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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults A recipe for onion skin dye to colour playdough might seem an unlikely idea but it's an interesting way to discover how these brown flakes of peel do not carry the same strong odour their bulbous contents do and as with tea, the brown outer leaves can be steeped in hot water or simmered to soak out the pigmentation and create a mixture that works well if blended (although optional) and strained, separating a brownish tincture from a squashy mulch!

Onion skin dye recipe to colour playdough

Once the liquid has been measured, added to the rest of the playdough ingredients and cooked, it produces a subtle peach coloured dough, a little lighter than the rosehip recipe and whilst we didn't try staining fabrics with the dye this time around, a search on google images suggests there are a variety of lovely hues that 
onion skin dyes can be used to achieve.

Onion skin dye recipe
30g onion skins
200ml water - if simmering over heat

Brown onion skin dye, playdough recipe
  • 150g plain flour
  • 120g salt
  • 120ml grass dye liquid
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar (optional)
  • Hand moisturiser (optional)  
Place all the ingredients except the hand lotion into a saucepan and cook over a medium heat until everything comes together in a ball. Leave it to cool and then knead until smooth. At this stage add a few spoonfuls of hand cream and enjoy the squelchiness as the two combine into a soft pliable dough.

Onion dyed playdough activities  

This was an activity we thoroughly enjoyed and for once the compost heap took second place as the nest of crispy layers at the bottom of our onion basket were repurposed for alternative crafting and to cap off the activities there was an inspired rewatch of Shrek!

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Onion skin dye  


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