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How to Make Homemade Playdough (Without Cream of Tartar)

This homemade and edible playdough is so easy to make and does not require cream of tartar! Made with just a handful of basic ingredients, this playdough recipe is perfect for kids at home!

Course How To
Cuisine DIY
Keyword homemade playdough, kid friendly, without cream of tartar
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 ball of dough
Author Savannah McGhee


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 2 packets Kool-Aid for extra vibrancy


  1. In a small saucepan, gently warm the oil, water, and lemon juice and essential oil with medium to low heat. Add desired food coloring, like a Kool-Aid packet.

  2. In the meantime, fold together the flour and salt. Right before the liquid gets to a rolling boil, slowly add the flour mixture. Be sure to get all of the clumps out.

  3. Stir and stir until the dough forms into a ball, getting the substance off of each side. The end result will be smooth and not sticky. Be careful not to burn

  4. .Remove dough from heat and allow to cool.

Recipe Notes

  • The playdough will start off being very sticky. Just keep stirring over low-heat.
  • Store in wax paper or Ziploc bag.
  • If playdough feels dry, just add a couple droplets of water.