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How to Make Glitter Playdough

I know in some parts of the country you are all bundling up and keeping the kiddos inside…and..well…here in South Texas we’re on month seven of being stuck inside with the a/c buzzing. I’m ready for some cool weather to help me believe it’s Fall, but until then…what on Earth do I do to keep my two year old busy when she can’t play outside?! We make stuff, of course!

Pinterest has me brainstorming all sorts of creative ideas & last week I can across this post & had to give Glitter Playdough a try. I’ve experimented with playdough before, but it never came out quite right. But this stuff–this is a hit. & it is currently keeping my girly occupied for about an hour a day which means this mama is getting a LOT done! Especially around dinnertime. 😉 So…here’s the best recipe for playdough I’ve come across yet, complete with sparkles! OOH la la!

What you need:

  • 1 C Flour
  • 1 C Water
  • 1/4 C Salt
  • 1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • Food Coloring (or if you want it to smell yummy, kool-aid)
  • Glitter (the bigger flakes, the better)
  • pot/pan & spatula
  • & an eager little helper:)

Add everything to the pot. Doesn’t matter what order.

Stir, stir, stir. until pretty smooth.

You can either make one big batch of the same color, or separate it out before you add the food coloring. I doubled my batch & separated it out into six bowls.

Add food coloring or kool-aid & stir well.

The first time I made this I used regular food coloring & while the color was great, the stuff smelled like…playdough? Not the best smell in the world. I bought kool-aid (for the first time ever!) and while it certainly did add a very yummy scent to the final product, it did make my little one cough when it went POOF into a cloud as it hit the mixture in the bowl. So just be warned. 😉

After the food coloring, add glitter. Add a decent amount–some will definitely stick around on little hands, but that’s half the fun, right?!

Your mixture should be pretty runny before you add to your pot.

Heat the pot on MEDIUM & DO NOT STOP STIRRING once you pour in the mixture. This step went extremely fast for me–well under a minute, so stir & don’t let it stick to the bottom! This is a mommy job.

The mixture will get clumpy & start to change colors. This is normal. It will eventually all turn a slightly darker shade of the original mixture. I had the best luck flattening mine into a pancake-ish shape & flipping it over. When you think it’s done, remove from heat. I just scooped mine onto the counter.

After mine cooled a tad, I kneaded it a little to be sure it was done. If it is a little too gooey, just put it back in the pot & cook a little longer.

& VIOLA! Glitter Playdough!

It’s so pretty…& smelled so good…I couldn’t help but play with it too!

I kept mine in the same containers I used to store my homemade baby food, and my little girl had the most fun playing with both the dough AND the containers. So don’t be afraid to let the babes play with it all!

More colors=more fun!

Hours & hours, I tell ya. Took no more than a half hour to make. So easy. So cheap. SO FUN!:)

Happy Playdough making!

Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood at styleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.
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Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl and a snuggly little dude, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood at styleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.

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  • CTJ

    FYI…I have recently started making play dough but found the cost of cream of tartar to become costly. Just ordered a 2 lb bottle from for 17.00! This should be enough to last a lifetime :) I am making several batches as Christmas gifts and more for my daughter’s birthday party. This is a much cheaper way to go.

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  • Iveta

    That’s really cute! But I don’t know what is cream tartar 😀 I live in Europe, in Czech Republic, it is possibile we don’t have this product. Can you tell me more about it?

  • melissad52077

    My 5 year old and I made the glitter play dough and it turned out AWESOME!! I added some food coloring along with the Kool Aid because the colors weren’t as bright as I would have hoped. It smells good and its fabulously glittery!! THANK YOU!!

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  • Angel Cockayne

    I honestly had little faith this would turn out but it worked perfectly! Now my five year old has a really cool Christmas gift to give to her friends made by her own hands! Thanks for sharing!

  • Melissa A

    This was awesome!! So much fun and so easy to make with very little mess! I hope it lasts until my daughters party.

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  • Hazel

    I found this recipe & just made 4 different batches (colour/scent) as party favours for my daughters ‘fairy’ birthday party. Unbelievable easy & the smell was so fabulous while making it (I used koolaid as suggested).
    This is a fabulous recipe & the instructions were exactly what I experienced. The consistency is perfect. Without a doubt the easiest craft I’ve ever made & I will officially never buy/use regular playdoh again.

    Thank you, thank you!!!!!

  • Melissa

    This is a great recipe- I make it for my kindergarten class a lot- if you want it to last longer switch the cream if tartar for Allum same measurements

  • mel

    Just found this recipe and made it for party favors for my little girl’s third birthday party. I LOVE how the consistency turned out. Instead of Kool aid or food color, I used liquid water color from the craft store. I also added the glitter AFTER I cooked it because I was kind of worried about the glitter melting. Anyway, it turned out perfectly! My only problem with it was that I didn’t use anything for the smell and after it was put in containers it smelled like boiled eggs! Not sure what caused it, but wow, that is one ischy odor.

  • Tami

    I just made this and we love homemade playdough but this turned into a sticky mess! The playdough got hard like it should in the pot but was SO sticky. And when I returned it to the pot it just got worse. Any ideas?

  • Brooke

    Thanks to you, I am not the mom who messed up the play doh and ruined the big class project. Thanks!

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  • Adriane

    I am excited to try this. I just have one question – any problems with staining on hand/clothes/surfaces with the Kool-Aid?

  • Marlaina

    We made yellow play dough with glitter so we could make gold coins for our pot of gold play dough mats. Thanks!

  • Mandy Rusk

    I LOVE this recipe! I used lots of tiny micro glitter in that beautiful opal-ish colour and it looks AMAZING in every the Kool-Aid colour! Also, I have kept mine in air-tight GlassLock containers and it is still perfectly fresh after almost three weeks of daily use! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  • Alistares81

    I just made up a batch of this today. I did have some trouble with it sticking if I didn’t move fast enough, or what did stick would eventually burn, but it smells fab. Really hoping for a longer shelf life out of it so I can make the nieces some come Christmas time.

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  • Janis

    Roughly how long does this stuff last until it gets dried out? If a kid plays with it for a half hour solid say, will it get crusty on them?

    • Anonymous

      It should last about a week in an airtight container.

      Stacey, Bree and Stephanie
      The Creative Mama

    • Shawna

      Hey Janis! The very same batch that I made when I took these images is still the same consistency as the day I made it–SIX WEEKS ago! It lasts FOREVER!! :) I store it in the little tupperwares with very little room for air.

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  • Joanna Kohnen

    Do you have any issues getting the pots clean afterwards? That’s my only concern!

  • Choatetenn

    So glad to find this recipe. Saved it for when my Granddaugther is a little bigger. I have used this in my church classes in many year passed and it was always, so clean and didn’t have to worry it they put a piece in their mouth. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Stacey Woods

    Adorable, Shawna! Lila would love this.

  • Christineb

    Sweet, my kid will love this!! I have always wanted to try. Going to store to buy a couple of ingredients.