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Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe

This easy DIY playdough recipe uses everyday household ingredients to create non-toxic playdough that is 100% edible. Here’s how to make the best homemade playdough recipe ever! 

Skip the lines at the store and make your own non-toxic homemade playdough at your house instead! One thing is for sure, this DIY Playdough is super easy, and you don’t have to worry about harmful ingredients.

Edible homemade playdough recipe

DIY Edible Playdough

Not to mention, if your kiddo decides to eat a few bites (and they totally will), you can rest assured that it’s completely okay because this homemade playdough is 100% edible. Don’t you just love that?

The best part is that the texture is so soft and can be transformed into all kinds of things. You’re going to get as much enjoyment watching your child’s eyes light up as they are making their creations.

Playdough in balls

How To Use Homemade Playdough

Once you learn how to make homemade playdough, you will realize how simple it is and that you can use it for so many events or gatherings. Kids (and adults) will go crazy for this playdough recipe, and you can rest assured no one will get bored.

Rather than reach for an iPad, hand your kids a bowl of this edible playdough the next time they need a distraction. Kids can use their imaginations to play with it, and older kids will have a blast making it, too.

Edible playdough is perfect for birthday parties, kid tables at weddings, slumber parties, long car rides, or anything else you can think of.

Playdough with koolaid on paper

Homemade Playdough Supplies

You probably have most of the supplies needed in your pantry which makes this playdough recipe even better! Here is a list of the items you will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of hot water
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Kool-Aid Packets *make sure to grab lots of flavors for color variation!
  • Wax Paper



How to Make DIY Playdough:

  1. Add water, oil, lemon juice together. Make sure water is hot, but not boiling.
  2. Add flour and salt to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add liquid slowly to dry ingredients.
  4. Divide into balls so you can create different colors. The dough will be a little bit sticky, but if you let it sit out, you will be able to divide it out easily.
  5. Optional: add-in sprinkles. Try different kinds for each ball. 
  6. Add color. For a light, pastel color, use Kool-Aid. For a brighter, more vivid color, use food coloring drops. 

Step by step visual steps for how to make edible playdough.

Playdough balls

Playdough without coloring

Playdough with Koolaid being sprinkled in.

Playdough on wax paper with sprinkles

Blue playdough ball

That’s it! Now you and your little ones can play with this fantastic easy DIY playdough for hours! You can make all sorts of colors. Add lots of food coloring for brighter, vibrant colors, or add a little for softer hues and pastels.

Playdough with sprinkles

Playdough in layers


layered DIY playdough

FAQ About Making Edible Playdough

If you haven’t made edible playdough before you might have some questions. Here are some questions I have gotten and thought I would share with you the answers. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have other questions, because I am always happy to help. 🙂

How Long Does Homemade Playdough Last?

If you store the homemade playdough in an airtight container or bag, then it will last about 2 months. If you want to keep this edible playdough around for a while, use small storage containers with lids. Otherwise, just use a good old ziplock baggy.

The salt that you put in this playdough recipe is a preservative, so it stays fresh. Also, the oil keeps it smooth and moist.

Playdough in ball shapes

Do You Keep Playdough In The Fridge?

No, you do not need to keep playdough in the fridge. It will last perfectly in a cabinet, or storage container as long as it’s kept in an airtight container. It will actually age better if it’s room temperature versus being refrigerated.

Cookie cutter in playdough

How Do You Make Playdough Soft Again?

If your DIY playdough ended up drying out, no worries! You can make it soft again by adding a little bit of water. You can do this by adding in a teaspoon at a time until it’s the texture you are looking for. Another option is to place it in a container with a moist washcloth for several hours or overnight.

Most of the time, you can make the playdough soft and comfortable to play with again. If it doesn’t work, then you may have to create a new batch, but at least it’s inexpensive to make.

Easy DIY Playdough in star shapes

How Do You Fix Sticky Playdough?

You will be thrilled to know if the edible playdough turns out too sticky you can quickly resolve this issue! Simply sprinkle out a little bit of flour onto the countertop and roll the playdough balls onto the flour. Just make sure to do a little bit at a time, so it doesn’t become too hard or firm.

Edible playdough in shape of star

Will Homemade Playdough Stain?

When you are initially making the playdough and mixing in the food coloring, you may get some staining. So it’s essential to give the DIY playdough to the children after you have already mixed it up if you do not want any coloring to get on them. Otherwise, once the homemade playdough is made and mixed, it will not stain their fingers or hands at all. That is the beauty of this playdough recipe!

Blue edible playdough


I can’t wait to hear about your experiences with this edible playdough recipe. Let me know what you think. 🙂


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  1. I’m trying your recipe and I’m finding that it is still too sticky to handle even after letting it sit out overnight. Any suggestions.?

  2. This recipe can’t be right. It was way too runny and sticky. I had to add a ton more flour to thicken it up, I added powdered sugar too until I finally got a good consistency.

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