Pink Ombre No Cook Play Dough

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My Kids love Play Dough!

I make play dough all the time and we use it to create and bake and sculpt and roll and shape and print and build and squish…

I am always trying to try something different – shades and colors and scents and this No Cook Pink Ombre Play Dough is no exception!!

Pink Ombre Play Dough - Rose scented and No Cook


  • This makes one biggish ball – just bigger than a tennis ball…
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup table salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil – I used Sunflower Oil
  • 1 cup of boiling water + another 1/2 a cup to add in little bits…
  • food coloring – I used this red gel
  • 1 tsp glycerine – optional. This adds more shine and silky feel! I always use this one
  • Rose Scented Oil – just a few drops

How to make Ombre Play Dough

First you need to make a ball of white play dough.

We used this no cook one. If you would like a play dough that involves a little cooking – but lasts for literally 6 months in the fridge then try our ‘Best Play Dough in the World’ Recipe.

making no cook play dough

  • Add all the dry ingredients (flour, salt and cream of tartar) together and stir.
  • Add the first cup of boiling water to the dry ingredients along with the oil and give it a stir. If you want to add the optional glycerin – now is the time. This really is an optional ingredient!
  • Add the remaining 1/2 cup boiling water now, a little at a time until all the flour is absorbed. I usually use almost all the water…

Play Dough - Pink Ombre

  • It should look like a squidgy ball – above..
  • Wait for it to cool to warm and knead like bread.
  • Don’t wait to long as it will dry out, just until you can handle it.
  • I added the Rose oil to the mixture at this point – as I was kneading it! My hands smelt great.
  • I used about 5 drops of oil – most essential oils are highly concentrated!
  • You can add any scent you prefer – or leave it out completely…

How to make ombre play dough

  • You play dough should now look like a smooth ball!
  • At this point it is time to add the color!
  • I wanted 3 shades of pink – so I used small amounts of red food coloring…
  • Roll your play dough into a sausage and divide into bits – the same as the number of shades you want to make…

Making Ombre Play Dough for Valentines Day

I wanted 3 shades.

I squashed them back into balls and to each ball I added a small drop (toothpick wipe) of food coloring…

1 for the first, 2 for the second and 3 for the third!

DiY Ombre Play Dough

I then kneaded them all together to make this lovely play dough – in 3 shades.

All smelling wonderfully like a Rose garden!

This no cook play dough will keep for weeks and weeks in the fridge!

Make sure that after you are finished playing with it, you pop it into a zip lock bag, or cling film and then stick it into the fridge!

Pink Ombre Play Dough, scented with Rose Oil and wonderfully smooth to play with!


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