Make-It Mondays: Halloween Pumpkin Playdoh

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Welcome to the first official post in our new series, Make-It Mondays!

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Last year, in addition to the typical Halloween candy that we gave out, I wanted to do something else for the littlest ones that came to our house.

Yes, I wanted to be that cool house. You know the one. When I was growing up, it was the woman that owned the local Pepsi plant and gave us half-bottles of Pepsi products. She was the best, and we saved our visit to her house until last because we loved her so much!

I wanted to be the house that the kids said, “Remember Mrs. Doyle? She gave us the neatest ______.”

Well, last year, my creation was homemade Pumpkin Playdoh. And it was a hit with the little peanuts.


I found the recipe on Pinterest here, and I just knew that I had to give this out (as well as candy, of course). It was surprisingly easy to make!

Ingredients for 28 Pumpkin Playdoh Bags

  • 4 Cups water
  • Orange food coloring (or combine yellow and red)
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Cup salt
  • 8 Tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 6 Tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 4 Cups of white flour

Assembly Instructions

In the pot.
Combine the ingredients.
Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes.
It will get clumpy! Keep stirring while it cooks.
It looks much more like playdoh!
It looks much more like playdoh!
Put it in a bowl and let cool. At this point, the directions said to knead it for a few minutes, but it was much too warm.
After letting it cool, I put it into balls and put in the bags. I let them breathe so there was no condensation inside the bags.
Still a little condensation, but cool enough to continue on.
Tie and attach the label. We don’t want them eating this, thinking it is a treat!

Now I have to figure out what I will be creating for this year. I only have a few days left. Eek! I really want to make some cute treat bags or homemade edible goodies like you see on Pinterest, but because of overly-cautious parents (of which I will totally be starting next year), we need for the food to be pre-packaged. Do you have any suggestions?

*Part of this post originally appeared on Dory’s blog “Doyle Dispatch.” To read more posts about Dory’s pregnancy and nursery decorating on her blog, you can see the list here.*

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Dory is a teacher-turned-SAHM to her fraternal twins Audrey and David. She also writes for her blog Doyle Dispatch, is an editor with The Wise Baby, and is a Young Living Essential Oil distributor and educator with her Healthier Oil the Thyme team.

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