In an attempt to bring toads to my garden for pest control, I decided to DIY a toad house using things I had on hand. Since toads absorb things through their skin, I wanted this to be as non-toxic as possible.
I started with an empty sour cream container and some foil to achieve my shape.
Once I had the general shape, I used an air dry clay recipe found on Pinterest to achieve the look of a tree stump. I then used a pointed tool and "scratched" it up to make it look like tree bark. I think there might have been some user error on my part when making the clay because as it dried it ended up cracking. But it added to the whole look of the tree stump so I was actually rather happy with how it turned out! 😏
Air dry clay
- 1 cup corn starch
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1 1/4 cups cold water
- Nonstick pot
- Wooden spoon
- Large bowl
- Damp tea towel
How to make it:
- Pour all ingredients into pot and mix until smooth
- Cook on low-med heat until mixture starts to have the consistency of mashed potatoes
- Remove mixture from heat and let cool in large bowl. Cover with damp towel to preserve moisture.
- Once the mix is cool enough, use it to shape your piece.
It took a few days for me to complete this project because I wanted to make sure everything dried really well since it is an air dry clay recipe. I also had to keep touching up the paint so it looked the way I wanted.