Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DIY Glitter Play Dough

Abe's new found love of dinosaurs couldn't be ignored any longer. Our last bit of Play-doh (leftover from his birthday party) dried up after Abe left his "Sharp Tooth" out overnight. I kept promising we'd pick up more Play-doh at Target, but since they don't keep it in the grocery section, I kept forgetting. Luckily, we still had all the ingredients we needed to make our own play dough at home.

I followed our recipe for homemade play dough, but this time, just for fun, we added glitter. Abe enjoyed helping me, although he kept telling me the dough was "too hot," so I did all the mixing.

I bought a sample pack of glitter for a project awhile back and only used a couple colors. The packs were too small to use for most art projects but they were just right for our glittery play dough.  (We made a double batch and divided it up between 4 colors. If you're making this without the sample-sized packs, add about 1 teaspoon of glitter for each color.)

The glitter we used was the super-fine, almost powdery stuff. I think Abe thought it was powdered sugar. He was all ready to taste it!

We used gel food colors because that's what I had on hand, but I prefer to use the liquid colors when I have them. We added the glitter and a few drops of food coloring, and kneaded the dough to mix the colors in. If the colors weren't deep enough I added more food coloring.

We have a bunch of these half pint jars (that were used as part of our picnic wedding), which were the perfect size for storing our finished play dough.

We mixed together a few different colors and then started making...


He loves his dinosaurs! 

Most of the dinosaurs are pretty friendly, but sometimes they use their tails to fight off the Tyrannosaurus Rex. I would too. Apparently he eats all the Jell-o!


  1. This is very cute! I love the way you packaged it. It would be really cute as a birthday party favor.

  2. So fun :) I can't wait to make these down the line!