Introduction: Silky, Stretchy, Conditioner & Cornstarch Play Dough

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My children and I recently tried out another two-ingredient play dough recipe that I want to share with you. An inexpensive project (in the states,) it was played with for a good thirty minutes and began drying out after about an hour.

A few notes:

(1) The most important piece of advice I can give is to MEASURE the CONDITIONER and CORNSTARCH as described below. [Not pictured: We did this project without measuring, and although it was messy fun, it was not really usable as a dough at all.]

(2) I have three children, and this dough was just enough to be used and played with by all three of them. If I had more kids to entertain, I would have had to double the recipe.

(3) This craft is messy and was done with a three-year old, four-year old and eight-year old - all of them had a great time mixing, squishing and getting messy!

Materials & Tools

  • one (1) cup scented conditioner (the one shown was on sale for $0.82!)
  • two (2) cups cornstarch (less than a dollar, also purchased on sale)
  • a large bowl and a measuring cup (very important)

I also used a dollar store plastic table cloth for them to play on.

Mix, Clean Hands & Play

There's really not more to say about doing this craft.

We did this outside because of the powdery nature of cornstarch and happy children. We added the conditioner to the cornstarch, but I don't know if adding them in the other order would make a difference.

See the photos of my kids mixing, and after they washed their hands, they began creating everything from pizza dough, jewelry, to pushing items into the dough to make impressions. My youngest got it stuck to his shirt (that's in the video and it's really cute) and he also buried a little car into the dough.

It probably goes without saying, but the play dough will smell like the conditioner choice. Apparently, in the mind of a three-year old, strawberry-scented conditioner smells like French fries. (Just so you know.)

My four year old made a fossil-like impression using a seashell and although the dough hardens after 24-hours, it's still pretty fragile. (We learned this by getting the stuck car out really easily the next day.)

I also want to mention that the dough reminds me of cold porcelain, which if you are familiar with it also uses cornstarch - but this version is clearly more fragile and will not harden as well as cold porcelain.

The video is for giggles, as it's hard to describe in both photos and words what it's like to play with scented, silky play dough, especially when you're young. It's just about a minute and a half.



BayRatt (author)2014-05-26

Looks like fun to me! Even if it doesn't really smell like french fries... (might be a shade disappointed about that. :-))

DeandrasCrafts (author)BayRatt2014-05-27

I just can't make that stuff up. I can't even imagine why he said it, but it was super cute!

Thank you!

Avery99907 (author)2016-07-18

Can you use lotion instead of conditioner

MaryamW (author)Avery999072017-01-27


pusheen218 (author)2016-12-13

if you put it in a container will it still dry out? ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

MaryamW (author)pusheen2182017-01-27

I wrapped mine in tin foil. 4 days and still good as new.

MaryamW (author)2017-01-27

Mine worked out great. I didnt measure anything just followed basic rules
If its crumbly add more lotion
If its sticky add more cornstarch.
Wrapped up mine in tin foil. 4 days now and still going strong!

Shiningstar123 made it! (author)2016-12-14

I made this awesome play dough. It takes like 2-4 min. To mix and neat it. For me.

akbk334 made it! (author)2016-03-20

i was trying to find a good play dough recipe and couldnt find one that didnt have water ( because i learned that water made the dough sticky) when i finally came up on this one, sadly i couldn't find cornstarch so i used plain old flour here's my recipe

1 and 1/2 cup of flour


1 cup of shampoo

wrong picture


i also added food coring to make i look nice!

pusheen218 (author)akbk3342016-12-02

does doing it with flour work?

AshleighR1 (author)2015-08-18

love it, but mine needed twerking :/

1 cup conditioner,
300g cornstarch (prob = 2 3/4 cups
1 cup plain flour.

and mine smells like apples! my son is playing with it now haha

peace love life 101 made it! (author)AshleighR12016-03-19


peace love life 101 made it! (author)2016-03-19


peace love life 101 (author)2016-03-19

Hi!Im new to the website! :)

07220722 (author)2015-09-09

This is amazing?????????????☺️??

AshleighR1 (author)2015-08-18

Oddrey-MaeA (author)2015-06-09

Thanks so very much! I made this for my kids at daycare and they looooovvved it! They had so much fun pounding, squishing, poking, and imprinting... Their favorite thing to do was burying Thomas trains in the fluffy dough and saying "Oh no, he's stuck in the snow!" My Co-workers were impressed by the soft, fluffy texture- some of them had never seen or heard of cloud dough. I will definitely be using this again. :)

Yay! I'm so glad your students/kiddos had fun! Thanks for sharing!

Oddrey-MaeA (author)2015-06-09

Passion Make (author)2014-06-14

Amazing. Kids will love it!

Unusyal Tiqneecks (author)2014-05-28


hi :)

McClay14 (author)2014-05-30

Cute doggie :P
The dough looks very velvety and soft, good job!

DeandrasCrafts (author)McClay142014-05-30

Thank you!

agis68 (author)2014-05-30

wow nice!!! cheap and easy the way i like.....oh yes! try to dye it with some nice food colors....

sniffydogs (author)2014-05-29

Neat idea!

domscard (author)2014-05-29

This looks great - can't wait to have a go myself - must gather up a few grandkids as an excuse to play :)

kgarcia18 (author)2014-05-28

does it ever dry out? does it store well?

DeandrasCrafts (author)kgarcia182014-05-28

Hi! It does dry out and is very crumbly when it does.

I did not try to store it, but I would imagine that it could be stored in a plastic zipped sealed bag at least for a while. It has mostly chemicals (from the hair conditioner) so I don't think it would spoil at all.

Thanks for looking!

awesomegirl16 (author)2014-05-28

dat is awesome

sabu.dawdy (author)2014-05-27

this is very beautiful

Thanks! That's sweet to say.

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