Every now and then, I like to pretend that making crafts with my kids, like homemade playdoh, doesn’t drive me crazy. Apparently I was in the mood to go a little insane, the other day, and decided we should make some.
My boys love playing with playdoh, but they aren’t the greatest about putting it away, which means it dries out. They also like to mix all the colors together, which means we end up with a big brown blob. That’s all great, but I don’t exactly want to pay $3 for a small container that’s going to be dried up in less than 24 hours. So I decided we would make some, since we had all the ingredients we needed to make it at home, and homemade playdoh is so much cheaper than store bought!
Each color, in the photo above, was one batch. One batch makes about the same amount as two playdoh containers. This playdoh is incredibly soft, and gets bonus points for being non-toxic. Not that I suggest your kids should eat it, but if you have little ones that like to stick things in their mouth, it’s not going to hurt them (Everett would like me to inform you that it doesn’t taste very good, though).
The first batch of playdoh took about 5 minutes to make, but each batch after that only took around a minute or so, because the saucepan was already warm.
In a 2 quart saucepan, add 1 cup flour, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar and 1/3 cup salt. I recommend buying a large container of cream of tartar, because it’s cheaper and a small container will only be enough for 2-3 batches of playdoh. Add 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and mix well to combine. It will look a little lumpy, but that’s ok. Turn your burner on medium/low heat and stir.
Keep stirring until it gets a little thicker and then add food coloring. You can use regular liquid food coloring, or if you have gel food coloring available, you can use that. I used a combination of Wilton food coloring and AmeriColor food coloring because I already had it on hand.
A little goes a long way, when using gel food coloring, and you can get it in a lot of different colors, without having to mix colors together. Keep stirring until your playdoh starts to gather in a ball, around the spoon. The first bath will take a little longer, because your stove is still getting hot, but each batch after, it only took about 30 seconds or so.
Once it has formed a ball around your spoon, remove it from the saucepan and place it on wax paper or on a plate. If it’s still a little lumpy, you can knead it some, to remove the lumps. I let my two youngest do this part, once the playdoh had cooled some. Once it has cooled completely, store it in a Ziploc bag or some other type of airtight container.
1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- In a 2 quart sauce pan, add flour, cream of tartar and salt. Add water and vegetable oil.
- Turn your burner on medium low and stir to combine. It will look a little lumpy, but that’s ok.
- Once it starts to thicken, add the food coloring.
- Continue stirring until the playdoh starts to gather around the spoon.
- Remove from saucepan, to cool. Once cool, store in an airtight container.
Who says playdoh is only for kids? Moms should have a little fun every now and then, too. I tried to make a rainbow, but it didn’t turn out so well. Maybe I should leave the playdoh to the kids and stick to cake decorating.