Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Homemade Lavender Play-Doh

Recently I have spent some time researching more fun, crafty things to do with lavender. I have found several different ideas that I can't wait to do with fresh lavender but I must be patient until the field is blooming and ready for my shears.

I did find a neat "recipe" for homemade lavender scented play-doh. It was so easy and included things we already had at home. Also, it was a really fun activity for a young visitor we had recently.

Recipe for Homemade Play-doh
  •  1 cup flour
  •  1/2 cup salt
  •  1 cup water
  •  1-1/2 tablespoons oil
  •  1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  •  Few drops of food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon (~1.5ml) of Sunshine Lavender Farm lavender essential oil
First begin by mixing the dry ingredients (flour, salt and cream of tartar) together in a pan. Next mix the wet ingredients (water, oil, food coloring) in a measuring cup. A glass one worked the best so that the food coloring doesn't stain.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture in the pan. Carefully stir until combined. It is best to have the mixture pretty homogeneous before placing on the heat so mix well. Cook over medium heat for about 30 seconds to a minute. The cooking goes fast so stay close, and be careful not to overcook since it will dry out the dough.

If using, now is the time to add a 1/4-teaspoon of essential oil. My pipette measures in ml, and I did about 1.5 ml.

Mix in the essential oil and continue cooking, stirring constantly, about 30 seconds more. The dough will get clumpy and then start to pull away from the sides of the pan. Once it starts pulling together it’s done. Hurry and scrape the dough into a ball and remove from the pan.
Place the cooked dough on a plate and knead a few times until smooth. Store the dough in an airtight container so it won’t dry out. Coincidentally, we also used a peppermint and a rose essential oil for other colors of play-doh. 
With proper storage, your aromatherapy play-doh should last up to one month. HAVE FUN!!

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