DIY Homemade Playdough
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Yield: 1½ lbs. playdough
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5-7 drops natural food dye
  • 3 drops essential oil of choice, optional (I recommend Lavender or Wild Orange)
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix thoroughly with a whisk.
  2. Add hot water and oil and whisk until there are little to no more lumps in the mixture. Add dye color of choice.
  3. Place pan over medium heat and stir constantly, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan as the playdough thickens. Continue to stir until playdough scrapes away from the edges of the pan and is thick.
  4. Transfer playdough to a cutting board or silicone baking mat. Knead for 1-2 minutes. The playdough shouldn't be too hot, but if it is, spread it on the cutting board/silicone baking mat and let cool for 3 minutes. Then knead to smooth out any lumps and make sure the color is evenly dispersed. Store in an airtight bag or container.
Let cool before adding essential oils, if using.
Recipe by Natural Chow at