Tuesday, December 9, 2014

RECIPE} Homeade Christmas Playdough

I live in a subdivision filled with amazing and friendly neighbors. This time of year we love to drop off little gifts to each other, but honestly, I end up throwing SO much away, because it tends to be candy, cookies and lots of tempting food and you all know i'm on a mission!

So, with a neighborhood filled with kids, instead of going the food route, my son and I made scented Christmas Playdough! It’s the perfect gift being easy and fun to make, inexpensive, and being in Michigan, gives the kids something to play with while stuck inside all winter long.



  • 5 cups water
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups salt
  • 3 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 10 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Food coloring (We use red and green)
  • Glitter - OPTIONAL
  • Peppermint essential oil

1. Mix water, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring. Cook on medium-low heat,
stirring regularly until mixture is hot. Add oil. Stir in flour a cup at a time, stirring in between each addition. Mix until playdough pulls away from pan and is no longer sticky (pinch it between your fingers to test). Dump dough on counter, let cool a bit, then knead.

2. You can get creative here. We make our play dough in three colors, red, green and white for Christmas. You could also just do red and white for Candy Canes!We made three batches of the play clay, one for each color. After the dough cooled down a bit, we kneaded in the peppermint essential oil (about 10 drops each batch) for the delicious Christmas smell. If you plan to use glitter, add that here also!
3. We then divided the colors into (about, I can't remember how many we made!) 12 servings each, rolled them into long pieces, gently twisted them together and placed them into old glass jars I saved from spaghetti sauce, salsa, etc. 
4. I capped each jar and used a piece of Christmas fabric to cover the lid, used a piece of ribbon and tied it on and done!
I did have play dough left over that I saved for my kiddos. I just put them in a rubbermaid tupperware container. It's been a year and it's still moist and we are playing with it!! This recipe was a complete success!

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