DIY Paper Clay - Crafting Clay Creations from Recycled Cartons & IOD Decor Moulds

DIY Paper Clay - Crafting Clay Creations from Recycled Cartons & IOD Decor Moulds

DIY Paper Clay - Crafting Clay Creations from Recycled Cartons & IOD Moulds

In the world of crafting, finding innovative ways to create while being environmentally conscious is a win-win. Today, we're diving into the art of DIY paper clay made from recycled egg cartons. Not only is this project budget-friendly, but it also gives a second life to materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Let's roll up our sleeves and get crafting!
What You'll Need:
Recycled egg cartons
Blender or food processor      
Decor moulds  - my go to favorite moulds are IOD - Iron Orchid Designs


    Step 1: Gather Your Materials

    Start by collecting used egg cartons. You'll be amazed at how quickly these can accumulate, and they're perfect for repurposing into paper clay.

    Step 2: Prepare the Egg Cartons
    Tear the egg cartons into small pieces and place them in a blender or food processor. Add water to cover the carton pieces and let them soak for about 30 minutes to soften.

    Step 3: Blend Away
    Once the carton pieces are softened, blend them in the blender or food processor until you achieve a smooth pulp-like consistency. Add more water if needed to help the blending process.

      TIp:   I next put in the mesh strainer and pressed excess water out.  This helps in the drying time.

    Step 4: Mix in the Binder
    Transfer the blended egg carton pulp to a mixing bowl and add glue.  Start with small amounts of glue, gradually adding more until you reach a clay-like consistency that holds its shape.

    Step 5: Knead and Sculpt
    Once your paper clay mixture is ready, knead it like you would traditional clay. Then, you push into the decor moulds to create your castings.

    Step 6: Let it Dry
    Place your creations on a flat surface to dry. Depending on the size and thickness of your sculptures, drying times may vary. Be patient and allow sufficient time for your paper clay creations to dry completely.

    Step 7: Optional: Decorate
    Once your paper clay creations are dry, it's time to add some color and personality! Grab your acrylic paints and paintbrushes to decorate your sculptures however you like. Once the paint is dry, seal your creations with a clear sealant for added durability.

        To see how I create with these castings make sure you give a follow!  I have so many ideas to create and use in my upcoming projects. I will be sharing them over on my YouTube channel.  I have been trying to record my process to add for you.


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