Thirteen Things You Can Make With Flour

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Thirteen Things You Can Make With Flour

It’s no secret flour is a major staple in any kitchen. And yet for the first many years of our marriage I rarely had it on hand.

As if you needed any further proof that you ought to keep plenty of flour on hand (or in case you do) here’s a list of some things you can do with plain ole’ all purpose flour. Check out these five fun flour recipes, and then scroll down for eight tasty things to make with flour. YUM!

Homemade Craft Recipes from Flour

Image Credit: Public Domain

Image Credit: Public Domain

Natural and Safe Playing Dough


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup vegetable or fruit stained water
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • Optional: lemon, lime, or orange essential oil
  • Optional: use plain water and natural food dyes


Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar in a medium pot.  Slowly mix in the oil and water (and food dye if using.)

Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until dough becomes stiffens and pulls from the sides of the pot. This should only take a few minutes.

Turn out onto wax paper and let cool. Knead the playing dough for a couple of minutes until it is the right consistency.

This will make one color dough at a time, repeat to make a second color or more.

Homemade Glue Paste


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Cold water
  • Saucepan


  1. Add cold water to flour until mixture is as thick as cream.
  2. Simmer and stir in saucepan for 5 minutes.

This paste is a little messy and takes a while to dry. You can store it in a glass jar and let your kids apply it with a popsicle stick or paint brush.

Store this paste in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Let the glue come to room temperature for easy use.

Homemade Clay  (Air Dry or Bake)


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Add hot water and oil. Mix thoroughly.

Let cool five minutes. Knead five minutes or until smooth and workable.

For air dry: Let your product dry for a minimum of 24 hours. Depending on humidity and temperature, it may take longer.

For baking: Bake on foil-lined sheet at 250 degrees for 1-4 hours, depending on the size of the creation. Once your creation is cool, it can be painted.

Store extra clay in a flour-coated, airtight container in the refrigerator.

Image Source: Public Domain

Image Source: Public Domain

DIY Flour Finger Paint



Put water into a large bowl.  Slowly stir in the flour, a little at time.

Once it’s all mixed together well, divide into small bowls and add desired amount of food coloring. For use on thicker textured paper.

Store paint in air tight container in the refrigerator.


Simple and Safe Cloud Dough



Add desired amount of gel food coloring into your vegetable oil and work into the flour in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Store in an air tight container.

Updated to add: Since this is such a popular post, I thought I’d add a few more things to the list! These don’t use flour but do make use of other common kitchen ingredients and are fun to make! After having fun with flour, why not try your hand at Sidewalk ChalkFlubber or SlimeWatercolor PaintBubble Solution, or Corn Starch Goo.

Eight Tasty Flour Recipes

Of course, flour is most useful for cooking, and there is no shortage of things to make and eat with flour. But here are options that are definitely delicious.

  1. Flour tortillas
  2. Pie crust
  3. Graham Crackers
  4. Crackers
  5. Pancake and waffle mix
  6. Soft breadsticks
  7. Pita bread
  8. Sopapillas

If you like these, You might also be interested in my recipe for Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits, my post about making things from scratch, or my recipe for Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes. Enjoy! And if you like what you see, subscribe!

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