Homemade Play Dough Too Oily?

I have made some play dough for my daughter using water, oil, plain flour and food coulouring, but it seems to be too oily or something. How can I fix it?


By Leah from Primrose Sands, Tasmania

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February 4, 20100 found this helpful

Sorry, I can't tell you how to fix it, but recently someone asked for homemade play dough recipe and I found this on Google: sculpting/recipes/37040.html - Cached - More from this site

Homemade Playdough Recipes
Everyone seems to have a favorite playdough recipe, and many old favorites have been included here. Some require cooking and some don't; some are meant to be eaten and some are not. Choose the recipe that best suits your needs and the ingredients you have on hand. Store playdough in a covered container or Ziploc bag. If it sweats a little, just add more flour. For sensory variety, use playdough warm or cool as well as at room temperature.


Oatmeal Playdough

1 part flour
1 part water
2 parts oatmeal

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; mix well and knead until smooth.
This playdough is not intended to be eaten, but it will not hurt a child who decides to taste it.
Store covered in refrigerator.
Your child can make this playdough without help; however, it doesn't last as long as cooked playdough.
Uncooked Playdough


1 cup cold water
1 cup salt
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Tempera paint or food coloring
3 cups flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch

In bowl, mix water, salt, oil, and enough tempera paint or food coloring to make a bright color.
Gradually add flour and cornstarch until the mixture reaches the consistency of bread dough.
Store covered.
Peanut Butter Playdough


2 cups peanut butter
6 tablespoons honey
Nonfat dry milk or milk plus flour
Cocoa or carob for chocolate flavor (optional)


Edible treats for decoration

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix, adding enough dry milk or milk plus flour to reach the consistency of bread dough.
Add cocoa or carob, if desired.
Shape, decorate with edible treats, and eat!
Salt Playdough


1 cup salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup flour plus additional flour

Mix salt, water, and flour in saucepan and cook over medium heat.
Remove from heat when mixture is thick and rubbery.
As the mixture cools, knead in enough flour to make the dough workable.
Colored Playdough


1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup salt
1 tablespoon cream of tartar
Food coloring
1 cup flour

Combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.
Remove from heat and add flour.
Stir, then knead until smooth.


The cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer, so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don't have it on hand.
Store this dough in an airtight container or a Ziploc freezer bag.
Kool-Aid Playdough


1/2 cup salt
2 cups water
Food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid powder for color
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups sifted flour
2 tablespoons alum

Combine salt and water in saucepan and boil until salt dissolves.
Remove from heat and tint with food coloring, tempera powder, or Kool-Aid.
Add oil, flour, and alum.
Knead until smooth.
This dough will last 2 months or longer.

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Hope this will give you some alternatives.
Good Luck!

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

This is the recipe that I use to make homemade play doh.

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup salt
2 packages dry unsweetened Kool-Aid
2 cups boiling water
3 tablespoons oil

Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix the liquids together and pour them over the dry ingredients. Stir the mixture until it forms a ball. As the mixture cools, it will become less sticky. When it is completely cooled, take it out of the bowl and knead until it is smooth. Hope this might help!

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