Pumpkin Pie Play Dough
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Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

Homemade playdough that smells just pumpkin pie!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Keyword: homemade pumpkin playdough
Servings: 10 large portions
Author: Sarah Olson
Cost: 5



  • cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 cups salt
  • 2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 3 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice or see notes if you don't have pumpkin spice
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup orange glitter
  • orange food coloring, gel or liquid (or red and yellow dye, mixed together)


  • Add the flour, salt, cream of tarter, pumpkin spice, and glitter to a large pan. Stir.
  • Add the oil, water and food coloring. Stir. I dipped a toothpick in my gel food coloring twice and add it to the mix. You can add the food coloring slow and see how the color looks.
  • Set the pan over medium heat on the stove top. Keep stirring the dough. Mine took 7 minutes to form in to a thick playdough. You will know when it is ready when it starts to darken. Keep stirring and turn down the heat if it seems to start sticking.
  • Remove from heat quickly and dump the dough onto a floured counter top.
  • Let the playdough cool down enough that you can handle it, about 5 minutes.
  • Start kneading the dough until it is smooth. (This will only take a minute or two).
  • Cover the dough in plastic wrap until cooled down. Then divide and transfer into little baggies or containers. Do not store warm for it will get wet from the sweat.
  • I store mine for 2 weeks, though it will last longer if you place in the fridge.


This is a craft playdough recipe, not for eating. This is very salty, most kids will not eat this but keep an eye on younger children.
My playdough is too dry?
Add a teaspoon of oil at a time and continue to knead until it stops cracking.
My playdough is too wet?
You may need to cook longer or you can add more flour a teaspoon at a time and continue kneading.
I don't have pumpkin spice mix, what can I use?
Use cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Or whatever you have on hand!