Easy Homemade Play Dough

This easy homemade play dough recipe is the best! It lasts a long time too. You will love it!

This easy homemade play dough recipe is so easy and you can make any colors you want!

Hey party people!! I am so excited to share this homemade playdough recipe with you!  There may be a million play dough recipes on the internet but this one is tried and tested. It’s amazing! I typically double the batch, split it into four parts and dye them each a different color. Then, I put each one in an air-tight container and they will last for months! Every mom needs this recipe in their life, so let’s get down to the details.



Hands down the BEST homemade playdough recipe ever! It is just the right consistency and it lasts for months! Highly recommend.

Iodized Salt, Alum, Food Coloring, Corn Starch, and Vegetable Oil

I thought I would do a little photo tutorial as well, so you can “see” the step by step process for yourself!

Add all of the ingredients to a large saucepan and stir with a whisk over medium heat.

Hands down the BEST homemade playdough recipe ever! It is just the right consistency and it lasts for months! Highly recommend.

When it’s thickened it’s time to switch to a wooden spoon!

How to make play dough!

Make sure you have your paper towels handy throughout this process because things can get messy. Especially when you add the food coloring!


3.5 from 4 votes
Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe
Easy Long Lasting Homemade Playdough
Servings: 3 cups dough
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 TBS vegetable oil
  • 1 TBS powdered Alum
  1. Add all ingredients to a large saucepan and begin stirring with a whisk over medium heat.
  2. As mixture begins to thicken, you will need to switch to a wooden spoon, and continue stirring.
  3. When the mixture becomes too think to stir, remove it from your pan and knead in food coloring! I like to split mine up and do different colors but you could also just do it in one big lump!
  4. Store in an air tight container & have fun!



Baby Food Jars




Food Coloring 

My little ones love to help make this… especially the kneading part! I was totally shocked at how good my 3 year old was at it the first time I let him try!

The best homemade play dough recipe ever.


The key to keeping play dough longer, is to keep it in air-tight containers. I like to use these baby food jars  because they’re cute and they really do keep it from drying out. I honestly use them for everything.

Speaking of little ones, this recipe is totally safe to ingest. I don’t know if I’d call it edible because it’s not tasty, but it is totally safe for your little ones if they do decide to eat it so no need to worry!

Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe

So what do you think? Will you give it a try?!


This easy play dough recipe is the best and it lasts a long time! So fun for kids!

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    Hi, I made this exactly as directed and it is waay too sticky and not like dough at all. Any suggestions?


      Hey Loda! That is so weird! What I would do is try adding about a spoonful of flour at a time until you get to the right consistency, that should work! I’m so sorry!


    This looks fun, definitely on the list of fun things to do at Grammy’s house this summer! I too like the simple ingredient list and the non-toxic aspect – one of the boys is two. The science teacher part of me is curious about experimenting with cream of tartar (which I have on hand) and alum (which I’ll need to purchase). Sounds like a double batch! Thanks for posting.

      Sarah + Jessica

      Oh yay! I’m so glad you are excited!! Let us know them verdict if you try them both! 😘

    Jessica @ Pretty Providence

    I’ve never used it so I couldn’t say for sure, but I bet it would!

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    Thank you for sharing this. Made it today for the first time with my two year old and he loved it.


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    Jessy Escasena

    Hi, Im form México and I search everywhere and I couldn’t find alum, is there a possibility of make it without the alum and work?


      This question deserves an answer. She is asking about substitutions. Similarly: What is the purpose of the alum? How does it differ from cream of tartar in playdough recipes.
      Please reply. Thanks.

        Sarah + Jessica

        Alum is a binding agent and so is cream of tartar! I assume a substitution would work fine, but having never tried it myself don’t want to make promises! Hope this helps.

    Emily L. Foley Reynolds

    Thank you so much! That is the plan–fingers crossed!

    Emily L. Foley Reynolds

    I am the opposite of crafty, so forgive this if it is a terribly silly question! I want to make playdough at my daughter’s upcoming birthday party, but I basically want to provide the made dough, and just have each kid add their own color/glitter to customize. Would this recipe work for that? Me make it the day before, store it, and then pull it out at the party and have each kid knead in the color of their choice?
    Thank you!

      Jessica @ Pretty Providence

      Not a silly question at all! And this recipe would absolutely work for that! It’s stores REALLY well. Like in an airtight container it will last for months. You are so smart to do an activity and a favor in one! Best of luck 😘


    Hi ya. Love your homemade play dough and I will certainly be making some soon. Just wondering – can I make good dough without the alum?

    DIY Just Cuz

    Wow so fun! My little one isn’t quite old enough for playdough yet but we’ll pin this for the future! I love that it contains ingredients I already have on hand besides the alum.

    Sydney @ Tastefully Frugal

    I’ve never tried this recipe but that dough looks awesome! Definitely trying this weekend!