Homemade coconut oil playdough

by Becc Harnas

This DIY playdough recipe with coconut oil is definitely one to have up your sleeve for a no school day. Keep the kids busy, entertained, and learning all at the same time!

There is no need to rush out and buy store bought playdough, all you’ll need are a few at home ingredients that you will usually find in your kitchen cupboard.

Ingredients for 1 jar of playdough

  • Flour 1 cup
  • ½ cup of salt
  • Coconut oil 2 tsp spoons of coconut oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Two table spoons of cream of tartar
  • Food colouring of choice (4-5 drops per dough recipe, more for a darker shade of colour)


  1. Combine water, food colouring, and coconut oil in a pot or saucepan and mix.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine all your dry ingredients (1/2 Cup Salt, 1 cup flour, 2tbsp of cream of tartar) mix well so the ingredients are fully combined.
  3. Over a low to medium heat combine the dry ingredients together with in the saucepan.
  4. Cook over a low to medium head stirring with a wooden spoon until it starts to form a dough and look dry.
  5. Once it starts to form a dough like ball and looks fully cooked (playdough consistency) you can remove from the heat and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Once the dough has cooled, knead the dough for a few minutes with your hands to make it nice and soft.
  7. Now you have playdough!

Niulife playdough hacks

If your finished product of playdough seems to be a little bit dry after you have finished making it, try adding a little bit more coconut oil to the dough and kneading it again.

Do I need cream of tartar?

The answer to this question is yes, the cream of tartar is what gives the playdough that extra fluffy and soft texture. The cream of tartar is also what helps playdough to remain softer for longer.

Storing your playdough

Remember, for the playdough to stay soft you need to keep it in an airtight container or jar. Our Niulife oil jars are perfect for storing the playdough once cleaned. Even store them via colour depending on how many jars you have!

The shelf life of playdough correctly stored in an airtight container or jar is usually around 4 weeks. 

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