DIY Fruity Play Dough

Save money by making your own play dough with ingredients in your pantry.

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Play-Doh lasts for about two weeks at our house. Our boys love to create with the colorful faux dough. At any given moment there are Play-Doh sculptures of imaginary creatures or play food on various surfaces in our home. Inevitably, the colors will get mixed together and the kids will forget to properly close the lids, causing the Play-Doh to dry out. At 75 cents per five-ounce container the costs can add up quickly. The solution? Make your own with ingredients from the pantry.

DIY Fruity Playdough

DIY Fruity Playdough

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Ingredients

DIY Fruity Playdough

DIY Fruity Playdough

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of hot water
  • unsweetened fruit juice mix (or food coloring)
DIY Fruity Playdough

DIY Fruity Playdough

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe


Mix together the flour and the salt.

DIY Fruity Playdough

DIY Fruity Playdough

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Mix together 1/2 cup of warm water with one packet of unsweetened fruit juice mix. The juice mix gives your play dough a fun fruity smell. If using food coloring, use as much as needed to get the desired color.

DIY Fruity Playdough

DIY Fruity Playdough

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you go.

DIY Fruity Playdough

DIY Fruity Playdough

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

After a bit of stiring, you will get a sticky mound of dough. Use your hands to incorporate the rest of the flour.

DIY Fruity Playdough

DIY Fruity Playdough

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Once you get most of the mixture incorporated, knead the dough with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all.

DIY Fruity Playdough

DIY Fruity Playdough

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Store the play dough in a plastic zip baggie or air-tight container. The play dough will last up to six months as long as it doesn't dry out.

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