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DIY Playdough Recipe

Easy DIY Playdough Recipe. Originally adopted from livingwellmom.com
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 1 Large Baseball Sized Ball of Playdough


  • 1 Small-Medium Sized Cooking Pot
  • 1 Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden spoon for Mixing and Stirring


  • 2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar I bought a small jar for $2.99 at Albertsons. This 3.25 oz jar is enough to make 9 batches of playdough (9 baseball sized balls). You can also buy it in bulk if you plan on making a lot of playdough!
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Salt A finely ground salt is best. I bought a large jar for about $2 and it made 7 batches of playdough.
  • 1 Tablespoon Canola Oil I also use an additional 1 teaspoon of canola oil to grease the sides of my cooking pot since I don't have a nonstick pot.
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Food Coloring A small pack of red, blue, green and yellow is about $4 and will last a really long time! You just need a few drops for each batch.


  • Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl, and mix it all together until it's nice and creamy.
  • Add to stovetop pot or pan and cook on low/medium heat until the dough starts to clump together (about 2 minutes give or take, depends on how fast your pot heats up). Let the playdough sit in the pot for a minute after turning the heat off.
  • Remove the playdough from the pot and let it cool.
  • That's it!
  • Store in a sealed bag or container when not using the playdough to keep it from drying out.