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The Easiest DIY Playdough Ever

Who doesn’t love playdough? I know I grew up playing with playdough and my kids are doing the same. I can’t tell you how much playdough we have bought over the years! Thankfully, after some trial and error, I came up with a simple and cost effective recipe for DIY Playdough. Now, we can make playdough whenever the mood strikes and create until our heart’s content! 

This recipe is for a very simple DIY Playdough Recipe. Feel free to substitute natural food colors if that is your preference. I had these gel colors on hand already, so that is what we used. If you have a little one that is sensitive or prone to putting playdough in her mouth, I would highly recommend using natural food coloring. Another fun option is to add a few drops of essential oils to your recipe!


Easy DIY Playdough Recipe


Supplies Needed:


¾ cup all-purpose flour, for each color desired

1 ⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar, for each color desired

3 ½ tablespoons salt, for each color desired

¾ cup water, for each color desired

2 teaspoons vegetable oil, for each color desired

Food coloring (gel food coloring yields brighter colors, feel free to substitute with natural options)



Instructions For DIY Playdough:


  1. In a medium pot, combine the dry ingredients: flour, cream of tartar, and salt. Stir in water, vegetable oil, and food coloring.
  2. Place the pot over medium heat and stir constantly.
  3. When the dough comes together as a ball and the liquid has absorbed, transfer the dough to waxed, freezer, or parchment paper. 
  4. While the dough is still warm but cool to touch, knead the dough until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three months.









See what I mean? So simple! Let your kids jump in on the fun and see what they create together! I would love to see your creations, so tag me on Instagram when you make this playdough!




The easiest DIY Playdough recipe ever

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