DIY Play Dough Recipe

I think we all know just how much little kids thoroughly enjoy play-dough. Who wouldn’t enjoy a squishy, colored substance that they can play with and form into different shapes?! I know that play-dough is not an extremely expensive product to buy for your children, but even though it is inexpensive how much better would it be if it was completely free for you?! Free is always good and you can make play-dough at home with ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen. So if you want to know how to make your own play-dough for free, keep on reading!
DIY Play Dough Recipe
  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 2 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup of Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
  • Food Coloring (Optional)play-dough
  • Directions:
  • 1. We are going to start by mixing our dry ingredients, so go ahead and pour 2 cups of flour into a medium sized bowl
  • 2. Next, add in 1/2 cup of salt.
  • 3. And finally mix in your 2 tbsp Cream of Tartar
  • 4. Add in your 2 Tbsp of Vegetable Oil and mix it in well.
  • 5. Finally, pour in the boiling water, be sure to be very careful as it is very hot!
  • 6. Mix all the ingredients together until they form the dough and allow your dough to cool.
  • 7. After it has completely cooled down, go ahead and separate your dough into as many colors as you may want.
  • 8. Drip your food coloring into each form of dough and simply knead in that color until your play-dough is completely colored. I would highly recommend using gloves because if not your coloring will stain your hand!
Play-dough is such a simple and easy thing for your kids to play with! This is such an easy thing for you to make at home and this recipe is a completely safe and non-toxic formula. Save a bit of money and make something awesome for your kids to play with! When you are going to store your play dough, be sure to keep it in air tight container or Ziploc baggy, this will prevent it from drying out. However, if it does dry out…now you know how to very simply make up a new batch. This recipe will help you not only save money on the play dough itself, but it will also save your a trip to the store!


  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says

    My grandchildren love playing with play dough. It’s a great idea to make your own too. I find that the kids mix up the colours into some disgusting shade of brown, so making new colours is a good idea. 🙂

  2. This looks like the recipe I used to make play dough for my kids 15 or 20 years ago. They loved it.

  3. My little guy loves playing with Play Doh. I am definitely going to try this homemade version for him.

  4. This looks like fun…for big kids too!

  5. kathy downey says

    We always make Play Doh after the holidays and we use it on snow days

  6. I used to make the Play Doh all the time. So easy and so much cheaper. Lots of fun.

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