Anyone who has wondered how to make playdough at home will usually tell you that it can be very hit -or-miss. I have tried a few. This is one that I have made several times now and have not yet had a fail. AND it’s super-easy and so much cheaper than buying the store-bought version.
For our recipe on How to Make Playdough at Home – we have the normal method, the non-cooking method and the ‘Non-Cream of Tartar’ version which isn’t quite as good – but not everyone has that on hand in their pantry. You will find Cream of Tartar in the baking area of your local supermarket.
Keep your playdough in a ziplock bag in the fridge. It will last about two weeks (then you should pop it in the compost pile and make a new batch).
This is the best and easiest homemade playdough recipe to try. It is soft, durable and will last a few weeks if stored well in the fridge.
Add it all to a saucepan over low heat and stir with a metal spoon until very well combined. Add a few drops of lavender oil if you want or maybe a bit of rice or even glitter for sensory exploration.
If you add boiling water to the above recipe, there is no need to cook it first.
Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan over low heat and stir continuously for about 3 – 5 minutes or until the mixture starts to congeal. Cool the mixture slightly and remove it from the pan.
Gently knead the playdough until it is smooth.
Julia Sorban kindly submitted this great recipe which doesn’t have Cream of Tartar.
Mix flour, salt, oil and enough water to make a firm dough and knead till smooth. Store in an airtight container. Its high salt content will preserve the dough for up to 3 months. If you keep it in the fridge it will last slightly longer too. We also have a recipe for Edible Playdough.