Monday, January 18, 2010

Play Doh Valentines

Update!  This project was featured on Craft Gossip this afternoon!  Thanks so much!

One of my fondest memories as a kid was when my Mum would make home-made play doh.  I would always get to choose the color, and help knead it once it was cool enough.

(Yup, that's me as a tot!)

I always giggle when I see those teeny tiny tubs of play doh you can buy en masse for Valentines and Halloween treats because I know it is sooo quick, easy and cheap to make.

Here's how you can make your own play doh Valentines for the kiddos to take to school and pass out to friends, without breaking your budget...

Play Doh Valentines

2 cups plain flour
1 cup salt
2 cups water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tsp cream of tartar
food coloring

(super easy) Directions

Combine all ingredients in a medium to large pan over low heat. 
 Stir!  It's a good arm workout!

Add food coloring and continue to stir until mixture leaves the sides of the pan, like so...

Remove from heat.  Wait a couple of minutes to cool, then knead in your color thoroughly.

I nabbed these little heart containers at the dollar store - I think there were 10 per bag.  Put a little play doh in each, and there you have it!

And yes, you will start to see an obnoxious amount of hearts, pink and red fonts, and all kinds of Valentines-ish projects around here in the next couple of weeks.  I just can't help myself! 


Meg@MegaCrafty said...

These are so cute!!!!

Jeanette said...

This is so cute, I am forwarding it to several friends with play dough age children. Thanks

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Millennium Housewife said...

Bowl haircuts were so The Thing weren't they. And the tracksuit? Nothing comes to mind girl except you must've rocked!

Lindsey Wolfe said...

Love it Joanne! I'm going to make some for Logan to take on Valentine's day to school! So cute!

How many of those containers does one batch of play doh fill?


Joanne said...

Oh man, it makes a BIG batch! I believe there are 12 tubs per pack, and I would guess you could fill AT LEAST 24 of them with one batch... probably more!

Resh Rene` said...

How cute, what a great idea! I've got boys, and they are always blah over exchanges valentines, I think they would LOVE this. And it's so thrifty...which works for me cause I'm a cheapo.bahaha

Stopping by from SITS..I love your blog!

Shell said...

What a cute idea! I'm going to have to check the dollar store to see if I can find containers like those.

I don't know why, but I can't see anyone's "follow" button today. Someimes google friend does work for me. I want to follow and see more of your projects!

Anonymous said...

Stopping from SITS! What a great idea!

M.E. Greene said...

Homemade playdough rocks! I used to make this all the time for my kids until I found out that my oldest is allergic to gluten. Ugh! I think this is an excellent idea for Valentines!

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Shear brilliance! What a wonderful idea! I will be adding this to my late winter notebook. Thank you!!!


Joanne said...

Thanks everyone!

Lindsey Wolfe said...

Hey Joanne - which of the Dollar Stores did you guy those hearts at? I went to the regular Dollar Store by my house, but they didn't have any. Maybe Dollar General or a different one? I figured I would just ask you rather than drive all over Ypsi/Ann Arbor looking for some! Thanks!

Joanne said...

Hi Lindsey! I found mine at The Dollar Tree... but I also saw them last night at Michaels!