November 11, 2012

DIY Playdough Gift Box

The holidays are coming up and it’s time to start thinking about gifts! It’s always extra fun to give something you’ve made yourself. Here is a play dough gift set we recently put together for Little A’s friend Rebecka when she turned two:

Mini Piccolini - DIY Playdough Gift Box

We filled our gift box with homemade playdough (see recipe below), the mat, some plastic cookie cutters and molds, a little rolling pin and a butter knife (which is Alec’s tool of choice when he is “working” with playdough).

Mini Piccolini - DIY Playdough Gift Set

This is a really doable project with a fun end result.

Mini Piccolini - DIY Playdough Gift Set

Alec was proud to hand over our homemade play dough gift set to Rebecka and we hope she has had a great time playing with it!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • gel food coloring
  1. Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add your wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. Divide into as many bowls as you have colors. We made four colors out of this recipe and actually gave away half of the playdough, so you will definitely have enough for 6-8 colors or more. Now add your food coloring. The end color will be pretty much the same as what you see now, so add as much color as you want to get really bright, saturated hues of playdough. Or use less color for soft pastels.
  4. Place a small sauce pan your pan on the stove top over medium heat. Start with your lightest color (so you won’t have to clean out the sauce pan between colors). Pour the mixture into the pan and stir continuously until it starts to get chunky. Keep stirring until it forms a big dough ball. 
  5. When all the wetness is gone, remove the dough from the pan and leave it to cool. Once cool, knead it a bit until it is soft and smooth.
  6. Repeat for each color. I just did yellow first, then green, then blue then purple, without cleaning out the pan in between.
  7. Store play dough in an airtight container at room temperature. We’ve been playing with the same batch for a few weeks now.
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