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How to Make Play-doh - 3 Easy Ways

Updated on October 7, 2010

What You'll Need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 tsps cream of tartar (you can substitute 1/4 tsp of lemon juice or white vinegar for each 1/8 tsp of cream of tartar. Be aware if you use vinegar, the play-doh will have a vinegar smell)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Food coloring (blue and green are the best, but any color will work). A couple of drops will usually be enough. Too much and your hands will be bright blue for a couple of days.

There are some types of play-doh that require no cooking, but this isn't one of them. First, combine flour, salt and cream of tarter in a saucepan. Mix liquids and gradually stir them into the dry ingredients. When the mixture is smooth, cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms. Remove from heat and knead until smooth. Store in a zip-loc bag.

Kool-Aid Guy

Play-doh Made with Kool-Aid

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 pkg. (.17 oz.) unsweetened kool-aid mix: orange, berry, lime are best (do not use grape - it turns out sort of gray in color)
  • 2 tsp. cream of tartar (you can substitute 1/4 tsp of lemon juice or white vinegar for each 1/8 tsp of cream of tartar. Be aware if you use vinegar, the play-doh will have a vinegar smell)
  • 1/2 c. salt
  • 2 tsp. oil

Add Kool-Aid to water in pan. Add remaining ingredients and stir together. Cook over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Play dough is done when color deepens and it comes together in a ball. Turn onto a plate to cool and cover tightly to store. Store in zip-loc bag.

No-Cooking-Involved Play-doh

Ingredients:

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 c. salt
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 tsp. oil

Add water and oil to dry ingredients. Mix well. Note: This play dough will harden when air dried.

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      Kaylaooooooookjkjkj 4 years ago

      Do you put it in the oven or microwave i need help

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      gip 4 years ago

      does it expire

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      donnay 4 years ago

      wow awsome it really works

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      playdohmaker 5 years ago

      Hi

      do you know if you could use something other than the oil?

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      Lam23 5 years ago

      also you can use one packet of kool-aid for what i did above^(color and smell still excellent), however i was aiming for scented play dough for preschoolers and adding two packets made the smell much much stronger.

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      Lam23 5 years ago

      For the first play dough recipe i added one packet kool-aid to the dry ingredients and mixed one packet of kool-aid with the liquids and followed the rest of the directions. It became scented play dough and the color was great!!

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      ange4555 5 years ago

      it dosnt work

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      ange 5 years ago

      Purple koolaid will work if you use 2 packs. it is by no means a bright purple, but it does look purple, not grey!

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      Er 5 years ago

      Can you put die in the no cook playdough?!

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      cookies 5 years ago

      Instead of Flour can I use pancake mix instead?

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      NoName 5 years ago

      what does c. mean?

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      cornell jr ps 5 years ago

      thank-you all of our kids in all of the classes had made this.realy it did not work because i have no idea what is cream tartar please tell me if.btw who knows china anne M.well she comes here.if you want our locaition it is at... sorry she is here her parents said don't sell her out where the locaition is so sorry i tried.but realy please help me

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      Gibby JollyBear..!!^-^ 5 years ago

      I think playdoo is a fun actividy for people like mii..!! Well how em i sappose to no that im only 12 haha im just bored sleeping over at mii friendzz houzee Iztel ZombieKiller..!! We wete bored and we tried to make playdoo so ya well ummm byee hahah..!!

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      laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 5 years ago

      no it is not eatable it is very salty and does not taste good at all it is very fun to make and also should do it on a flouerd

      suface so it will br nice and soft have fun./ !!!!!!!!11

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      Charli 5 years ago

      I love play dough it rocks

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      playdoh freak 5 years ago

      how much will the no bake playdoh make?

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      Storm 5 years ago

      Made the no cook play dough with Lime Jello instead of coolaid or food colouring, worked out perfectly.

      P.S. If your play doh feels too sticky when you make it just add a bit more flour!! Simple solution

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      maddog212 5 years ago

      i need help i cant seem to get it plez help

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      kat 5 years ago

      i tried the non cooking one and it worked GREAT!!! i gave it to the lil' kids ima babysit.

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      sinthya 5 years ago

      for the dry playdoh shuld i use food coloring to give it color?

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      bitchisgay 5 years ago

      (.Y.)

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      `ropafadzo 6 years ago

      hey

      what's the difference between the cooking method or the not cooking one ?

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      Haley 6 years ago

      Do you store it in the fridge?

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      lauren 6 years ago

      it is very good i have tried it thounseds of times 4 YEARLS OLD

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      emma 6 years ago

      go on you tube and watch my moment by rebecca black, robert and kent from so you think you can dance are in the music video

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      emma 6 years ago

      go on you tube and watch my moment by rebecca black, robert and kent from so you think you can dance are in the music video

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      emma 6 years ago

      ????????? idk, maybe you did it wrong cause all three worked for my prank

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      emma 6 years ago

      i need this for a prank witch is a better play doh

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      ???????? idk 6 years ago

      it doesent work we did it ten time but no i dident work

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      Ihadfwdbfkhfewvbkugchxxgsqdghwqgfqsdhuydywhucgscg 6 years ago

      Hi I was wondering, what do u do wen the play do is to wet?

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      Bob 6 years ago

      Wow sounds kool

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      Jonathan  6 years ago

      i didn't have to use the cream of tarter and it came out alright wow

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      Emma 6 years ago

      Does the koolaid stain?

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      Play-Doh 6 years ago

      how is the no cooking play doh?

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      tickity tockity  6 years ago

      why do you have to have scented oils when making play doh???

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      teo 6 years ago

      blablabla

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      Carxer 6 years ago

      can you use icing? thanks man you da play doh master!!! gotta love you. you god

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      kelly 6 years ago

      i made it with wheat flour and veggie oil but it came out more dense and it smelt like flour too. i also colored it but now my hands r all yellow!!! AHHH!!!

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      jayne  6 years ago

      hi, i made this playdough recently and it is extremely sticky how do i get rid of the stickyness

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      RiverW 6 years ago

      mix all dry ingrediants first and make a gopher hole in the middle then mix all liquid ingredients into a mixing bowl exept food coloring, and then pour THAT into the hole

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      Holly 6 years ago

      After you make the play dough does it harden? I'm making it for some marketplace thing at school, and i don't want it to harden so then the kids can play with it. Thnx!

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      steve 6 years ago

      can you make it wight?

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      jayashree 6 years ago

      how long can the dough be stored?

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      heaven karrazom 6 years ago

      salt dough with food coloring is esier to make and put it in a container i have the recipe!!!!!!

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      aliisha 6 years ago

      what sort of flour can you use? Can you use self- raisinf flour? thx x

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      luvs2bake 6 years ago

      thanks 4 the recipes. i lost mine years ago. i will try these tomorrow. thanks. im so excited now!!! =)

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      rachel 6 years ago

      hey people do not use this site again it is not true it is the badest

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      PT 6 years ago

      great! I just made a huge load of brown dough for my daughter's project

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      Amber xx 6 years ago

      I would like to know if the last play-dough recipe works thanks lots.

      Please reply back!

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      ravenhorneman12 6 years ago

      does it matter if we use vegetable oil

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      Chase  6 years ago

      what the heck is wrong with u why would u abuse puppies

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      jenny 6 years ago

      hi thnx so much

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      jenny 6 years ago

      thnx 4 da playdo recipe it works good with kids

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      Alaina 6 years ago

      I had almost no salt so i mixed it with sugar and i had no tartar so i was gonna use lemon juice but i didn't have any of that either so i used lime juice.

      Suprisingly, it worked out really well!!!

      once i moldeed is it got really smooth!

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      Random Kids 6 years ago

      Can you eat the playdough and does is tast nice with the lemon juice?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      does the play doh ever expire, go bad or start smelling?

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      emaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 6 years ago

      a love this reicape

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      emaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa 6 years ago

      I love this reicpe it it work it fun and ot takes 5 to 10 mintues to cook on the stove

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      allissa 6 years ago

      how can you make it non sticky without using tartar because we cant find any in the supermarket

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      pixy mum 7 years ago

      can u use Self raising flour and will it work?

      thanks

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      alysa 7 years ago

      awsome

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      Barbara 7 years ago

      I made this seven years ago and found a bag of this clay... it is STILL WORKABLE. Crazy!

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      ponystar8525 7 years ago

      the noncooking one did not work it was like oily salt water

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      alexis 7 years ago

      hey this is awsome i love making them i have like 5 of them

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      AwesomeGal 7 years ago

      The kool-aid play ough is awesome...... I tries the grape kool-aid and it was purple!!!!

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      Katie  7 years ago

      Can u use anything else instead of flower?

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      BritClo 7 years ago

      what will happen if u eat the no cooking involved play-doh?

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      BritClo 7 years ago

      do u hav 2 use oil? do u hav 2 use so much salt?

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      monica 7 years ago

      do u use the lemon juice in the sauce pan with the flour?

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      Kasey 7 years ago

      what type of oil do you use?

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      Terwerver 7 years ago

      I Used The One Without Cream Of Tartar, And It Turned Out Really Good! Thank You So Much, You Made My Life Much Easier. (:

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      wishes to be anonymous 7 years ago

      the 3rd option duznt work

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      madison 7 years ago

      You guys do good. But you could at least make it an easyer way!

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      jazzy 7 years ago

      what kind of oil

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      ruby 7 years ago

      To make your own clay at home does it matter what kind of flour you use to make it?

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      chloe2001rock 7 years ago

      well i used a hairdryer to dry it

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      Juls 7 years ago

      For me, the latter recipe worked great, when I taught Sunday School last week we made it for part of Palm Sunday

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      Tamz 7 years ago

      iv just made 2 lots of hot water method play-doh but at u try and play with it, it starts getting really stick. gets so bad u cant get it off your hands without washing them! plz help :( i used plain flour salt oil hot water and food colouring.

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      another andrea 7 years ago

      My Daughter and I just did a science experiment on play dough. We made 5 batches and left out one ingredient in each batch. The one without salt is blooming with mold while the batches with salt have no mold (two weeks later). The one without cream of tartar is too sticky, and the one without oil is not very pliable.

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      Tracy 7 years ago

      This recipe worked just fine when I substituted 4tsp lemon juice for the 2tsp cream of tartar.

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      Hector 7 years ago

      I have heard that besides water, wheat flour, etc., one can use CMC (carboxymethylcellulose). Could this be true?

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      Dwayne 7 years ago

      what kind of oil do you have to use?

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      RaeRae 7 years ago

      Thank you SO MUCH!!! I made it and its the first time it ever came out right lol, usually its so sticky. I used the vinegar and it seems perfectly fine, the smell wont even stay long I don't think. I also added GLITTER!!!! Its so cool! I try to add some kind of glitter and sparkle to everything I make and didn't wanna leave out the play-dough lol.

      SEE it here: http://pictures.sprintpcs.com/mmps/004_31447bdf2d4...

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      Hannah  7 years ago

      This is an exellant idea thank you not just my son will enjoy it!!! :D

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      mele2 7 years ago

      Hey how do you keep the play doh from getting hard?

      Thanks

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      AroundtownSue 7 years ago from Mountain View

      Hardcore, I don't recommend eating any playdough. Cutie, I list some cream of tartar substitutes above.

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      mineee 7 years ago

      the no coooking one didn't work its sticky

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      cutie 7 years ago

      what is cream of tartar? i have never heardof that thing. and do we have to use it, is it compalsary? whatif we don't add cream of tartar?

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      sc 7 years ago

      regarding the non cooking recipe. Does the play dough last long? Is it sticky enough to hold for clay molding or modeling?

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      CaliPlaydough 7 years ago

      I once played with this in elementary school it was really fun and yummy

      1/2 cup peanut butter

      1/4 cup honey

      4-6 oz. corn flour or corn meal

      this recipe is good if there is someone lactose intolerant

      1 c. peanut butter

      1/4 c. honey

      1/2 c. powdered milk

      and this one is the regular recipe with both you just mix the ingredients

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      707 7 years ago

      awesome playdough

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      hardcore 7 years ago

      if you don't put as much salt on it would it be alrite to eat it because the name brand playdoh doesn't have alot and my daughter tries to eat it

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      AroundtownSue 7 years ago from Mountain View

      Yay! Emma, thanks for letting us know!

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      Emma 7 years ago

      thankz so much for the recipe we are now making it all the time and making it for my daycare kids and they love it so much ~ Emma

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      AroundtownSue 7 years ago from Mountain View

      Gracey, You need the cream of tartar and the Kool-aid in that recipe. One does not replace the other.

      Sophie Ann, there is a "no-cooking" recipe above. Try that one.

      Melissa, Thanks for sharing your play-doh experience for everyone!

      Mary, if you use lemon juice instead, you'll need 4 tsp.

      Rory, you need cream of tartar OR lemon juice OR vinegar in the Kool-aid method.

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      Person101 7 years ago

      Is the non cooking recipie easy to use and non-stickey?(I need to use it for an organ in my cell project)

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      Mary 7 years ago

      How much lemon juice did you put in??? The measurements up there are confusing! Do I just put in 1/4 tablespoon??

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      corey 7 years ago

      I just tried the lemon juice instead of the cream of tartar and the playdough came out beautiful! I will let you know if anything different than the usual happens to it.

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      tina shaw 7 years ago

      how do i stop my play dough from being sticky, i used the hot water method rather than cooking, is that why??

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      Rory-Lee 7 years ago

      Hi i was wondering if we needed any tartar or lemon juice or vinager