playdough recipe
Crafts,  Kids

Playdough Recipe: Scented & Long Lasting

Something that my daughter and I love to do together is not only create with playdough, but actually make the playdough ourselves. I like knowing exactly what is in the playdough recipe, and the ingredients are safely edible.  Is there a kid who has never tried to eat playdough? Probably not. So by making your own, you know what your kid is eating if they decide to do some munching. If they decide to give it a taste, worst case scenario is they may guzzle some water afterward since the salt content is off the charts. Another reason we love to make our own is that we can add our own scents, using essential oils (EO). These are some of our favorites:

  • Red playdough – scented with peppermint EO
  • Green playdough – scented with spearmint EO
  • Brown playdough – scented with cedar wood EO
  • Pink playdough – scented with rose EO
  • Yellow playdough – scented with lemon EO
  • Orange playdough – scented with orange EO

I have used this playdough recipe for over 3 years, and the stuff lasts better than store-bought. All you need is a stove, a pan, a wooden spoon, and the following ingredients:

  • 1 c water
  • 1 c flour
  • 1/4 c salt
  • 3 t white vinegar
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • 5 drops of food coloring
  • 5-8 drops of essential oil (optional)

Add everything to your pan and stir it up enough to combine. Once it is the color you want, turn on the burner to medium-high heat and stir constantly. It will magically turn into playdough consistency within seconds. Ta da! You’re done. Make sure you cool it before handing it over to the super excited kiddo of yours. Endless amounts of inexpensive fun. It’s a win.


Brittin Schumaker is a mom, a blogger, and a small business owner. During the day she picks up toys and is a made-to-order chef for two amazing girls and a sweet baby boy. At night she sells LuLaRoe at, and she blogs at When she sees her husband, they either fall asleep or fall madly in love again.


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