Pumpkin Pie-Scented Play Dough Recipe

Becoming a mother made me more frugal and brought me back to basics. Fortunately, play dough is surprisingly easy to make from scratch! I love knowing what’s in it and that it is truly non-toxic, and I love experimenting with different colors and scents! I find homemade dough to be superior to store-bought. It’s smoother, smells better, and can be made in large quantities. The recipe below can be halved if you want to make a small amount of a variety of colors, or it can be doubled to make a gallon-sized bag worth. It takes about 15 minutes to make, and I recommend cleaning the pot before the dough dries in it! This recipe makes a quart-sized bag. To celebrate fall, this time I made pumpkin-pie scented orange play dough.

pumpkin pie scented orange play dough

Basic Play Dough Recipe

2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 teaspoons oil
1/2 cup salt
food coloring (follow brand directions for making orange; adjust as needed)

Pumpkin Pie-Scented Add-ons

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


Combine all ingredients in one pot. Over medium heat, stir continuously until the play dough starts to thicken. Adjust the amount of spices to suit your nose! Once the dough becomes difficult to stir, remove from heat and let cool enough until the dough can be worked by hand. Knead the dough until it is smooth (let your child help with this step!) Store the dough in a quart-sized plastic zip-top bag or other air-tight container. Keep the dough separate from any other food items and it will last for well over a month! Have fun with the recipe and experiment with different colors and spices.

Do you have a favorite fall craft or easy do-it-yourself recipe? Leave a comment!

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