Easy Valentine’s Day Play Dough to make for a fun treat for friends and classmates. You can print out these Valentine’s Gift Tags to include with your packages!


Easy Recipe for Homemade Play Dough #valentinesday #valentinefavors

Valentine’s Day Play Dough Recipe

Over the weekend the kids and I started working on Valentine cards for their class parties. Throughout the years, we have exchanged many different kinds of Valentine’s Day favors, from Dollar Store character favorites to homemade varieties. If time allows, we try to make our own. I love seeing the kids pour their hearts into cards for their friends. We are always looking for non-candy options.  My preschooler and I decided on homemade play dough for his class party.  So, today,  I am sharing a Valentine’s Day play dough recipe! I’ve also created a printable gift tag that can be used to make play dough party favors.

It is super easy to make homemade play dough and once you make it once, you may never go back to store bought! It smells better and is made with all edible and non toxic ingredients. You can have so much fun with the colors and smells (using essential oils).

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

[recipe title=”Homemade Play Dough”  time=”10 mins” difficulty=”easy”]

1 Cups White Flour (I don’t recommend whole wheat as the texture will be grainy)

1/4 Cup Salt

2 rounded Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar

1 Cup Water

1 Tablespoon Canola/Coconut Oil

Food Coloring*

Essential Oil (optional)

Directions: Add all ingredients (except essential oil) into a medium saucepan on medium – low heat. Stir constantly until the consistency becomes thick and the lumps are gone. Remove from heat and let cool. Once cooled, roll out onto a lightly floured mat and knead the dough until it becomes soft. The dough should not be sticky (add a little more flour to the dough if it sticky). Be sure to keep kneading the dough until it is smooth. Add essential oil if desired (rose or cinnamon bark would smell great!)

*Gel Food Coloring is recommended for vibrant colors.


Homemade Valentine Play Dough Recipe

Some additional tips:

  • Cream of Tartar can be expensive at the grocery store, so I definitely recommend buying in bulk on Amazon or at Costco. 
  • You can double or triple the recipe –but I recommend starting with one batch the first time you make it to be sure you have the consistency just right.
  • Gel food coloring will provide the most vibrant colors. We used some of our more natural food dyes and the dough wasn’t as colorful as when I used regular/non organic food dye.

Printable Gift Tags

Once, the dough is cooled and kneaded, you can divide for individual packages. I’ve made it quick and easy for you to package these with  Valentine Printable gift tags! Use some fun twine or ribbon and plastic gift bags and you are all set! It would be super cute to include a heart shaped cookie cutter as part of the package!

Valentine Printable Gift Tags for Kids

Valentine's Day Playdough Favor Tags

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Play Dough Cards

Do you think your kids would like this play dough recipe and Valentine’s Day Play Dough Cards? If you do not want to make your own play dough, you can also buy the mini play dough containers and attach this Valentine’s Day gift tag!

Be sure to print out the cards HERE!

Looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out these posts:

Free Valentine’s Day Popcorn Printable Cards

Printable Video Game Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Hooked on You Fish Themed Cards

Valentine’s Playdough Printables

17+ Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

Heart Themed Valentine’s Breakfast



Happy Valentine’s Day! 


  1. Stephanie on February 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    My son loves making playdoh! We’re going to have to give this a try!

  2. This Messy Season on February 5, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Oh yum!! This looks so great!

  3. Nicole Banuelos on February 5, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    This sounds like so much fun! My kids love playdoh but how much cooler would it be if they could make it? lol May have to try out your recipe soon!

  4. Suzanne Hines on February 5, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    What a fabulous idea! I was just looking around for some Valentines ideas and this would be a blast to make!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rachel on February 5, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Oooh! I’ve gotta get my kids to make this with me! 🙂 They’ll LOVE it!

  6. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on February 6, 2018 at 6:04 am

    Oh my girls would LOVE this- thank you for sharing 🙂

  7. Kayla Grise on February 6, 2018 at 9:01 am

    This looks like so much fun! How adorable!

    • Jaclyn on February 8, 2018 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Kayla! Happy Valentine’s Day:)

  8. Lindsey on February 6, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    What a great idea for Valentine’s Day gifts!! Totally sharing this!!

    • Jaclyn on February 8, 2018 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Lindsey! Appreciate the share!

  9. Jennifer Maune | Maune Legacy on February 6, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    I love that it’s edible! And the gift tags are super adorable!

    • Jaclyn on February 8, 2018 at 7:27 am

      Thanks Jennifer! It smells so much better than regular Play Dough too.

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