get crafty! homemade playdoh

Today we made homemade playdoh. I’m a bit ashamed to reveal that it was indeed my first time making it. I know that breaks some sort of mommy rule. But I also suspect that there are others out there just like me who have yet to make playdoh with their kids. Or you have but not in a long time. This tutorial is for all of you.

To save you a little time, here are a few things I’m realizing as this new crafty me comes out…

1. Buy a couple of not so great pots and pans and baking sheets to do crafty things. Yes, some crafty things need heating up. And stirring…more on that below.

2. When you make playdoh, you will have to stir. And stir. And stir. This will leave you thinking, “when will a ball form?!” And “what did I get myself into?” See my tip below on how to get that ball forming. It will form, I promise you :)

3. Take your rings off before doing crafty things. Especially when doing those that include food coloring.

4. Buy latex gloves. Use them.

5. You will feel like a rock star when your kids are making pretend hamburgers and ice cream cones out of your homemade playdoh. And you’ll be happy that it’s made with safe products for the kiddos when one of them should get carried away and take a bite out of that pretend ice cream cone. And you will laugh at the face they’ll make when they realize how yucky it really tastes.

And you will forget all about how you stirred. And stirred. And stirred….

Let’s get crafty and make homemade playdoh!

Grab these ingredients:

  • 1 tbs cream of tartar (this is a powder found in the seasoning section at your grocery store. Not to be confused with tartar sauce.)
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbs of canola oil
  • food coloring

(you could add in some vanilla scent too and even sparkles when coloring them)

Have your little one help you pour all of the ingredients into a sauce pan.

Move to the stove

Heat on low, stirring constantly until it starts to form a ball. I started the heat on low but it took forever to start to ball up. So I turned it up a little and soon enough it was coming together. Then I brought it back down to low as I stirred and it all started to ball up.

Once the ball of doh isn’t tacky or doesn’t come off on your fingers, it’s ready to come off the heat.

Knead the ball on your counter or covered table to get it really mixed all together and smooth.

Once smooth, divide into balls to color the doh

Put on gloves. (I didn’t’ have gloves so we improvised and used plastic bags, which were later re-used to store the doh.)

homemade playdoh

Color the doh

Drop 3 drops of food color into a flattened ball, then knead the doh until the color is all mixed. Have fun with this and make it a teaching moment by mixing two colors to make a new color.

Once all of your doh is colored you are ready to have fun and create! The kids used cookie cutters and then a melon baller and zester to create their hamburgers and ice cream cones.

And there you have it!  Work out your arms, create cool color creations and make fun crafty memories with your little one when you make homemade playdoh!

Let me know if you do this craft and pin it!

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  1. I made play dough for my nieces a few months ago and they mushed it all together to make one giant brown blob. They actually had more fun making it than playing with it. Oh well. It was still fun! My daughter wasn’t that excited about it back then, but she’s getting closer to 2 so maybe she will be now. Time for take 2 I think

  2. This takes me back to my childhood! My classmate used to eating the homemade playdoh. Just the thought of it now makes me cringe. LOL

    Thanks for the tips.

  3. Looks like the play-doh came out great! I’ve never made it from scratch either… wonder how long you can keep it for after you’ve made it…

  4. We’ve got so many snow days coming up – and I love getting ideas like this! Thanks Sarah!
    We’re doing the tree/tape painting today – since Mila’s off school!

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