Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Play dough Olaf Frozen

Ever since my little one turned 2 she became obsessed with play doh and fondants because she often see me decorating fondant cakes.  She would always ask for a big chunk of my fondant whenever she sees me covering a cake.

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Of course I couldn’t help but give in to her demands, it’s either that or I’m not going to hear the end of it.   Since making fondants are way more expensive and labor intensive than making play doughs I decided to dedicate at least 35 minutes of my precious time making her her own play dough.

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I bought all the containers at the wet market for only P100 ( that’s $2 ), it’s twice the size of Play Doh container and very recyclable.

I’m telling you, anyone who buys this stuff is wasting money, plastic, and gasoline.  My recipe below makes about 6 large cans of commercial Play Dough,   guaranteed cheaper by 80%, super non-toxic,  it will last for 3 weeks more or less, super easy to make and best of all very similar texture to commercial play dough !!!  Grab the recipe below.

Play Dough 

2 Cups All Purpose Flour
5 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2 Cups Water
1 Cup Salt
2 Tablespoon oil
Food Colorings — any type.  ( I used food coloring gel instead of the water based food coloring since its more concentrated ergo it will make a more vibrant colored play dough )

1.  Mix Flour and cream of tartar in a bowl. Set aside.

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2.  In a saucepan mix salt and water and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes (do not boil ).

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3.  Strain the salted water to remove undissolved salt.  Then add oil and flour mixture while the salted water is still hot.

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Black, blue , green , pink, white and yellow clay dough.    Since I don’t have anymore yellow food coloring I used Turmeric powder, just dab a little on the dough and knead.

4.  Let is cool down a bit or just cool enough for you to handle.  Knead the dough and divide it into 5 or more parts.

5.  Knead in your desired food coloring to each of the divided dough.  Store in an air tight container at room temperature or in the fridge overnight to “mature.

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The texture of the end result is very similar to store bought Play Doh.

Note: I made a little amount of black play dough using the blue dough and added black food coloring and a little more flour so it won’t be sticky.

play dough recipeThe following day, make Olaf the snowman, make mushrooms, make a genie, I don’t care coz its play dough heaven !!!

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16 thoughts on “Homemade Play Dough Recipe

  1. The gel does give it a nice color. Your little one is developing her artistic talents, she’ll be helping you decorate cakes before you know it. She’s adorable!

    • I think she will be, she never gets tired of play doughs. I think the only thing left to teach is how to resist eating fondants while molding 🙂 Thank you so much!

  2. Hey There,

    I pinned your post to my board: ideal education at Pinterest. Play dough is a wonderful medium for children. I used to give our boys a huge mountain of it along with miniature plastic figures, trees, etc, and they would invent a world in the dough. It really inspires imaginative and creative thinking.

    • Thank you kristin. I couldn’t agree more, these things are great for boosting kids education and artistic talents, plus they never seem to get tired of it 🙂

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  4. This is great! I’ve been wondering how to do this. They love helping me bake and they enjoy playing with Play-Doh. I totally think this is a great idea for a Sandbox List Adventure for my kids. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Wonderful! I also recently realized that kids will love playing with these even more if you add those little plastic eyes you can buy in bookstores or craft stores. Thanx for stopping by Guat.

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