Homemade Playdough Recipe

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homemade playdough recipe

Want to know how to make homemade playdough? Did you know you could make homemade play doh with ingredients straight from your kitchen? DIY playdough is super simple to make, using only 4 ingredients! Your kids will love making this homemade playdough recipe.

How to Make Playdough

Recipe and Supplies

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup salt
  • Cutting Board
  • Wax Paper
  • Saucepan
  • Spatula
  • Optional: Gloves

Step 1:

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First, add flour to the saucepan.

The first thing you want to do in a saucepan, on no heat, is add plain flour.

Step 2:

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In this step, you will be adding the water to the flour.

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In this step, you will be adding the water to the flour.

Add 2 cups of water.

Step 3:

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The salt helps maintain the consistency of the play-doh.

Add 1 cup of salt. It may look like a lot, but trust me, it needs it.

Step 4:

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Add vegetable oil to the mixture.

Pour in 2 tbsp of vegetable oil.

Step 5:

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The last ingredient to add is the cream of tartar.

Add 1 tbsp of cream of tartar

Step 6:


Before turning on the heat, slowly mix your ingredients.

Mix ingredients around before you add any heat to it.

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Continue to stir without ceasing.

Over a very low heat, stir continuously. Don’t leave it for a second!

Step 8:

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You will know when the dough is finished.

As it thickens it will form a big clump of dough.

Step 9:

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Use a cutting board to keep your countertops clean from dough.

Take dough out of saucepan and place it on cutting board. Do not flour.

Step 10:

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Work the dough to finish mixing all the ingredients.

Knead the dough while it is still warm to work in all the ingredients.

Step 11:

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You should have enough dough to make four different versions.

Break up the dough into four separate pieces.

Step 12:

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Place the dough on wax paper to keep from staining the counters with food coloring.

Place four rolls of dough on top of baking paper.

Step 13:

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Poking a hole in the center helps keep the color from running.

Using your thumb, press a hole in the center of each roll.

Step 14:

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We used red, yellow, green and blue food coloring.

Using food coloring, pour a couple drops of a color in each center hole.

Step 15:

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You can wear gloves to keep from staining your hands. If you have no gloves, you can use toothpaste to clean your hands.

Very carefully, mold it over and work in the color.

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This is what the dough should look like when the color has been kneaded all the way through.

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Repeat process with each of the different colors.