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Candy Cane Play Dough Gift Jars

It’s not easy to come up with gift ideas for my child care group, but play dough is always a good idea. They love having their own container of play dough. Candy cane play dough gift jars are the perfect filler for Christmas stockings or gift bags. Print the free snowman label to put on top.

Candy Cane Play Dough Gift Jars

Candy Cane Play Dough Gift Jars

Here’s the play dough recipe I used. It’s the same play dough my mom made for my siblings and me when we were kids. The best play dough, I think! This play dough recipe contains Cream of Tartar so make sure you have that on hand. I made two batches. One is plain white and the other red. You can add peppermint if you want it scented.

The Best Play Dough

The Best Play Dough

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Soft and long lasting play dough for hours of fun!


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Food coloring if desired
  • 1 Tablespoon extract (peppermint, vanilla, coconut, lemon, etc.) (OR about 5 drops, ¼ teaspoon, if using essential oils)


  1. Mix flour, salt, & cream of tartar in a medium cooking pot.
  2. Add water, oil, and if desired, food coloring and extract/oil.
  3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. When mixture forms a ball in a pot, remove.
  5. When cool enough to touch, knead until smooth.
  6. Let cool, put in a plastic bag, and refrigerate to store.


You may want to make a double batch if making play dough for more than one child.

Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 621Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 0mgSodium 28315mgCarbohydrates 106gFiber 3gSugar 0gProtein 13g

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

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I also added glitter to the white play dough making it glittery or like my husband said, “like snow from Frozen”. After making the play dough, layer it in the jar as desired. I layered it red/white/red. I used plastic jars like these from Michael’s.

Candy Cane Play Dough Gift Jars with printable label

These adorable labels add just the needed element to make them look extra special. The free printable label is available at the end of this post.

Candy Cane Play Dough Gift Jars

Then I used ric rac trim to decorate the side of the jar. The foam snowflake sticker holds it on.

Candy Cane Play Dough Gift Jars

Kids will love this little jar of play dough made especially for them! A perfect activity for those holiday breaks.

Download the Snowman Labels

Printable Snowman Labels

Print the labels on Avery Round Glossy Labels. Please print a test page first and adjust the alignment of images as needed.
Here’s the link to the Word Document:

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