Sculpt with Sawdust Play Dough

Pancake shaped play dough

Sawdust gives your play dough an interesting texture.

What You Need

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Flour, 1-2 cups
  • Logs or branches, optional
  • Measuring Cups
  • Newspaper or tablecloth to protect your work surface
  • Power saw, optional
  • Salt, 1/2 cup
  • Sawdust, 1-2 cups
  • Spoon
  • Water, 1/2 cup

What You Do

  1. Get about a cup of sawdust
    One way to get sawdust is to take lumber and cut it with a saw. You could also visit a local wood or hardware store.

    Cutting wood rounds

  2. Gather the other ingredients
    You will want to mix the play dough in a location where spills are easily wiped up.
    We chose to mix it in a container that we would not likely use for food in the future, in case there was any issue with sawdust being a non-edible ingredient.

    Sawdust ingredients

  3. Mix the ingredients
    Start with about a cup of sawdust and a cup of flour. You can add more of either if you want to play with the texture. They can be used interchangeably.
    Add about 1/2 cup of salt.
    Add water slowly, as needed, to get the ingredients to a dough.

    Mixing ingredients

  4. Mix with your hands
    At some point, it works best to start mixing directly with your hands, to feel whether the dough is reaching a good texture.
    You know you have a good texture when you can roll the dough into a hot dog or pickle shape easily without having it stick to the rolling surface or your hands.

    Mixing sawdust and play dough

  5. Add the water slowly
    You would be surprised how little water is needed to make a good dough, so start very slowly.

    Add water to sawdust

  6. Make fun sculptures!
    If you like your results, leave the sculptures to dry for a few days.

    Pancake shaped play dough