So it has been a rainy Saturday and I have been wanting to snack all day. It has been driving me crazy. I totally caved a couple of times and I’m regretting that now because I feel like crap. I decided to go through my “save for later” bookmarks on Facebook and saw this idea I saved to make baking soda artwork. My husband has been playing on his computer and writing all day so our time spent together has been pretty much non-existent today. I took control of the situation!
Baking soda art is simple and easy to do. I live on a river in the Chesapeake Bay so the water is brackish (salt and fresh water mixed). We have seahorses, oysters, dolphins, and crabs here so I wanted to make a couple of pieces that remind me of where I live. I chose a seahorse and sand dollar. Really the sand dollar was chosen because I got tired after the seahorse haha. Here is how I made the dough:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- 2/3 cup water
- Mix all ingredients together in a sauce pan on medium heat.
- Stir until mixture forms a soft dough (all liquid will be absorbed). This took me about 10 minutes.
- Lay dough on wax paper and cover with a damp towel until cool.
- Shape and create.
- Air dry for 2-4 days if you want your art to stay white or bake at 150 degrees for 45 min to an hour. This may result in your art turning a beige color.
To design my seahorse I used a pin with a round ball on the end to make the circles and I used a rug hook (pictured above) I found in my sewing box to make the indents along the edge of the seahorse. I hope it dries alright! Guess we will find out in a couple of days. My husband made the goofy looking face above and did an imprint of one of our dog’s paw print. I would have loved to do an imprint for both dogs but one of them doesn’t like his paws messed with.
I also don’t want to bake my pieces because I want it to stay as white as possible. I’m hoping to highlight the seahorse with metallic paint I have stored somewhere in this house.
The best part of this fun activity was having everything I need to do it already on hand. I didn’t need to go out and buy anything! Win-win!
How do you distract yourself from eating everything in the house?