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How to Make Playdough for Holiday Gifts!


Make candy cane playdough that looks and smells amazing! Our favorite homemade playdough recipe and tutorial on how to make playdough for fun holiday gifts.

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If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive holiday gift for friends and family, candy cane playdough is just what you need!

Even better, it’s a gift that your kids can participate in making. It’s easy and fun to make, inexpensive, and once given, encourages creative play.

As usual we use MaryAnn Kohl’s recipe for play clay from First Art. We LOVE this cooked playdough recipe the best, but if you are looking for other options, we also have a great no-cook recipe!

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First, I’ll share my recipe for homemade cooked playdough, and then I’ll explain how to turn it into a perfect holiday gift!

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The Best Cooked Playdough

  • Author: The Artful Parent
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Playdough


We really love cooked playdough the best; the texture is smooth and playdough rubbery and the batch makes a generous amount to play with. It also lasts just about forever.


  • 5 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 8 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors
  • 5 cups flour
  • Glitter and/or essential oils (optional)


1. Mix the water, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a large pot.

2. Cook the mixture on medium-low heat, stirring regularly until it is hot.

3. Add the oil and mix.

4. Stir in the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing between each addition with a wooden or other strong spoon.

5. Continue to mix until the playdough pulls away from the pan and is no longer sticky. Pinch it between your fingers to test it (but be careful because it’s hot!).

6. Place the dough on the counter, let it cool a bit, and then knead.

Note :: This is the time to add glitter or essential oils, if desired. Simply place the additions in a well in the center of the playdough, then knead the dough thoroughly to mix.

7. Store the dough in an airtight bag or other container at room temperature. It will keep for months.

candy cane play dough rolled out to twist

How to Make Candy Cane Playdough for Holiday Gifts



  1. Make your playdough

    Use our recipe, or your favorite playdough recipe, to make a batch of playdough. Then, divide it in half. Dye one batch red and leave the other one white. (Note: if you plan on giving this to many friends, you can also make a double batch of playdough and dye one red and leave one white.)

  2. Knead in the extras

    After cooling the dough, knead in some glitter for holiday glitz and glamour.

    Add peppermint essential oil (about 10 drops per batch) for the yummy candy cane smell.

  3. Roll out and twist your playdough

    Cut up playdough into individual portions – divide each batch into 12 or so – and roll each color into snakes and then twist one red and one white one together like a candy cane.

    twisted candy cane playdough

  4. Package up your gifts

    Once you have your candy cane twisted, put each playdough twist into a jar.

    candy cane playdough in a jar

    Then add the fabric, lids, and labels to turn the canning jar into the perfect holiday present!

Et voila! Candy cane playdough.

candy cane play dough in jars

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How to Make Playdough for Holiday Gifts!
  • Courtney Russell
    December 21, 2010 at 8:08 am

    we rolled candles with a kit from Magic Cabin, and that was really fun and well received so far!

  • Kristen
    December 21, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I love this!
    We made Christmas ornaments…which came out really great. We took Styrofoam balls and loaded them with glue. The kids put cut tissue paper (blue, purple, silver on some balls and red, green, gold on others). After fully covering the balls, we “painted” sparkly glue all over the balls. This also helped keep the tissue flat. After they dried, we used wrapping string/ribbon – tied it around the balls as you would a present. Made a knot, left space for a loop, and tied a bow. It hangs beautifully on the tree.
    (Hope my description was clear. I share because they look really nice and it was easy! I did it with my 3 1/2 and 5 1/2 yr. old boys.)

  • amy
    December 21, 2010 at 8:21 am

    We made ornaments as well, for teacher gifts (we have 11 including staff), using the directions here:
    My boys picked the color combinations, thinking about which teacher liked which colors, and every single ornament came out absolutely gorgeous. It’s a simple project that allows some creative input from my kids and the result is beautiful–which makes it a perfect gift project!

  • Shelley
    December 21, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Oh my I love this. My sons class party is tomorrow, I wonder if we can make theses in time to give to each child?!?!?!

  • Julie Liddle, ART IN HAND
    December 21, 2010 at 8:55 am

    GREAT idea! Now why didn’t I think of that when my kids were little? ;-)

  • Laura
    December 21, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Did you add anything to the white to make it look white, or is the play clay that shade when you make it? I am thinking of white play clay for my preschool class in January, but want to make sure it looks rather white since we might be using it to make pretend teeth for Dental Health week.

  • Lisa
    December 21, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I was also wondering about how the clay becomes white.
    Also, I’d love to know if the glitter stays in the clay well. After playing with it do the kids have glitter all over their hands? We are giving glitter glue as presents. I like how the glitter doesn’t come off after it dries–I love the kind from Discount School Supply.
    For adult presents, we are decorating notepads with a personalized cover made using watercolor paper. We cut out the recipient’s initial from contact paper and stick it to the paper. After my little one paints over it with watercolors, we remove the contact paper. Inspiration was one of your projects along with the same idea from the Let’s Explore blog. They came out so nice!

  • Jennifer
    December 21, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Very nice, those are adorable. I bet my kids would love that, they would make great stocking stuffers.

  • The Orchard
    December 21, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Fantastic idea!

  • Little Wonders' Days
    December 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Super gift idea! I love your presentation. My 1st grader made Rudolph hot cocoa cones for his friends. We gave winter books to my preschoolers’ friends. I’m going to keep this idea in mind for Valentines though!

  • [email protected]
    December 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

    This is an amazing gift – handmade – for her friends! And love the colours and the glittery look. Pari and I too made play dough recently and we too used glitters!
    She also made some Pasta necklace recently…
    And created her space themed birthday party! :)

  • Kitter
    December 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Brilliant! I’m saving this for next year.
    We did “bath stickers”, inspired by Filth Wizardry. I made mesh bags to hold them, and stuck on some labels I did in Word. Here’s the post:

  • Victoria Vrana
    December 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I love this! We are definitely trying next year. My 9-year old is making fleece scarves for all her friends. Totally cute and personalized:

  • Renee
    December 21, 2010 at 11:45 am

    We made pine cone bird feeders. Attached twine so they can be hung from a tree and gave them to the neighbors. The recipe we used did not have Peanut Butter because it is hard for the birds to get it out from their beaks.

  • Kristin
    December 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    We made salt dough ornaments, had a decorating party with friends and then potato printed the gift wrap we wrapped the ornaments in. Great fun! Took a bit of foresight, but was easily done in a few days. Great gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles. Love the idea of candy cane play dough- must remember for next year!

  • Lisandrea
    December 21, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    My son is reading his favorite stories into an audio program, and we’re giving CD copies to his friends.

  • Lisandrea
    December 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Last year we made toilet paper roll snowflakes:

  • Julie L.
    December 21, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    We made recycled crayons using melted down crayon bits and candy molds. My daughter is only 2 so she only helped by peeling the paper off the old crayons. She really enjoyed watching my stir the different color crayons together though.

  • Maryam
    December 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    What a wonderful idea! We made peppermint bark to give away in little jars :)

  • marylea @ Pink and Green Mama
    December 21, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Adorable!! We made friendship tea in jars like this for teachers and felt poinsettia pins! Haven’t exchanged gifs with little friends but we did make homemade gifts (felt food for the play kitchen) for our little cousin and homemade gifts for grandparents.
    Love the candy cane dough in jars!! Might just have to start giving gifts to friends so we have an excuse to make some : )
    Merry (Crafty) Christmas from our family to yours!!
    xoxo MaryLea

  • Jenny
    December 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    I love this idea and I think we will do it next year! We made photo holders for the grandparents. I gave them each (2yo & 5yo) a blob of salt dough which they poked random trinkets into then I added one wire in the center with a spiral twisted on top. When they dried, they each painted theirs a solid bright color. Then we took a photo of each child and backed it with cardstock matching the other childs paint and placed it in the spiral “holder”. The grandparents get a very unique piece of abstract art and a photo to go with it. We’ll see how they like it!

  • Kristin
    December 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    We made salt dough ornaments, had a decorating party with friends and then potato printed the gift wrap we wrapped the ornaments in. Great fun! Took a bit of foresight, but was easily done in a few days. Great gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles. Love the idea of candy cane play dough- must remember for next year!

  • Alex
    December 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    We made bean bags for my 3 1/2 yo daughter’s friends. She picked the fabric and filled them with beans. We use a folded piece of recycled food box as a “bean slide.”
    Our quickie decoration gift for all the far away relatives this year was spiced cardboard gingerbread men. I cut out the shapes, made details with glue and then she sprinkled various (mostly winter-y) spices on them. Then I taped on a ribbon loop. Last year we did hanging (vertical) garlands that said j-o-y-handprint with each piece being cut out of heavy paper she had decorated in a different way with red/white/sparkle. Probably cuter than this year’s but kind of exhausting, really.

  • s.byrne
    December 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I’ve made the bird feeders before using vegetable shortening due to peanut allergies in my preschool class. They came out great, but a little harder to clean up. So, we sprinkled the kids’ hands with flour and told them to run their hands together before washing to get some of the shortening off.

  • Courtney Russell
    December 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I noticed Hearthsong has “holiday” or “winter” sets and Magic Cabin has “brights” and “pastels.” They actually contain quite a lot. I’d like to do some plain beeswax for myself, but want to see how they burn first.

  • Julie
    December 21, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    We made bath salts: 1 part coarse sea salt to 3 parts Epsom salts – scented with a few drops of your favorite essential oil (lavender and orange are yummy together). We also put them in glass jars with homemade labels. Directions: about 1 cup per bath.
    Yesterday I had two boys (aged 6) mix in a huge bowl and fill the jars. They loved it. It was simple with a bit of sensory play for bonus.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try that! Maybe next year. Or maybe we’ll just do it after Christmas — I guess it doesn’t need to be a holiday thing.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Playdough is pretty quick to make. We did it all in a day.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    The playdough is just flour, salt, etc so it’s naturally white unless you add food coloring. Perfect for pretend teeth if that’s what you want to do.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    The glitter stays in the playdough pretty well. Some comes out on the table or hands sometimes, but not much. The playdough is white naturally unless you add food coloring to color it.
    Love your personalized notepad idea!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Rudolph hot cocoa cones? Sounds like something Maia would love (to make or receive).

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    What did you use instead of peanut butter? We made some pinecone bird feeders with peanut butter. I didn’t know about the problem with the pb and the birds’ beaks.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    That’s what we did last year! Actually we made salt dough ornaments again this year, too, but just for our own tree.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:41 pm


  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Those sound great! I love the idea.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone! I love all the craftiness and hearing about the handmade gifts everyone has been making!

  • Selena
    December 23, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I received some homemade bath salts this year from a friend and was thrilled, thought it was the best idea and warned her i would be stealing that idea for myself! She used baby oil, mmm.
    I cant wait for next year=candy cane playdoh for the kids and peppermint bath salt for the adults :-)
    What a great site i stumbled upon, thanks for sharing all these wonderful artsy ideas Jean, i cant wait to try some, oh ok, most!

  • Rachelle
    December 23, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Jean, these look so great! And how fabulous that Maia was able to make it with you, and get into the spirit of giving. This is on our list of gift-giving to-dos for next winter.

  • Rachel
    December 23, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    That’s so pretty! Thanks for the great, giftable idea, I’ll be linking.

  • Emily Forand
    December 24, 2010 at 6:18 am

    I really love your site! My girls and I framed a family photo with popsicle sticks and made them into magnets for most people on our list (old school, I guess). For two of my friends with kids, I put together a “Penguin Snowglobe” craft kit for them to make with their children.

  • Amy
    December 24, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for the bloggie lovin Amy. I am so happy they turned out for you!

  • Krista M
    December 26, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    WOW! what a great party idea! What a great job. Your daughter is very industrious and has an amazing creative spirit!

  • Krista M
    December 26, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    That’s a fantastic idea too!

  • Robbie @ Going Green Mama
    December 27, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I love it! What a great idea for next year.

  • alyssa spring
    December 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Love this idea….wish I would have checked your blog sooner!

  • JDaniel4's Mom
    December 31, 2010 at 9:17 am

    This would make a wonderful playgroup Christmas gift. I will have to remember it for next year.

  • Andie
    January 4, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    What kind of food coloring do you use? I just use the standard food coloring that you can get at the grocery store (I live in the US – Illinois to be exact LOL) and every time I try to get red, it just turns out pink.

  • Pumpkinbear
    January 6, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Fun! We actually made play dough spiked with essential oils for Christmas, too! I really like to match the color to the scent–lavendar with lavendar, white with vanilla, etc. Our red play dough was cinnamon scented!

  • Gina
    January 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Love this idea! My daughter’s birthday is next week, and I think I’ll make some for her little friends to play with and take home as a favor. I just received First Art for Christmas and have been itching to make some of the dough. Thanks for the inspiration! Love your site!

  • Catherine
    January 13, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I love this idea! I’ll have to remember it for next year! Awesome!!!

  • Kathy
    January 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Hello! I just came across your fabulous idea. I was thinking of doing it with my son but adjusting it for Valentines Day. Is there an expiration of the playdoh made this way that I should be aware of or make the recipients aware of?

  • Daphne Fritz
    August 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    My preschool class has made cinnamon ornaments before. Get the biggest container of cinnamon you can buy, mix with enough applesauce to make a paste, roll out onto wax paper like cookie dough and use cookie cutters to make gingerbread men and other festive shapes. Let them dry for a day or two and then a grown up can paint details on with puff paint or fabric paint (that has a fine tip). Make sure to punch a hole while wet for an ornament hook or ribbon.

  • Gigi sauter
    November 6, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this cute idea! We have been looking for some homemade ideas for our cousins this year.

  • lis
    November 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    this is a great idea! my son is too young for playdough just yet, but we have baby friends a bit older that will now be receiving this as a christmas gift! i LOVE the glitter :)
    have you ever done this with any kind of natural food coloring? just curious …

  • Madeleine @ NZ Ecochick
    November 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Just love this idea. I’ve added it to NZ Ecochick’s homemade kiddies gifts ideas. I can’t wait to make one of these. Please check out this post on:

  • Sarah
    November 30, 2011 at 1:24 am

    About how many drops of the red food coloring do you need to make it red vs pink? Any suggestions for alternatives to traditional food coloring? Thanks!

  • Bethany
    November 30, 2011 at 1:52 am

    Love the candy cane playdough in a glass jar! I’m going to make this for my daughters 3rd Birthday party and give these out as favors! She’s a christmas eve baby so it’ll work great:) Only concern though… should it always be in the fridge when not in use? How long does it last until it goes bad? I think I might put the directions for keeping on the tag. Thank you

  • Virginia
    November 30, 2011 at 6:45 am

    My grandkids made us some of these a couple of years ago and when we unwrapped them this year they still smell wonderful!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 30, 2011 at 3:02 am

    This playdough shouldn’t be refrigerated at all. It keeps best in a glass jar or a plastic bag at room temperature and will last for months.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 30, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Sarah – I’ve always just guesstimated when adding food coloring. You can always add more to the dough if it’s not bright enough for you.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 30, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Lis – I haven’t tried it with natural food coloring yet, but would like to!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 30, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Btw, there are natural food colorings on the market apparently, but I haven’t tried them yet. And I’ve heard of some people dying playdough pink/red with beet juice. Also Kool-Aid.

  • Stefanie
    November 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Could you use peppermint extract?

  • Kim
    December 2, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Hi – can you tell me where to buy peppermint essential oil? Is it a specialty item?

  • Karla
    December 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I LOVE this idea! I really want to do it with the kiddos and give some as gifts. You could get even more Christmas-y and try cranberry juice for the food coloring; I haven’t tried it but I heard it works (at least, with fresh cranberries that have been steeped). You could also do pink and red for Valentine’s Day, or perhaps orange and green for Halloween – it’s versatile!
    It’s always a challenge trying to figure out what to give my brother- and sister-in-law’s six boys. This year I used some leftover metal pails I had from my wedding ten years ago (we used them with our candy favor buffet) and painted the outsides with chalkboard paint. I filled them with honey sticks, yo-yos, stickers, fruit snacks, hot chocolate and marshmallows, extra chalk, crazy straws, etc. Bonus: no gift tag needed because I wrote their names on the outside with chalk! I also tied little pieces of ribbon to the handle.

  • Renee
    December 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

    How long will this “keep” in the jars?

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 7, 2011 at 1:04 am

    The playdough will keep for several months if kept in jars or in plastic bags.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 7, 2011 at 1:04 am

    I buy mine in the body care section of our natural foods store.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 7, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Great! Let me know if you try your cranberry juice idea!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 7, 2011 at 1:05 am

    Probably. Let me know if you try it!

  • Renee
    December 7, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Ok that is wonderful, thank-you!

  • Gina
    December 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    This is a REALLY cute idea. The only issue I am having is giving glass jars to kids. Do you or anyone else have an idea just as cute that doesn’t require anything breakable? I wish they had these jars in plastic!
    Thanks for the idea. Even if I don’t come up with a cute alternative, the kids will still get this candy cane striped play dough in a plastic baggie.

  • Catherine
    December 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you for this fun and easy idea! My daughter and I just made our first batch of homemade playdough today and added red food coloring for the candy cane idea. After the kneading, my hands are pretty pink now, though. I am just wondering if you have noticed any of the coloring coming off on their hands when they are playing with the dough or if it stained clothing at all. I hoped that once it cooled and was ready to play with that it wouldn’t come off on our hands, but it still did. :( Any ideas? I don’t want to give it to my daughter’s friends and get their mommies mad at me but it’s such a cute idea! :)

  • learning parade
    December 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

    This is a fantastic idea! I bet the dough smells so good with the added peppermint oil!:)

  • Angie
    December 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I used green food coloring, in addition to red, and I’m having the most bizarre problem. My green batch turned out great, very smooth and doughy. My red, on the other hand…there are so many adjectives to choose from, and none of them are smooth or doughy. It’s chunky and resembles raw hamburger meat! I’ve made several batches and tried different brands of food coloring. I’ve duplicated the process to the best of my knowledge, but I must be doing something wrong. Any ideas? I love this craft and refuse to give up! Thanks in advance.

  • Ronda
    December 12, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Can you use peppermint extract???

  • Sarah
    December 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I just used peppermint extract. It isn’t as strong smelling as the peppermint oil would be, but it is fine. I added it when i was mixing it on the stove. I added quite a bit and wish i had added a little more. Thanks for the wonderful idea!!!

  • Katie
    December 14, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I just finished my batch of candy cane play clay (your twisting and placement in jar looks much neater than mine). I’m very pleased at how it turned out and super excited to give some to all the kids at a family holiday party this weekend. Also, adding essential oils to playdough has opened a whole new world for me (orange with orange? lemon with yellow? We could do the whole rainbow!). Thanks so much!

  • Cathy @ NurtureStore
    December 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    If you use corn flour instead of regular flour your dough will be whiter. You can see our snowmen are nice and white

  • meredith
    December 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Just made this with my 3 year old son – so much fun, great gift idea for his classmates – thank you! I put them in plastic jars – check out my post at!

  • nataly
    December 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    J’aime bien l’idée!! good idea!!!!

  • Eileen
    January 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I know I’m totally after the fact, but….We made lavender sachets. I cut 6″ square pieces of muslin for my four-year-old to color on with fabric markers. I then ironed them (to set the markers) and sewed them together with dried lavender inside. She really enjoyed deciding what types of images to draw for each recipient-some were recognizable, like flowers, people, suns, etc. and some were just designs made with dots, spirals, angles, and so on. It was fun for both of us and a hit with the family members who received them!

  • Amity
    February 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

    That is pretty awesome. I would love to get that gift.

  • Rochelle
    October 24, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you Meredith! I love how you used the plastic jars! I pinned yours too!

  • Beth Myckowiak
    November 4, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I love this idea! Thanks! How many drops of food coloring do you use to make the red play doh. I have never made play doh before and want to be sure I don’t end up with pink playdoh!

  • Beth Myckowiak
    November 4, 2012 at 11:35 am

    oops… also how far in advance can you make the playdoh for gifts & it will still be fresh? We have a Christmas party on December 8th.

  • Anita
    November 27, 2012 at 4:03 am

    I haven’t read all the comments. But I’m thinking a few drops of peppermint oil in the play dough would be awesome. Purchased at any health food store.

  • Ashley
    November 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    How long does this craft take to make

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Maybe a couple of hours, start to finish.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

    This playdough lasts for months, if kept in an airtight container!

  • Jean Van't Hul
    November 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Wish I could tell you! We always wing it. The good news is, you can always add more after the fact. Make a well in the middle of the playdough ball, add some food coloring, close the playdough around the food coloring and then knead it well until the food coloring is distributed throughout the playdough ball.

  • Melissa
    December 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    How many jars can I get from that one batch? I have 21 students. Thanks.

  • Melissa
    December 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Also, where do you get the peppermint oil? Can I buy it at a grocery store?

  • crystalyn
    December 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Hello, I would really like to make this for my nieces for Christmas, however I only have 3 of them. How can I make a smaller portion of your dough?
    Thank you,

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 14, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Hi Crystalyn – yes you can halve the recipe easily. However, it’s fun to have a lot of playdough!! I make a whole recipe just for my two kids and it definitely gets used. :)

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Yes, you can buy the peppermint essential oil in the body care section of a natural foods store such as whole foods.

  • Jean Van't Hul
    December 14, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I think it made about 12 jars for me, so you’d want to double everything.

  • erin
    December 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    we made the play dough. Thanks so much for the great idea and recipe! We posted about it and linked back to you. Thanks again.

  • marisa
    December 22, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for this lovely idea (not to mention all the other great ideas on your very inspiring site) – my daughter and I made some for her friends as a christmas gift. We cut ours into star shapes and put them in clear plastic noodle boxes – they looked beautiful.

  • Lisa
    January 29, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I can’t wait to try making this with my niece.

  • bubblegum casting
    November 15, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Great post will give the kids something to do over the holidays!

  • Ashley
    December 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    How much play doh does this recipe make?

  • Jasmine
    December 9, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Is this easy to clean up if it get on the carpet? My brother doesn’t like to give his kids playdoh because its hard to clean up, their house is mainly carpet. I think this would be a fun alternative if it’s easy to clean on carpet.

  • Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    December 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    A friend gave us some of this for Christmas yesterday – not sure if she used your recipe or not, but this is such a great gift! :)