Cute Pumpkin Spice Playdough Gifts

I was talking to a girlfriend the other day and she mentioned that her girls love playing with play dough so much that she just went out and bought a ton of Play-Doh at the store. I told her that home made play dough is much better, and I promised to make her girls a fresh batch.  I then saw on Pinterest this cute way of gifting play dough for Halloween…so I ended up making Pumpkin Spice Play dough for her girls.


For play dough recipe:

  • 2 Cups water
  • Orange food coloring (or combine yellow and red)
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Cup salt
  • 4 Tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 3 Tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 Cups of white flour

For gift bag:

  • Black sharpie
  • Green pipe cleaner or curly ribbon
  • Cellophane candy bags


First mix 2 cup of white flour, 1 cup of salt, 4 tablespoons cream of tartar, 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and 2 tablespoon oil in a pan.

Then add 2 cups of water and mix well.  Add red and yellow food coloring to make orange.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a “clump”.  Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes.

Once your play dough looks like this…break off some pieces and roll them into little balls.  How big you make them is up to you and the size of your cellophane bag.

If you are using a pipe cleaner, cut it in half, and then curl it around a pencil.  Slide it off the pencil and then twist it around the cellophane bag.

Take your black sharpie and draw a jack-o-lantern face on it.  This is a fun little alternative to give out at classroom Halloween parties, rather than giving kids sugary treats.

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