I am not very ‘crafty’. I envy the moms that, at the drop of a hat, can come up with some cool art/craft idea for their kids to work on or play with, but it’s just not me. I do, however, make homemade playdough. Every so often. For some reason, I have actually never purchased playdough from a store and I guess I just decided that this is something super easy that I CAN make for the girls to enjoy playing with.
If you’ve made playdough yourselves, you probably have a tried-and-true recipe you use. I actually switch it up quite often and rely heavily on my friend Jen over at Mama Papa Bubba as she is the QUEEN of homemade playdough (if you ask me!). For this particular recipe, I kind of combined a few recipes I’ve come across over the past couple of years and then added my own special touch. Thanks to Sheri of Walnuts and Pears Nutrition, I have this great set of doTERRA essential oils and I have been trying to use them in all sorts of interesting ways.
I used the oils most recently in my last batch of homemade playdough. Here is the recipe in case you want to try it for your own wee ones!
Orange, Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint Scented Playdough
- 2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of table salt
- 2 tbsp. cream of tartar
- 2 tbsp. olive oil (or vegetable oil)
- 1/2 cup of boiling water
- 1 tbsp. glycerine
- Essential oils (I used wild orange, lavender, lemon and peppermint)
- Food colouring (gel form is best but I used liquid this time and it worked alright)
1) Boil some hot water in a kettle.
2) Combine all the dry ingredients and mix well with a wire whisk.
3) Add the olive oil, glycerine and water. Stir with the whisk and let cool for 5 minutes. (It looks clumpy and weird at this stage… but do not fear!)
4) Take half the dough and knead, knead, knead until it starts getting smooth and soft. Make a little nest and pour 5 drops of food colouring in. CAREFULLY (see note 4 below) knead the colour into the dough. You may want to repeat this step if the dough is not bright enough.
5) Make another well and add 3 drops of your chosen essential oil. I made yellow dough and added lemon essential oil, orange and added wild orange essential oil, green and added peppermint essential oil and finally purple and added lavender essential oil. They smell HEAVENLY.
- I made the above recipe TWICE in 2 separate bowls to make 4 good sized balls of playdough.
- Cream of tartar can be found with spices in most grocery stores.
- Glycerine is not a requirement for this recipe, but it makes the playdough a bit shiny and adds a nice texture. I would even maybe add another tablespoon next time.
- If you spray food colouring all over your shirt, like I did… quickly spray the affected areas with stain remover and then soak in cold water with detergent. For a while! Overnight if you have to! I really thought I had lost my favourite shirt but, miraculously, the stains came out! 😛