DIY Crafts – Coloured Cloud Dough

Welcome back to the Crafting Corner with Ella! I hope your holiday season was filled with hands on fun with your little ones. As you know, I am always looking for ways to entertain my son Aidan without breaking the bank through DIY crafts! This easy 3 ingredient, coloured cloud dough has been a particular hit with the little people in my life and I hope it is with those in yours as well!

DIY crafts like this pliable dough/sand/powder are great for kids. Aidan (2.9y) and my nephew, Caleb (9m) had to be dragged away from it. I know you can simply buy kinetic sand in the shop, which would be easier; but I also know our boys, and that small R100 tub would be gone in seconds… I’m not big on literally throwing money away. I also wanted a nice large quantity so that they could really get in there.

I recently read that it is dangerous if kids or pets ingest the commercial moldable sand and, while I don’t believe everything I read, I wanted something that I was sure was non toxic – my nephew Caleb has yet to meet an object he wouldn’t like to taste. The texture is not exactly like kinetic sand, it’s much lighter and fluffier, more of a moldable powder than anything else. It cost me about R40 for roughly 2kgs of the stuff and I still have ingredients left over for a second batch.


DIY Crafts cloud dough 1
– 8 cups of flour
– 1 cup of oil
– a half a cup of non toxic powder paint (the kind you mix with water to form poster paint) / powdered food colouring is even better
– A sealable tub (it helps to seal it in the container they will be playing in, much less mess with back and forth)
– small beach toys
– Measuring cups
– Big spoon

– Mix the flour and coloured powder of your choice (TIP: Normal food colouring is water based so will form clumps)

DIY Crafts Cloud dough 2
– Add oil and mix

DIY Crafts Cloud dough 3
– Mix some moreDIY Crafts cloud dough 6
– Add toys DIY Crafts Cloud dough 4


And TAH DAH!!!! Instant fun for kiddies 🙂

DIY Crafts Cloud dough 5

I would love your feedback, thoughts and comments if there is anything that isn’t quite clear or if you have any questions at all!

Did you see our Christmas craft? As a lovely plush tree, you could easily adapt it by simply changing the material used!

Feel free to pop over to our Pinterest board and follow along as we discover and share new crafts for and your little ones to try.

Is there some DIY craft you would like to see me try? Drop us a mail at with the subject “Crafting Corner with Ella”.

*Eleanor “Ella” Douglas is the creator and owner of Oh!Boy Kids Accessories

Ella Douglas-Meyers

Ella is a crafting obsessed mommy blogger who has a passion for making fun, beautiful, functional things on a budget. Ella is a journalist by trade, works in layout and design Monday to Wednesday, and then freelance writes, blogs at Just Ella Bella, and designs and handmakes bespoke kids accessories and toys for her business Oh!Boy Kids the rest of the week.

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