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Salt Playdough Recipe

Like many playdough recipes, this playdough recipe uses salt. There’s no cooking involved, just mix the ingredients and enjoy! We like it simple but effective.


  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil
  • Food coloring (optional)

salt playdough recipe


  • If you want to use food coloring, make sure to mix it with the water before adding it to the other ingredients.
  • Mix all the ingredients together.
  • Knead the mixture until it’s doughy.
  • That’s it!

Several of our playdough recipes can be eaten, like the edible playdough recipe. The salty playdough recipe presented on this site is not suitable for eating, just don’t try it!

Extended directions for Salt Playdough Recipe

Here you can find the extended description for this recipe, with step-by-step images and instructions. This recipe includes alot of salt, it will dry out your hands, use lotion after handling the playdough.

Step 1:

Before starting with your playdough, make sure you have all ingredients available. Here we have the water, oil, salt, flour and food coloring. This recipe works well with or without food coloring.

Salt Playdough Recipe Step 1

Step 2:

I made two mistakes using this recipe. First mistake was that I decided to go with food coloring but didn’t mix it with the water before the other ingredients. The second was trying to use somehting else but my hands to knead. Below you can see all ingredients added but the food coloring.

Salt Playdough Recipe Step 2

Step 3:

This is how the mixture looks when the food coloring is added last, you should instead mix the food coloring with the water and then add the water to the dry ingredients and the oil. Since I didn’t do that, the finished playdough will have a sort of grainy, green color, instead of the smooth color we want. Trying to use anything but your hands to knead, is just a waste of time.

Salt Playdough Recipe Step 3

Step 4:

Here is my finished playdough. When got my act together and started using my hands the end result turned out ok, but it would have been better with the food coloring mixed with the water.

Salt Playdough Recipe Step 4

I’m here to try all these playdough recipes for you, in order to avoid future mistakes when you try the playdough recipe yourself. This time I did some mistakes, so learn from them and make your own playdough even better. Good luck!

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  • Joanie

    My kids (ages 6, 5, and 21 months) are thoroughly enjoying this playdough.
    I think I will grab a cup of coffee!

    • admin

      Great to hear! You should take a break 😉

      • Kelly

        Adim do you know if you bake it ???????

  • Mary

    I love this recipe but I was wondering how long can you keep the play dough for ? And how to store it? Thank you !

    • admin

      Store it in an airtight container. You can keep it even longer if you kep it airtight in the fridge. It’s good as long as it smells ok and is actually working as playdough.

    • sarah

      put it in a zip lock bag and keep in in your fridge or not but I found best results when keeping in in the fridge!

  • Heather

    Thanks for the recipe! My daughter needed to make a diorama for school. We used whole wheat flour and got the perfect color for earth and skin tone. A dash of cocoa powder works great too!

    • admin

      Good to hear that there are many uses I never thought of 🙂

  • E

    I am 12 and I have been looking for a playdough recipe to make to entertain myself and friends and this website has soo many cool recipies I can’t wait to try some more of them!

    • admin

      I’m so glad to hear! Please try them all! 🙂

  • toni

    my stepkids r gonna love this. one of them loves makeing things. cheap and easy to make were gonna make valatine heart together thank u

    • admin

      Great idea! Good luck 🙂

  • Megan

    Hi thank you so much for this recipe!! My little girl is sick today and I needed to find something quiet or her to do and this is perfect!! Your dough is her very first playdough experience 🙂 Thanks

    • admin

      Fantastic! Very glad to hear.

      I hope your daughter gets well soon!

  • Kenny

    Very tasty and fun to play with.

    • admin

      What? Tasty? Noooo way, don’t eat it hehe!

  • britny

    Any tips for if its sticky?

    • admin

      Add some more flour/salt.

    • Kim

      add more flour until does not stick to your hands. another tip is to put flour on your hands before you start kneading the dough, it prevents the dough stinking to your hands and you dont have almost all the mixture on your hands and not in the bench.

    • kirsty

      yeah mine is quite sticky so tips would be great

  • Lala

    When r u going tk add glittery recipie just becuz I have seen it in the comments and that would be like Awesome ya no?!??!?!?!?!

  • aesiah

    goood help to me and my friends and kids thnx

  • jia

    Its wonderful, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Laura

    This was really fun; my only comment is that you should use FINE grain salt. And it may be obvious to everyone else, but if you have a kid with a cut on her hand, maybe try a different recipe – the salt hurts a little.

    • Kelly

      THANKS NOW I know that if my kids have a cut that they shouldn’t help me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Kelly

      Emmm…… do you know if you bake it or what ?????

  • jessy

    Hi!!! I’m 13, and i am the oldest of 7 kids! (two r older than me.) I tried this recipe, and they loved it. Even i had a lot of fun with it! Thx for the help, and keep up the good work!

    • admin

      Thank you very much Jessy! I’m glad you liked it 🙂

  • jen

    good job!!! The first time i made a mistake, but now its great!!!

    • admin

      I’m glad to hear! 🙂

  • kylie

    I Love The Recipe!! Thanks

    • admin

      Great! You are very welcome!

  • Andrea

    Recipe worked great! My daycare kids and I had a blast making it, and playing with it!

    Thank you 🙂

    • admin

      Great! I just love hearing about it! 🙂

  • Gamzee Makara

    Could you bake it, and it be hardened?

    • admin

      I really don’t know. Never tried it.

      Please try and let me know 😉

    • Kelly


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  • Kelly

    CAN YOU USE ANY SALT ????????

  • Kelly


    • Shannon

      mine was sticky at first, I just added small amounts of flour at a time and kneaded it until it was the perfect consistency. Hope that helps.

    • stephane

      more oil more salt

  • Kelly


  • Juhann

    How to make it hard: add some oil to the form you want to harden, put it in the microwave for 3 min, then you have what you want, PS, I got my mom a cofee cup, but if it falls it has a better chance to brake then a glass

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