Haute House Kids - Valentine's Day craft idea: homemade playdough gift bags

Looking for a fun Valentine’s Day craft idea? This colorful, fun homemade playdough kit takes about 20 minutes start to finish and my kids loved it! Plus it’s a great idea for birthday party favors, playdate project or anytime really! The process includes buying all of the items you need, making the playdough, coloring the gift bags, tying the bag closed and adding a finishing touch. We used a silk flowers as our “finishing touch,” but you could choose anything to dress it up! Here it goes:

Making the playdough

*Note cut in half if you don’t want a huge amount

Ingredients: flour, water, cream of tarter, salt, vegetable or canola oil, and food coloring. Optional: essential oils.

  • In a 2 quart saucepan, add 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter and 1/3 cup of salt. Salt is the key to keep your playdough from sticking and preserves it.

  • Add 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon of oil

  • Turn your burner on medium/low and stir. It will be lumpy – no worries

  • Keep stirring until it gets a little solid. It will take anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes.

  • Now add food coloring (If you forget to add at this step, you can also do it once it’s done in a ziploc bag, it just might be slightly harder to mix in.)

  • Keep stirring – it’s likely still lumpy and that’s okay.

  • Once the dough starts gathering together around the spoon you know it’s done - about 1 min.

  • Remove the playdough and put it on wax paper or a plate to cool.

  • While your playdough is cooling, the perfect thing to do next is decorate your brown sandwich bags (the gift bag!). We love these ones but use whatever you prefer.

  • Once cooled, kneed it for any lumps and to get the consistency you want and add in 1-2 drops of essential oil if you are choosing to make it scented.

  • Now it’s time to divide up the playdough. For this craft idea we love to use these little slime containers for storage, but most airtight containers or Ziploc bags work too.

  • Finally, seal your brown bag with twine or a ribbon, add your finishing touch and voila. Most permanent botanicals (silk flowers) can be found at Michael’s or any craft store. Or if you are gifting that day, try fresh flowers like carnations or daisies.


Marsha Hunt