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Let it Snow! Glitter playdough - a recipe smackdown.

Posted on by jemma Radick

For Christmas, I can't resist making a few little crafts to share with friends and neighbours. My criteria for a suitable craft is that it needs be: fairly low cost per piece, useful or yummy to eat, fun to make & something I've never tried before. 

This year, I wanted to make one gift especially for the little people in our lives - and it had to be something that my daughter Amelia (4 1/2) could easily make with me. When I stumbled upon a Pinterest recipe for glitter play dough that looked like snow - I knew we'd found our craft. I found two differing play dough recipes - and so we made both and compared!

The first we tried was a no cook recipe. It was super easy - we made it all at the kitchen table, and it was easy for Amelia to help with just about every stage. It was fairly low mess, and easy to work with. 

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The second was a more commonly found quick cook recipe  - this was a whole other adventure. It had to be finished on the stovetop, and made a hideous mess, and awful smell. Once cooked it was a sticky, slimy mess that required double the kneading of the no-cook recipe. It took me twice as long to clean my pot as it did to make the play dough. Yuck. 

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Once both had cooled, we rolled them into 'snowballs' kneading in more glitter as we went where we felt it needed a bit more sparkle. Both recipes gave us similar results - once cool, neither was sticky, both were easily pliable sparkly white play dough. The quick-cook version didn't smell very nice - but the consistency was the same. Rolled in a little extra glitter, these were the cutest little snowballs. 

**Note - I tested the consistency again 1 week and 2 weeks later for both recipes, and both were still in great shape.

Our last step was to place each snowball in a jelly jar, add a label and embellish with a ribbon. The jelly jars used are 4oz (125ml) decorative jars from Bernardin - found in most grocery & hardware stores with the canning supplies. 

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I've made up a free printable for the labels - which you are welcome to download and use.