How To Make Homemade Playdough {Plus Free Printable Labels!}

I love homemade playdough. I actually like it much better then the stuff you buy at the store. What I make for my children is soft, squishy, easy to mold, and does not dry out near as quickly as the store bought playdough.


My children had a blast playing with the fresh batch I made recently. Playdough is perfect for hot summer afternoons!

I made several batches in one afternoon, and each batch takes about 5 minutes to dump everything together and then start it heating up on the stove.


 Here are all the ingredients together in the pan.

Mixing it all together

Mixing all the ingredients together as it warms on medium heat.


The playdough is starting to thicken.


It is thickened into a ball and ready to take off the stove.


Put on wax paper and let cool for a few minutes before kneading it into a ball.


You end up with a delightfully soft and slightly addicting ball of playdough!


1 cup flour

1 cup water

1/3 cup salt

2 tsp. cream of tarter

1 Tbsp. oil (I used canola)

food coloring (I used 4-8 drops, depending on what color I wanted)

Dump all the ingredients in a pan, and mix together on medium low heat. Remove from heat when it starts sticking together and forming a ball. You will want to stir the playdough the entire time until it forms the ball.

Once it forms a ball, dump it onto wax paper and let it cool a few minutes. Knead it into a ball, and then hand it over to your children to play with, or don’t tell them it’s ready and keep playing with it yourself for awhile! 🙂


You can store the playdough in glass jars, plastic bags, or plastic containers.

My husband designed these super cute labels for you to use! There are 9 different colors of labels, which should be plenty for the colors you decide to make.

Homemade Playdough Label

Click on the link below to download and print!

 Playdough Printable Labels

 Your children will have hours of fun playing with this, and don’t forget to sit down a few minutes and play with them!

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10 Comments on How To make Homemade Playdough {Plus Free Printable Labels!}

  1. Thank you for this recipe. I was just thinking today and wondering who had a really good one I could use. God answers even the “silliest” of prayers.

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