Wednesday, December 19, 2012

{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!"

Ingredients
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


24 comments:

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

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  2. That is so cute -- and what a great gift!!! Merry Christmas, girlie!!

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  3. 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! :)

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

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

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  6. 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 !

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

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  8. 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?

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    1. 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!

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

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  10. Jennifer I made about 3 batches of this .. Te my kids never get tired of i

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    1. Awesome! My girls are the same way, it's always a hit.

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  11. Cool stuff! How long does it last for? Does it go "off" at all?

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    1. It's been a few months and ours is still working. Not sure what you mean by go "off..." Like get on clothes? If so, the tiniest film of sparkle gets on hands but it is very small and washes right off.

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    2. Hello! :) I Was just wondering which kind of glitter you got? I know it's martha stewart but there are a few different kinds. I am assuming you got .. Martha Stewart Crafts™ Fine Glitter Translucent & Metallic Opaque Glass Paint Set but there are two other kinds

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  12. Jennifer {The Chronicles...} Can you tell me which glitter you used. There are three listed. There is

    Martha Stewart Crafts™ Fine Glitter Translucent & Metallic Opaque Glass Paint Set

    Martha Stewart Crafts™ Hexagonal Glitter 12-pack

    AND

    Martha Stewart Crafts™ Iridescent Vintage Leaf Glitter 12-pack

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    1. My bottle says "Martha Stewart Crafts" in large letters and then underneath just "glitter" and the color. I think the hexagonal one you mentioned would be bigger than what I used.

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  13. This is such a lovely idea, thank you we make some yesterday for Valentine's and made lots of spakly hearts, had so much fun, will definitely make it again. :)

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    1. Wonderful, so glad you had fun with it!

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    2. what kind of oil did you use?

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    3. I think it was canola. Any kind of veg oil should work. I wouldn't go with an olive or grapeseed just because they're more expensive!

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  14. The key is to whisk the dry ingredients with the wet until all lumps are gone. Turn heat on and stir continuously. As it starts to thicken, you may want to use a wooden spoon. Continue to stir until wetness is gone and it looks like play dog.

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