How to Make Playdough (Play-doh)

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Step 4: Play and store

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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!)

davidm61 year ago

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

deannagove1 year ago

how long dose the home made play doue last?

lshook11 year ago
I will be making this with my 3 yr old nephew tomorrow. I can't wait to see how it turns out!!!!
co'brien111 year 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!
tadobbs2 years 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.
ctschudi2 years 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.
mistymoocow3 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 ?
toRiattack3 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!!!! :)
heidii194 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
arrmkr4 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?
4paws4 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
JobieAshes5 years ago
I'd say you'd add the scent the same time you added the color.
raybkchan5 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?
redcore45 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.x5355 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.
didiisbored6 years ago
This was awesome! It worked and i didnt use tar tar thingo so yeah IT WORKED IT WAS QUICK AND EASY :P
pepkate6 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.
suzak6 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?
codongolev7 years ago
I remember playing with playdoh and being all like "nomnomnom playdoh tastes salty" lolz
Lily_Wee7 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.
cherrykiss7 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?
cherrykiss7 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)  cherrykiss7 years ago
Neat. Do colors still show up when you bake it? I'd love to see pictures!
sshoue7 years ago
I am going to use this to give a demostrative speech for my college class! Thanks!
Trimaster8 years ago
looks cool ill have to try it sumtime
emmyylouu8 years ago
i tried it but it didn't work very well. I think i did it wrong
canida (author)  emmyylouu8 years ago
How did it go wrong? If you describe it maybe we can figure out how to fix it next time.