There are those of us who are of the opinion that if you can add glitter to it, you probably should. Then there are the rest of you!
I firmly believe that there is nothing wrong with taking something ordinary and adding sparkle when the mood strikes you and boy did the mood strike me as I set out to whip up some playdough for the kid. There I was kneading the dough as my eyes wandered over to my open craft box from a failed attempt at a reindeer earlier. The glitter was practically begging to be used. I wondered briefly “Can you add glitter to playdough?”. Before giving it a second thought, I dumped it in. It was delightful! You would think that the glitter would go everywhere and leave a sparkle trail wherever it went but it doesn’t. Sure, there is the odd shine here and there but is this really the worst thing in the world? No it is not.
The real reason that most of you probably stumbled upon this post is the promise of no bake playdough. I will admit that there was heavy skepticism from the traditional playdough makers (this would be my Mother in Law) but this stuff really is great. The texture is fabulous, you do not have to stir a pot over heat and if you don’t have cream of tartar in the cupboard, you don’t even need to leave the house (for the record, I never have cream of tartar in the cupboard when I think I might need it). This can be whipped up in a matter of minutes and handed to the fussing child quickly. It might not last for years but realistically this kind of dough has a limited shelf life anyway before it begins to collect hair and bits of God knows what. I am more than happy to whip some up more frequently, keep it in the fridge and then throw it out in a few weeks when it starts to get gross. If you agree, keep reading.
Here is what you are going to need for the dough:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fine glitter (or any glitter really)
a few drops of food colouring
frequently the flour, salt and glitter in a bowl. Add the oil and then gently start adding the water. You might not need the whole 1/2 cup and so start slow. As the dough comes together you can add some food colouring to bring it to a colour that you like. It will be a little clumpy at this point but turn it out onto the counter and begin the knead it. Continue to knead until the dough becomes smooth and is not the least bit sticky. You will know when you have it because it will feel like traditional playdough.
Because this is a quick dough, make sure to store it in an airtight container when not in use. I put mine in the fridge just to give it a little extra shelf life.
Voila! The perfect quick project for a kid who loves a bit of creativity and a Mom who loves a bit of sparkle. When we finally looked up from playing with this stuff, the toddler had moved on to something else and there were 3 adults sitting around playing with playdough. I guess that we never quite grow up all the way.