Play Dough & Cookie Cutter Valentine


I still remember Lucy’s very first valentine she ever received. It was from her cute little friend from next door. He and his mom had made the most beautiful valentines~ little bags with homemade play dough, a mini heart cookie cutter and recipe. They came over and delivered it in person. IMG_8636Lucy was thrilled and played with it for days! It was adorable!

I’ve tried my best to recreate it over the last couple years. It’s so fun to make the play dough with your child and later assemble it together.IMG_8629

All you need is homemade play dough (recipe below), some mini heart cookie cutters, little treat bags and paper to print out your message and recipe.

We’ve assembled it different ways in the past~ stapled the recipe at the top of the bag or tied it on with a ribbon. Both turned out cute. And it’s so nice to be able for your child to give their friends a valentine they made themselves!

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

1. Mix together:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • food coloring

2. Cook over medium heat stirring until stiff dough forms.

3. Once cooked, knead on wax paper and it’s ready!


If you enjoyed this post you may also be interested in:
~ Stamping Hearts with Toilet Paper Roll
~ Our Favorite Play Dough Recipe
~ Pumpkin Pie Play Dough

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26 Responses to Play Dough & Cookie Cutter Valentine

  1. chelle says:

    Very cute! My little guy loves play dough!

    Thanks for linking up with Sharing Saturday!

  2. Cute idea! I might do this if I can find some little train cookie cutters. πŸ™‚ I saw you on Sharing Sunday.

  3. This is such a cute idea!! This would be great for my daughter’s Mother’s Day Out classmates!! Thanks for sharing. I found you on Link & Learn! πŸ™‚

    • buggy & buddy says:

      Thanks! I love your blog by the way. I really want to try those snowflakes you made~ Lucy would love it!

      • Thank you so much! I just revamped my blog back in September to start chronicling our preschool journey among other things. Before that, it was pretty much just a journal for me and a way to keep friends and family informed, but I am loving the way it’s going now. Now that the holidays are over, we can resume our version of chaotic normal. The snowflakes are fun and pretty easy!! πŸ™‚

      • buggy & buddy says:

        I started the same way~ just using the blog to record things with the kids. But, as I’ve decided to take a break from classroom teaching, this has morphed into something more! Can’t wait to try those snowflakes, just need to search for our painter’s tape!

      • LOL…I had to use painter’s tape, because I didn’t have any masking tape. I only had the wide painter’s tape, so I had to cut it in half so it wasn’t so fat. πŸ˜‰

  4. Debbie says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I can use it with my granddaughters! Thanks for sharing at Delicate Construction.

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  6. This is such a sweet idea and I love that the kids can help prepare it. Plus it’s way better than giving classmates candy.

    • buggy & buddy says:

      Thanks, Vicky. I just remember loving it so much (as did Lucy) when she received this valentine a few years back. So easy, fun and cute!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE this idea for my daughter’s preschool! Where did you find bulk mini plastic heart shaped cookie cutters? Please respond ASAP since I would love to do this for this year! Thanks!

    • buggy & buddy says:

      We were just talking about this on my Facebook page. This year I found them at Target in sets of 5. But, I remember in years past finding them at Cost Plus as singles so you could buy as many as you wanted. My Cost Plus does not have them this year, but another reader found the larger ones online.

  8. Keri Holan says:

    How much does this make? My son has 22 kids in his class so im wondering how much i would need to make. Thanks!

    • buggy & buddy says:

      I split this batch up into 8 mini play dough balls that are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, which seem to be the perfect size if you are using mini cookie cutters (about 1 inch across) to go with it. So you’d need about 3 batches to be safe for a class of 22. If you are using full size cookie cutters (about 3 inches across), you can get about 4-5 larger dough balls from this batch. So 5 batches should be good if using the larger cookie cutters. Here’s an old post with photos of how large the batch of dough looks~ Our Favorite Play Dough Recipe. Please let me know how it turns out! Hope you both enjoy it!

  9. This is such a great idea! I love this instead of all the candy! I can tell you were a teacher who probably dealt with the Vday ‘sugar high’! πŸ™‚ haha I read your profile and love that you are your husband are/were teachers too. My husband and I are both teachers too. You are a Featured Favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks so much for sharing with us last week! We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to this week! We love having you join us! πŸ™‚
    Have a great weekend!
    Mackenzie πŸ™‚

    • buggy & buddy says:

      Thank you, Mackenzie! So thrilled to be featured on your blog. It’s one of my absolute favorites! Happy Friday!

  10. That is such a lovely idea. So cute and much better than candy.

    Thanks for linking to the Sunday Showcase

  11. Hi there! I saw this post on Cheerios & Lattes Saturday Show & Tell . . . had to come by and check it out right away! I teach preschool and LOVE the non-candy valentine ideas. Plus, play dough fun lasts longer than eating candy (and the candy’s resultant sugar-high). Love, love, love! πŸ™‚

    • buggy & buddy says:

      I agree~ love the non-sugar valentines so much! Thanks so much for stopping by! I was just reading your post with all the love notes from your son. So adorable! My daughter’s almost at the same stage so I know the feeling of your heart melting when you get those sweet messages!

  12. Pinning this, as well — hope that’s cool.

  13. enchantedhomeschoolingmom says:

    Super cute idea! Pinning (and printing) this. Thank you for linking up to the brand new Hearts for Home Blog Hop!

  14. Great idea! I think we will use this for our Valentine’s this year! Much better idea than candy.

    Thanks for linking up to the Hearts for Home blog hop! Blessings!!

  15. Love this! We make homemade valentines every year and I love this idea! And what kids does not love play dough! Thanks so much for sharing on We Made That!

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