So I’m definitely not the Room Mom- major DIY- Extreme Crafter type of Mom. However, Keely is getting to the “Play Dough” age and I really wanted to avoid bringing the neon colored, toxin filled- mystery doh into our house. I hopped on Pinterest and found a few other “oily mamas” who shared my views on the other stuff!
I’ll be honest- the thought of attempting to make Play Dough in my kitchen freaked me out- pretty sure it freaked hubby out too! Concocting a weird science experiment is what came to mind!! Guys! Guess what- totally super easy- NO MESS and actually kind of fun!!
First you’ll want to gather up your ingredients which you should already have in your pantry!
2 cups of flour
1 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tbsp oil—- I used Olive Oil but any fatty oil should work
2 cups cold water
Several Drops of any essential oil—–I suggest a vitality oil so you don’t have to worry about kiddos eating it!
Food Coloring, Optional —– I used icing coloring from Wilton
Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar, oil, and water in a medium sauce pan. Stir over medium heat for about 5-8 minutes, until play dough has reached the right consistency-
Basically I constantly stirred my mixture until I didn’t see anymore wet spots in the dough!
Let cool, split into desired amount and roll into balls. The recipe I modified suggested 3 separate balls but I was making these into gifts for Keely to take to her pals at school. So I divided the dough into 8 equal parts.
Time to add the oils!
I chose Peppermint due to the time of year and I just absolutely love the smell! You could chose any oil though- how yummy would Orange or Citrus Fresh EO be?! You could create a calming play dough using Lavender EO.
Flatten your dough ball into a disc and add about 3-4 drops depending on the size. then just squish that dough around in your hand until the oils are thoroughly worked in!
To Dye For……
I know what you’re thinking- “Sallie’s hands must still be pink from all that dye!” Nope- actually I barely had any staining and I’m going to let you in on my secret- Gel food coloring. It made it so much more mess free!
I definitely did a test piece and made Kyle roll it around in his hands to verify we wouldn’t turn all the kiddos hands pink!! Simply dip a tooth pick in the gel coloring and roll onto your dough disc- then squish, knead the dough in your hands and Voila you’ve got a pop of pink!
You’re done! Store in an air tight container and I suggest dating the lid! That way you know how long ago you made it!
*Update* Keely and I played with her dough tonight and there was no color transfer what so ever!! Also it smelled amazing!
The best part of this project- it literally took me an hour from start to finish!
Now go! Make your homemade Play Dough and look like super mom!