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Have some fun with your kids this holiday making Snowball Playdough! This homemade playdough recipe is easy and great for party favors or stocking stuffers. The printable tag is great for adding to packages for neighborhood or classroom gifts. If you’ve ever wondered how to make playdough for your kids, I’m going to show you how!

This post has been updated from 2013.

Glittery Snowball Playdough! Homemade playdough recipe. How to make playdough.

On a recent rainy day, my kids were going crazy having to be cooped up inside, so I thought I’d make them some playdough. I haven’t made homemade playdough for some time, not since my preschool teaching days, in fact. But the recipe is so incredibly easy that pretty much anyone can make it.


Since we were having our snow party the next day, I thought it would be perfect to make some snowball playdough, and make enough for each of the kids to take home a little jar of dough and  a snowflake cookie cutter!

My kids had fun playing with the leftovers – it’s really a great rainy day activity, especially if they have a part in making it. I put enough of the dough for each of them on cookie sheets to help contain the mess in my dining room. My daughter, no joke, sat at the table for two and a half hours playing with her little tray.

kids playing with playdough.


  • All-purpose flour
  • Cream of Tartar – This is an acid and is acts as a stabilizer, thickening the dough.
  • Vegetable oil
  • Salt – Yes, there is an obscene amount of salt in the recipe, but it is a preservative that keeps bacteria from growing.
  • Water
  • Add-ins: glitter, food coloring, scented oils or extracts


Playdough is made in a pot on the stove, cooked at a medium heat to form the dough. It can also be cooked in an electric griddle (as I recall from my preschool teacher days!).

  1. Start by mixing the first five ingredients together in a large, 5 quart pot.
  2. Once the mixture is combined, continue to stir often with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula.
  3. Once the mixture is thickened and no longer seem “wet,” transfer the dough to a flat surface. If you are adding food coloring or extracts, do that before removing the playdough from the pot. I recommend using a silicone spatula to avoid color transfer with food coloring. It will be hot, so you’ll want to let it cool for several minutes after which time you can begin kneading it and adding the glitter.

Playdough is one of those versatile recipes that you can change up to suit your tastes. (Just remember that this particular recipe is NOT edible. There are several edible dough recipes out there, but this ain’t it!). To the basic white dough recipe, I added a splash of vanilla for a yummy scent, and some white, iridescent glitter, but you can add other scented extracts, like Peppermint, or Kool-Aid for color and scent, or food coloring.


Cream of Tartar is an acid that works as a stabilizer. You can replace this with 3 tablespoons of lemon juice or leave it out completely.


Store your dough in an airtight container or zip-top bag. It will last seemingly forever with proper storage. Do have your kids wash their hands before playing with it to avoid spreading germs.

Glittery Snowball Playdough! This homemade playdough recipe is easy and great for party favors or stocking stuffers, neighborhood or classroom gifts too!

homemade playdough in a jar with a free gift tag,

Here’s the free printable tag so you can make your own homemade playdough gift!

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Homemade playdough recipe:

A jar of snowball playdough

Glittery Snowball Playdough

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Have some fun with your kids this holiday making Snowball Playdough! This homemade playdough recipe is easy and great for party favors or stocking stuffers. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5 cups


  • Saucepan
  • Wooden spoon


  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup iridescent glitter
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  • Mix all ingredient in a 5 quart pot over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until mixture is a thick dough consistency, and no longer sticky. Scoop out on a cookie sheet to cool before playing with it.
  • *Add glitter after the dough is cool: Flatten playdough into a 1/2-inch disk. Top with glitter, then knead until glitter is evenly mixed throughout the playdough.



  1. Feel free to experiment with different colors of glitter.
  2. For different colors of playdough, add food coloring during the cooking process. (It's not fun to knead the food coloring in with your hands - you'll end up with very colorful hands!).
  3. Experiment with scents by adding extracts to your playdough. Again, this is better to do during the cooking process so it can be evenly distributed.
  4. Please note that while the basic recipe (sans glitter) is not toxic, it should not be eaten.
Keyword cooked playdough, DIY playdough, snowball playdough

Nutritional Disclaimer Kristin Maxwell of "Yellow Bliss Road" is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. For accurate calorie counts and other nutritional values, we recommend running the ingredients through your preferred online nutritional calculator. Calories and other nutritional values can vary depending on which brands were used.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Ellie says:

    What kind of jars did you use?

    1. Kristin says:

      I used 4-ounce ball jars.

  2. Jan Lasater says:

    I made this playdough with my students in my class! We had so much fun!

    1. Kristin says:

      Thank you Jan! and thanks for sharing your experience!

  3. Aneen says:

    HI, love this it is such a great gift idea for my kids to give their friends. I can’t seem to download the tag, I click on the yellow download square but nothing happens.

    1. Kristin says:

      There was a glitch but it’s fixed now. Thanks for letting me know!

      1. Aneen says:

        Ah got it thank you so much

        1. Kristin says:

          You’re welcome Aneen!

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