Homemade St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Gold Play Dough {Fun Crafts with Mom}

We have been loving making play dough around here. We love how long it lasts when we make it and the boys have really had such a fun time playing with it. We’ve been wanting to see all the different kinds of ways we can make playdough. In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day around the corner I thought I’d we’d make a fun Leprechaun Gold Play Dough.

Homemade St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Gold Play Dough {Fun Crafts with Mom}

Making play dough is super simple. Way easier than I thought it would be. This recipe doesn’t even call for you to cook it on the stove top like many do.


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.

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I normally just use food coloring to dye my play dough but I had used all my green food dye when I was making my Rainbow Rice and forgot to buy more. I already had the boys at the table with promises of green play dough and had to come up with something. Luckily, I remembered I had frosting dye and in future I will stick to it. It took very little gel to make a great color and there are so many more color options available.

After I added the green coloring I added the glitter one by one. I found kneading the dough on a cutting board was the very best way to fully blend both color and glitter. I would knead out the glitter and then add what I needed to the center, fold it over, then knead until blended. Repeat until color or glitter consistency reached.

Homemade St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Gold Play Dough {Fun Crafts with Mom}

We made pirate play dough a month ago and it’s still really nice so we added some chunky glitter to it and together we had our St. Patrick’s day colors. We were really happy with how it turned out! Now we have leprechaun gold play dough!

Homemade St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Gold Play Dough {Fun Crafts with Mom}

To make Leprechaun gold we rolled the play dough and then used a knife to slice it.

Homemade St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Gold Play Dough {Fun Crafts with Mom}

Sawyer is loving how to use a knife and it’s currently his favorite play dough tool. With my older boys I always found it hard to teach how to use a knife and the safety of it all while figuring out how to eat too and this has been a great way for him to just concentrate on the use of the knife. Of course, I still stay close and supervise.

Homemade St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Gold Play Dough {Fun Crafts with Mom}

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Homemade St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Gold Play Dough

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  1. http://Natalie says

    My kids would enjoy making these cookies. they love playing with colors.

  2. http://Sarah%20L says

    Wish I’d had this recipe 40 years ago. Much better than buying playdo.

  3. http://vickie%20couturier says

    interesting,,how do you get that stuff off the floors and carpets,,my grandkids would love this but I dont want playdough everywhere

    • http://Jennifer says

      We play on a large cutting board at the kitchen table. It’s not allowed anywhere else.

  4. says

    We love making play dough too! Love how glittery it is 😉

  5. says

    My daughter would LOVE this! So festive for St Patty’s Day!

  6. http://Cynthia%20R says

    I’ve never made homemade play dough before, thanks for the helpful recipe! I love the way play dough smells!

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