February 12, 2016

DIY Play Dough: It’s Easier Than It Looks!

My restless daughter is constantly looking for ways to keep busy. When she’s not practicing backbends on her glitter covered yoga mat or building future masterpieces out of Legos, she’s dipping her hands in play dough and churning out some rather impressive pieces of artwork.

I wish to applaud her creativity and also to join in on the fun, so when I set out to take on my own little project… I decided to try and make my own play dough. Here’s what I’ve learned from the process.

Pure essential oils DIY Play Dough

Firstly, Making Play Dough At Home Is Easier To Do Than I Expected

Homemade play dough is an environmentally friendly, cost-effective alternative to purchasing this product in the store.

Making it at home also helps to instill a sense of completion and creativity in your little one if you decide to let him or her in on the process. What it means is that their craft is entirely handmade from start to finish.

This beginner level DIY can be completed in less than fifteen minutes and the ingredients you’ll be using yield a nice size batch of the stuff, resulting in endless hours of future crafting. Should you wish to step up the level of fun a notch, simply choose a new color and repeat the instructions as many times as you wish.

Also, Homemade Play Dough Smells Amazing

Here’s a fun little trick that makes homemaking worthwhile—adding a dash of your favorite essential oil for aroma purposes. The below listed ingredients are everything you’ll need to yield a visually and aromatically enticing first batch:

  • 10 drop of your favorite essential oil
  • Food coloring (the color you’d like your play dough to be)
  • One and a half cups of water (boiling)
  • Two cups of all purpose flour
  • Two tablespoons of cream of tartar and the same measurement of vegetable oil
  • Half a cup of salt


Be certain you have plenty of space, a nice clean area to work with, a large bowl and a mixing spoon before you get started. Bonus Tip: If your child is participating, you might want to let them wear a smock. This will add to the artistic vibe and aid in reducing stains caused by the food coloring.

DIY Play Dough with Essential Oils

Image: Wikipedia

Making Your First Batch

In order to make your first batch, follow the below listed steps:

  • Mix all of your dry ingredients together in the large bowl you selected
  • Set your water on the stovetop to boil
  • While the water is boiling, add vegetable oil and the essential oil of your choosing to the bowl of dry ingredients
  • Toss a generous amount of food coloring into the boiling water
  • Pour in one cup of the boiling water/food coloring concoction and mix together with dry ingredients and essential oils
  • Add more boiling water if necessary until the mixture in your bowl resembles the consistency of store bought play dough
  • Let your mixture cool down
  • Kneed the play dough-like substance for about five minutes until it is soft enough for crafting
  • Repeat with a new color if desired

Bonus Round

Once you’ve mastered the craft of making play dough at home, you can try adding in new elements such as different scents, intricate colors, glitter, sparkles and more.

If you happen upon an amazing twist to this classic recipe feel free to share it in the comment section. We aim to inspire future DIYers by bringing fun, easy and family friendly recipes into kitchens across the world.

There are tons of ways for children to interact with and enjoy the benefits of essential oils. Find out how kids can use Miracle Essential Oils to improve their lives!

Cynthia Griffith

Cynthia Griffith is an ambitious wordsmith most known for her uncanny ability to compose catchy, melodic jingles, draft compelling web content and scribe chart topping sci-fi thrillers.