Friday, April 15, 2011

Frugal Friday: Homemade Play-Dough

Here is a simple recipe for Homemade Play-Dough. My Mom made this for me when I was a child and I loved it! I now make it for my son. Play-Dough is so expensive and I think the homemade version is much better. This recipe is safe if it is ingested however I would not recommend it. It smells good but does not taste good (don't ask me how I know this).

Play-Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 5-6 teaspoons Vegetable Oil
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Almond Extract, Vanilla Extract or Mint Extract (other flavors will work too)

Mix together flour, water, cream of tartar, oil and salt in a sauce pan. Slowly add in food coloring. Stir over medium heat until smooth and the dough starts to come away form the side of the pan. Remove from pan and add extract (optional). Knead until smooth and the extract is well blended. Store in an airtight container or ziploc bag.

This makes a great Birthday gift. Simply put the play dough in a plastic container and add some cookie cutters or other accessories from the Dollar Store. For an added touch you can put it all together in a gift basket. I love buying gift baskets at garage sales and thrift stores, they are usually priced around $.25-$.50 each.

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