Oct 022016
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Did you know that you can make your own play dough?  My kids have always loved it and I make my own pretty regularly – for home and some to send into the kids classrooms. Recently I decided to make candy Corn play dough for my kids to play with here at home. What a fun fall craft!

The 2 main ingredients I used to make the playdoh were cornstarch and hair conditioner. I know it sounds unbelievable and I was definitely skeptical at first, but it really works!! Some of the recipes I have read about on play dough say to use 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part conditioner. I think that’s going to depend on what type of conditioner you use. I used the VO5 brand and I found that I needed close to 2 1/2 cups of cornstarch with 1 cup (8 oz.) of conditioner. So the exact measurements are going to depend on what type of hair conditioner you use. Just play around with your ingredients until you get your desired texture.

This recipe will yield approximately 3 cups of candy corn play dough.

Candy Corn Play Dough

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 parts cornstarch
  • 1 part hair conditioner
  • Yellow food gel
  • Orange food gel


Here’s what you do:
1. Add 2 cups of corn starch to a large mixing bowl. Pour 1 cup of hair conditioner into the bowl and stir with a spatula until the mixture forms into a ball.



2. Divide the playdoh into three equal sections. Place two of the sections into separate medium mixing bowls.



3. Add orange food color to one of the sections and mix well to distribute the color. Or if you prefer, you can knead with your hands.


4. Add yellow food color to the other section in a bowl and mix well.



5. Once your desired colors are achieved, lay the orange, yellow and white playdoh on a silicone mat and form into balls, candy corn or whatever shapes you desire!


6. The dollar store sells small round containers that you can store your candy corn playdoh in or you can just keep the playdoh in Ziploc bags.


7. ENJOY!!


My little one has some sensory issues and loves it when I make play dough for him.  It literally keeps him busy for hours.


And seriously, how cute is this colorful play dough?  It’s festive and fun.

Homemade Candy Corn play dough is easy to make and will create hours of fun for your children. You only need a few ingredients to make it, too!

Do your kids love play dough?  Have you ever made your own before?

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  100 Responses to “Candy Corn Play Dough”

  1. I think that’s such a great idea! It’s cheaper than store bought playdough, and the colors are perfect for the spooky season!

  2. Perfect! Playdough is the classic children’s activity, and I love the colors. That’s a very nice candy corn. 😉

  3. Well what do I know, my son read your post, and made this play dough! SO thanks for giving him something fun to do Robin!

  4. This is so awesome! I need to try this. My daughter would love it.

  5. My kids would love this! Thanks for sharing the recipe! It’s been a while since we have made Play dough!

  6. We love making playdough at home, but this is a different recipe. We need to try this.

  7. I always made play dough for my son and his friends. There are several edible kinds – which I used – just in case.

  8. Oh my gosh, this is too cute. I’ve never made my own playdough. I can’t wait until my little stepgrandbaby gets old enough to do these projects (she’s 2.5 months old)! So fun!

  9. This is fantastic! My kids would adore this!!

  10. Love making my own play-doh! Such an easy recipe and its like you get more than if you buy the brand. And how cute is this candy corn recipe! Love!

  11. I was looking for some great ideas for the kids this Halloween and this looks very cool. I am going to add this recipe on the list.

  12. I love play dough! It’s super fun and the things you can make with them are endless. Thanks for sharing this!

  13. What fun colors. This is my favorite type of playdough to make.

  14. That’s so cute! I would love to make this playdough with my kids.

  15. Totally not a fan of candy corn but what a fun kid’s project that’ll keep them entertained (at least for a minute right? hahaha)

  16. My daughter has recently started making homemade play dough, so this is something she’ll be interested in just in time for fall.

  17. My son loves play doh and this would be fun to make for him. I love quick projects that really celebrate the festive season. Pinning!

  18. My girls loved playing with play dough when they were young. The recipe has definitely changed since then.

  19. I loved play dough as a kid. I know a few little munchkins who still love to get their hands covered in it. This recipe looks like so much fun and so simple to make. Perfect for Halloween.

  20. My kids could spend hours creating. We had all the different accessories for play dough too. It sure is cheaper to make your own.

  21. I love to make my own Play Dough for the kids. I will have to make these colors for Halloween.

  22. That is so nice! I didn’t know that we can do our own play dough. Amazing!

  23. I will have to get the ingredients to make this play dough this weekend. My kids are going to love it. We love candy corn.

  24. This looks like a fun afternoon activity for the kids. We are expecting a ton of rain this weekend.

  25. Oh my goodness, how did I not know that this was so easy to make. Just corn starch and conditioner? NO WAY… I am totally going to be trying this. Thanks so much for sharing

  26. Wow, that looks very cool. How creative of you.

  27. This is really neat that you can make it with just those two ingredients. My kids would love this.

  28. So awesome! Thanks so much for sharing this easy hack. Playdoh is one of our fav things.

  29. Now that I ha e your recipe for homemade play doh I don’t think I can ever go back to the store bought and this is just so perfect for Halloween!

  30. First of all, I’m just going to say that I am one of those rare beings who absolutely adore candy corn. Second of all, I love the idea of homemade play doh so this post was totally made for me!

  31. I that looks so cute!!! I’ve tried to make play dough and I suck lol maybe this recipie could work!

  32. What a great idea! This dough recipe is perfect for some festive fall sensory play, especially since the scent of the store bought stuff often turns my tummy.

  33. My kids loved to play with Playdough when they were younger. What a fun color combination for this time of year to make candy corn.

  34. This is a crafty idea.
    I really like your pictures – very sharp!

  35. I’ve always wanted to make my girls play dough. I will be trying this over the weekend! I love how it is fall themed too!

  36. Oh this rocks! It would be super fun to make some of this play dough for some fall activities. What a cool idea!

  37. Okay, seriously, cutest idea ever! My son would love to do this! Looks super simple too.

  38. That play dough sure does look good enough to eat! You got the colors absolutely perfect!

  39. There’s nothing easier than this recipe for play dough! It’s really nice to do this with kids as well, especially when you’re about to mix the colors for the play dough. It’s a fun fall craft indeed!

  40. We have made playdough before but not with conditioner! I bet it smells good too! This would also be a great craft for the preschool kids in my daughter’s class. Can’t wait to make it!

  41. Wow, this must be the best smelling play dough ever! I love the candy corn idea too.

  42. I want to make some for me. Just me. Not to share with some kid. Not really, I think I would share it with my neighbor kids.

  43. What a fun project! I love this, perfect for kids this season! My niece would love this – I think it helps kids use their creative sides too! Great DIY!

  44. This is an brilliant Halloween activity. I have a craft/activity each week that I do with my granddaughter after school. She will love making and playing with Candy Corn Play dough!

  45. Great idea! My daughter loves playdoh! Love the candy corn idea too!

  46. How fun! I’ve never made my own play dough and since my baby just turned one I probably won’t for another year or so. But this is definitely a fun project to do with the kids!

  47. I have made playdoh several times but it is so hard to get the right consistency. I need to try your recipe.

  48. I love your recipe, it looks like the best play dough – I’ve never tried corn starch!

  49. I’ve got to do this soon. My little ones are spending the weekend here and we need indoor activities.

  50. This is a cool craft for someone to do with their little ones! My mom used to make homemade pay dough with us when we were kids and we always loved it.

  51. The hair conditioner is an interesting addition to the dough! I love the candy corn look 🙂

  52. What a cute play dough, I love this ideas, Glad you share this

  53. So fun! I never tried to use hair conditioner to make play dough before, but this version looks easy and so fun! I will definitely try this!

  54. This is absolutely a great idea. I would love to try these for my two boys

  55. I am so in love with anything sensory and so this is great! I am going to have to do this with my kids.

  56. What a cute activity to do with the kids! I know that my play group would love it.

  57. What fun theme for playdough!! My kids love to play with it, what fun theme to make candy corn out of it.

  58. I loved playing with dough as a kid. It is such a fun activity

  59. That’s such a cool idea. After you mentioned the shampoo I could see how the consistancy would work. Love this!

  60. This has to be one of the easiest recipes for play dough that I’ve come across with and it would be nice to make with my daughter. She’s very much into play dough and it’s great because it helps develop her creativity and imagination!

  61. Adorable! I love this idea! Great way to include little ones in fall festivities!

  62. I would make my kids play dough when they were younger, they absolutely loved it! I love how you made it fall themed!

  63. I should try it indeed..they look fun for Halloween 🙂

  64. I know some people don’t like candy corn, but somehow, I’ve always been a huge fan! Love the creativity in this post. The colors are right on target. I bet if I tried to recreate this, my yellow would come out too light :/

  65. I have never seen this recipe for play dough before! So easy! I love to make it, but my recipe is decidedly more complicated…definitely trying yours!

  66. What a cute idea! We actually love play-dough in our house and I’m sure my daughter would like to do this.

  67. I love the idea of making your own play dough. A lot of younger children like to put it in their mouth and by making it, you ensure that it doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals.

  68. What a fun idea! This is adorable, my son would love to it for sure!

  69. Wow! I am so doing this with my girls this weekend!

  70. My grandma always made homemade play dough for us! I always liked it way better than the store bought stuff which always smelled gross. 😀

  71. I did not know that conditioner was in play dough. I would’ve never guessed. We go through a lot of play dough, so this recipe is perfect!

  72. I have never made my own playdough, but this looks super easy! My son loves to play with playdough, and he would love it even more knowing that he had a part in make it.

  73. I adore candy corn, so this play dough needs to happen. Finally some candy corn I won’t eat!

  74. What an awesome and oh so festive idea! I would love to make this with my kiddos for Halloween!

  75. Oh conditioner?!!?! Interesting I make play dough all the time for my daughter cause she LOVES it so much I started making Autumn colors for her I will try your version and see how we like it. Thanks for sharing.

  76. This is such a great idea! My son would love this!

  77. How exciting! I love candy corn so it only makes sense to get my love to rub off on my kids! I will definitely be making this soon!

  78. I had no idea you could make play-doh at home this is fantastic. I need some for myself lol

  79. That’s crazy, who knew?! I can’t wait to make this.

  80. This is also great for those with wheat allergies! Something other than clay to substitute play dough with wheat! 🙂

  81. Wow, this is a very brilliant idea. Perfect for little children and sounds so easy to make.

  82. This is so cute. I haven’t tried making a DIY play dough. Sounds fun to do!

  83. This is a brilliant idea. We will try doing this for our kids at home.

  84. Oh, what a wonderful idea. This is perfect for my son. I will try it.

  85. I had no idea that you could make your own playdough. This candycorn version is so cute and I love the bright colours as well!

  86. What a cute and fun idea! My kids would love this! Activity for the day!

  87. This is such a great idea! My daughter and I will be making this over the weekend, love it, so glad I came across this fun project!!

  88. Wow, I have never used cornstarch and hair conditioner. I am now dying to try this. Love the candy corn colors. Very cool

  89. I love making play dough on my own for my kids and it is super exciting when you involve them on doing the same. The Candy Corn Play Dough looks simple & easy to do and I would like to give it a try right away!

  90. Omg! This is so cute. I don’t have any kids, but I want to make this for myself. I also love candy corn!

  91. What a super idea! Thaks for the info looks like fun!

  92. Play dough is a classic! And now the kids can make it themselves?! Awesome

  93. We love play dough. This will be a good activity with the LO

  94. This is super cool! I didn’t know you could make your own play dough!! I also think it is even more safe for kids!

  95. Thats a fun and festive way to use the Play Dough. Love that it has a Halloween/Fall theme.

  96. My kids would freak over this play dough! It’s such a creative and fun idea for fall!

  97. Fabulous idea to engage children and help them learn about Halloween! Combining two different conceits of candy and play dough! Thanks for putting it together visually!

  98. What a cute idea for play dough. My boys would love to play with this.

  99. I’ve tried different DIY play dough recipes but none with conditioner. I love the themed colors. I can see the same idea working great for Christmas stocking play dough.