CraftsHomemade Modeling Clay from Dyer Laundry Lint

Homemade Modeling Clay from Dyer Laundry Lint

This homemade modeling clay from dyer laundry lint craft project is inexpensive and simply genius.

Homemade Modeling Clay from Dyer Laundry Lint

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If you do a lot of crafting that involves modeling clay or paper mache pulp, you’ve probably seen that eat into your budget. How is store-bought clay so expensive? I have no idea, but I do have a good alternative.

Using lint from your dryer’s lint trap, you can create an eco-friendly, cost-effective modeling clay alternative with just a few simple ingredients.

You will need:

• 3 cups of dryer lint (low to no animal fur is preferable, but not necessary)

• 2 cups of water

• 2/3 cups all purpose flour


1. Add lint to a saucepan.

2. Slowly stir in the water.

3. Add flour and mix in.

4. Turn the stovetop on low heat and continue to stir to create a smooth mixture.

5. Once the mixture has an even consistency and holds together, remove from heat.

6. Cool.


You’ll notice that your clay has a consistency similar to store-bought paper mache pulp. Your clay can be used similarly, to create something from scratch, to add form to a wire armature figure, or to build up a shell around a balloon or pinata.

Your project will take a few days to fully dry – longer if it was not used over a hollow object. Once it’s fully dry, you can paint it using standard acrylic paints, or leave it as is.

Preserving your art:

As you would with store-bought products, you’ll need to put a sealant over your finished creation to keep it protected over the years.

I am a firm believer that almost everything can be recycled or re-purposed into a useful item.

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Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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