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Wild Orange Fairy Dough

Wild Orange Fairy Dough with conditioner, corn starch and essential oilThis weekend, my home sustained a massive glitter explosion. So, for the past couple of days, every time my kids pad (or maybe trudge) down the hallway, they leave tiny tracks of gold sparkles. My home is, well, glittery — even after vacuuming multiple times and washing the floor Cinderella-style. Baby K was the culprit who located and gleefully emptied a family-size container of glitter into the play kitchen oven. She also “washed” her play dishes and the playroom floors with it. I’m now surprised that I’ve made it through 5+ years of parenting without witnessing such widespread bedazzling. And I now understand why so many mommies out there have banished glitter. Turns out, it’s sticky and HA-ARD to clean up!! 

So here’s why the glitter was within arm’s reach to begin with. Miss R and I had just finished crafting a batch of glittery and orange-scented fairy dough! It’s a fairy-approved concoction that can double as a pixie habitat. Fairy dough carries its name because it is silky, soft, pixie-dusty, and so easy to make, it’s like magic! Fairy dough with conditioner, corn starch and essential oil

What You Need (and please, take proper precautions with that glitter!) 

  • Hair Conditioner 
  • Corn Starch
  • Glitter
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • Essential Oil (optional) 

How it’s Made: 

  1. Empty one cup of hair conditioner into a bowl. If you use scented conditioner, your dough will assume that aroma. 
  2. Sprinkle in a generous amount of glitter. I recommend adding the glitter at this point, though I’ve also added it later (as seen in the pictures) and the result is just fine.
  3. Using a large spoon and your hands, mix the glittery conditioner with 2.5 cups of corn starch. 
    For this fairy-centered activity, Miss R wore her favorite house dress, which depicts Tinker Bell and her entourage.
  4. Knead the dough with your hands for a few minutes and evaluate the texture. Add more conditioner if the mixture is too flaky, and more corn starch if it’s too wet. It will take a bit of kneading to know what ingredient is lacking, if any. 
  5. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and essential oil. Miss R adores Wild Orange essential oil, so we added that and hoped it’d make our dough all the more invigorating and uplifting. Despite my suggestion to use orange coloring to match the oil, R selected yellow. So now we have a light, bright, glittery dough fit for a fairy. 

Making the dough was just as fun as playing with it afterwards. But when Miss R finished, she continued to add glitter, form clouds and fairy beds, and daydream about pixie dust. Little did we know that mere minutes later, baby K would try her hand at the whole pixie dust theme and orchestrate a glittery fairy land. 

Three ingredient fairy dough with conditioner, corn starch and essential oil


7 thoughts on “Wild Orange Fairy Dough

  1. Glitter is HELL!!! I feel so sorry for you…..
    So coincidental – my 4yo’s school made this last week during science camp, but it was plain white for them and they called it “snow.” They put little plastic penguins with it and they made snow hills and such. I love the fairy dust idea!!

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      1. We do have glitter, but I only bust it out for highly supervised, special projects. I feel like it should be used only outside.
        Once my mom got a ton of glitter and had my then just barely 3yo do some projects in my mom’s living room … the glitter was everywhere for WEEKS! I still see bits here and there when we visit. I feel eternally sorry for her, but it was her fault…!

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  2. As an elementary teacher who has used, loved, and done battle with glitter for years, I will forwarn you that your life will be easier if you just right away accept thar you will be finding bits of this glitter in your home and on your belongings from here to eternity. Some say you will even delight them and smile fondly when you see a fleck. Consider them fond memories.

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    1. I like your response much more than that my dear friend, who called glitter “the herpes of crafting” — ha! I agree with you, I’ll regard each fleck as a reminder of the fairy dust of childhood.


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