Clay Crafts

Sawdust Clay Dough

You'll never think of sawdust as garbage again after you turn sawdust clay dough into wonderful bowls, vases, and even puppets.

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • 3 cups sawdust (available at a lumberyard)
  • 2 cups wet wallpaper paste (mix with water according to package directions)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Large bowl and spoon
  • Tube
  • Wire frame or foil

How to Create Sawdust Clay Dough

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Have an adult help you mix the sawdust and wet wallpaper paste together in a large bowl, and stir until the mixture becomes doughlike. Take the sawdust mixture out of the bowl, and knead it with your hands.

Step 2: Use this thick clay to make textural sculptures with an adult's help. You can form your sculpture over a tube, a wire frame, or a small ball of foil.

Step 3: This clay is also great for making small bowls and vases. Once you've finished shaping your clay creation, paint it with a coat of wet wallpaper paste to set it. Let it air dry for about four days. When dry, paint it with acrylic paints.

Keep reading to learn how to mix together a basic sculpting dough from clay.

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