Thank you Crystal from Dangerously Delicious for sharing this Fall Scented Homemade Playdough!

Play with the scent of caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin pie and vanilla by making Fall Scented Homemade Playdough! This beautiful Fall craft is so fun and unique you’ll want to share it with not only your kids, but with all their friends too. Just look how pretty it is packaged with festive ribbon and a Fall cookie cutter! Perfect for classroom gifts, neighbor gifts or a party favor. Fall Scented Homemade Playdough - keep the kids entertained while Thanksgiving dinner is cooking!

This Fall craft is SO much fun to make with your kids. You’ll have their attention as soon as you say scented playdough. My kids were like little hawks in the kitchen watching my every move as I tested this recipe (again). My big ones don’t remember, but I made this same playdough many years ago as a class gift for my daughter’s kindergarten class. The kids LOVED it and could not wait to play with it. When they realized the playdough had the scent of caramel, all they wanted to do was keep it under their little noses. It seriously smells so wonderful! It’s the perfect little gift for classrooms, neighbors, friends or given as a party favor.

You can find cute little cookie cutters at your local craft store. I found these at AC Moore.


Adding caramel extract, ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or vanilla extract to your playdough will deliver that OMG reaction when they realize it smells like Fall!!


Mix your food coloring in a separate bowl before kneading it into your playdough to ensure the right color the first time.


Serious sensory stimulation here as you can’t help enjoy the scent of this soft, warm colored, Fall-inspired playdough. My son Cayden was in heaven, as were my other 4, as they crafted trees, wreaths and pillows (bahaha) out of their playdough. Mom’s extracurricular activities can be pretty awesome sometimes. 😉


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Fall Scented Homemade Playdough


1 Batch of Playdough:
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cream of tartar (found in spice aisle)
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground cinnamon , pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract OR caramel extract to each batch made. Add more for stronger scent if desired.
Brown Playdough:
  • 1 drop red
  • 10 drops yellow
  • 2-3 drops blue
Red Playdough:
  • 20-30 drops red
Orange Playdough:
  • 10 drops red
  • 20 drops yellow


  1. Sift together flour, salt and cream of tartar. Add to pot and add water and oil. Turn stovetop on medium heat and stir constantly.
  2. Add scent of choice while stirring. When dough becomes a ball, remove from heat and add food coloring for desired color. TIP: Mix food coloring is separate bowl before adding to warm playdough. Knead until color is consistent throughout.
  3. Pair your homemade playdough with Fall cookie cutters and PLAY!

Recipe Notes

To create multiple colors and scents of playdough, several batches need to be made. One recipe yields 2 cups of playdough only.

Fall Scented Homemade Playdough