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Calming Homemade Christmas Play Dough Recipe

Author Melissa


  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup of salt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Green food coloring
  • 4-5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon of fine silver green, or white glitter


  • Heat the water in a microwave safe cup until it is boiling.
  • Combine your dry ingredients, with the exception of the food coloring, in a mixing bowl. Mix well. Add in the boiling water and oil. Continue to mix.
  • Continue to stir the mixture well until a paste forms. If the paste is sticky, you can sprinkle in flour a teaspoon at a time until the stickiness is gone.
  • Your play dough can now be colored. Add a few drops of green food coloring to the dough. Continue kneading until the color is distributed.
  • Sprinkle in the teaspoon of glitter. Knead the dough well so it distributes.
  • This play dough can be stored in an air tight container or zip lock bag where it will keep for
  • weeks. You can also add additional drops of essential oil as time goes on to freshen up the smell and calming properties.