PlayDough Was Made Here

Last week I finally took to my Pinterest boards and started making stuff. First I made this adorable Fall yarn wreath and second I made a homemade version of PlayDough. Must be the chill in the air that has gotten me motivated.

I have pinned several recipes, but after looking over my pantry and looking over the recipes I went with this recipe from Erika for no other reason than not wanting to drive to the grocery store. Yep, Mama was feeling lazy.

Because her recipe makes a lot I cut it in half because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out the first time and I wanted this done as quickly as possible. She said it took 10 minutes or less and that is about all the time G was going to give me in the kitchen.

So, for the recipe you will need {I used 1/2 these amounts}:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1/3 cup salt {DO NOT use sea salt like I did because it does not break down.}
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil {I used canola since that is what I had on hand.}
  • food coloring {I used Americolor}
  • In a 2 quart saucepan, add 1 cup of flour, 2 teaspoons of cream of tarter, and 1/3 cup of salt.
  • Add 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
  • Turn your burner on medium/low and stir. It will be a little lumpy.
  • Keep stirring until it starts getting a little solid. If your stove is already hot {I have a gas stovetop so the heat is instantly hot}, this may only take 20-30 seconds, but it may take 2-3 minutes if it’s still heating up.
  • Once it reaches that point, add the food coloring right away.
  • Once the dough starts gathering together around the spoon you know it’s done. This may be 20 seconds or 2 minutes from the time you put the food coloring in, again depending on how hot your stove is. {Mine came together in a matter on seconds and I even added a couple of teaspoons of water because it was too dry. Flour can be tricky depending on the brand you have and the temperature outside.}
  • Take it out of the saucepan and put it on some waxed paper or a plate to cool.
  • Once it’s cooled, knead the PlayDough for a minute or two to get out any lumps and to get it to a better consistency.
  • Store it in a Ziploc bag or plastic airtight container.
homemade playdough
homemade playdough

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Candice is a mom of three under 5. Originally from the smallest state of Rhode Island, now living in Connecticut. From working gal to stay-at-home mom, she is walking the path of the Modern Mom.


  1. This is the same homemade playdoh recipe we use! Except I only use 1 tsp. cream of tarter and 1/2 cup of salt. Comes out awesome and I don’t get nervous if Lily or Charlotte happen to eat some (which, they always do). It keeps well for a long time in a closed baggie, too! I like the blue color you made. Very pretty!

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