This is one of my very favorite homemade glitter playdough recipes because it combines the deep rich galaxy colors with sparkles and stars making it galaxy playdough! Kids of all ages will love making and playing with this soft sparkly DIY playdough recipe. Use it at home or in the classroom along with lessons about colors, shapes or astronomy.

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This galaxy play-doh is one of my favorite crafts. The beautiful colors and silver sparkles are mesmerizing.

Galaxy Playdough Recipe for Kids

This Galaxy Playdough is simple to make. Honestly, the glitter playdough recipe is almost as fun to make as it is to play with it.

Related: Most popular playdough recipe

Paired with star cookie cutters, rolling pins, and silver pipe cleaners, it will keep little hands busy for hours!

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Ingredients Needed To Make Galaxy Play-Doh

Awesome Galaxy Playdough is perfect for kids! Look how vibrant the pink, purple, and blue dough is. They have sparkles to match the colors.
The colors are so vibrant.

For Each Play Dough Color, You Will Need

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TSBP vegetable oil
  • 1 TSP Cream of Tartar
  • Purple, turquoise, and pink food coloring
  • Pink, turquoise, and silver glitter
  • Silver glitter stars

Note: The recipe above makes 1 batch of playdough. To make Galaxy Playdough, you will need to make 3 batches (pink, purple, and turquoise).

Tip: We found it easier to make 3 different batches in rather than one big batch to break up as it gets very dense.

Directions to Make Glitter Playdough Recipe

Step 1

  1. Stir all of the ingredients (except the glitter) together in a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat until the playdough mixture thickens and clumps together.
  3. Dump the playdough onto the counter and cool.
This galaxy play-doh is so pretty with the swirls of pink, purple, and blue.
I love the swirls in the “galaxy”.

Step 2

After the playdough is cool to the touch, combine all 3 colors together. Knead gently to create a beautiful, marbled effect.

Note: It may take you a few minutes to get the desire effect you’re looking for, but be careful about over-mixing by twisting right off the bat or you will end up with a single color.

Adding glitter to playdough can make a beautiful galaxy effect like with these small pieces of glitter and start glitter on the pink, purple, and blue playdough.
Look how shiny!

Step 3

Pour the glitter onto the playdough and gently mix it in. This is my favorite part! I love glitter of all types.

Tip: To avoid a mess you can do this part over a paper plate or like a cookie sheet so you can dump the excess glitter in the trash instead of it sticking to every surface for all eternity.

You can use star cookie cutters to cut out stars from your galaxy play-doh
Make as many stars and other shapes as you want!

Finished Galaxy Glitter Playdough REcipe

  • Kids can use small cookie cutters to cut star shapes from the playdough.
  • You can also use circle cookie cutters to make moons! Take a plastic knife and cut the moon in half to make a half moon or cut a sliver off to make a crescent moon. 
  • I found this really cute set of space cookie cutters on Amazon! 
Shooting stars made from galaxy playdough and silver pipe cleaners.
Star light….star bright

Playing with Galaxy Play dough

  • Adding silver pipe cleaners will turn those stars into shooting stars! You could also add gold, pink, blue, or purple to make it a little extra.
  • If you leave them out you can have hardened little stars.
  • Or take it a step further and poke a hole in the tip and let it harden and you can tie a string through it and you have beautiful ornaments or decor to hang in your room!

Kids love this fun playdough!

Giving the Gift of Playdough

I think this playdough, combined with small space toys and books, would make an adorable birthday present for curious kids. Package the homemade playdough in an airtight container for storage with a note to play with it within the next week.

Galaxy Playdough

Galaxy Playdough

Beautifully colorful and easy to make - this galaxy playdough is sure to delight!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1 TSBP vegetable oil
  • 1 TSP Cream of Tartar
  • Purple, turquoise, and pink food coloring
  • Pink, turquoise, and silver glitter
  • Silver glitter stars


  1. Mix flour, water, salt, vegetable oil, and cream of tartar together in a saucepan.
  2. Cook until smooth
  3. Remove from heat, and divide into three separate bowls.
  4. Add food coloring to each bowl and mix with silicone spatula. Add one drop at a time - it will go a long way!
  5. Cover, and let playdough cool.
  6. Place all three lumps of playdough onto a cookie sheet - you'll thank me later, it saves mess!
  7. Let your children add glitter to the dough and mix to make a marbled effect. Have them be careful not to over mix.
  8. Roll the dough out flat on the cookie sheet.
  9. Let your children cut out fun shapes with cookie cutters.
  10. Decorate with pipe cleaners or anything else you like!
  11. Allow to dry and harden!

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  1. The galaxy playdough was a huge disappointment and all the more frustrating for being expensive to make. It remained a mushy mess that did need to remain on a cookie sheet as most of the dough stuck to hands or the cookie cutter. The product could never resemble the neat and discrete ball of dough featured in your picture. Pretty but impossible to manipulate.