Valentines Day Play Dough Recipe. Looking for a craft to do with kids for Valentines day? Maybe your making play dough as a Valentine. You'll love this kid friendly and edible play dough recipe.

Valentine’s Day Play Dough

Well, Christmas has been over for a while and I’m thoroughly bummed.  I love all the decorations and baking that come with the holidays and it’s always hard for me to let go of the season.  For that reason I’m throwing myself deep into Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras prep.

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In order to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit and get out of my Christmas slump, I enjoy putting together Valentine’s Day play dough. I started making this 5 years ago when Robert was tiny, and I still make it every year.

This Valentine’s Day play dough recipe is cheap, easy, fun and only takes a few minutes.  Paired with some heart shaped cookie cutters, it is absolutely adorable.  This would make a great DIY Valentine’s Day gift for a class party or play group.  This is the same recipe I used for the fall play dough with a few changes.

How to make Valentine’s Day Play Dough

Valentine’s Day Play Dough Recipe

Valentine’s Day Play Dough Recipe


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 Tablespoon red glitter
  • 3 Tablespoons oil (I use coconut oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • red food coloring


  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a bowl. Boil the water and add 10-15 drops of red food coloring once boiling. Stir well. Mix together and let sit for 10-30 minutes.
  2. Tip: if it seems too sticky, keep adding cream of tartar and flour until you get the consistency you prefer. Sometimes I need more, other times I need less. I think the humidity has a lot to do with it.
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Valentines Day Play Dough Ingredients

 Our last batch lasted 4 months!  I store mine in a glass container and I think that is why it lasted so long.

Valentines Day play dough recipe for toddlers

If you can’t tell, Robert loved his “dough” when he was a toddler. He asked for it at least once a day and it entertained him for a while.

I like that I’m not too afraid to leave my kids alone with it.  Sure, the glitter can’t be awesome on the stomach, but no one has died from glitter yet, have they?  You’ve seen glitter pills, right?  This is the same concept.

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While my kids love to smell it, I haven’t caught them eating it yet.

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How to get play dough out of your carpet

You should know that this comes right out of the carpet if you let it dry.

That is the trick: Let. It. Dry.  

Don’t rub it in.

Trust me on this one.  I may have had a few pink areas in our carpet for a couple of days. I use this particular upholstery cleaner for my carpets.

What do you need for homemade play dough?

Of course you need flour, salt, cream of tartar, glitter, coconut oil, water and food coloring, but you also need a few more things. I love these cookie cutters below!


As far as food coloring goes, you know I’m not a fan of artificial food coloring (learn more about it here). I love this all natural food coloring pictured below for homemade play dough.


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