DIY Essential Oil Play Dough for Kids

June 28, 2016

DIY Essential Oil play dough / modeling clay by Edens Garden

Do your kids appreciate essential oils, as much as you do? Maybe they’re not quite there yet. So why not get them involved with your love for all things oily by making your own play dough with them! Not only is the process easy, but the product is so much fun. Your kids will learn to love essential oils as they let their creativity flow, with inspiring oils like Lavender, Wild Orange, and Lemon. Making your own play dough with the kids is sure to become a family tradition.

What you need:

1 c. Salt

1/3 c. Water

1/2 c. Cornstarch

1/4 c. Cold Water

Natural Color Dyes, like these.

3 drops of Lavender, Wild Orange, or Lemon (choose one oil per clay)


Details, Details:

  1. Stir salt into water on a saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. The mixture should end up looking snowy and be on the dryish side. You wont see excess liquid after the 5 minutes if you’ve got your proportions right.
  2. Remove from heat. Add in cornstarch, and cold water. Stir a little, then separate the dough into 3 portions for your 3 color/oil varieties. Add in your kid friendly essential oil of choice and dye per portion. Then stir each until smooth.
    Marbling Tip: to get our marbeled effect, wait till the end when the dough is already made and smooth to add the dyes. Add drops here and there and then twist the dough to integrate the color. Remold the dough in your hands to smooth it back out, and voila!
  3. Allow clay to cool.
  4. Once cool, break out the cookie cutters and have fun!

*Store in airtight container, and place in fridge. Modeling Clay should last 1-2 weeks. Aroma may dissipate over time.

*Please supervise children when handling the playdough, and ensure they don’t consume the product.


  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Kim! Table salt works great in this recipe.

    On August 25, 2016

  • kim says...

    What type of salt do you recommend?

    On August 24, 2016

  • Jorge Ericks says...

     To start, mix the flour, salt, and cream of tarter in a large bowl.  Combine the essential oil of choice with the vegetable oil and stir into the dry ingredients.  Bring your water to a boil.  Add any food coloring to the water and then add about 1 cup of the water, stir and slowly add the remaining water until the play dough reaches the perfect consistency and then knead the dough until smooth.  Store your dough in a ziploc bag or air tight container.

    On August 03, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Becky! Peppermint is not recommended to be used on/ around children under 5 years old.

    On July 14, 2016

  • Becky says...

    Would you feel peppermint oil would be safe to add to the playdough?

    On July 13, 2016

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