{DIY} Glitter Playdough

I recently made this glittery playdough for Ada’s and Ellie’s birthday party with our family.  There were going to be far fewer kids than at Ada’s Bakery Party with her preschool friends so I didn’t feel like I needed to have quite as much going on – just a little something for the kids to do in addition to playing with the toys in our house.  
It was so easy to make and the “ooohs” and “aaahs” from the kids were super sweet to hear.  The sparkles really make it look like something extra special and the kids were so excited to play with it.

I set a big bowl full of cookie cutters, rolling pins, plastic knives, and other playdough accessories in the middle of the table and let the kiddies have their fun.

They all look so serious here, don’t they? 
I used a combination of Kool Aid and craft glitter to color the playdough.  Food coloring would work fine in place of the Kool Aid but the Kool Aid is cheap, vibrantly colored, and smells nice.  For each Kool Aid color I used a coordinating craft glitter color: aqua Kool Aid + aqua glitter, red Kool Aid + red glitter, purple Kool Aid + purple glitter, and for the gold just plain gold glitter and no Kool Aid.  You could add a splash of vanilla extract if you like the idea of each color having a scent.
I bought a bunch of small food storage containers at Dollar Tree to store the glitter playdough.  So the kids could take the sparkly fun home with them as party favors, I packaged a set of each color in a clear party bag and tied at the top with silver rope.
And now for the “recipe!”
How to make easy, colorful, sparkly GLITTER PLAYDOUGH
2 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
3 tsp. cream of tartar
1 package Kool Aid
fine craft glitter (I like Martha Stewart craft glitter from Michaels)
2 tbsp. oil
2 c. water
Whisk the flour, salt, cream of tartar, Kool Aid and glitter (I used about half a 1.5 oz jar) in a medium-large saucepan.  Pour the water and oil in and stir to combine (it will be quite runny at this point).  Cook over medium heat until the dough starts to come together and pull away from the sides.  Let cool until it can be handled, remove from the pan, and knead until smooth.
Store in an airtight container.
This recipe made 6 palm-sized balls of each color.  For a smaller yield, cut the recipe in half
How to make easy, colorful, sparkly GLITTER PLAYDOUGH

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07848936864799611251 Cassie @ Primitive & Proper

    that is my kind of play dough! love me some glitter!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09407708187775806177 {Hi Sugarplum!}

    That is so cute — and what a great gift!!! Merry Christmas, girlie!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03470632120877499280 Jen @ The Social Home

    Ok, finally catching up on my reader and this was the first thing I saw! AMAZING! I may not have kids, but I want some!! ANd I also want to know your photography secrets!! I need to take some product photos and need a white background. What do you use and how do you do it? So multi talented! :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07777242694409071504 Becky {This Is Happiness}

    My daughter would love this! Will definitely give it a try over the holidays :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08910626188450107258 Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers

    Oh my goodness this is the cutest! My daughter would just love this! I really need to try it. Pinning :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08753907896374891549 Dee

    Jennifer I made for my kids and their friend as a Christmas gift ! I’m sure they would go bonkers ! Thanks for the recipe and merry Christmas !

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04707073682080677083 Jennifer {The Chronicles of Home}

      I hope they loved it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02065823588815602100 ProjectHope7

    what did you use to get such beautiful colors? I couldn’t find that in the recipe… thank you!

    • Anonymous

      Koop aid!

  • Anonymous

    question to see if anyone else came across the same happening: i just finished making this playdough recipe and found that after the cooking, cooling, and trying to knead it, it was all sticky. any suggestions?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04707073682080677083 Jennifer {The Chronicles of Home}

      My guess is that it may have needed to cook a bit longer – it should be coming apart from the sides and starting to sort of clump together in large sections. Any liquidy look should be gone before you remove it from the pot. Hope this helps!

  • Anonymous

    Making this with the kids for sure!! Thanks:-)

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