How to make Homemade Playdoh

Written by
Kellee Mikuls
Published on
April 1, 2023

Are you looking for a fun DIY project to do with your kids? Look no further than making homemade playdoh! It's a simple and inexpensive activity that will keep your kids entertained for hours.

For beginners, making homemade playdoh can seem like a daunting task, but it's actually quite easy! Here's what you'll need:


2 cups of all-purpose flour

3/4 cup of salt

4 teaspoons of cream of tartar

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

Food coloring (optional)


Medium-sized saucepan

Mixing spoon

Mixing bowl

Airtight container for storage

Once you have all of your ingredients and equipment, it's time to start making your playdoh!

Step 1: Combine the dry ingredients

In your medium-sized saucepan, combine the flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix well.

Step 2: Add the wet ingredients

Add the water and vegetable oil to the saucepan with the dry ingredients. Mix well until everything is fully combined.

Step 3: Cook the mixture

Place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Stir the mixture constantly for 3-5 minutes, until it starts to thicken and form a ball.

Step 4: Add food coloring (optional)

If you want to add some color to your playdoh, now is the time to do it! Add a few drops of food coloring and stir well until the color is fully mixed in.

Step 5: Cool and store

Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the playdoh to cool for a few minutes. Once it's cool enough to handle, transfer it to a mixing bowl and knead it until it's smooth. Store it in an airtight container until you're ready to use it.

Congratulations, you've just made homemade playdoh!

Making playdoh at home is a great activity for kids. It allows them to be creative and use their imagination while also improving their fine motor skills. Plus, it's a great way to keep them entertained on a rainy day or during a long car ride. Also, remember to teach your kids about kitchen safety if they’re helping on the stove!

If you're looking to take your homemade playdoh to the next level, there are a few fun variations you can try.

Glitter Playdoh

Add some sparkle to your playdoh by mixing in some glitter! Simply add a few tablespoons of glitter to your dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients. You can use any color/shape of glitter you like, or mix and match for a fun and unique look.

Scented Playdoh

Add a fun twist to your playdoh by adding some scents! Essential oils are a great way to add a pleasant scent to your playdoh. Simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your wet ingredients before cooking. You can use any scent you like (we like lavender, sandalwood, or orange!), or mix and match for a fun and unique smell.

Edible Playdoh

If you have younger kids who might be tempted to taste their playdoh, why not make it edible? Simply replace the cream of tartar with 1/2 cup of cornstarch and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Then, instead of using food coloring, use flavored extracts like vanilla or strawberry to give your playdoh a delicious taste.

Homemade playdoh is a fun and easy DIY project for kids and beginners alike. With just a few simple ingredients and some basic equipment, you can create a fun and interactive activity that your kids will love.