Let’s Make Homemade Scented Candy Cane Play Dough

Candy Cane Play Dough is one of our favorite Christmas crafts to make during the winter months for kids of all ages, but it is especially fun with preschool kids. The sweet peppermint scent is invigorating and my kid loves twisting the different colors together to form pretty shapes making it a full holiday sensory activity!

This red and white play dough is one of our many candy cane activities for toddlers.
This is a fun way to make candy cane playdough!

This is the easiest recipe to make candy cane play dough. It’s one of our favorite sensory play ideas and it’s also a great way to enhance our kids’ fine motor skills, and it only needs a few easy ingredients that you probably already have at home.

Plus, it is a great way to not only be creative and have fun, but if you use Christmas cookie cutters and let them dry out, they make the cutest ornaments too!

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Homemade Christmas Playdough Recipe

Making candy cane playdough is a really fun candy cane craft and a part of our Christmas crafts family traditions. Spending time together during the holiday season is what Christmas is all about! We like this way to make a candy cane because it works for kids of different ages playing together which is how our family is structured.

Related: DIY Ornaments for Kids

We turned our Christmas playdough recipe into cute homemade candy cane ornaments for our Christmas tree this year. Since we made it, our house smells so nice.

Supplies Needed To Make Candy Cane Play Dough

Most of these natural items you will already have at home, but if you don’t the supplies are fairly low cost which makes this Christmas craft even better! They even make a great little gift.

Christmas Craft Quick Video: Candy Cane Play Dough

How To Make Candy Cane Play Dough

Step 1

Mix together the flour, salt, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, and oil in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2

Pour in the water and stir the flour mixture until a dough forms. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes to smooth it out.

Step 3

Separate the dough in half and create two balls of dough. Make a small indention on the top of each ball and add food coloring inside.

Image shows a white and red playdough balls with essential oils.
This is one of the best holiday fun crafts and a great sensory activity for little hands!

Step 4

Knead each ball to incorporate the food coloring throughout — a great idea is wearing gloves to avoid stains on your hands!

Once the food coloring is spread throughout, you’ll have one ball of red play dough and one ball of white playdough.

Step 5

Now it’s time to add your Peppermint Essential Oil! We love the way this smells — just like Candy Canes!

Make a small indention in the top of each ball and add 5-7 drops of oil. Knead the play dough to disperse the oil throughout the dough.

Even better, the smell is invigorating and can support mental alertness.

Image shows a playdough candy cane in the process. This is one of our favorite candy cane activities for toddlers because they can twist the red dough and white dough to make candy canes or use a metal candy cane cookie cutters to cut out red candy canes or white candy canes.
These essential oil candy canes smell amazing!

Step 6

Let your kids have fun twisting the two colors around each other, mixing them together for a marbled effect, or cutting out shapes with cookie cutters. The play possibilities are endless!

How to Make Homemade Candy Cane Ornaments

  1. The best part is, once you’re done twisting and making candy canes you can leave them out to dry.
  2. Once they dry they’ll be hard and you’ll be able to hang them on your Christmas tree.
  3. Plus, your Christmas tree will smell great! Who doesn’t love the fresh smell of peppermint? It is one of the main smells of Christmas after all!
Yield: 2 Balls of Play Dough

Candy Cane Play Dough

Candy Cane Play Dough

This candy cane play dough is not only easy to make, fun to play with, but it smells amazing! Plus, you can use these candy canes later as Christmas tree decorations.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $15-$20

Materials

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tbsp cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Red Food Coloring
  • White Food Coloring
  • Peppermint Essential Oil

Tools

  • Spoon

Instructions

  1. Mix together the flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil.
  2. Pour in the water and stir until a dough forms.
  3. Knead the dough to smooth it out.
  4. Separate the dough in half and create two balls of dough.
  5. Make a small indention in the top of each ball and add food coloring inside.
  6. Knead each ball to incorporate the food coloring throughout — you might want to wear gloves to avoid stains on your hands!
  7. Once the food coloring is spread throughout, you’ll have one ball of red play dough and one ball of white play dough.
  8. Now it’s time to add your Peppermint Essential Oil! We love the way this smells — just like Candy Canes! Even better, the smell is invigorating and can support mental alertness.
  9. Make a small indention in the top of each ball and add 5-7 drops of oil. Knead the play dough to disperse the oil throughout the dough.

Notes

Leave the play dough out for 24 hours to dry to use as an ornament.

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How did your homemade Christmas playdough recipe turn out? Did the candy cane playdough make the best smelling homemade ornaments?