DIY of the Week: Pumpkin Spice Playdough

It’s officially pumpkin spice season, and in recent years we’ve seen the trend embraced in less conventional, non-edible ways. From candles, to lotions, now playdough! This kid-friendly dough from Small + Friendly smells delicious and is just downright fun to play with.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup of salt (a little more if you use kosher)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or a mix of cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves)
  • optional: food coloring or natural food based dyes (such as beet juice and turmeric)


  1. Combine all ingredients (except coloring) in a large pot.  
  2. Stir over medium heat until a big ball forms. (It should be smooth and no longer sticky.)
  3. Remove from pot and allow to cool until the dough can be worked by hand.
  4. Divide the dough into however many different colors you want.
  5. Work the colors into the dough by adding a few drops at a time and kneading. (We used food coloring for red, yellow, and orange and left one brown.  Similar colors could be achieved with natural juices: beet, carrot, turmeric.)