DIY Project: How to Make Glitter Playdough

Playdough is a hit with all ages. Sure, we might buy it for the kids, but you can't tell me once you have that malleable material in your hands you're not sitting down at the table and squishing it with delight.

You know what makes playdough even better? Glitter.
 

I made color-coordinated, star-flecked stellar playdough for the Star Wars party to serve both as an activity and a favor.
 

Homemade Sparkling Playdough Recipe

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • food coloring
  • glitter
1) Add food coloring to water for easiest, even distribution. This is especially helpful if you're using a gel or paste food coloring.
 
2) Place flour, salt, colored water, oil, and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Cook over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until it turns into playdough.
 
3) Turn dough out onto the counter to let sit until it's cool enough to knead. Flatten a bit on the counter, and sprinkle generously with glitter. Knead the glitter into the playdough. If you want more sparkle, repeat this step.
 
4) Store in an airtight container. One batch of this recipe filled four jam-jars perfectly.
 

Made this today with the little guy. It turned out...

Made this today with the little guy. It turned out great! Thanks for sharing!

How big are you jam jars? I have standard medium-s...

How big are you jam jars? I have standard medium-size mason jars and am trying to figure out if I want to split the recipe in half to make two colors or if it wont be enough to fill them both.
Thanks!

Thank u for the recipe & glitter idea. My firs...

Thank u for the recipe & glitter idea. My first batch of playdough over Thanksgiving weekend was a major bust. Trying this one today.

Thank u again.

Just love this idea. I’ve added it to NZ Ecochick’...

Just love this idea. I’ve added it to NZ Ecochick’s homemade kiddies gifts ideas. I can’t wait to make one of these. Please check out this post on: http://www.nzecochick.com/2011/11/homemade-kiddies-gifts.html

I've never refrigerated it, and the batch I ma...

I've never refrigerated it, and the batch I made for my daughter's preschool is still in great shape a month later. But since it's not full of preservatives, I'm sure it does have a shelf life.

A tiny bit of glitter escapes during play, but for the most part, it really stays contained within the playdough!

Does the glitter get all over the kids' hands ...

Does the glitter get all over the kids' hands when they play with it? I want to use this as a favor for my son's rocket ship party, but I don't want my friends cursing me for glittery tables and hands :-)

This looks great! How long does this stuff last? D...

This looks great! How long does this stuff last? Does it need to be refrigerated?

I bought those jam jars at my local Fry's groc...

I bought those jam jars at my local Fry's grocery store. Most grocery stores have a small selection of canning supplies.

Where did you find your jam jars?

Where did you find your jam jars?

Absolutely love this sparkley playdoh... We will h...

Absolutely love this sparkley playdoh... We will have 7 girls between the ages of 8-3 during the holidays. They will think this is sooo cool. Thanks for sharing!

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