{Homemade Christmas} How to Make Homemade Play-Doh

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homemade for the holidays - making play-doh

Yesterday was December 4th and the project contained in yesterday’s chain link on our Count Down to Christmas Paper Chain was making play-doh. Unfortunately, we had had a busy Monday and Tuesday and I wasn’t feeling well so we put off making play-doh until today. I thought it would be a better day anyway since we had cousins coming over to play.

The recipe I used came from Christmas Gifts They’ll Actually Like! 25 Easy, Homemade Gift Ideas – Plus Instructions eBook. You can find it on Amazon.

making play-doh

I love how simple and quick play-doh is to make. This recipe is also really nice to work with when it’s fresh (since it was just made today, we’ll have to see how it holds up over time).

Homemade Play-doh:

1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 T. cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 t. food coloring
1 T. vegetable oil

I used what I had on hand so I used whole wheat flour that I ground and olive oil in place of the white flour and vegetable oil. And since this was a Christmas project, I just made two colors, red and green. The recipe above makes one ball (pictured below) so I actually had two separate pots going (one at a time). 😉


How to make:

Mix your flour, salt and cream of tartar in a pot. Add the water, food coloring and oil. Cook while stirring for approx. 3-5 minutes. You’ll notice the mixture turning into globs at first but as you keep stirring, it will start to form a ball and pull away from the sides of your pot. Once it does that, remove from heat and dump onto a lightly floured surface. Knead a few times (the play-doh will be quite warm so be careful) and it’s ready to play with once it’s cooled enough for little hands. Store in an air tight contain or bag.

Have a fun project that you’re doing for Christmas? Comment below or link up your blog post. I’d love to hear/see your ideas. :-)

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  1. says

    I love making homemade playdoh and passing out to my daughter’s friends for Christmas! Stopping by from the TOS blog linky.


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