DIY – How to Make Air Dry Paper Mache Clay

Hey everyone. In my video on how to make a
paper mache deer head, one of the optional materials that I mentioned was air drying
paper clay. The stuff that I used was home made and it was my first time making and using
that type clay, but I really enjoyed working with it. So I thought I would teach you guys
how to make some of your own. I found the recipe for this clay on
and if you’re interested in this kind of stuff then you should definitely go check it out.
She has a bunch of tutorials and recipes for various different paper mache things, so it’s
definitely a great resource. Anyway, let’s get started. You’ll need: One-half cup of wet toilet paper.
If you’re using a scale, then it will measure to 24 grams dry and then 110 grams when it’s
wet. One-half cup or 200 grams of Joint compound. One-half cup or 130 grams of Elmer’s glue.
One-half cup or 70 grams of cornstarch. Three tablespoons of baby oil. One-half cup or 70
grams of all-purpose flour to start. It’s hard to measure it without the scale
because each manufacturer makes their toilet papers differently. Some are thicker, some
are thinner. For some brands, the amount of toilet paper that you need for this recipe
will be the whole roll, but for the toilet paper I used, it was about two thirds of the
roll. Soak the toilet paper for a few minutes in some warm water until it falls apart and
then strain the water out. Squeeze the excess water out until it weighs 110 grams. Break up your paper into your mixer, you can
also use a hand-held mixer. Add all of your other ingredients and mix together. I should
note that you should only use a mixture that’s dedicated towards crafts only, no food. To
help accurately measure out the glue and joint compound without dirtying measuring cups,
I line them with saran wrap and measure it when I need it and use the saran wrap to transfer
the stuff to the bowl, like so. Initially, I used a whisk to mix everything together
but then I switched to a dough hook about halfway through. You can probably start with
just the dough hook if you don’t want to dirty a whisk. Once you’ve added everything, if it’s still
a bit too wet or sticky, then slowly add more flour, up to about three fourths of a cup.
If it’s too dry, just add a bit of water until it’s the desired consistency. Dump the clay
onto a surface dusted with corn flour and the knead it for a few minutes. This is the
consistency that you’ll want. This stuff is pretty great, it takes a lot of detail and
you make it pretty thin. Once it’s dried it’s pretty strong and you can sand it down, carve
into it, anything like that. Store it in an airtight container. I wrapped mine in a saran
wrap and then stuck it in a zip lock bag. And there you go, all done. I hope you liked this project. If you did,
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Question, Can u use any glue, and if I was to make a batch of this would I need to refrigerate it to store, and how many days do you think it would last?

  2. merci pour la video svp qu est ce que je peux mettre a la place de joint compound ca n existe pas chez nous je peux mettre du platre ou enduit j attends votre reponse merci

  3. if you use gypsum, do it carefully! never breathe in the powder form of anything as a general rule, also, gypsum is the main ingredient in hydrocal and hydrostone, but, when mixed with water there is a chemical reaction that super heats and can burn a person… however it is excellent stuff for stone chiseling. gypsum is heavily calcium based also and great for certain purposes in gardening. it will soften a clay soil for instance… lots of things to read on gypsum, but just wanted to note that using a lot of caution with certain experiments utilizing gypsum is very recommended. 🙂 also thank you for your video!

  4. may i ask what type of brand of toilet paper u used , if u dont remember could think of a diffrent brand thats similar

  5. hi i tryed this recipie and it worked great for awhile but i tryed useing it today and it smelled bad to the point i couldent work with it dose it have an exproation date?

  6. Hi there! I didn't have alot of the ingredients, so I changed them for other ones. I used Baby Powder, Plaster Of Paris, Plain Flour, and Vaseline for the oil. I used my hands to mix it all, not bad if you don't mind getting messy. The consistency, isn't as stretchy. But it's not far off, I put it in a mould. And it's worked out a treat! 😀

    I thought this could help someone who may have the same things I used

  7. if using cornstarch make sure it doesn't crack because it happens a lot and using flour makes the clay bit harder so if you using the clay for paper it's best to use paper clay wich is soft and doesnt feels heavy

  8. I haven't seen this question in the comments but if it has been answered I'm sorry for asking. I was curious to this lightweight clay, is there another air dry clay you could compare this to as in "lightweight"? I have tried a few clays like polyform model air, creative paper clay and they do not seem lightweight like the Japanese paper clays brands. Thank you in advance 🙂

  9. what brand of Joint Compound did you use? Cuz on she put not to use DAP brand and I did buy a different brand but I was just curious which one you used?

  10. I enjoy your videos so so much, but I feel like the audio is really quite? Idk if it's just my phone tho

  11. +chezlin omg tour tutorial is the best…. do you think this clay suitable for making bjd dolls?

  12. sorry, in Russia word "joint compound" means connection. What synonyms you can replace? I can't understand this component.

  13. Hi Chezlin, just a clarification 🙂 did you add the corn starch during the process of mixing? Or you just use the corn starch at the last part when you mash the finish product? Ty

  14. I looked at the description…
    I just fixed a hole in my wall…
    I think that's the stuff you use for this…

  15. Dudes this is the best recipe ever, so cheap. The most expensive thing is probably the joint compound, which contains 3 lbs of compound for $5. That's 24 "batches" of this recipe my bros and sos. So awesome.

  16. Ms Chelin, Does anybody know if I can use the powedered form of Joint compound? I bought the powdered one instead of the ready

  17. I followed your recipe to the letter and stored my clay for about two weeks until I got some empty jars. It was pungent and stinky… What went wrong? I found another recipe that is amazingly like yours but corn starch was not in it.

  18. Sooo… is joint compound like plaster of Paris? If so I have two big bags of the stuff already. I'll see if a hardware store has it if it's not the same.

  19. If I made this in bulk, does any one know if it was stored in a sealed bucket, if it would hold well? I don't want to make a ton if it will dry in a month. Thanks!

  20. @chezlin I have quiestion: Does this method will make our papercraft waterproof and become hard like plastic? I looking for alternative to rensin for my pepakura RC plane project. Thank's for your attention

  21. This would have been so much easier to make my unicorn horn for my horse… oh boy… oh well XD… wait so is it very light?

  22. Do you have to use a mixer or could you use an emulsion blender/mix it by hand? I simply can't afford one of those big ol things xD

  23. Hello!, can I use newspaper instead of toilet paper? Did you know if this paper maché clay is as strong as normal paper mache is?? Thank you!

  24. i made two mistakes: I used the kitchen mixer. Secondly, I only used the regular whisks and it broke the mixer. The mixer is now in the trash so I guess the first mistake doesn't count anymore lolol