Kids love crafts and what could be better than making a kid's craft out of something you throw away? Dryer lint will get a new life and you will have fun with it. The next time you take your clothes out of the dryer and clean the dryer lint filter, save the lint because now you can actually put it to good use. I am always looking for ways to keep the kids busy on days when they are home from school or stuck inside due to the weather, a cold or flu. My kids love this and I love the fact it doesn't really cost me anything to make.
You will need 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of cold water, 3 cups of dryer lint, an old newspaper and 2 drops of peppermint extract or vanilla extract.
Place 3 cups of dryer lint in a pot.
Pour 1 cup of cold water over the dryer lint.
Let it sit for 5 minutes or so to allow the dryer lint to absorb the water.
The dryer lint needs to be saturated before you turn on the stove. Turn on a low gas under the pot.
Slowly sift in 1 cup of flour to the pot while stirring continuously to make it nice and smooth.
Add 2 drops or either the peppermint extract or the vanilla extract.
Keep stirring continuously until the mixture begins to stiffen and form peaks.
Remove the modeling clay mixture from the stove.
Carefully take the modeling clay mixture out of the pot and place it on an old newspaper.
Allow the modeling clay to cool until it is comfortable to the touch.
Once your modeling clay has cooled, shape it however you'd like. Make sculpture or clay jewelry beads or just free form art.
Allow the clay to harden for 4 to 5 days.
Once the clay has hardened, it can be painted with craft paint or decorated with glue and glitter or glue and craft feather or whatever your kid's imagination can dream up.
Towel lint makes the best modeling clay.