Valentine’s Day Sparkle Playdough

CANDY! That is one of the first things that pops into my mind when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Now that my daughter is in school she has friends and those little friends are exactly like her…they LOVE candy. The sugar just makes them explode and they love it. I have been playing around with different products to make and sell

I have been playing around with different products to make and sell. Playdough has been one of the items. When my daughter was smaller she loved to eat Play-doh. I know gross, but I get it. We have all eaten it at one point. I started making hers because I did not want chemicals that come in the Play-doh the store sells. I know it is non-toxic and safe but you never know totally what is in the product, unless you make it yourself. It is a secret, so who knows what that stuff contains.

Not only that, but between it drying out, getting mixed, and getting lost I could not afford her Play-doh habit. It was getting expensive!

I checked a bunch of recipes and after trying out about 15 found one that was pretty good. I made some adjustments and BAM! The perfect playdough for us. With just a couple of tweaks here and there you can make it glittery, stretchy, scented, textured and more.

This Valentine’s Day I was trying to think of a better gift for her classmates than more chocolate or candy. I thought why not make a big batch of our playdough! Perfect. This way I will know that they are getting an awesome V-Day gift. Sugar-free and fun!

Here is my “recipe” for great playdough.


  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 3 tsp. Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Food Coloring (3-10 drops depending on how dark you want it)


  • Glitter 1.5oz jar (That is what we used but you could use less and be just fine!)
  • Essential Oils – For scent, add 3-5 drops

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, salt, cream of tartar and glitter.

Once combined put mixture into a medium saucepot.

Pour in the water and oil and essential oils. Stir to combine. It might be a bit loose right now.

Cook over medium heat. Mix it consistently.

  • First, you will see small lumps.
  • Secondly, it will start to pull away from the sides of the pot.
  • Lastly, the color will darken and it will¬†become a ball of dough!

Remove it from the heat and place on a board to cool.

When you can handle it without burning yourself knead it until uniformed and smooth.

You can see this recipe makes a decent sized batch. We made pink and orange. Placed it in cute airtight containers and put those in a cellophane bag with the Valentines! Trolls are her theme this year so those were the perfect color!

Happy Valentines Day!


Kristin, The Perfectionist Mom

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