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How to Make Christmas Playdough

by Jean Van't Hul
October 15, 2022

Here’s how to make candy cane Christmas 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 Christmas 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.

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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Christmas 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.)

    christmas playdough
    Photo by Rachel Withers

  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.

    christmas playdough
    Photo by Rachel Withers

  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.

    christmas playdough
    Photo by Rachel Withers

  4. Package up your gifts

    Once you have your candy cane twisted, put each playdough twist into a jar.
    Then add the fabric, lids, and labels to turn the canning jar into the perfect holiday present!

    christmas playdough
    Photo by Rachel Withers

More Christmas Activities for Kids

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Looking for even more holiday crafts for your family? Check out our Holiday Arts and Crafts bundle from the Kids Art Spot! 12 fun holiday activities, each with a step-by-step video tutorial and printable instructions, plus 12 fun and festive drawing invitations to encourage your kids to think and draw creatively.

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How to Make Christmas Playdough

2 Responses

  1. How long will this playdough last once in the jars? Does it need to refrigerated? Just thinking how long before Christmas can we batch process some gifts to later have at the ready ☺️

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