Play Dough fun with Christmas Cookie Cutters

Christmas is just around the corner. No really, it is! Actually I’ve been saying that since, oh, July. I adore Christmas. Some might even say I’m Christmas crazy, just a little. So it’s actually a bit of a surprise that it’s taken me this long to start our Christmas crafts and activities. I’ll have LOTS to share with you over the coming weeks – kid’s crafts, cooking with kids, a DIY advent calendar, homemade gifts, and some reflections on my attempts to simplify Christmas this year and teach R what it’s really all about.

Today I made some of our home made play dough – five batches in fact! Seriously, this stuff is EASY to make and takes no time at all so five batches wasn’t nearly as much work as it sounds. If you haven’t tried making play dough at home before, check out my earlier post for the super simple how-to.

I set out the play dough for R, along with some Christmas themed cookie cutters and some embellishments to decorate the play dough. I tried to pick items which might be good as decorations on the play dough Christmas trees. I put out:
pom poms
coloured toothpicks

Although I made five batches of play dough, some of them were actually for a Star Wars play dough activity which I’ll share in a future post. R rquested that I make black for Darth Vader and blue for R2D2 (which was an interesting choice since R2D2 is white, but I digress). We used blue, white and green play dough for our Christmas theme – all of these colours were R’s choice. He thought the white would look like snow for our snow flake cookie cutters. To make the white play dough, follow my recipe as usual, but don’t add any food colouring. We decided to add some gold glitter to the white play dough for a bit of sparkle. Now, when I say “some” gold glitter, I mean an entire bottle! This was in part because I spilled the bottle of glitter on the dining table and the ball of play dough was the perfect tool for picking up all that glitter. Worked a treat! It actually needed the entire bottle of glitter for the sparkle to show up at all.

After rolling out the play dough and using the cookie cutters to cut out the shapes, R set to work decorating his trees. He said these beads were the lights on the Christmas tree.

He used round cookie cutters to make Christmas baubles.

H also made a green gingerbread man. So cute! We also made a batch of gingerbread play dough (scented with cinnamon and nutmeg, so yummy!) and we used it to make more cute gingerbread men. I’ll be sharing that activity on an upcoming post at When the post is published over there, I’ll update this post with the link.

So lovely and bright and colourful!

Love that snowflake!

I’m hoping to make our Advent calendar this weekend so I’ll share that with you all next week. I’m still undecided what I’m going to make this year. There’s so many gorgeous ideas on my Advent Calendar Pinterest Board. Yes, I have a board devoted entirely to Advent Calendars. I saw this beautiful Autumn leaf tree over at Julia’s Bookbag last week and I think it might just become the inspiration for my Advent Calendar this year. We shall see…

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  1. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    can’t wait to try!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Thanks Melissa! This was so much fun and they make a pretty display on our buffet too!

  2. Jenn

    I teach preschool and love the idea of adding the beads, etc for the kids to use with the playdough. When it comes time to clean up though, do you keep what they have made and does it dry out to save? Or do they dig out all of the extras to put away for next time?

    • Hi Jenn! As far as clean up – it depends on the material that has been used for the decorations. I tend to keep larger items like buttons and beads, I take the out of the play dough, soak them in soapy water and then wash them. Smaller items like sequins etc I tend to just throw away. We displayed ours on a tray in the living room (and they are still there a week later because my son is so proud of them) but within 1 or 2 days they start to dry out and the salt starts to crystalise. This photo was shared on Facebook and someone commented there that you could paint them with varnish and then they could be kept as ornaments. I hope your students have fun with them!

  3. These are beautiful, and I bet my girls would be entertained for a very long time with all of these great embellishments.

    • Thank you Shauna! My son was kept busy with these for a very long time. I hope your girls enjoy it!

  4. What a way to revise play dough! My son would really love this, must scrounge for buttons and find those holiday cookie cutters!

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  5. I really do need to make more playdough at home. This is such a lovely festive idea!

    • I only started making home made play dough a few months ago and I haven’t looked back. It’s so soft and smooth and very easy to make.

  6. Laura

    What is that pretty font you have used for “Christmas Play Dough”? I love it.

    • Hi Laura. It is pretty isn’t it, and so perfect for Christmas activities. I edit my photos using and it’s a font they have on there called “channel”.

  7. Ooh PIP SQUEAK would be in playdough heaven! We will have to make some during Advent activities!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


    • I hope Pip Squeak has fun with it Maggy. Thanks for the opportunity to share at Kids Get Crafty. :)

  8. Such beautiful Christmassy (that’s a word i’m sure!) fun….i always you xmas cutters with playdough but love the addition of the sparklies Ness! Your pics are gorgeous….can see why this amused for ages! Am featuring this activity on my Co-Op post this week x

  9. Ness – I can’t help it. I too am going to feature you in my round up of this week’s Weekly Kids’ Co-op. Too fun. Too gorgeous. Must share! xoxo P

  10. I love your Christmas Play Dough! I love all the shiny additions:) Thanks for sharing on the Kids Co-op, I am featuring them this week. I hope you stop by and link up again!

  11. I love this! What a fun way to play with the kids and let them be creative! I would love for you to share this on our Made for or by kids Linky

  12. I love this so much. I just need to get some Christmas cookie cutters so my kids can have fun! I chose this post to be featured on my page this week for The Weekly Kid’s Co-Op. :)

  13. My son would have so much fun with this – he loves Christmas trees and all the bling that goes with them. Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Showcase. I’ve pinned this to our feature board.

  14. Ness, I imagine this will be featured all over the place. So fun and bright and great pics! I’ve also featured you on this week’s Tuesday Tots. :) Here’s the link if you wanted to see. Thanks for linking up! :D

  15. This is just GORGEOUS! Having *just* done an invitation to play on my FB page today, using green peppermint dough, tree shape cutters and buttons, I suddenly though hmmm, I’m sure someone has done something so similar to this recently! And after a bit of detective work I traced you down. And wanted to say how lovely your post is and I’m including it in a Christmas play dough round up on It’s Playtime today (hope that’s ok by you!) Thanks x

  16. Niki

    Just made a batch of playdoh from the recipe but mine is still sticky/ tacky..? Not enough cook time? How soon can we use it?

    • Hi Nicki. My guess would be that yes, it needs to be cooked longer next time. You could try adding a bit more flour to the mixture and kneading it into the play dough – and by that I mean the play dough that you have already made, don’t cook it any further now, just knead in some extra flour and see how that goes. That should reduce the stickiness. This play dough is very smooth but it’s not usually sticky or tacky. It is ready to use as soon as it has cooled down enough to be handled and then kneaded to a smooth ball. Hope that helps!

  17. Liz

    Hi there,
    Does anyone know of a recipe where I could make some kind of play dough the day before and then keep it till the next afternoon (I work in after school care)? The next afternoon we could roll it out and create xmas tree decorations adding the embelishments like showed above and then I hope for it to harden like a rock?
    Thanks for the input!

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