My Favorite Play Dough Recipe

The Holiday Season is upon us and this healthy family won’t be making sugar cookies so we have to find something that’s just as fun and festive. The solution may lie in the many, many online tutorials for making salt dough ornaments! This reminded me of the homemade play dough I made when my children were little. While there are gazillions of salt dough recipes out there, this one is my all time favorite because it’s very close to the commercially made “Play Doh” that everyone loves! This recipe was given to me years ago by a college professor. It’s cheap, easy and fun to make!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need but watch the video for handy tips!

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon salad oil
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
food coloring

Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pan. Stir constantly to prevent sticking over medium heat. Mixture will be soupy for a while then ALL OF A SUDDEN it will thicken and stir itself into a ball! Immediately remove from heat but continue stirring. Dump the hot dough out onto a floured surface and continue kneading as it cools.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator OR it can be frozen for later play! Projects can be air-dried (don’t make them too big or thick). Alternatively, (though never tried my ME) is to put them in a pre-heated oven on the lowest setting for 1-4 hours depending on the size of the object.

4 thoughts on “My Favorite Play Dough Recipe

  1. Dear Margaret,
    I just discovered your u tube videos last week and I am hooked.
    I listen every nite after supper, while I crochet on knit socks.
    I love your entro and my husband recognizes your song.
    All of your projects are beautiful andvyou truly have a giving heart.
    Im a Southern girl from mid. Tennessee,married to a good man for 36 years,
    we have 2 sons and 1 daughter,1 grandaughter, 2 grandsons and 1 due in April
    Please, keep up the videos, as I am really enjoying.

    • Oh, goodness, Cindy, that’s a Margaret overload! Your husband is probably ready to throw the computer out of the window! Thank you for the sweet comments and special thanks for “introducing” yourself.

  2. Hi Margaret I have enjoyed watching your vacation to WDW. I only saw 3 videos. I can’t find #4 for the rest of your trip, cruise and your sons move. I’d love to see the rest of all your fun. Help! Lol


    • Editing the ridiculous amount of footage I have takes HOURS so I haven’t completed the rest yet! I’m uploading them as I finish. Thanks for coming along, Alicia!

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