Herbal Play Dough

Torey Posts: 5,520 admin
edited November 2022 in DIY Tutorials


  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,230 ✭✭✭✭

    @torey thank you for the play dough recipe. I have 5 great grandchildren and their mom might appreciate it for the kids to have something to do.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,378 admin

    I saw this recipe too! Soon enough I be making play dough once again.

  • SuperC
    SuperC Posts: 916 ✭✭✭✭

    The recipe. Sounds delicious enough to gobble up after moulding and shaping, playing with it.

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 995 ✭✭✭✭

    I love how this is no-cook and non-toxic. This could be a great way to have kids make ornaments for the holidays :)

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Oooo a recipe that's no-cook. Thanks so much for sharing, @torey. I'd love to try a new recipe.😊

  • water2world
    water2world Posts: 1,098 ✭✭✭✭

    @torey Thanks Torey! I don't have any young ones around, but I may just make some and fun! lol

    Good for you, teaching at a Mom & Tots playgroup!

  • Linda Bittle
    Linda Bittle Posts: 1,503 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Oooh! No kids here, but I'm gonna make some for me!

  • SuperC
    SuperC Posts: 916 ✭✭✭✭

    These colors would also be great for coloring Easter eggs. So, I’ll be trying them out next Spring!

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,520 admin

    So here are my first colours.

    These are the amounts of colourants that I used:

    2 tsp spirulina powder for a dark forest green

    2 tsp turmeric powder for a deep golden yellow

    2 tsp hibiscus powder for a dark red (almost purple tones in it)

    4 tsp cocoa powder for a medium brown

    1 Tbsp crushed butterfly pea flowers in ½ cup of boiling water. Steep and strain. Use ⅓ cup boiling tea (instead of boiling water) to make purple

    These were all the colours I had at home. I was hoping for more of a blue colour with the butterfly pea flowers but this is a nice shade of purple. I found another recipe using red cabbage and baking soda to make a blue shade. I'm going to get beet powder next time I go to town. Coffee might make a darker brown. I think Matcha would give a nice pale green. Of course, we could blend these, too. The hibiscus (or beet) mixed with the turmeric might give a nice orange shade.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions besides what was listed in the article?

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,378 admin

    @torey Nice colors!

    For icing, we use:

    Green: liquid chlorophyll...We've not tried spinach yet (which would not work in this case unless dried...possibly). I think spirulina powder needs to go on my list!

    Pink: concentrated beet or hibiscus water. You are getting red though...I'm amazed, but using powder instead of liquid is likely key. It would most likely be similar with beet powder.

    Purple: Red cabbage will give a purple

    Steel blue: the baking powder added to the cabbage water gives a steel blue (pretty!). This will be used on the larger steel portions for the firetruck cake.

    Turmeric for yellow.

    Gold can be made with turmeric with a touch of cocoa.

    An extra dark cocoa (the stuff we found at Bulk Barn is almost black) would give very close to a black shade. It worked well for giving a black look to a construction tape pattern in our cake.

    Blueberry powder most likely would give a purple instead of blue.

    Mixing is a great idea, and how wonderful these would be for the senses!

    I can't remember any others right now, but I do think there are more!

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,520 admin

    @LaurieLovesLearning Now that you mention it, I think I have seen that extra dark cocoa that is almost black. I'll have to look for it next time I am in town.

    I'm having red cabbage for dinner tonight so it will be cooked for a little longer than I normally would to get a better colour for the play dough.

    Overall, I am pretty pleased with this batch of colours and surprised at how bright they turned out.

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 2,026 ✭✭✭✭✭

    What a cool idea. I see there are some powders I need to add to my kitchen.

  • water2world
    water2world Posts: 1,098 ✭✭✭✭
    edited February 19


    Thanks for this info. I love the colors that you ended up with--so rich and vibrant!

    I couldn't help but chuckle that your cabbage will be cooked a little longer---just for play dough color!

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,378 admin

    This is concentrated cabbage juice

    This is the same color added to icing. The first one is cabbage. The second one is with a little baking soda before it sits (it changes if it sits). Third is after it sits for a while. The third one is a bit more green than the camera picked up. You add the baking soda depending on what color you want.

  • Monek Marie
    Monek Marie Posts: 3,535 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Natural coloring is so fun to play with. The colors can be so stunning.

    I use natural colorings as a watercolor for a very natural look. It's great for outdoor landscapes.

  • Cornelius
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    I wonder if there is a way to tweak the recipe to make them into cookies? Play with it with clean cookie cutters and then bake to eat.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,378 admin

    @Monek Marie Do you use anything to make sure that the colors don't fade?

    @Cornelius I think you would just have to make colored sugar cookies!

    The thing with some natural colors in baking, they turn brownish instead of keeping the color. It's a matter of chemistry to get cakes to keep their color...acids & bases if I remember correctly. Years ago, I found a blogger who was experimenting with this. I would think if that particular site/page can't be found, someone else has most likely documented their experimentation with natural colors in baking.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,520 admin

    I tried the blue one. It was a kind of steel blue when I made it but the next morning it had changed to more of a greenish aqua blue. The addition of the baking soda made it a bit soft so I added more flour.

    @LaurieLovesLearning I found the black cocoa. I have tried anything with it yet, though.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,378 admin

    @torey We found that the "juice", left out, turned the aqua greenish-blue shade, but the color in the icing stayed constant. My camera will not show the color correctly, so I have no pictures.

    I think a mixture of different shades of this could be interesting if one had to ice a cake with waves.

    I will be interested in how the black cocoa may or may not differ from using it in cake or icing.

  • marjstratton
    marjstratton Posts: 1,132 ✭✭✭✭

    Wow, that's cool. I made play dough for my kids when they were young, but it wasn't very safe as I remember it. This sounds so much better. May have to see if my kids would like the recipe to make for their kids.