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Homemade Playdough

I have tried to make playdough at home before with no success. It was a terrible failure and the grand kids were so disappointed. That recipe did not have me heating the ingredients. I decided to look around and came across several different variations. I found this recipe on a blog and can’t remember which one it was:(  (Sorry I can’t give credit to the person).

It was a great success. I can’t believe how nice the playdough turned out. Better then store bought. I only had 2 dye colors so we left one white.

Check out the recipe below!


Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes


  • 2 cups all purpose white flour
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)
  • food coloring (liquid, powder, unsweetened drink mix)


In a small sauce pan add flour
Add water
Add salt
Stir together
Add cream of tartar (optional)
Add vegetable oil
Mix together over low heat, stirring constantly
The mixture will slowly start to thicken
When it starts to resemble mashed potatoes and pulls away from the pan sides it's almost ready. keep heating and stirring it if it's still sticky
Let cool in pan
Knead with hands, roll into 3 balls
Add color in center and mix with your hands (I only had 2 colors to add)
Keep in an air tight container

Shared on: Country Momma Cooks , A Pinch of Joy , Marvelously Messy , Cozy Home Scenes , Frugally Sustainable , Whole New Mom , Bear Rabbit Bear , We Are That Family , Money Saving Mom

9 thoughts on “Homemade Playdough”

  1. Debbie says:

    Your play dough does look better than the ones I made. The last batch the salt kept coming out. Looks like a great recipe to me!

  2. Debbie says:

    By the way—-the little one looks like a cute sweety-pie.

  3. Deana says:

    Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…..have a wonderful weekend:)

  4. Jen says:

    Hey – that little girl is awfully cute 😉 Great post and recipe… I think we are going to make some for home!

  5. Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes says:

    This brings back memories of making dough with my Mom many years ago. Thanks for sharing it at the party. Cute little girl!——- Shannon

  6. Charlene@APinchofJoy says:

    Your granddaughter/helper is adorable! Thanks for linking on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! Hope to see you again soon – the links are open!

  7. Nancy @Real Food Allergy Free says:

    This looks wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing at Allergy Free Wednesday! Your grand daughter is adorable. Please come back again this week.

  8. Melanie says:

    I made playdough once and it was a disaster. Glad yours turned out well. Glad to have you at Things I’ve Done Thursday!

    1. Diane says:

      The first time was horrible, we did the no cook method. This time it was perfect! Thanks again for hosting.

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