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DIY Playdough & Caps Holiday Activity

By Once Upon a Farm HomePlanet

Keep your kiddos occupied with a fun holiday craft while re-using what you’ve already got at home! Try out our DIY playdough activity tree – you can make the dough yourself with common kitchen ingredients. Finish up by decorating with pouch cap “ornaments” for a colorful tree sure to dazzle your little ones (even those sporting their best Grinch attitudes). For more ways to reuse our caps click here.


  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1/4 Cup salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups water
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon (about 6 Tbsp. (strain pulp and seeds))
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • A few drops of green food coloring (you can use natural dye or powders)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
  • *Up to 1/2 cup of extra flour to mix into finished dough (reserve for step 7 below)
  1. In a sauce pan combine: water, oil and lemon juice. Heat and stir but do not boil.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in 3-4 drops of food coloring of choice.
  3. In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Mix well.
  4. Slowly pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture over very low heat.
  5. Stir constantly until a ball of dough forms. Remove from heat.
  6. Place hot dough on wax paper and allow to cool for at least 30 minutes.
  7. *If your mixture is sticky once cooled, add extra flour and knead the dough by hand.
  8. Store in an air tight container (lasts 2-3 weeks).



If you’re gifting the playdough, make a festive container with our caps on twine and a cookie cutter star!

Playdough cap craft
String caps for an ornament garland

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