NATURAL DYE HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH RECIPE

natural dye homemade playdough recipe

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. This post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy. 

Follow us on Instagram for more fun ideas for kids!

Watch the video below to see how to make our Natural Dye Homemade Playdough Recipe. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more fun videos!

Our natural dye homemade playdough recipe is a natural alternative from food coloring using food powders like Pitaya, Goji Berry, Matcha and Butterfly Pea.

We love making homemade playdough and have made plenty of  playdough using food coloring. It’s easy to make playdough at home, but even easier if you use food coloring!

However, lately in making food crafts or easy cute foods for kids, we have been trying some of the vibrant natural food powders readily available online and in stores these days.

Food powders like Pink Pitaya, Goji Berry, Matcha and Butterfly Pea have natural vibrant colorings to them and instantly make any food more colorful. 

Not only are these a healthier, natural alternatives to food coloring, but they also offer some additional health benefits if used in food, e.g. a smoothie. 

Since we have many of these powders right at home, we decided to test making natural dye playdough with them!

natural dye homemade playdough recipe

natural dye homemade playdough recipe - Pink Pitaya

natural dye homemade playdough recipe - Goji Berry

natural dye homemade playdough recipe - matcha

natural dye homemade playdough recipe - butterfly pea

Is the playdough recipe the same using food powders vs. food coloring?

The method is very similar, except of course you use food powders instead of food coloring or other non-food dyes. However, because you are adding extra dry ingredients (vs. a few drops of food coloring) you do have to adjust the amount of liquid and oil. 

Also, we found not all food powders dissolve the same! The Pink Pitaya and Goji Berry powders we used dissolved like a dream and resulted in buttery soft playdoughs.

However we found we had to add more water and oil to the Matcha and Butterfly Pea playdoughs, even though we used the same amount of flour!

We also recognize different brands of food powders may react slightly differently. So below, we linked to the powders we used and have provided a basic starter recipe, keeping in mind you may need to adjust ingredients lightly depending on the powder you use. 

natural dye homemade playdough recipe

natural dye homemade playdough recipe

How does natural playdough smell like?

If you’ve ever made homemade playdough, you’ll know that it smells pretty terrible! We always add some essential oils to our homemade playdough if using regular food coloring. 

But in this case, using the food powders, there is no need! The playdough takes on the scent of your food dye which is a natural sweet scent for the most part. Matcha is especially fragrant and makes the playdough smell like green tea which is quite pleasing!

natural dye homemade playdough recipe - pink pitaya

How to Make Natural Dye Homemade Playdough  Recipe – Ingredients:

1  1/4 to 1 1/2 Cups all purpose white flour

1/3 Cup Salt

1.5 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil

1/4 Cup Food Powder Per color

(We used Pink Pitaya, Goji Berry, Matcha and Butterfly Pea)

2/3 – 1 Cup Boiling Hot Water 

natural dye homemade playdough recipe - process

natural dye homemade playdough recipe - process

natural dye homemade playdough recipe

Yield: Natural Dye Playdough

NATURAL DYE HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH RECIPE

NATURAL DYE HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH RECIPE
Our natural dye homemade playdough recipe is a natural alternative from food coloring using food powders like Pitaya, Goji Berry, Matcha and Butterfly Pea.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Materials

  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 Cups all purpose white flour
  • 1/3 Cup Salt
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Food Powder Per Color (we used Pink Pitaya, Goji Berry, Matcha and Butterfly Pea)
  • 2/3 to 1 Cup Boiling Hot Water

Instructions

Step 1. In a bowl, combine your flour, salt, cream of tartar, vegetable oil, food powder and hot water. *Start with 1 1/4 cups flour first.

Step 2. Stir until a dough starts to form. 

Step 3. This is when you'll want to use a disposable glove if you have one (or not if you don't mind your hands getting initially sticky). Remember the dough is hot (although not burning(so if you don't use a glove let it cool a bit before kneading).

Start kneading the dough in the bowl until a ball forms. Remove and continue kneading on a non-porous surface (or use parchment paper on top of a table) until a soft and pliable dough forms.

See notes below on troubleshooting.

Notes

We found the matcha and butterfly pea doughs to be drier and added more hot water and vegetable oil than the Pitaya and Goji Berri. Try the base recipe and follow the troubleshooting steps below if you are seeing same results. 

Troubleshooting Steps for Homemade Playdough:

What if my dough is flour-y? Add a more boiling hot water a tablespoon at a time

What if my dough is dry and cracked? Try adding more vegetable oil a teaspoon at a time and mix thoroughly. 

What if my dough is too wet? Try adding a bit more flour a little at a time. 

How do I store my homeamade playdough?

We store ours in an air-tight zipper bag and it stays soft for several weeks this way. 

If you like this homemade playdough recipe, you might also like: 

Playdough Stick Structures

Peppermint Playdough Straw Structures

LEGO Playdough Gingerbread House

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive a small affiliate commission. Regardless, we give our promise that we only recommend products or services we would use personally and believe will add values to our readers. As well, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

 

Get our FREE Cooking With Kids eBook with 10 Yummy Snack Recipes and weekly creative ideas for kids.