Tissue Paper Clay Recipe Made With Homemade Glue

Probably this is the first you've ever seen tissue paper clay recipe without PVA glue and without joint compound :)

I've been searching google to make paper clay and found that most of good recipe has joint compound in it. Well, I know it's inexpensive but I don't have it at home and I am feeling lazy to go out to DIY store to buy one.

Another thing, my 1 gallon Elmer's glue had finished! I only have small tube school PVA glue now. 

Woohooo....time for experiment! I like my best homemade clay recipe though and that would always be my best choice.

But in this situation, I'll make clay with whatever I have in the kitchen.

After trying this recipe I am quite like it. What else to ask? it's cheap and good :)

Here is my tissue paper clay recipe:

First of all, we need homemade glue. It's very simple to make the glue. I used traditional glue recipe but I cooked it in microwave instead of the stove.

Homemade glue recipe:

  • 1/2 cup corn flour/ corn starch
  • 1/ cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tbs salt
  • 1tbs vinegar
  • 2 cup water

Watch my video tutorial to make the glue:

We'll use that glue for tissue paper clay :)

Clay recipe:

  • 1 cup homemade glue
  • 1.5 meter or about 59 inches 3 ply white tissue roll
  • 1 tbs lotion/ moisturizer
  • 1/2 cup corn flour/ corn starch
  • PS: adding few tablespoon of plain flour will make the clay more flexible.

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  1. Put 1 cup of homemade glue to container.
  2. Tear the tissue to small pieces. Don't use scissor because the tissue will dense and not fluffy.
  3. Add in 1 tablespoon good lotion or moisturizer. Mix the tissue + glue + lotion and knead well. You can use electric hand mixer if you want. With mixer, the tissue will be mixed well with the glue. Stop when the mixture become very soft.
  4. Slowly add 1/2 cup corn flour/ cornstarch and knead well. Add 2 or 3 tablespoon plain flour if needed. This time don't use hand mixer. If you use mixer you will not be able to knead the clay because it will stay soft.
  5. Place your tissue paper clay on kitchen bench and knead again for few minutes until it's stretchy and firm for making a model.. Add corn flour if the mixture feels too soft and sticky.
  6. To keep the clay, use cling wrap and put it in zipped plastic bag. 


  • Keep your glue in the fridge. It can last for few months. If it is too thick, add few drops of hot water to soften the glue.
  • Before keeping the glue in zipped plastic bag, I've added few drops of eucalyptus oil so it will not stick on the plastic and smell fresh. 
  • As I prefer to work with fresh clay, make just enough for your project. Anyway, wet clay will not last long.

If you prefer to watch how to make the clay, below video may help.

Hope you like my tissue paper clay recipe. Happy crafting!

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