{DIY} How to Make Your Own Play Dough (Play-Doh)

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My kids were out of school for a couple of days this week. At first I was excited thinking of all of the fun things we could do. The nice leisurely mornings with time to make pancakes and dally around in PJs. The fun afternoons where we would perhaps visit a pumpkin patch and strengthen our family bond. The reality was more like three wide eyed children waking me up at 6:40am by pressing their face against mine and pleading “what can we do now?!”.  What can we do now? Like now  as in we-woke-up-forty-five-seconds-ago-and-are-bored-out-of-our-ever-loving-minds! How is it even possible to be bored that early? I wish I knew.

So, it’s been kind of rough. My visions of strolling hand-in-hand through mazes of corn came crashing down instantly, and all the sudden the rose-colored glasses with which I had reminisced about care-free summer days came off. It’s like I had forgotten that our summer was a giant squabble fest.

So back to the drawing board! This Play Dough recipe has come in handy on many rainy (and snowy, and even sunny) days at our house. It truly is the perfect recipe. The dough is softer, more pliable and less…stinky than regular Play-Doh, plus the kids actually get to help make it, which they love! Simply make the dough, pull out the cookie cutters or Play-Doh accessories, and then walk away and enjoy a blissful twenty minutes until your kids become bored again. No really, this will buy you at least 40 minutes ;).

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Because I love you and don’t want you to waste your life meandering the aisles of the grocery store, I went ahead and listed where to find these ingredients in the store. The start up cost to becoming a professional play dough maker might seem high, but for less than $10 you’ll have enough supplies to make a lot, and I mean a lot, of dough.

Thank you to Kristi B. for submitting this article!

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{Recipe} DIY Play Dough

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


Best Play-Doh recipe ever!


  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup salt (regular table salt)
  • 1 tablespoon Alum (in the spice aisle)
  • 2 tablespoons mineral oil (in the laxative aisle)
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin (near rubbing alcohol)
  • food coloring
  • 2 cups flour


  1. Mix water, salt, Alum, mineral oil, and glycerin together in a pot, warm the pot but don’t let it boil. Just get it nice and hot. You want the salt to almost dissolve BUT not quite. Stir sparingly (it’s okay to stir, but not too much). When you have reached this obscure temperature put the mixture in your mixer and add the flour.
  2. Start mixing, as the flour mixes with the liquid add in a few drops of your food coloring color of choice. Let it all mix for about two minutes, till it looks like dough.
  3. Let sit until cool (it will get less sticky as it cools).
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You can add a drop or two of peppermint oil if you like.
The amount of flour changes depending on where you live. At sea level, you probably need just a cup and a half of flour. Here in the mountains (Utah), I use about 2-2 1/4 cups. If your dough is stickier than you would like after it cools, just add some more flour!

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