Homemade Play-Dough Recipe ~ DIY

Tiffany has another great recipe to share this week!
My mom always made our play-dough growing up and I now make it for our kids. This recipe is a fun and easy way to bring the kids into the kitchen. I love to get the kiddos involved, especially on recipes like this where they get to be in charge and use their imaginations on the colors and scents. Sometimes they pick the wackiest combinations, but that is what’s fun about making this recipe. They get so excited when it’s time to make a new batch, and that just blesses my heart. Plus, they will sit and entertain themselves and that helps me out when I’m in a pinch. I love the way they get creative and bring me special presents too. You know what I also love about this recipe?! I love how soft and pliable it is and how grrrreat it smells compared to the real stuff. This recipe is truly an oldie but goodie. I know now, that people are using kool-aid packets to color and scent the play-dough and I’m really excited to give this a try the next time we make it.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4 tablespoons cream of tarter
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp any flavor extract that you desire
  • food coloring, desired amount


In a double boiler, combine flour, water, salt, oil and cream of tartar over medium heat; whisk until smooth.

Next add desired amount of coloring and desired amount of extract, stir well.
Continue stirring until play-dough forms. (about 20 minutes) Remove from boiler and let cool to room temp. Store in covered container or a gallon sized Ziploc bag.
Here’s a thrifty tip… I have a special drawer in my kitchen just for kids. I keep ALL their play-dough playin’ gadgets in this drawer. Here’s where the tip comes in. I look in second hand stores to buy cookie cutters, rolling pins and whatever else I come across that I think would make play-dough fun. I’ve even found expensive play-doh gadgets! I scored a couple weeks ago when I found 100 piece cookie cutter set for three dollars. I’ve found in my 18 years of being a mom, kids don’t need the latest and greatest play-dough gadgets to have fun. 🙂

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