How to Make Playdough (Play-doh)

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Step 2: Mix and heat

Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.

When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer!
Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough.
I've gotten many comments asking about sticky dough, so please just keep cooking a bit longer and it will work!


This is great. Cheap & super easy, best recipe I have found so far, thank you!

ILoveOwls2 years ago
Is there anyway to use less salt?
arh don't add cinnamon it makes you want to eat it and believe me you don't want to eat it!
slipz3 years ago
instead of warming it on the stove i used the microwave for about 3 mins butr check in between.....took less the time. :) turned out great and i substituted drink mix and food colouring for about half a pack of jello.....
pntknanny3 years ago
For the scent I added ground cinnamon, it smells awesome and adds a brown coloring.
adding grounded cinnamon is a great idea i love cinnamon xD
possom pie3 years ago
I have noticed that most recipes call for veg. oil and regular sal, what are the benefits for sea salt and canola oil? thanks
possom pie3 years ago
when do you add the scent and is the bottle ones you can get at crafts stores that are used for candles.
dlynn43 years ago
I have tried cooking it longer but the dough is still sticky......how can I fix it? I am actually in the process of trying to cook it again at this very moment
awong17 dlynn43 years ago

1. 2 cups wheat flour + 1 Tablespoon cream of tartar = Sieve them first
2. Add in 1 cup of fine salt
3. stir in the warm water + 2 tablespoon of vegetable oil with a fork until there are no more lumps. You can sieve the mixture again to remove lumps.
4. Pour into a non stick pan. Then stir over low heat. Keep on stirring. Within minutes, the dough will become playdough.

I did it this way, and it worked! For yellow i used, tumeric powder. For brown, i used cocoa powder. For green, i used pandanus leaves. And for blue, I used blue pea flower.

Hope this helps. :)

katie12123 years ago
do you need the creamof taaral
does it ruin the pot?
my mum (this acc) says she did this long ago and it CLEANED the pot
arghhh4 years ago
i made it and it wrecked my pan but my friend did it and it was fine
spideee arghhh4 years ago
mine too kid nice name arghhh
we used this to make a exploding baking soda volcano....... it started to peel off the base. we took it off and used papper mach'e .( or how ever you spell it.) but any ways, we just use it to make screaming guys
wat up im new here tell me about this thing
Does it dry quickly? or does it take like 2 days to harden? or will it just stay soft forever?
jojo2894 years ago
My play dough turned out very sticky! I did what you said and cooked it alot longer but it got worse. i didnt use the cream of tarter, would that be the problem? 
apples225 years ago
how long does it take?
wixx5 years ago
 i have tried making dis once and it came out good but den these boys ruined it and mixed the 2 play-doughs together and it was ruined
but besides that it was good
call me crazy but i LOVE that smell _
ThEbLoB!6 years ago
I just looooove playdough so much that i just had to make a huge blob of it today! Thanks 4 your advice on the scented playdough. I'm sure it will make my playdough smell better than the salty, floury smell of it's original oudor. By the way, did you know that playdough was originally made 4 cleaning wallpaper??? ByE ByE!!!!
sammydog1236 years ago
i treid this and got it wrong
sgreg7 years ago
I tried this recipe without the tartar and it worked great! I saw a comment about scented playdough and I wanted to add that you can also use a packet of koolaid. It smells great and adds colour too!
matfu7 years ago
Hi i was trying this activite and it just dousint seem to clump. Ive sterd it for more then 5 minutes could you help me here a bit thanks
aligotskind8 years ago
I saw one receipe it did not call for cooking. Can I just knead it without cooking...it is going to be a project for 3-year-old kids.
This one needs to be cooked. It's a horrible mess that can't be kneaded when first mixed but don't worry. It doesn't take much more than five minutes on the heat.