Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Play Dough

I have a special treat for you today; it is a post all about how you can make your own play dough that lasts longer and is better quality than the store-bought kind! And it makes a big amount of play dough!

I want to tell you a little more about this play dough and what I think of it. I think it is great quality and also stays fresh longer than other types of play dough. You can also make this play dough scented by simply adding an extract or essence, such as vanilla or rose water. If you choose to add a scent, use 1 tablespoon of the scent (for 1 batch of play dough) and add it along with the water.

This recipe shows you how to make play dough in just 5 easy steps. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Homemade Play Dough


3 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 1/2 cups salt

3 tablespoons oil (such as vegetable or canola oil)

3 cups water

Food coloring (liquid or powder), to reach your desired color (start with about 1 1/2 teaspoons and add more as needed)


1. Use a wooden spoon to mix all ingredients in a large pot.

2. Cook over medium heat until elastic, stirring constantly. (It will form a ball when it’s done.)

3. Remove from heat and knead when cool.

4. Store in a tightly sealed container.

P.S. I hope you enjoy your play dough and will check back often for more recipes and crafts like this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.P.S. You can make this play dough into fun shapes (for example, cookies, cakes, and fruit) and let them harden overnight on a tray and use them for other fun ideas, like a pretend bakery. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.P.P.S. I got this recipe from my Grandma (who has been making it for over 30 years!), who got this recipe from a lady at her church named Donna H.


One thought on “Homemade Play Dough Recipe

  1. Thanks for posting Rosie. My kids(Josiah & Ella) and I are going to make this to take to an orphanage this Saturday. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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