Play-doh Ornaments #Craft


Kids love playing with Play-doh.  And for little ones, the squishier, the better.  Once it starts to dry out it just gets too hard for little ones to work with.

So, what do you do, pitch it?

Don’t toss that can yet!  That Play-doh still has lots of uses.

This week we used some of our stiff Play-doh to make Christmas ornaments – a fun, easy craft for little ones that uses materials you already have on hand.


Play-doh craft

I made my daughter this one – she really wants a pink and purple spotted cat!


The Play-doh we used was particularly stiff, so I rolled it out for the kids.


uses for old play dough

My daughter loved the silly faces I made while rolling the ‘doh; she took this pic and wanted me to share it with you all.

Once it was rolled out, both my preschooler and toddler got to work cutting out shapes for ornaments.

uses for old play-doh

I still have glitter from our pine cone ornaments, so I got it out to try with our Play-doh.  (I wasn’t sure how much would actually stick, but they had fun rubbing it on their finished shapes!)

After they were finished with their creations, I used a toothpick to poke holes in the ornaments so we could add ribbons later for hanging.

Then I set the ornaments in a safe place to air dry.  Since we were using some very old Play-doh, it only took a couple days.  (Want them ready for Christmas?  Try baking them at 200 degrees for 5 minutes.)

Once they were dry, we added ribbons to hang them with.  I also used a permanent marker to personalize a few of the ornaments.


simple Play-doh craft

Our finished ornaments


Got some old Play-doh hanging around?  Give this easy craft a try this week…  Tie ’em on packages for a simple addition to any gift.  Or, use them as gift tags!



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  1. I love this idea. Gift tags out of playdoh…how clever! We’ve had a ton of dry playdoh in this house and I’ve just pitched it. I’m feeling very wasteful now. I’ve gotta get better at this crafting stuff :-)

    1. I don’t know why I kept it, I just tucked a few cans away, thinking one day I’d find a use of it. And as it got closer to Christmas, I thought, hey – I bet they’d have fun making ornaments! (But I might not let it get so dry next time – it was pretty hard to roll ours out!)

  2. How cute! My kids and I just made cinnamon-applesauce ornaments but these are equally fun. I bet it would work well with the homemade playdough we make too! This is my recipe for easy playdough,

    1. I bet it would work with homemade play-doh as well. Can’t wait to check out your recipe! I made homemade play-doh when my oldest was a baby, but once she was out of putting it in her mouth we started buying Play-doh in all the bright colors.

  3. So cute! Love this. Who would have ever thought to use play-dough for Christmas tree ornaments. It’s amazing how some of the things we played with as kids have been passed down to this new generation. Pretty cool. I loved playing with play-doh.

    1. I love the smell of Play-doh. I actually got a can and brought it to the hospital with me when we had our first child as a “comforting scent” to help me through labor!

  4. I didn’t know old playdoh could be reused like this–good to know as I think we still have some tubs of it in our craft stash. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yeah, I just tossed it in our craft stuff thinking one day…

  5. It is a great idea and thank you for sharing. I think it would be a good time together with your children for making gifts by ourselves. Merry Christmas!

  6. These came out so cute!

    1. Thanks! I wasn’t really sure how they would turn out (but, that’s like any craft with little ones…). I’m thinking next year we might try gluing google eyes on and adding a little paint once they’re dry. Maybe.

  7. This is SUCH a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You’re welcome! I have to say, they did turn out cute and the kids had fun making them!

  8. Cute idea. Aside from saving time and money in going out shopping for decorations, you can also have some bonding time with your kids. Thanks for sharing. That’s a wacky picture of yours. :)

  9. I have a ton of new playdoh. can you use that and bake it to harden it? My daughter got a case of it ans some sets one year for Christmas and I still have a lot left.

    1. I have heard that you can bake Play-Doh in a very low temperature oven. Of course, if you leave it out to dry, that will work, too, it will just take a little longer than if it was old Play-Doh.

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