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How to Make Playdough (Play-doh)

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Step 4: Play and store

Play with your playdough- I really don't need to help you there. It's entirely edible, if a bit salty, so it's kid-safe.

When you're done, store your playdough in an air-tight container.
- If it begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to useability. Once it's dried past a certain point, however, you'll just have to start over; thankfully it's not terribly difficult.
- If it gets soggy, you can re-heat it to drive off the extra water the dough absorbed overnight.  This is usually the result of high humidity, but is fixable!

You can also bake it in the oven to make hard dough figures and ornaments, then paint or otherwise decorate the surface.  One of the comments below even suggests using baked play-dough as a salt lick for your pet rabbit!  (thanks, redcore4!)

 
 
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davidm624 days ago

so how long do i bake it and at what temp to harden the dough?

deannagove1 month ago

how long dose the home made play doue last?

lshook15 months ago
I will be making this with my 3 yr old nephew tomorrow. I can't wait to see how it turns out!!!!
co'brien115 months ago
Did anyone elses dough leave like a powdered saltly residue on there hands when they've been playing for a while
I used coarse salt thinking it wouldn't matter. It did, the salt was grainy, but who cares! They loved it anyway. They are taking it to school (jk/sk) to have fun with!
tadobbs1 year ago
I LOVE this recipe. I just got done making it for my 2 yr old she helped me make it (by stirring the dough until it was to hard for her). She is now having loads of fun playing. She even too a taste of it and said ICKY.
ctschudi1 year ago
This looks like the recipe I used when the kids were kids. A friend suggested adding scents like cinnamon but I think this might encourage eating.
mistymoocow2 years ago
mine turn out good thanks
hi this is really great recipe but can any one tell me are they turn dry after some time ?or remain smooth n elastic ?
toRiattack2 years ago
bahaha if i put flavor in mine i would want to eat it =D
To help the smell : if you like cinnamon add it SMELLS GREAT!!!! :)
heidii193 years ago
when do you add the scenced oils?!?!?!?!? :/
I would add them after it cools a bit- if you heat up the oils they break down and lose their strength
arrmkr3 years ago
I made this dough quite a while ago and the kids absolutely love it. Has held up well, but now it smells terrible! Any suggestions to get rid of the smell, besides making a new batch?
4paws3 years ago
That was great! Took me 10 mins tops, and now one happy 3 year old! I used a big wide based aluminium pan to help the dough dry out faster and more evenly, put the heat on low, and ta da! Super. Thanks a million!
CraftChick4 years ago
I made this with my toddler sis and 11 year old bro and they were dissapointed that they couldnt eat it. in the recipe substitue half of the salt content for sugar.if the kid must, they can eat it without gagging on the saltiness
JobieAshes4 years ago
I'd say you'd add the scent the same time you added the color.
raybkchan4 years ago
Great instructable, I followed the instructions and made great play dough fresh off the hob! However, when I stored it overnight in a plastic airtight tub, the dough turned back into a sticky mess. Anyone know why and how can I get it back to normal?
Ecchin5 years ago
This was made with different types of food... Doesn't it rotten? :x I don't want mole on my play doh
did you forget that salt is a preservative as well?
adelie Ecchin5 years ago
According to the wiki page on play-doh, borax is used as a reasonably non-toxic preservative. I expect that not much more than a teaspoon would be plenty to have the desired effect. Of course, look into it a bit. Borax is used as a preservative in many noodles, but also illegal in some countries (as a food preservative) for potential health risks.
redcore44 years ago
my mum used to make this for us when we are little. if you like the models you have made with it, you can dry them in a low oven so they go hard and you can then varnish them to keep them. we also used to use them (baked) to make salt licks for our pet rabbits.
mike.x5354 years ago
i don't think i have any food coloring  , so can i add some paint or anything else as a replacement for the food coloring . if i can't from where can i get some food colorings.
didiisbored5 years ago
This was awesome! It worked and i didnt use tar tar thingo so yeah IT WORKED IT WAS QUICK AND EASY :P
pepkate5 years ago
I tried this its works! At first mine got sticky and sloppy...but I read the directions again and cooked it for 5 more minutes on the stove and tried to mold it. You have to kinda mold it for it not to stick.:)
I made playdough and I put -2 cups of flower -2 cups of warm water -1 cup salt -2 tablespoons of vegetable oil -1 tablespoon of cream of tartar and then I mixed all the ingredients I stirred it over low heat it began to get little chunks and I didn't have food coloring so I put kool aid in it and then like it had little chucks and its not play dough so hopefully when I put it in the refrigarater in a glad bag and it might get hard like play dough.... Did i do something wrong?
what you did wrong was that you didnt stir it long enough mine took 10 minutes with about medium heat
If it had little chucks, then you didn't stir too well. Just like in a cake, if you don't stir well, the flour will create chucks.
suzak5 years ago
I always add a some liquid disinfectant to mine. The one that is used in first aid kit.
andy-kho6 years ago
I've made this recipe twice, and at first they turn out really ok. Problem occurs after about 2 days, the dough became sticky again. On the 1st time, I didn't tried to cook it again, since i thought the dough might be decomposing since I live in tropical country. Last Sunday I made half recipe for the 2nd time, color it, and it resulted very well as the 1st time. And to avoid the 'decomposing' issue, I add 1/4tsp natrium benzoat as preservative. But today, my lovely 2 kids got disappointed again, since when they were very enthusiastic to pay dough, they immediately found that the dough is sticking to all over their hands. Anybody else with the same problem & can suggest any solution?
I had some similar problems years back with clay products when we went on vacation. You said you are in a tropical climate. I would suggest adding a bit more salt. you can just mix it in little by little as it starts to get sticky, that will suck up the extra moisture. Good luck. Hope that helps :)
this wuz awsum me and my kid made sum it feels more smushy than store bought but that make it the bast thnx for the cool recipie and steps
This looks terrific. What do you use for scents?
You put we can use scents, like perfume or whatever, so when would you add those?
codongolev6 years ago
I remember playing with playdoh and being all like "nomnomnom playdoh tastes salty" lolz
Lily_Wee6 years ago
It Work out perfect, my kids like it, save me hundred of $$ , i spend hundred of dollor to buy from the store..Now i just have to do it with my kids, it also fun..thank a lot for sharing.
cherrykiss6 years ago
um.. i bake it before i paint colors on it. you can try to bake it with colors, i don't know why it wouldn't work! i'll see if i can take pics for you. whats your email?
cherrykiss6 years ago
i made this and baked it in the oven at 350 degrees, i made all kinds of crazy art crap. necklace beads and even paintable projects. give it a try. cook it til its toasty brown!
canida (author)  cherrykiss6 years ago
Neat. Do colors still show up when you bake it? I'd love to see pictures!
sshoue6 years ago
I am going to use this to give a demostrative speech for my college class! Thanks!
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