DIY playdough recipe with printable gift tag.

Christmas Magic Playdough Recipe

More goodies for my nephews Christmas gifts! Christmas Magic Playdough Im calling it! I Pinterest searched and read over about 5-6 or recipes.

I used The Imagination Trees playdough recipe minus the Glycerin. I wasn’t cooking it so I used hers! Ha ha.

I actually already had Blueberry Pie Moonshine cooking while I made the dough anyways.. Post on that soon! 🙂 I make 99% of my holiday gifts.



2 cups flour

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar (optional)

3/4- 1.5 cup hot water, add as needed

1 Tbs of Vanilla (optional)

2 Tbs of glitter (optional)

Add all the dry together then add water. Mix and kneed until its playdough like.

Her recipe called for 1-1.5 cups boiling water added as needed. I went all gung ho and added a cup of hot tap water, my tap gets super hot.

I had to add about another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of flour to get the desired texture. I added 3/4-1.5 cups for the water to the recipe.

I didn’t add any food coloring, The glitter gives it the ‘magic’. I actually made this ‘Christmas’ mix last year for a mason jar. Some red and iridescent glitter.

There is a bit of others in there…


I added the vanilla just so it would smell nice, smells like a cookie and looks like one! We could call it Christmas cookie playdough too.

Add any extract for scent. I read you could use Kool-Aid for color and scent too.

I probably added about a  2 tablespoons or so of glitter. I threw a sprinkle of green in as well.

From what I read the Cream of Tartar can be optional, it helps with longevity so it lasts longer. You can totally rock out this playdough recipe without it.


I made four half pint mason jars, I needed four for gifts so this recipe worked perfect! I just rolled into a ball then worked into about the size and shape of the jar and plopped it in.

I made a cute mason jar tag you can download if you want to make Christmas magic playdough! 🙂 Use a hole punch for the twine.


You can print this on kraft paper too, the file is transparent. Use any colors, nine tags. Cut them out or just leave squared. I cut them into the shape this time.

Download your tags: Playdough tags KA Styles. Standard size paper PDF format.


The finished jar. The kids will love it, they are at the I love playdough age! Gatta make all these fun crafts while they still like it! LOL. They will get to a point when mason jars are not ‘cool’ anymore! ha ha.

DIY playdough recipe with printable gift tag.

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Comments (15)

  1. Nina

    Play dough lasts longer in the fridge

    12/11/2022 at 8:28 am Reply
  2. Nadia

    The idea of the playdough in jars is wonderful to give as a Christmas gift for kids. Specially for the Christmas break.

    12/06/2020 at 10:14 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      It is, so easy to make too. I used it as gifts years back.

      12/07/2020 at 3:31 am Reply
  3. Jen

    Can another oil, such as olive, be substituted?

    12/10/2019 at 9:14 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      I would think so. Ive only tried it this way.

      12/24/2019 at 1:52 am Reply
  4. Sara

    This looks really fun! How long will the play dough last? Does it dry out quick like salt dough? Or will it not dry out as long as it’s in the jar?

    11/06/2019 at 7:48 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      It can dry out but not as fast if sealed in the jar after use.

      11/25/2019 at 2:29 pm Reply
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      Do it, it was such an easy and quick gift to make! They love it. 🙂 Im making a different batch this year. I’ll post it soon! 😀

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