Easy Homemade Play Dough

So I have a love hate relationship with with play dough. I love how relaxing and therapeutic it is to squeeze and shape it…but it gives me heart palpitations (I know, I know, Virgo self has some MAJOR issues) when my boys mix together all of the colors and the expensive play dough turns into a brown and ugly mess. That’s why I scoured the Internet and tried out tons of different play dough recipes in order to find the perfect homemade play dough recipe. Now my kids can mix the colors and even add small toys and whatnot without me freaking out. It is a win win for all of us. And the best part? It only takes 30 minutes for this play dough recipe which will undoubtedly provide hours of fun.



1 cup flour

½ cup salt

1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar

1 cup water

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

5-7 drops food coloring

3 drops essential oil (if you would like it to smell good) or a handful of glitter if you are so inclined

1 large bowl

1 mixing spoon

1 large frying pan



Mix together: flour, salt, cream of tartar.  Once it is mixed well, add the vegetable oil and water.


Add whatever food coloring you desire.  I recommend using at least four drops, even up to 7 drops to make the most vibrant color possible.


Ensure there are no lumps and then heat over low heat for 3-5 minutes (until it reaches play dough texture) in a large frying pan.


Knead the essential oil/glitter/etc. into the dough, shape into a ball and let cool.




Yep, that’s right….you are now DONE.  You have a Pinterest worthy school approved craft and it only took you 30 minutes to package everything from start to finish.


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  1. Kate says

    soooo cute! I’ll be doing this for my nephew’s birthday and our church kiddos this weekend!!! I use koolaid to color my paints. I wonder if it would work on playdough, too?

    • amandasimkin says

      I think koolaid would work great. Just don’t include the cinnamon because that could make for a really odd smell!

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