Aleene's Tacky Dough

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  1. Bread Dough: Remove crust

    Remove the crust from the bread and tear into pieces.  We recommend white bread.

    Cornstarch Dough: you can also use corn starch for a smooth dough.  See recipe below.

  2. Mix bread with Tacky Glue

    Mix the bread with Tacky Glue (generally, use 1 Tablespoon of glue for each slice of bread).  For a nice smooth dough, be sure to scrape all the glue out of the spoon before refilling.  For larger amounts of dough, we recommend 1/4 cup to 4 slices of bread.  Knead until smooth.

    If after 10 minutes the mixture is still too sticky, add more small pieces of bread. If it is too dry or stiff, add a few more drops of glue.

  3. Knead dough

    Place ball into plastic bag. Knead until smooth and pliable.

  4. Color dough

    To color, add paint to dough or wait until dry and paint with paint.

  5. Cornstarch Dough: Mix together

    Measure and pour 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part Original Tacky Glue into plastic bag. Mix until ingredients come together.

    Add more cornstarch if the mixture is too sticky and add more glue if the mixture is too stiff.

  6. Knead dough

    Knead in plastic bag with fingers until smooth and pliable, about 10 minutes.

  7. Add color

    Pinch off a walnut size piece of dough. Form into a ball and make a small indentation. Add a small amount of color in indentation.

  8. Mix color thoroughly

    Mix and knead in hands (or plastic bag) until desired shade is achieved.  Add more paint for desired color.

  9. Pinch off piece and create shape

    Pinch off an egg size piece of dough. Roll between palms to form into desired shape. Place on work surface to dry. Continue with remainder of shapes.

    Drying time will depend on thickness and weather. Place in a dry place. Let set a few days until firm when pressed with finger.

  10. Paint shape

    Squeeze a small amount of Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™ Glacier White on foil. Tap dry sea sponge into paint. Lightly tap onto egg for a mottled look. Let dry.

  11. Personalize shapes with Tulip paint

    Lightly pencil words – dream, peace, calm onto top of eggs.

    Start flow of Tulip® Dimensional Fabric Paint on a paper towel, using an even pressure on bottle for a smooth line. Paint over pencil lines, cleaning tip often with paper towels. Add dots at ends of each letter. Let dry.