Are you looking for an easy recipe for cold porcelain? Look no further. This recipe has instructions for making the perfect cold porcelain recipe that works for Christmas ornaments or any other type of crafting.

Cold Porcelain Recipe

adapted from Sangeeta


  • 2 cups corn starch
  • 2 cups of Elmer’s Glue
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons baby oil
  • 1 tablespoon of white acrylic paint
  • 1 tablespoon cold cream


  • Glass bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Hand Mixer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Sealable plastic bag
  • Airtight container


  1. Mix all ingredients except the cold cream together in a large microwavable bowl. Use a hand or stand mixer and mix on low speed until mixture is completely smooth.
  2. Cook the porcelain mixture in the microwave for three minutes on high. Stop the microwave every minute and mix the porcelain completely with a wooden spoon. For the last minute, observe to make sure the dough isn’t overcooking. The dough will first resemble melted marshmallow (very sticky and glossy). The dough is finished when it has lost its gloss, and pulls slightly away from the side of the bowl.
  3. Remove from microwave and let cool only until you can handle it without burning. You need the dough very hot while kneading.
  4. Grease a counter with 1 tablespoon of the cold cream. Knead the hot porcelain for 5-7 minutes.
  5. After kneading, roll the dough into a large coil. Wrap with plastic wrap, making sure no air can get in. Place in a large ziploc bag. Refrigerate for 24 hours before using.

Cold Porcelain Ornaments


  • Batch of cold porcelain
  • Rolling pin
  • Cookie cutter
  • Embossing design (I used a combination cookie cutter/embosser found at Michael’s)
  • Waterproof sealer (I used Mod Podge)
  • Hole punch


  1. Roll out dough as if it were pie crust until it is 1/8 inch thick, and very even (Thin dough will result in a curled ornament. Uneven cookies will look terrible).
  2. When finished rolling out dough, lift it off surface and then place back down. This will make pulling the cut ornaments off the surface easier. If dough starts adhering to the counter, you can spread cold cream onto the surface. If dough becomes too sticky, sprinkle surface with cornstarch.
  3. Cut with cookie cutter and emboss with chosen design. Place cut pieces on cookie sheets. Punch out top hole for string.
  4. Let sit 24-48 hours and then seal with two coats of waterproof sealer. Let completely dry before wrapping. Ornaments will be very sturdy when dry.

Updates: November 2016

I made a second batch of this to use for advent calendar ornaments. This time, instead of using white paint, I chose a mixture of 1/2 titanium white, 1/4 unbleached titanium, and 1/4 light gold Martha Stewart Metallic paint. The result was a soft white that fit in more with my Christmas decor. You can use any paint. The tint will be much lighter than in the bottle.

  1. Thanks for sharing this Rebekkah!

  2. Susie says:

    Sorry to be dense, but what exactly do you mean by cold cream? There are so many types of facial cremes-moisturizers, hydroxys, cleansing, etc.

    • Rebekah says:

      Cold cream is a really thick type of moisturizer that usually comes in a flat round container. Nivea, Ponds, and Jergens all make types of the cream, which you can pick up at any chemist or drug store. I also believe Walmart and Target carry it as well.

  3. Karen says:

    Can color be added? Painted?

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