Easy Home Made No-Cook Playdough Recipe

Home made playdough recipe

Do you want to make your own playdough at home?  Each batch of this home made playdough can last over four weeks (depending on use) and it is super easy to make! No cooking need it!

Home Made Playdough (play-doh) recipe
What you need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 tblsp of cream of tarter
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 3 tbslp of vegetable oil
  • Optional: Food colouring or Koolaid pouch and a drop of essential oil for scent

Instructions: 

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together
  • Pour in the boiling water, oil and colouring (if using) and mix well
  • Knead until the flour is mixed in completely
  • Add a drop of your favorite essential oil (we love mint)

Extra Tips:

Store your playdough in an airtight container, if the Playdough starts getting too dry add a bit of oil to it and mix well.

Done!!

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73 responses to “Easy Home Made No-Cook Playdough Recipe”

  1. Mel Liu — September 22, 2012 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    I am so going to try this, thx for posting.

  2. Thebabymama — September 22, 2012 @ 8:50 pm (#)

    We already make our own playdough but I will totally add essential oi to it, lovely idea

  3. Angela — September 22, 2012 @ 9:23 pm (#)

    Do you have to use vegetable oil? Can it be another kind of oil?

    • Angela at OneSmileyMonkey — September 22, 2012 @ 9:30 pm (#)

      I have never used any other oil before but I read somewhere that you can substitute baby oil for vegetable oil if you want. Let me know if you do try it out 🙂

  4. laurel k — September 23, 2012 @ 9:21 am (#)

    this is a good recipe I always made it for my kids its a bit different but its nice cause its non toxic thanks have a great day

  5. Stephanie LaPlante — September 23, 2012 @ 9:32 am (#)

    Homemade Playdough smells soooooo good!

  6. amy v — September 23, 2012 @ 7:39 pm (#)

    this sounds like a great recipe! i love that it doesn’t require cooking- thx for sharing.

  7. Elva Roberts — September 24, 2012 @ 12:21 pm (#)

    September 24- Thank you for this recipe. It sounds so easy and fun. I plan on meking it for my ggson next time I babysit thim.-el03ro

  8. Mei — September 24, 2012 @ 8:30 pm (#)

    Wow! I can’t wait to try this as he gets older! Thanks!

  9. Christy Zavitske — October 1, 2012 @ 8:42 am (#)

    Thanks for this. I will definitely try with my kids!

  10. Melanie P. — October 2, 2012 @ 7:34 am (#)

    We make homemade play dough often! It lasts quite a while and I love that I know exactly what’s in it!

  11. desiree — October 7, 2012 @ 9:15 am (#)

    i like that i am going to copy the recipe

  12. Laurie b — October 7, 2012 @ 8:24 pm (#)

    Thanks for the recipe! It’s perfect for the kids with the cooler weather quickly approaching…. That and the fact that I HATE the smell of real playdoh!

  13. Liz Ticona — October 8, 2012 @ 6:10 pm (#)

    thanks for this recipe. I knew you could do this which is safer for kids because well we all know that theyll eventually want to taste the play doh but couldn’t find the exact recipe to make it. now i’ll be able to make it for my boy 🙂 love it!

  14. Nury — October 14, 2012 @ 10:02 am (#)

    This is such a good idea, adding cool aid is even a better idea, not only for the color but for the smell too. I will try to make this for my kids, I am sure they will love it. (although I can foresee the mess that is going to be made lol)

  15. Sara K. — October 14, 2012 @ 8:48 pm (#)

    This is so cool! I cannot wait to try it and tell my friends about it!

    • Angela V — October 15, 2012 @ 9:12 pm (#)

      Feel free to share Sara 🙂

  16. Jennifer Saarinen — November 6, 2012 @ 11:48 am (#)

    This would be perfect for my daughter and the little girl we babysit. I’ve always meant to make our own. We’ll have to give it a try. Thanks.

  17. Stefanie Sjaarda — November 20, 2012 @ 6:50 am (#)

    I loved playing with Play-do as a child, thanks for sharing this awesome recipe Ang!

  18. Lydia Spencer Fredin — November 30, 2012 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    I will have to try this recipe. Thanks!

  19. Rachel — December 7, 2012 @ 11:22 am (#)

    Awesome, I love playdough recipes!

  20. Rachel N — December 12, 2012 @ 9:13 am (#)

    I never thought of putting essential oil in it, thats an awesome idea.

  21. Amy Orvin — December 14, 2012 @ 10:45 am (#)

    Looks really simple to make. I didn’t know you could make playdoh homemade.

  22. Stacey L — January 4, 2013 @ 5:46 pm (#)

    i remember making this when i was a kid, haven’t done it for years going to have to do it with my kids. so much fun i loved play dough

  23. desiree — January 18, 2013 @ 11:57 am (#)

    i like this and then i would love to use it for the kid

  24. alicia haftner — February 2, 2013 @ 6:32 pm (#)

    i totally love this stuff thanks so much !!!

  25. Jamie — February 12, 2013 @ 10:12 pm (#)

    I am going to have to try this!

  26. Emma — February 13, 2013 @ 6:44 am (#)

    Gotta try this! My little babe loves playdoh!! 🙂

  27. Lisa R — February 16, 2013 @ 8:25 am (#)

    What a prety color, it looks like Bubble Gum

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  28. Emily — February 17, 2013 @ 2:52 pm (#)

    Won’t adding the essential oil and/or kool aid encourage the child to eat it? My daughter always eats regular play dough (and silly putty and crayons) despite its nasty smell and taste.

    • Angela V — February 17, 2013 @ 4:53 pm (#)

      You can definitively skip the oil/kool aid if you are worried about that.
      I never had an issue with my son trying to eat it but I do find that with younger children they may try to eat play-doh, crayons etc. a few times but if you explain it’s not food and it’s for playing they usually stop trying.

  29. Erin McGrath — March 4, 2013 @ 3:30 am (#)

    Going to try this with my daughter – I bet it smells delicious!

  30. Kaitlin M — March 5, 2013 @ 4:55 pm (#)

    That sounds surprisingly easy, and adding a scent is an interesting idea.

  31. caryn coates — March 17, 2013 @ 8:56 am (#)

    Love this. Thank You

  32. Anne Taylor — March 19, 2013 @ 10:16 am (#)

    Thanks for this recipe! It will make a great craft for myself and my grandkids to make one rainy weekend!

  33. Nena Sinclair — April 1, 2013 @ 5:16 pm (#)

    I would much rather make Playdough than buy it, it’s way cheaper and you know what’s in it when you make it!

  34. Kaylyn — April 7, 2013 @ 5:27 pm (#)

    How much does this recipe make?

    • Angela V — April 7, 2013 @ 8:49 pm (#)

      About 4-5 cups

  35. Robin Wilson — April 19, 2013 @ 7:11 pm (#)

    I absolutely love this! What a fun activity to do with my niece when she comes to visit!

  36. paula huie — May 2, 2013 @ 9:37 am (#)

    Love it !! thank you good to know it’s non toxic!!.. does using kool aid stain things?

    • Angela V — May 2, 2013 @ 12:42 pm (#)

      Not if you don’t use too much of it 🙂

  37. Erika B — May 6, 2013 @ 10:09 am (#)

    I have been looking for good easy Playdough recipes as my son will spend hours playing with it. Looking forward to giving this one a try, thanks!!!!

  38. Nicole Becker — May 14, 2013 @ 9:44 pm (#)

    Thanks so much for posting this!! We go through so much play Doh around my house, it gets to be quite expensive!!

  39. Sydney D — June 22, 2013 @ 6:03 pm (#)

    How awesome. I’m sure it’s cheaper too.

  40. Judy C — July 2, 2013 @ 11:08 am (#)

    Thanks for the recipe, will have to make some up next time my niece comes to visit

  41. Debbie Bashford — July 7, 2013 @ 9:15 am (#)

    Very cool Thanks!

  42. Heidi C. — July 7, 2013 @ 8:50 pm (#)

    I love this! Great for a rainy day with my kids!

  43. sarah sar — July 31, 2013 @ 2:51 am (#)

    This post brought back so many wonderful memories. My mom used to make this for me and my siblings when we were little. I was obsessed with playdough! Funnily enough, I haven’t tried making it myself. I will get on it asap!

  44. Jeannie — August 11, 2013 @ 8:03 am (#)

    My son loves playdoh! I will have to give this recipe a try since I’ve been buying new containers for him everytime his opened ones are dried up. Thanks!

  45. JENNIFER HART — September 2, 2013 @ 8:09 am (#)

    My mom used to make this for us when I was a child. Thanks for the recipe so now I can share it.

  46. Wendy Lange — September 16, 2013 @ 3:44 pm (#)

    I have been looking for this recipe to pin for awhile ~ thanks!

  47. Ashley Lund — October 13, 2013 @ 12:57 pm (#)

    I will have to try this one.

  48. Diana — November 22, 2013 @ 6:48 pm (#)

    Thanks for the play doh recipe! Will have to try it! My little one loves play doh and we are constantly having to get her new ones because they dry out too fast. This will also be fun to make with her! 🙂

  49. Tiffany Wilson — December 9, 2013 @ 10:21 am (#)

    Love how easy this is. I have lots of food coloring to use up too.

  50. Sara — February 7, 2014 @ 6:15 pm (#)

    I have to make play dough for my sons class thanks for the reciepe!

  51. Anna W — April 13, 2014 @ 8:28 am (#)

    This looks like it will be fun for the kids to make and to play with after, and it will sure cut down on the cost of always buying playdough! thank you

  52. Darlene W — April 17, 2014 @ 11:55 am (#)

    I use to make this for my children when they were in preschool, now I can make it for my grandchildren

  53. Darlene W — June 20, 2014 @ 10:09 am (#)

    When my children were children I use to make this all the time, but, I am pretty sure the recipe I had you needed to cook it.

  54. Laurie P — July 3, 2014 @ 8:37 am (#)

    This is great for the summer! I can see us making a few batches!

  55. TreenGoodwin — September 21, 2014 @ 7:40 am (#)

    Thanks for the recipe ..i will be making this for my grandson 🙂 he loves playdough 🙂

  56. kathy+downey — October 13, 2014 @ 6:37 am (#)

    I have never made homemade playdough… will keep this one for a snow day

  57. DARLENE+W — October 14, 2014 @ 8:54 am (#)

    It has been a while since I made this for my children who now have children. I might just make some the next time the grandkids are over

  58. DARLENE+W — November 3, 2014 @ 2:50 pm (#)

    Have always been a fan of home made play dough, have been making it for years

  59. kathy downey — September 21, 2015 @ 12:41 pm (#)

    I will definitely try with my kids,they love playing with it

  60. kathy downey — October 19, 2015 @ 2:06 pm (#)

    I am so going to try instead of buying this year,we use this alot during the winter months

  61. kathy downey — October 29, 2015 @ 1:14 pm (#)

    It sounds so easy and fun.

  62. kathy downey — November 8, 2015 @ 7:49 am (#)

    We made a batch yesterday and it turned out great,we used Orange kool-aid,and lemon oil…oh it smells so good,next weekend we are going to try makinga few more colors this is sure to make for hours of fun this winter

  63. Elizabeth Matthiesen — July 8, 2017 @ 3:32 pm (#)

    This sounds like a great recipe for playdough and will smell so much better 🙂

  64. Debbie White Beattie — February 6, 2018 @ 1:15 am (#)

    I remember trying to make this when I was a kid but it always dried out into a brick. This is so great for kids to help their parents make it and then get to play with it.

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