Homemade Non-cook Play Dough

If school holiday bordem is setting in, why not make some
homemade play dough! Not only will making it keep the little darlings
entertained, then we have amazing cheap play dough. What more could we ask for

You will need:

2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
2 tbsp of oil

1 tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved

1 – 2 cups of boiling water (adding increments until it feels nice and sticky)
Food colouring – I used Pink food colouring (of course!). I put 2 tablespoons into the original mixture and then added more later.
Essence or flavouring (optional as you don’t eat obviously – just gives it a nice smell) I used strawberry flavouring to go with the pink theme. 1 tablespoon is plenty.

Glitter, or anything to give the play dough that bit extra – go wild!



1. Pour out all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
2. Then add the boiling hot water a bit at a time until the consistency becomes sticky. It is the boiling water which replaces the need to cook the dough, so you may need to reboil the kettle after the first cup.
3. Spinkle the work surface with flour so you can roll out the mixture
4. Top tip: if you can get someone who can keep adding food colour whilst you kneed, it gives it a nice even distribution.
5. Hey presto you are in amazing sparkly play dough heaven!

Have fun! 
Lots of love Helen xoxo 



  1. 29th December 2014 / 11:52 pm

    I used to make this for the kids when we lived in Tunisia! It keeps for ages in the fridge too! x

    • 31st December 2014 / 5:42 pm

      Aww must be lovely memories Andrea. You're a star – thank you for the top tip about keeping it in the fridge I was wondering how best to store it! H xx

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