Homemade Candy Cane Playdough

Homemade Candy Cane playdough with free printable mason jar tag.

Ok its playdough time again! I made some last year too. Truthfully… I intended on making this homemade Candy Cane playdough last year but, I just didn’t get a chance to buy ‘real’ red food coloring. You need ‘real’ food coloring to get that kind of red.

These will make great gifts for kids, party favors or just fun! You’ll be able to download a mason jar tag for gifts or favors. 🙂 I saw pins on Pinterest that inspired me to make this for all the nieces & nephews.

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The recipe calls for water, flour, salt, vegetable oil, and Cream of Tartar. I was out of vegetable oil(I just dont use it much) and used olive oil instead. Worked just fine.

Of course I added a bit of glitter just like my Christmas Magic Playdough.

See the playdough recipe I used

I needed eight jars of Playdough. The recipe I linked above yields four 4oz jars. These jars are cute and a nice size for something like this, specially if using for party favors or gifts.

Ok let me just say… I tried a Candy Cane style twisting it to place in the jars but, it was a total fail! LOL. Twisted ok but, sucked to put in this size jar and just looked blobby. A pint size jar may work better for a twist.

So, instead I made playdough ‘medallions’. About 2 inches round. These mason jars have a 2.5 inch mouth and tapers slightly at the bottom.

I rolled out into a log form and cut with a knife. I had to reshape a bit after cutting.

I also added peppermint extract instead of vanilla so it smelled like a Candy Cane.

And of course I had to make a fun printable tag you can use. 😉 As you see below I printed on white and kraft card stock so do what works for you. It has a transparent background to you can print on any color.

I cut around the tags and used a hole punch and my red twine.

Just tie the tags on the jars. How cute are these?

You can see here how I stacked the ‘medallions’ to look like a Candy Cane. The kids can take out their medallions and play. 🙂

Click link below to download. PDF file.

Candy Cane Playdough Mason Jar Tags

I will note the red has bled into the white since sitting in the jars and their is a slight pink on your hands playing. Maybe I used too much food coloring or just that way it is with ‘pro’ red coloring. Ha ha. It was my first time using it.

Washed right off and its fairly faint in color so dont think their hands will be bright pink for a week! haha.

Have you made homemade playdough? If you make some and use my tags come share a picture! 🙂

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Comments (7)


    I am unable to open the Download PDF for Candy Cone Labels

    10/25/2022 at 8:19 pm Reply
  2. Brittani

    Hi – Where is the link for the PDF of the tags please?

    11/25/2019 at 4:10 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Its at the end of the post, the download link should be working now.

      11/25/2019 at 2:25 pm Reply
  3. My aunt used to make pumpkin spice play dough for halloween. I’m not sure exactly what she did to make it smell like pumpkin spice but I feel like it would be really easy to make this smell like peppermint. Then it would be a great stress reliever for adults.

    01/20/2017 at 3:25 am Reply
    • Kelly

      Ooohh that sounds ‘yummy’. I love pumpkin stuff! haha. Yes on a stress reliever! 🙂 Thanks for coming by! 😀

      01/20/2017 at 12:46 pm Reply
  4. These are beautiful and so fun! I have a couple of kids on my list this year, and now I think I know what they’re getting. One year I got them “make your own markers” and it didn’t go so well. This might be a little better! :p

    12/16/2016 at 7:10 pm Reply
    • Kelly

      Thank you. 🙂 You have to make some! The kids loved it last year. 😀

      12/16/2016 at 8:30 pm Reply
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