Sunday, November 18, 2012

Scented Glitter Playdough Recipe

Alright y’all.


I promised a tutorial about the peppermint glitter playdough we had at Avery’s birthday party, and here it is.  

Super-easy to make, cheaper than store-bought, makes great party favours and stocking stuffers. And I’ve got the squishiest, smooshiest recipe for you to try. Its fabulous. Seriously. Even more fabulous than your Aunt Betty’s blue hair.  


Scented Glitter Playdough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/4 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbls. vegetable oil
food coloring (about 4 drops) or 1 pkg. of kool-aid mix (adds colour and a nice smell)
glitter, maybe 1/3 cup (use big flakes vs. the super-fine ones if possible)

*optional: a few drops of peppermint extract*

Throw it all in a pot, mix it around on medium heat until it firms up. Done.

For the more visual of the bunch, I present this photo-essay-of-sorts:

Assemble the first 5 ingredients, mix it all in a pot.
Whisk, whisk, whisk to get rid of the lumps. Lovely Lady Lumps = Great. Lovely Playdough Lumps = Icky.
Stir in your food colouring or kool-aid package for colour (I didn’t have any kool-aid on hand, so food colouring worked fine for me). If you didn’t use kool-aid, a few drops of peppermint or other extract will add a nice smell to the dough (we used peppermint for Ave’s party).

Dump in the glitter and stir.
Use as much or as little glitter as you’d like (or none, if you feel that way. And then head right on back to your Land-Of-No-Fun, thank you very much. I mean, it’s glitter. Who doesn’t love glitter? Oh, people who call it the herpes of the craft world? Touché).

Put the pot on the stove.
You’ll notice the glitter doesn’t show as well initially. Don’t panic, peeps. All those little bitties are just ‘a hiding. They’ll pop up again soon!

Turn the heat onto medium and begin stirring and scraping the bowl while the mixture cooks. It’ll start to get thicker, then lumpy, and all of a sudden solidify into one big clump (took about 5 minutes for me). Take it off the heat now! *note: I cooked it for a few seconds longer than that 3rd image, as it was still just a bit too “wet”*
Dump the playdough onto waxed paper and allow it to cool. 
Once cool to the touch (about 10 minutes), use your hands (or, you know, whatever body part you want. If you're into that sort of thing) to knead it a few times until it’s smooth.

And voila! Your very own scented glitter playdough!
So simple to make, and can be kept for 3-4 weeks at room temperature in an airtight container.
With the holidays coming up, wouldn’t these make gorgeous stocking stuffers?

I think so.
*sigh* Soooo purdy.


  1. Going to try this recipe for our niece's art box Xmas present! Question about the party favour packaging --- did you use gold Washi tape? If so, where did you buy it?

    1. Holly, the washi tape was bought ages ago and I'm not sure where. However, just recently (as in, last week) I saw something almost identical to it at Michaels. Listed as "scrapbook tape" it was relatively inexpensive and found in/around the scrapbooking section. I'm sure it would be a perfect substitute!

  2. Hey Andra,

    How much does one batch roughly make? How many of those little jars could you fill with one batch?


  3. Andra,

    I love your labels you have on these jars. Where did you get them at? I would like to do something similar for my daughter's birthday!

    Thank you!


  4. also wondering how many jars can you fill with one batch. these are darling i can't wait to make them for my daughters party favors!


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