Thursday, February 28, 2013

Homemade Playdough - DIY

I'm gonna be honest here - I love the smell of store bought Playdoh.

BUT I don't like how fast it dries out. Here's how to make your own that will last much longer before it dries out.

How to Make Homemade Playdough

Add all ingredients into a pan. {Recipe is at the end of the post} If you would like all the play dough to be the same color then add the food coloring at this point. We like to make several different colors, so we add the food coloring at the end.

 Mix together.

Now cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.

 After a few minutes it will look like this. It's NOT done yet. Keep stirring.

When it forms a ball, I always stir an extra minute or two. If' it's under cooked it can be sticky - you don't want that.

This is what it should look like. {And don't worry about the dough that sticks to the bottom of the pan, just soak it and it will come right off}

Now let it cool a few minutes so you don't burn your hands. Then separate the dough into sections and add food coloring. I poke holes in the ball and add drops of food coloring in the holes. Then I squish it with my hands until it the color is uniform throughout.

Store in an airtight container - I use zip top bags.

I usually double the recipe.

Homemade Play Dough Recipe

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1 c. flour
1/2 c. salt
2 t. cream of tarter
1 c. water
1 1/2 T. vegetable oil
food coloring
Combine all ingredients {if you want several colors of play dough leave out food coloring at this point} Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until dough forms a ball.  Let cool a few minutes. Add food coloring now if you want several colors. Store in an airtight container.

Some fun add in's:
glitter, extract, or koolaid

 Now go get something done while the kids are busy playing with their new play dough.

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  1. My daughter has been begging for more playdoh! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I think we're going to try this soon!

  3. Oh how fun!! I made this for my daughter a few months ago and she loved it. I think I will have to make it again.
    a homemaker's journey

  4. mom used to make this for us all the time. Needless to say, its also safe if they eat it! lol.

  5. I have been planning to make play dough from scratch. Thanks for the recipe.


  6. This is identical to the recipe I use! LOVE it! I have a pretty much identical post! I made a cute package for a friend's little girl for her birthday!

  7. I think this is the same recipe that I use, and I totally agree with you that it's awesome how long it lasts! I keep meaning to make some with glitter. Have you tried that? Happy playing!

  8. Hi! Followed you over fro Daisy Cottage Designs Off the Hook blog hop. I have seen several recipes in pinterest, but have not attempted yet. My daughter is now 15 months old so I think it might be fun to try it now, even though she won't really know what to do with it. I love the smell of play dough as well. Now following via GFC :)


  9. I keep saying I'm going to do this and keep forgetting. But I seriously am. SOON. Following you thanks to Delightful Orders link up post. :)

  10. Linked over from linkin with my ladies. Cant wait for my son to get older so we can play.

  11. Came over to have a look from Judy's blog. Looks like her daughter had so much fun with this recipe. Am going to pin it to try soon! Cheers