September 04, 2022

Homemade Playdoh! So soft! Not gritty, no salt needed... just 2 ingredients


I've posted a couple versions of homemade playdoh through the years since in our family, I've always made it.  Heck, my MOM always made it!  When I was little, we almost never, ever got store bought playdoh.  I remember it was such a thrill when we did!  I loved the smell of real Play-Doh... but 99.99% of the time you would find the salt dough version in our home because it was quick and easy for my Mom to make.

Invariably, it would be red.  LOL.  Once in a great, great while she might get a little crazy and make us green or blue, but almost without fail she always made homemade play dough red.  

I've usually used food color to make our salt dough versions, I also have made various Kool-Aid versions of homemade play dough but this one is even easier because it just used two ingredients... and you don't cook it.

I love it because I can use up the little bits of lotion left in the various containers that I don't want to throw away, but I don't really use anymore.   It doesn't last long (it stays very soft, but it gets crumbly) but it's a fun dough to add to your 'playdough' recipes.


Homemade Play Dough

Corn Starch

For every 1/2 cup lotion use about 1 cup corn starch.
Mix together in a bowl starting with a stiff spatula or the back of a spoon.

You can add a few drops or dabs of any food color at this point if you wish.  You can use disposable gloves to mix it initially to keep the color off your hands - or mix knead it through a Ziploc baggy until it's incorporated.  Once it's mostly worked in, it won't color your fingers or hands any longer.

Start to knead it with your fingers once it's mixed and starting to be dough like.  It might look crumbly, but work with it and knead it before you add any more lotion or corn starch.  It will come together into a dough quickly. 
At the very end, I put about 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil on my hands and rubbed them together, then finished kneading the dough (instead of adding another bit of lotion).

Wrap in Saran wrap and place into a Ziploc, or another airtight container. 

I had 3 lotions to use up in this batch.  I had about a tablespoon of one, a bit more of another and about 1/4 cup of a third.

I scooped the lotions into a plastic mixing bowl. 
My goal was to have about 1/2 cup of lotion and that's about what I ended up with.

I scooped in about 3/4 cup of corn starch

Start mashing.  It was a little dry so I added the last tablespoon of another lotion!

It seems dry and crumbly at first but then it suddenly starts to come together to form dough

I wanted to leave most of it plain white, but I added some sprinkles to one bit of it
(the little round sprinkles you put on sugar cookies!)

As I kneaded it, they turned to a cute rainbow tie-dye look.

We have empty Play-Doh containers since the store bought version dries out so quickly.
If you have any store bought 'doh' on hand and it's old and crumbly, just save your containers when you throw it out.  :)

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