Make Your Own Gold Treasure Pirate Playdough Recipe {Fun Crafts With Mom}

Anyone else have the winter blues? We’re dying here in Massachusetts. It’s snowing here pretty much everyday and every storm that comes drops 18 inches at a time. Sawyer is starting to get bored with some toys and I’ve been looking for ideas to grab his attention, this pirate playdough recipe was it!

Make Your Own Gold Treasure Pirate Playdough

It’s been a long time since I made my own playdough but thought I’d give it a try again but this time give it a new spin. Sawyer’s third birthday is just around the corner and we’re looking to make it pirate themed and thought I’d try out a possible party craft for all the kids to play with. This playdough recipe was always my favorite because I didn’t have to cook it. Just put all the ingredients in one bowl and mix. That’s it!

Pirate Playdough

Simple but effective. Sawyer thinks it’s so much fun. We made it over a week ago and we’ve been playing with it daily. I can’t wait to make more now.

Sawyer loves homemade playdough

The ingredients needed are likely ones you already have in your kitchen. If not, all of them are available in all grocery related type stores. Here’s our pirate playdough recipe!

Ingredients Needed:

Combine flour, salt, cream of tarter & oil in bowl. Then add in boiling water and stir. I start with a spoon but I quickly change over to using my hands to knead it all together. It will come together in just a matter of minutes.  Once you have your plain colored playdough you can add in the food coloring. I added about 25 drops of color to get started. If you don’t wear gloves note that you will stain your hands in this process. Once it’s fully blended I pressed it out and added about 10 more drops of color and added glitter. I’d then fold it in half and knead until blended. Repeat until you reach the color and glitter consistency you prefer. I did one more additional time after that.

*roughly 35-40 drops of food coloring and 2-3 teaspoons of glitter

Make Your Own pirate playdough recipe

Once you’re done the playdough is ready to be played with!

Sawyer's Homemade Pirate Playdough

Sawyer has had an absolute blast playing with it! His favorite is to use a plastic knife with one of his forks and he practices his cutting. He also has playdough scissors, some mickey mouse cookie cutters, and some large jewels he likes to use when playing.

When not in use keep in an air tight container. We used a zip close plastic bag. Will stay good for 1-2 months.


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  1. vickie couturier says

    my grandsons would like this too,they love playdough,but their mom wont allow them to have it at her house,so they can play with it at my house,i have hard wood floors not carpet so it cant get stuck in the carpet

  2. Nicole Dz says

    Homemade play doh is so much better the store bought, we do this with our kids and they use simple cookie cutters to for shapes. You can even make it edible.

  3. AD46241 says

    wow the recipe is so easy to make and i can make it with my kids too. My kids love craft work as they are always intrested in anything i do 🙂

  4. I love that you don’t have to cook the playdough! I have always hated that step. Does this recipe get pretty oily?

  5. Julie Wood says

    I have to get my son to try this out! He would be excited to make this fun Pirate Playdough! It looks easy to make and thanks for sharing this fun craft!

  6. Natalie Brown says

    This is such a simple recipe! I like that you added the glitter too. This would be a great project with my grandson. Thanks for the inspiration! “Pinned” 🙂

  7. kymi a says

    Wow what kid don’t like to get their hands dirty & have fun!. I know our kids would love to make their own, plus love this will last 1-2 months in a plastic bag. Thank you for sharing, saving money and have a blast with our kids. Perfect combo.

  8. Messy Momma says

    I made this recipe and it was really sticky. Took me a long time to correct it!

    • We use this recipe as our base for all our play doughs,and have this exact playdough still and it’s not sticky for me. I’d definitely give it another try.

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