Homemade Playdough from Homemade By Jill

    Posted by  ·  June 3, 2010

    What a treat! The ever creative Jill from Homemade by Jill is sharing her homemade play-dough recipe and tutorial.

    Jill writes…

    Homemade playdough is a great summer craft!  It is easy enough for kids to help with, only takes about 10-15 minutes, and gives you comparable results to store-bought playdough.  And the best part is … you probably have all the necessary materials on hand in your pantry.

    Ingredients needed:

    • 1 cup flour
    • 1 cup warm water
    • 2 teaspoons cream of tarter
    • 1 teaspoon oil
    • 1/4 cup salt
    • food coloring

    When in this process you allow your kids to assist is entirely up to you.  Younger children can mix dry ingredients, older kids can stir (supervised) at the stove top, and adding food coloring is fun for everyone.  My son is under two, so he mainly helps me with the “playing” part.  Please supervise your children and use caution with the stove and hot dough.

    1. Combine all ingredients (except food coloring) in a medium-sized saucepan.
    2. Stir over medium heat until smooth.
    3. Stir continuously until the dough balls (about 1-2 minutes).  Remove from heat.

    1. When dough is cool enough to handle, knead until smooth.
    2. Form into a ball.
    3. Divide into as many colors as you’d like to make.  A single batch makes a good amount for four colors.

    1. Add food coloring to the divided dough.  Gel food coloring works quite well.  I have not tried liquid food coloring.
    2. Knead the food coloring into the dough. To protect your counter top, knead over wax paper.  To protect your hands, wear plastic or rubber gloves, if you have them (you could also put the dough and food coloring inside a ziplock bag and have the kids squish it around inside).
    3. When the dough is a consistent color, ball and set aside.

    1. Repeat with the rest of your colors.
    2. Put the dough in separate containers.  Toddler-sized snack containers are a good size, and I have also wrapped the colors individually in wax paper and stored in zip-lock baggies.
    3. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.  It will stay soft for several weeks if stored airtight.

    Hmm … I feel like I’m forgetting the most important step.  Oh, that’s right – PLAY!

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    1. Evi
      Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
      Just an additional tip...Kool-Aid powder (the little packs without the sugar) offer really beautiful extremely bright color that is really inexpensive and smells great too, I use it a lot!
    2. desjmom
      Saturday, October 29th, 2011
      Thank you! Made this today with my 3 kids (8,6, and 4). They loved being able to help make it. The consistancy is so much better that store bought. My daughter had just got a fresh package of name brand stuff at school 2 days ago. When we opened it after making this recipe we realized and ours was softer and more workable and didn't smell like the other stuff did. The kids just love it. So thank you again!
    3. Saturday, January 21st, 2012
      THEE BESTTTTTTTT recipe I have ever used! Thanks so much:)
    4. KelliL
      Friday, February 10th, 2012
      Thanks so much for this. It was quick and easy to make. And my toddler girls loved it! I did not have cream of tarter so I used baking powder.
    5. Tess
      Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
      Thanks for this recipe. Quick and easy to make for my son who (in the middle of Feb) decided he HAD to have a Santa Claus. I will make this all the time for our crafts now :)
    6. BL
      Monday, March 5th, 2012
      fantastic recipe, much better than store bough dough! didn't have anything in the house to color with so put in a dash of red sprinkles while it cooked and my 5 year old says it's "apricot" color!
    7. hb
      Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
      This was so super easy. It doesn't smell like the playdoh from the store, but who cares??? My kid can destroy as much playdoh as he likes from now on. Seriously.....20 minutes from start to finish, with interruptions. Thank you for this recipe!!!
    8. Tina Steadman
      Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
      I use to make play dough and we added a pack of unsweetened Kool Aid for color and scent. We added it in step 1.
    9. Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
      I made this and didn't have cream of tartar, so I used baking powder instead. It did not turn out so well. It was a little gooey and stuck to our fingers. I opened it again a couple of days later, and it was REALLY gooey and sticky, so I threw it away. My 3 year old was upset! So, I will buy some cream of tartar and try it again :)
    10. slusznis
      Monday, July 23rd, 2012
      what is cream of tarter ? I'm french and don't know what it is but I want so much to try this playdoh...Can y try with baking powder instead of it ? How much ? Thank for you answer.
    11. Friday, August 24th, 2012
      I know this post is 2 years old, but it is GREAT!! Just finished making this and it turned out perfect!! I do have a question: Can you use a water-based paint to color the "doh"?? Just wondering....
      • Sunday, August 26th, 2012
        Gosh KB I don't know. If you give it a try please let me know!
    12. m
      Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
      turned out grat, and really nice to work with. My 4 yr old loves playdough and I like that this dough dosnt dry out as quick. Thanks!
    13. Nicole C.
      Saturday, February 23rd, 2013
      I love this playdough! Thanks for letting it be shared on Pinterest, that's how I found it.
    14. Thursday, April 4th, 2013
      Have you ever considered scenting your playdough? I have done this for my kids, and they love it!
    15. Saturday, November 9th, 2013
      Can you use acrylic paint instead of food colouring?