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10+ Scented Playdough and Paint DIY Recipes

Making scented playdough and paint are fun DIY projects for sensory play, calm downtime, and seasonal activities. We recently made scented lavender playdough for evening play to help the kids calm down before bed. The kids play with their homemade playdough while I read them a story or just during the quiet media-free time. I’m sharing the recipe with you today, and nine more of my favorite scented playdough and paint DIY recipes!

Lavender Playdough


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 1/2 Cup Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
  • 6-8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • Food Coloring (optional)

lavender playdough



  1. Combine the flour, salt, Cream of Tartar, essential oil, vegetable oil and a few drops of food coloring in a bowl. Slowly stir in 1 cup of hot water and continue adding water until you have the desired consistency for playdough.
  2. Shape the playdough into a ball and knead on a hard surface adding flour as necessary to any leftover sticky spots. You can also fold in more color or essential oil at this time if you’d like a darker hue or stronger scent.
  3. Divide the playdough into small bags or plastic containers for storage.

lavender playdough


More Scented DIY Playdough and Paint Recipes

I asked a few of my favorite bloggers to share their own scented playdough and paint recipes and their responses blew me away! Scroll down to find creative play ideas for kids!

Calm and Cozy Scented Play Dough Ideas

Gingerbread Play Dough from Raising Little Superheroes

Hot Chocolate Play Dough from Midwest Modern Mama

Rose Scented No Cook Play Dough from Dayna Bayna

Autumn Play Dough Recipe from Rainy Day Mum

Graded Maple Syrup Playdough from Fireflies and Mudpies

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Playdough from Homeschool Preschool

Invigorating Scented Play Dough Ideas

Fall Orange Scented Play Dough from Emma Owl

Chocolate Scented Play Dough from Crafts on Sea

Pink Lemonade Playdough from Fireflies and Mudpies

Arctic Sensory Bin with Coconut Scented Playdough from Adventures of Adam

DIY and Scented Paint Ideas

Painting or drawing is a great way for older kids to calm down. Did you know you can add scent to homemade paints? Here are a couple of great posts about making your own!

DIY Edible Finger Paint and Sensory Play from Strength in Words

Easy Recipes-Sidewalk Chalk Paint from JDaniel4’s Mom

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