Creative Gift Ideas – Homemade Play Dough

Whenever I make play dough in our house I feel like a God. The announcement alone that play dough is on its way has the excitement levels in our house hit the roof. It is something so cheap and so easy to make and the real beauty lies in the fact that it keeps Master Mayhem totally absorbed for more than 38 seconds.

Based on the excitement my kids display, I started to wonder if perhaps homemade play dough could be given as a gift.

I’d be interested to know what you think?

I know the child receiving the play dough would think it was amazing but would I look like a total scungebum giving play dough that has cost less than 50 cents to make? And what if I went completely sustainable and presented it in a decorated butter container?

Hmmm? Let’s see what it looks like.

2 x cups plain flour
1 x cup salt
4 x tbsp Cream of Tartar
2 x tbsp oil
2 x cups boiling water
Food colouring
You can also add some glitter or a few drops of essential oils like lavender or peppermint to make the whole experience more sensory.


  1. Mix together the dry ingredients
  2. Add the vegetable oil
  3. Mix a couple of few drops of food colouring with the boiling water and mix slowly into the other ingredients until it becomes a firm dough.

I did split the play dough up and then added a few drops of other food colouring colours to mix it up a little but I would recommend using a glove if you are mixing it with your hands because funnily enough food colouring stains your hands……learnt that one the hard way.


Now for the containers….

Clean butter container (or any other recycled container you think would work)
Stickers (optional)

  1. I cleaned my butter containers in the top shelf of the dishwasher (with some trepidation) and they came up a treat.
  2. Each container received two coats of paint which only took about half an hour including drying time.
  3. My sticker selection was surprisingly limited but I did manage to scrounge up a couple which I thought suited.
  4. Add the play dough to your newly decorated containers and hey presto, you’re ready to play!

I added a book to the present and wrapped it all up with the gift label as well. I thought it turned out pretty good.

What do you think? Gift giveable or Gift passable?


Leave a Reply to Bernadette Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge