Simple Homemade Playdough

I’ve been dying to try and make my own homemade playdough recipe for awhile now. There are so many different recipes out there and decided to modify one I’ve already tried to suit my needs. After discovering that my daughter is for a fact not allergic to wheat, I needed to unload a ton of gluten free flours before they went rancid.

This is seriously, by far the SOFTEST homemade playdough I’ve ever made. The rice flour really makes a difference in the texture. It is silky, smooth and cleans up well.


Simple Homemade Playdough Recipe
3 cups rice flour
1.5 cups water
1/2 cup salt
3 tsp cream of tarter
2 Tbl vegetable oil
Optional (gel food coloring)

1. Mix all the ingredients except the food coloring over low heat until just combined.


2. Separate dough into six equally sized balls and add your gel coloring. I literally dipped a toothpick into my primary colors a couple times to achieve the bright colors. A little goes a long way.


3. Knead the playdough until the color is evenly distributed. You might want to wear gloves if you don’t want any food coloring on your hands.

4. Place in your desired containers. I got mine in the dollar section of Target and it works great. I doubled the recipe so I could give a set away to a friend.


V didn’t quite understand the point of playdough and thought it was food.  We had a little play date with a really good friend of mine and her daughter LOVED playing with the stuff.  I might revisit the idea of playdough when V turns two.


Thankfully, this is completely non-toxic and safe playdough. No worries about a little bit of it going down the hatch. Bonus points for you parents of children with gluten allergies. Gluten free homemade playdough! I double checked to make sure that the food coloring was gluten free (not that we need to, but for those of you who do). The Wilton brand gel colors are gluten free.


I personally think making my own homemade playdough recipe is something my daughter might appreciate when she’s older, especially since you can create your own colors and you can control what goes in it. Have any of you tried making your own playdough?


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  1. 1

    I love this! Thank you so much for sharing!! I truely love your blog!! :)

  2. 2
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks Chrissy! That's so sweet of you!

  3. 3
    Life: Designed says:

    Such fun colours! Oh and I really love those containers!

  4. 4
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Those containers are super helpful. I think they were labeled as craft organization.

  5. 5
    Kristen Turner says:

    Love those bright colors. Pinning this. Glad I found you on the TT&J link up!
    Kristen @ Titus 2 Work in Progress

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    Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun says:

    I love making Playdough! I usually make it several times a year with my Kindergarten Class. I will definitely have to try this one out! LOVE the bright colors!

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    Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun says:

    I am your newest linky follower!

  8. 8
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Thanks so much Alicia!

  9. 9
    Jenny@NorthwestLovelies says:

    I can't wait to try this play dough recipe! Love the gel food coloring! Thanks for a great idea!

  10. 10
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    I love the stuff! I prefer it to the regular food coloring especially in baking recipes. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  11. 11
    Just Jaime says:

    love the colors!!

    If you are interested, we'd love to have you share this at our new link party,

  12. 12
    Serendipity and Spice says:

    This is great! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!

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    Kristen Turner says:

    I was wondering – does the food coloring get on the kids hand while they play with it??

  14. 14
    Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom says:

    Hi Kristen! So sorry I didn't see this sooner. It didn't stain her hands at all, but it will stain your hands if you don't wear gloves while you work in the food coloring.

  15. 15

    I use a similar recipe and it keeps (unrefrigerated) for decades…or at least 6 months. Love this stuff. Pinned.