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Balls of Homemade playdough stacked on top of each other.
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Homemade Playdough

This How to Make Homemade Playdough tutorial is so easy that the kids can make it all on their own! This recipe makes 2 pounds of playdough and costs just $2.47 to make!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Craft
Cuisine: American
Keyword: playdough
Servings: 2 pounds
Cost: $2.47


  • large heavy-bottomed pot
  • measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • mixing bowl
  • Quart-sized Ziploc bags


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup table salt
  • 1 ½ Tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 ½ Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Gel food coloring optional
  • Glitter optional


  • In a large heavy-bottomed pot whisk together flour, salt, and cream of tarter.
  • Pour water and vegetable oil over the flour mixture. Stir until the mixture turns into a thick paste. Make sure you get into the edges of the pot to get any hidden pockets of flour.
  • If you’re turning the play dough all one color, then add in the food coloring now.
  • Place the pot on a burner and set to medium heat.
  • Stir the mixture constantly until it has thickened and starts to form together. Remove the pot from the heat and transfer the play dough to a piece of plastic wrap.
  • Cool the mixture until it’s comfortable to handle (especially for the kids). Then knead it until smooth, about 1 minute.
  • Determine how many different colors you’re going to turn the play dough. Distribute the play dough to as many quart-sized bags as the number of colors you have.
  • Place 4-5 drops of food coloring into the center of a dough ball. Place the dough ball inside of a quart-sized Ziploc-bag and knead until the color is distributed evenly.
  • Knead in glitter (if using).
  • Now you’re ready to play with the playdough! Keep the dough balls stored in air-tight containers or Zip-loc bags. If properly stored, the playdough will keep for 2-3 months.



  • Don’t be tempted to increase the stovetop temperature while cooking the play dough. This can cause it to burn or discolor.
  • Recipe adapted from food.com