Craft Recipes

Craft recipes are a must-have for those who enjoy crafting with their kids. We used to buy things like play dough at the shop but have really started to enjoy making our own. 

Especially my younger son tends to put everything into his mouth, so I am looking for "edible" crafts. Making your own crafting material will ensure that you know what's in it for sure!

We've put together some recipes for play dough, salt dough, finger paint, slime and will keep adding!

As these are all recipes using natural ingredients and no preservatives, they will not last forever and you should check regularly that they haven't gone off. Store them in airtight containers in the fridge if possible. Half of the fun, however, is making a new batch!

Play dough - version 1

  • 1kg flour
  • 1/2 kg salt
  • 5 tablespoons of oil
  • 3 tablespoons of citric acid
  • food colours
  • ~ 1.5l hot water


  1. Stir oil and citric acid into hot water until it is disolved
  2. Mix flour, salt and food colour and mix into the liquid - it should still be hot
  3. Knead it to a soft dough


Tip:
Should you want to make batches of different colours, add the food colours last
if you use liquid food colours, the result will be better if you add it to the water before stiring in the dry ingredients

Put it into airtight containers to keep fresh for longer!

Play dough - version 2

  • 15 tablespoons of flour
  • 15 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 250 ml water
  • food colours


  1. Mix the flour and the salt
  2. Add the oil
  3. Add the water and knead until it's a soft dough
  4. Add the food colours


Tip:
If you want to make different colours, seperate the play dough before you add the food colour.
Store in an airtight container to keep it fresh for longer!

Finger paint

  • 100 ml water
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • food colours


1. mix the water and the flour
2. add the food colour
3. fill into airtight containers

Borax free slime

  • 3 tablespoons powdered fibre (psyllium hydrophilic mucilloid as the active ingredient)
  • 220ml water
  • food colour


1. Mix the powdered fibre and the water, then add the food colour
2. Bring to the boil
3. Let it cool down and fill into airtight containers

Salt dough

Salt dough is a very popular one in my family - I remember crafting with my mum for Christmas and Easter. We've got a seperate page on how to make salt dough here!

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