Calming Lavender Play-dough

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Calming lavender play-dough pin

I made a fresh batch of play-dough for spring and I decided to add some lavender essential oil. Lavender is supposed to be calming, so I thought it’d be good for Rosebud to play with in the evenings.

Ingredients to make play-dough

This time, I thought it would be fun to make the play-dough with her. I usually use the same recipe, but will switch up the food coloring, glitter, or scent. This time I used blue and red food coloring, glitter and lavender essential oil.


  • 2 cups flour,
  • 1 cup salt,
  • 2 table spoons cream of tarter,
  • 2 table spoons vegetable oil,
  • 1&1/2 cups boiling water,
  • A couple drops of glycerin to add shine,
  • A couple drops lavender essential oil,
  • Red and blue food coloring, (optional)
  • Glitter to make it sparkly, (optional)

The dry ingredients in a mixing bowl

We started with the dry ingredients which she mixed. Of course, quite a bit ended up on the counter, but it could’ve been worse.

Next, we added the wet ingredience. The water and vegetable oil. If you need a substitute, you can use coconut oil instead. I also add the drops of glycerin at this stage. This is where it starts to get clumpy.

Before you start kneeding, add your food coloring, glitter or essential oils or extract. Sometimes I use vanilla or other fruit extract to add scent. You’ll want to kneed it until it is smooth and sticks together. If it’s too wet, add flour. If it’s too dry and falling apart, add a little water until you get the desired consistency.


  • 1. Mix together dry ingredients.
  • 2. Stir in oil.
  • 3. Add water and stir until the lumps are gone and it comes together.
  • 4. Kneed. Add food coloring, scent, glitter and or glycerin at this stage.
  • 5. Store in an air tight container.

Large play-dough ball

This is the final product. As always, the texture was great and Rosebud played for quite a while, but she wouldn’t let me take pictures of her creations. I will have to sneak and try to get some next time.

Calming lavender play-dough pin

What are your favorite things to add to your play-dough? Tell me in the comments.

5 thoughts on “Calming Lavender Play-dough

  1. Jenny

    This is so much fun. My kids loved to pay with pay dough when they were little. Of course I wasn’t excited about the clean up:). I will share this with a friend who is trying to plan things to do with her granddaughters for the summer. This is perfect !

    1. The Rose Post author

      I use a tray or cookie sheet to cut down on the mess. It helps keep the crumbs contained. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Kristina

    What a great idea! I used to make play doh for my boys when they were younger and doe the kids I worked with in child care. Adding colors and scents is always fun! I am going to share this idea with my friends with little ones.

    1. The Rose Post author

      That is great that you used to make play-dough as well. I find that making your own play-dough lasts longer than the store bought version and of course you can add anything to it. Thank you for sharing the post and for leaving a comment.


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