Naturally Coloured Play Dough

I found this fabulous recipe for using natural dyes to make play dough on www.minieco.co.uk and just had to share it! The recipe itself is the same one that I have been using for about 14 years now, but making natural food colouring for play dough is something that I haven’t tried yet (I cheat and buy natural food colouring from the shop). I’m definitely giving this one a go…

Kate from minieco.co.uk’s fantastic play dough!

First you will need to make your natural dye solution:

Raspberries & Strawberries

Put a big handful of raspberries and strawberries along with a cup of water in a pan. Bring to the boil then gently simmer on stove for 20 minutes (until liquid has reduced to about half). Once cooled pour through sieve then follow playdough recipe below

Rose petals

Roughly tear up the petals from about six red roses and put in pan with a cup of water. Bring to the boil then gently simmer on stove for 20 minutes (until liquid has reduced to about half). Once cooled pour through sieve then follow playdough recipe below.

Beetroot

Chop up one medium sized beetroot and put in pan with a cup of water. Bring to the boil then gently simmer on stove for 10 minutes. Once cooled pour through sieve then follow playdough recipe below.

Blueberries

Put a big handful of blueberries and a cup of water in a pan. Bring to the boil then gently simmer on stove for 20 minutes (until liquid has reduced to about half). Once cooled pour through sieve then follow playdough recipe below.

Turmeric

Put approx two teaspoons of turmeric in a pan with a cup of water. Bring to the boil then gently simmer on stove for 20 minutes (until liquid has reduced to about half). Once cooled pour through sieve and follow the recipe below.

Oak tree bark

Put a big handful of oak tree bark in a pan with a cup of water (its best not to take it directly from the tree – if you scout around you will find plenty on the ground). Bring to the boil then gently simmer on stove for 20-30 minutes (until liquid has reduced to about half). Once cooled pour through sieve then follow playdough recipe below.

Playdough recipe

½ cup of flour
½ cup of dyed water
¼ cup of salt
½ tbsp cream of tartar
½ tbsp cooking oil

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a medium or large pot
  • Put the pot on a medium to low heat and keep stirring until mixture forms a ball. Don’t worry if it sticks to the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • Allow it to cool a little then knead it on a well floured bench or chopping board.
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