A Last Minute Holiday DIY: Peppermint Twist Modeling Clay!

With just one day left until Christmas, we're sharing our 12th and final tutorial in our 12 days of holiday DIYs! Today, we'll show you how to make your own candy cane modeling clay. It's quick and easy enough to get it wrapped up for tomorrow morning!homemade candy cane modeling clay

This delicious-smelling, inexpensive and adorable modeling clay has the consistency of Play-Doh and is a great gift for both kids and teens with a creative side. This tutorial is adapted from Artful Parent!

To crate the delightful twisting candy cane look, you'll want to make two batches of modeling clay. One will be red, and the other be white! This tutorial does require use of a stove top, so make sure you have adult supervision before executing this tutorial!

For each batch of modeling clay, you'll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 1/4 cups of salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • Optional: Peppermint essential oils for an amazing smell!

You'll also want to have mason jars handy, plus red food coloring for the red clay!

For each batch, mix your water, salt and cream of tartar and cook on medium-low heat. For one batch, add your red food coloring until you get the desired huge. Stir until the mix gets hot, then remove from heat. 

Add your vegetable oil. Mix in your flour one cup at a time, stirring into the mixture. Continue mixing until the mixture is no longer sticky to the touch. Pour the mixture onto a flat working space and let cool before you start kneading.

Knead in a few drops of your peppermint essential oils to each batch for a yummy scent. Don't use too much, because it may irritate the skin.

Roll out each batch and separate into 6 or 7 smaller individual pieces. For each "candy cane" you'll want to roll out a rope from a white piece as well as a red piece, then twist them both together into a twirly candy cane!

Last but not least, place the candy cane twist into a mason jar and decorate however you'd like. Make sure to seal it up so it stays fresh!

We hope you like this tutorial! Let us know what you think of it in the comments, and share photos of your results with us at Sweety High! For even more homemade last-minute ideas, check out the stories below, and most importantly, happy holidays!