Cornstarch Dough Recipe1/2 c. cornstarch
1 c. baking soda
3/4 c. water
Mix together cornstarch and baking soda in a pan, add water and stir. Bring mixture to a boil and stir until it thickens. It will look like mashed potatoes. Remove from pan and let it cool down, but keep it covered with plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out.
Using small pieces of dough, roll out and cut into shapes. You can stamp the dough or leave it plain. Be sure to make some holes in your ornaments to hang. I used a toothpick. Let dry on a cookie sheet for a couple days, turning after one day. Or Bake at 175 for 45 min, flip and bake 45 more min.
You can see that several of my flags cracked. I'm not sure why, maybe it would be better to bake them than let them air dry. Or maybe it's best to make small ornaments because none of my stars cracked at all. But they were still usable, especially when I covered them all up with ric rac or glitter.
Here's a couple other styles I made that aren't on the tree. I'm thinking of making a flag/star garland with the extras.
It was a fun project and now I just need to get out the rest of my 4th of July decor.
Have you tried cornstarch dough? What was your experience with it? Did it crack on you?
If you're interested in more 4th of July crafts be sure to check back later this week. I'll be sharing some 3-D paper stars.
Here's a few more 4th of July projects:
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