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Stress Relief Dough DIY Tutorial from Functional Rustic

In honor of Labor Day, Functional Rustic has a relaxing craft for you to try out this weekend. Got ten minutes, some flour, bath oil and hand lotion? Then I have the DIY craft for you! Stress Relief Dough by Functional Rustic.

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Stress Relief Dough DIY Tutorial from Functional Rustic.

This has become my new favorite DIY project. It uses ingredients that I already have around the house so it is completely free. All you need is some baking flour, hand lotion and bath oil (Olive oil probably works too. Food coloring and glitter are optional but add some flare.)

The stress relief dough actually started as an attempt to make slime for my nephew. I scoured Pinterest for DIY slime tutorials but couldn’t find any that required ingredients I actually had. My DIY philosophy is not spending extra money to create a craft. Figure out a way to build it with what you have or don’t build it at all.

The slime project called for corn flour (which I don’t have), Elmer’s glue (I left the lid open and now it’s hard) and hair conditioner (which I also do not have right now). Off to a rocky start.

Determined to create something while also refusing to go to the store – I gathered ingredients that were similar in texture to those that were in the original tutorial.

Stress Relief Dough is what happened as a result.

Stress Relief Dough – DIY Tutorial by Functional Rustic

Ingredients: Flour, Hand Lotion, Bath Oil. Optional: Food Coloring & Glitter.

Time to complete: Ten Minutes

Step One:
Squirt a large handful of hand lotion into a bowl. If you are measuring it out – I’d say about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of hand lotion.

Add about 1/3 cup of lotion to a bowl.

Step Two:
Optional – If you want the dough to be colored add food coloring now. You don’t need a lot, just a couple drops.

Add food coloring to the lotion to add color to your dough.

CAUTION: Using a water based food coloring causes the dough to mold after a few weeks. I have not tried the gel based food coloring yet but I theorize it may be less likely to get moldy. I will update this post after I run some tests. Not adding any food coloring enabled the dough to last months though. The  only reason I do not have it today, is that I left it outside in the sun and it melted.

Step Three:
Add Flour. I was DIYing on the fly so I just took a couple handfuls of the flour and added it to the bowl. If you are measuring I recommend starting with 1 cup of flour and adding more as needed.

TIP: For a firmer dough use more flour.

Add approximately 1 cup of flour.

Step Four:
Mix. Using your hands mix/squish the hand lotion and flour together. As you mix the ingredients it will become more dough like. Knead the dough until the texture is similar to play dough.

Step Five:
Add bath oil. Using your thumb, make an indentation in the dough forming a small bowl and pour in some Bath Oil. If you are measuring I recommend using 1 teaspoon to start. I used Skin-So-Soft from Avon because it is what I had. The oil helps the dough feel less sticky and gives it a stretchy quality. Any moisturizing oil would work and possibly even cooking oil could be used.

Knead the oil into the dough.

Add some bath/baby oil.

Congratulations!!! You made Stress Relief Dough. No really, you’re done with the project now. Isn’t it fun to squeeze the dough? If you added food coloring you will notice that the more you knead the dough the more the dye is distributed.

Wait, what about the glitter?

Step Six:
Optional – add glitter to the dough. Just as you did when you added the bath oil, press your thumb into the dough and make a small bowl. Pour the glitter into the dough. If you are measuring I recommend 1 teaspoon to start.

Add glitter to your dough to make it sparkle.

Fold the dough into the glitter and then just keep squeezing and kneading until the glitter is distributed.

I know what you’re thinking….glitter is really messy and I don’t want to get it all over me. Much to my surprise though, the glitter stays in the dough. I’m guessing the oil is a big factor in that. Once the glitter is in the dough it stays there – no need to worry that you will end up wearing it.

Step Seven:
Take pictures and videos of your creation and share them on DIY Projects of Facebook.

This was the first tutorial I attempted to film and had to try it a few times before I was happy. I learned something new each time I tried it so I am including all of the videos here instead of just the “best.” ENOJOY!

Written by Sarah Palmer, Owner – Functional Rustic

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