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I’ve posted about making natural playdough before. I’ve explained that while playdough probably isn’t as toxic as some commercial products, it is still full of ingredients like petroleum and artificial fragrances.

These ingredients are the reason why I choose to make my own playdough. However there are also a few other reasons why homemade playdough is so great; you can customize it to your heart’s content. Any color any shade you can dream of, you can make!

We’ve had lots of fun with our natural playdough and since we are currently in the Christmas season, I decided to make some Christmas playdough.

We took the scents of Christmas and captured them in playdough!

Christmas Playdough made with Natural Colors

Today I’m showing you how to make playdough in these holiday scents: Candy Cane, Eggnog, Gingerbread, and Christmas Tree!

However, the Christmas playdough fun doesn’t have to stop with these four scents! Get creative! I’ve also made cranberry, sugar cookie, orange spice, and hot cocoa playdough! Use your imagination; the possibilities are endless!

A few notes about the ingredients that I use in my playdough recipes. In my ingredients, you’ll see I list liquid oil. You can use any of your favorite liquid oils for playdough.

I like to use coconut oil because I always have it on hand but I melt it before using since it’s often in a solid state.

How to Naturally Dye Playdough

You will also see that I use natural food dyes in my playdoughs to give them a great color but you could use fruit or veggie juices in place of the water and food dye to achieve great shades as well. Think beets for red, turmeric for yellow, spinach or spirulina for green.

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Natural Christmas Playdough

Candy Cane Playdough

1 cup flour
1 cup water + natural red food dye
½ cup salt
1 Tbs cream of tartar
1 Tbs liquid oil
1-2 tsp mint extract

Eggnog Playdough

1 cup flour
1 cup water + natural yellow food dye
½ cup salt>
1 Tbs cream of tartar
1 Tbs liquid oil
2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
 

Gingerbread Playdough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1 tbs molasses
½ cup salt
1 Tbs cream of tartar
1 Tbs liquid oil
1 Tbs ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
 

Christmas Tree Playdough

1 cup flour
1 cup water + natural green food dye
½ cup salt
1 Tbs cream of tartar
1 Tbs liquid oil
5 drops pine essential oil

 
Directions: 
Place all ingredients into a pan. Stir while cooking over medium heat.
After a few minutes a ball will form.
Once the dough pulls away from the edges, your playdough is done.
Allow to cool and then knead into a ball.
Store in an air tight container.
Lasts for at least 6 months (I’ve had some playdough last for as long as 3 years!)

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