play-doh carrots, a spring class gift diy

I need to preface this by saying this entire idea and the recipe itself came from Laurie at Stylin' Savanna.

Today is Letty's Easter Celebration at school, and this means that as parents we needed to send in one small item for each child. Letty kept insisting that it be small, so I am figuring her teachers were really trying to nail home that sentiment. So when I saw Laurie's post the other day I thought it was cute and looked super easy and it probably wouldn't cost me a dime. And seeing as half the supplies came from my mother well then.... freesies for me. Thanks to her.

The recipe is as follows:
2 cups of flour
2 cups of warm water
1 cup salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon cream of tarter

To make the "carrot" you'll need a plastic baggie (Laurie used icing decorating bags but, I'm cheap) and green ribbon (again, thank you mom). You'll also need food coloring.

Place all of the ingredients in a pot over medium heat. It took about two minutes till it became a play-doh like consistency. Laurie suggested adding the food coloring before it starts to solidify and I would say, YES. I started when it was liquid but it all happened so fast that I didn't get the shade of orange I wanted so I ended up kneading the color in later too. Liquid is best.

Once the dough has cooled down I just separated it into equalish piles to make sure I had enough for each student and stuffed the dough into the bag into a carrot shape. Tie on the ribbon and wala! Carrot play-doh!

By the way, I greatly hate play-doh. There. I said it. But in an effort to be a fun mom.... why not?



  1. lol "by the way i hate play-doh" love you :) they are very cute though. 100 points for creativity!

  2. I LOVE this idea! I am going to steal it when Hallie is old enough to play with play dough!

  3. I LOVE that you send other kids home with the thing you hate! This seems to be the logic with giving kids toys as well.
    And I think you hit every requirement nail on the head. Quick, cheap, SMALL, and easy.

  4. Looks more like orange peppers! Bunnies like those too I'd imagine. And kids. esp when they are in fact not pepper but play doh.

  5. OMG!!! So cute! Ace has his Easter party on Friday, but since I was the last one to sign up for stuff (I blame it on Odette) I am on sandwich duty. Lol. But this is awesome, I am going to make some for my little bunnies.


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