 2 cups.

DIY Tutorial: How to make paper mache air dry clay from toilet tissue

3. I dumped the measured paper, joint compound, Paper Mache paste, flour and mineral oil in a mixing bowl.

Recipe tutorial directions how to make paper mache air dry clay for crafts

4.  I mixed it all together using a hand mixer for about 3 minutes and it was done. 
DIY Craft Tutorial: How to make paper mache air dry clay

 Store in air tight container or bag in the fridge.


I have really enjoyed playing around with this clay and hope you do as well.  I've already completed one project using it (tutorial on it coming soon) and look forward to using it in many more.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! :)

Update: You can check out the owl sculpture I created using this batch of clay and recycled materials, see: Creating A Rustic Paper Mache Owl Sculpture

Update: If you need to know a way to make paper clay without joint compound, see my Paper Mache Swedish Tomte or Tomten Tutorial. The clay for this project was made using only recycled paper materials and water. 

DIY craft tutorial how to make a paper mache owl sculpture


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38 comments :

  1. Awesome, I can't wait to try this, thank you, for sharing. where can I get mineral oil from?

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    1. You can find mineral oil with bath and body supplies at Walmart, Target, etc.

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  2. wonderful idea, What is joint compound?

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    1. Joint compound is what is used to hold together drywall, and is available in places like Home Depot or Lowe's.

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  3. Is this the right mineral oil http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/walgreens-mineral-oil-intestinal-lubricant/ID=prod5593964-product? Home Depot or hardware stores should carry the joint compound.

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    1. That is it! I picked up the joint compound at Walmart. Have fun! :)

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  4. Hi guys! Yes that is the correct product regarding mineral oil. Most general retailers and pharmacies carry mineral oil. I picked up mine for like $2 or less for a huge thing of it at Dollar General. As for the joint compound I actually ordered it online and did same-day (free) pickup at my local Walmart store. I used ProForm All-Purpose Compound. Right now it's listed for $3.48 for a quart (locally). I have oodles leftover of both to make future batches. It's the smallest quantities I happened to see that day when I was looking for them. Hope this helps! Let me know how you like it! I'm super happy with it and you really can't beat the price. I'm working on posting a project I used it for right now. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the comments, guys! :)

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  5. PS....joint compound is used to patch holes in plaster, kind of like spackle. Not sure of the exact difference between the two (without researching it) but it should say joint compound on the container and most stores should be able to help you find it.

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    1. Joint compound and "spackle" is one and the same. I use it to smooth out my diorama bases. I want to give this a try, but what is Paper Mache paste?

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    2. Joint compound is used for joining sheet rock seams. It can be used for repairs and is referred to as "spackle" by some. I`ve used it for diorama bases and for smoothing out scratch-built terrain features. I use the multi-purpose "filler" these days. I want to give this a try for one of my bases. Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Can't wait to see your project. I just signed up. Thanks, Pat S

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  7. I can't wait to try this! We're remodeling so we always seem to have joint compound on hand but I'll be running to the store for mineral oil and toilet paper. :)

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  8. Thank you, Patricia! I really appreciate that! So happy to have you!....Awesome, Erin!!!! Be sure to send me a pic of what you make. I would love to see it! :)

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    1. Anonymous4/10/2016

      I found the mineral oil and the compound, but now where I find the cheap toilet paper?

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    2. I found a pack of four rolls for $1 at Dollar General. It worked great! :)

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  9. Can't wait to do this I love when people share the talents with others .!Do you need mineral oil can you use regular shortening liquid or veggie oil ?How do you make the paper do you spread the paste out and let it dry ? Thank-You for answering my questions .When I get my project done I'll send a picture .

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    1. I have only used mineral oil. I've seen others use linseed oil but not any type other. As for letting it dry I just kept it in a glob in air tight tub while I was working with it. I then just formed it like you would any other clay. Sometimes I let the clay just dry on its own and a couple of times I put it in the oven to help the process along. Hope this helps and thanks so much for stopping by! :)

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    2. .....and please do send a pic! :)

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  10. I have made a similar clay recipe, but the clay is very stretchy/doughy like working with bread dough. Does your recipe turn out stretchy? I've been trying to find a recipe similar to the store bought Creative Paperclay brand, but haven't had any luck yet.

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    1. It has been several months since I made it. I don't remember it being particularly stretchy. I used only my hands to mold it and it worked great for the paper mache owl project I was working on. Hope this one works for you and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  11. Anonymous5/18/2016

    Do you know if this has potential to last for a long time before it would crack or fall apart once it became a formed sculpture?

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    1. It appears to last a long time. So far so good! :)

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  12. This is my first time trying paper clay, I just stared to do paper mache again the other day first time since wow long long time ago. I usually work with polymer clay. I wanted to do something different. Found your paper clay recipe and going to try it. I'm also going to try your paper mache paste. THANKS SO MUCH For sharing. I'll be able to put up some of my work I have done in the past I do all kinds of crafts, I cants post anything yet just started a blog and it's not even close of being up and ready

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    1. You're so welcome. Thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck on your projects and your new site! :)

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  13. Anonymous8/21/2016

    After you make something with this paper clay, how long does it take to dry?

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by. It should dry within a day or two in a warm, dry environment. You can always speed up the process by warming it in the oven on a low heat seating.

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  14. Anonymous9/09/2016

    Can you make jewelry with this paper clay?

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    1. I haven't tried it but I would like to. I made it primarily to help solidify my paper mache projects but I do jewelry projects as well. So, please let me know how it works out if you decide to try it and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  15. If I haven't done it yet, I would love to invite you to share this over at #bloggerspotlight link party. It runs every Thursdays , 7pm until Sunday 11pm PST.

    Stopping by from Pinterest Thread ( wink wink!)

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    1. I haven't yet but I will try my best to remember to do it this thursday and a big wink wink and hugs to you! :)

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    2. Anonymous1/16/2017

      Hi, I just made the clay but it seems dry. Is it ok to add water? Also, how long can it be stored in an airtight container for?

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    3. Anonymous: you can definitely add a little water if needed. Just make sure that you add a very small amount at a time until you get the consistency you need and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  16. I haven't heard about it. The process is seems simple. I will try it.

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    1. I hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by. :)

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  17. Question: Have you used Creative Paperclay, and if so, is this clay similar in consistency and workability? I try to make high-detail works, so before I try this I need to know if it takes a lot of detail.
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Dragon, sorry I just saw this. I have never used Creative Paperclay. I've only used my own concoction (this recipe) and Activa Celluclay. Both have worked well enough for the details I needed but not sure in regards to what you are wanting to do. You can look at the projects I've made on this blog using the two. Go to the main page (boreidesign.com) and click on paper-mache-book-decoupage-other-paper-crafts under the "Topics" section in the right hand side bar. Hope that helps and good luck! :)

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