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Playing with Play Doh can be lots of fun, but making your own salt dough modelling clay can be a fun process too. So in this article were going to show you how to do just that.

This salt dough is not meant to be eaten so make sure not to leave it in a situation where a person or animal could eat it. As the high salt content may be harmful.

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Step 1: Materials Needed

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List of materials:

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Food Colouring
  • Vegetable Oil - we used Olive oil

(Ratio of Mixture)

2 Cup Flour
2 Cup Water
1 Cup Salt
2 Sachets of Cream of Tartar - equal to two teaspoons
2 Tablespoons of Vegatable Oil

Step 2: Mix Ingredients

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It's a good idea to mix the powder parts of your dough first, this will ensure a better mix. Start by adding 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and two sachets of cream of tartar, which is the equivalent of two teaspoons, to your pan. Now we add the 2 table spoons of oil and our two cups of water. Stir the mixture to remove any lumps until you have a smooth liquid that looks like a runny porridge.

Step 3: Cooking The Play Dough

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Once you have a smooth mixture turn on your heat and set to a low temperature. Continue to stir, your mixture is ready when it all comes away from the sides of the pan in a big lump. If it’s sticky to touch then leave it in a few minutes more. When it's ready you need to take it off of the heat and allow to cool.

Step 4: Knead The Play Dough

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When it’s cool enough to touch it time to get kneading. Don’t be too gentle, besides being a great workout for your upper body, the more time and effort you put in the better the end results will be. Your dough should have a silky clay like texture before your ready to move on.

Using the ingredients in my proportions gave me 1.3 kilos of dough, which is approximately 2.9 lbs.

I need to make a model for a mask, and am thinking perhaps Play Doh would work. I would eventually make a plaster cast of the face and then wouldn't need the Play Doh anymore. Does it dry hard without cracking? Would one dry it in the oven (or food dryer)? I made "baker's clay" ornaments years ago which seems similar to this recipe. Thanks for your help with this!

My mother made salt dough with me and my brother when I was a little kid. Thank you for posting an instructable that brings up happy childhood memories.
Go Repairs (author)  troopersmachine1 year ago
I'm glad this brought up some happy memories for you. If you make a batch and make something, don't forget to share a picture with us.