Ever wondered how to make play dough at home?
Anyone who has wondered how to make playdough at home will usually tell you that it can be very hit -or-miss. I have tried a few. This is one that I have made several times now and have not yet had a fail. AND it’s super-easy!
For our recipe on How to Make Playdough at Home – we have the normal method, the non-cooking method and the ‘Non-Cream of Tartar’ version which isn’t quite as good – but not everyone has that on hand in their pantry. You will find Cream of Tartar in the baking area of your local supermarket.
Basic Version of Playdough:
- ½ cup salt
- 1 cup plain flour
- 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Food colouring
Add it all to a saucepan over low heat and stir with a metal spoon until very well combined. Add a few drops of lavender oil if you want or maybe a bit of rice or even glitter for sensory exploration.
Non-Cooking Version Playdough:
If you add boiling water to the above recipe, there is no need to cook it first.
Playdough without Cream of Tartar:
Julia Sorban kindly submitted this great recipe which doesn’t have Cream of Tartar.
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 tbs oil
- 1 cup hot water
Mix flour, salt, oil and enough water to make a firm dough and knead till smooth. Store in an airtight container. Its high salt content will preserve the dough for up to 3 months. If you keep it in the fridge it will last slightly longer too. We also have a recipe for Edible Playdough.
How to Store Your Playdough
Keep your playdough in an air-tight ziplock bag in the fridge when not in use. Ditch the playdough when it becomes a bit funny smelling or gritty.