Want to Avoid a 459% Product Mark Up? Make Your Own Home Made Play-doh

I made lots of things with play dough as a kid. I still remember many little blobby things drying out in the windowsills of our dining room. Many Christmas decorations were also made of play dough. Now that Lil’ SPF is old enough to play with it, it has given me great pleasure to make home made play-doh for our little guy. There is something very satisfying about making a nice batch of smooth, uniformly coloured play dough.  Believe it or not you save a walloping 459% mark up!

I found this recipe online and the ratios of ingredients seem to work out perfectly.

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1 cup of flour

½ cup salt

2 tablespoons cream of tartar

1 tablespoon of oil

1 cup of water

Few drops of food colouring

  Mix the first fours ingredients together in a pan. Add the water and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes or until it all clumps together.

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Take off the heat and add the food coluring. Kneed the home made play-doh and the colour will become homogeneous.

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Let cool and play!

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Making your own play dough will cost you about: $1.74 for roughly two cups of fun and creativity.  Here is the financial breakdown of home made play-doh DIY.

1 bag of flour= 2.5 kg=10.3 cups=$5.1 So 1 cup= $0.50

1 L of oil=68 tablespoons= $4.11 So 1 tablespoon=$0.06

1.36 kg of salt= 6 cups=$4.09 So 0.5 cups=$0.34

50 oz. of cream of tartar=100 tablespoons=$4.45 So 2 tablespoons=$0.89

1 oz of food colouring=710 drops=$1.72 So 5 drops =$0.01

TOTAL: $0.50 for flour, $0.01 for food colouring, $0.89 for cream of tartar, $0.34 for salt = $1.74

Play-doh bought in a store costs: $8 for 2 cups (sells for $10 for 20 oz or 2.5 cups).  The savings are $6.26! Another neat thing about home made play-doh is that when kids are old enough making the play dough is an exciting game in itself.

Have you tried to figure out how to make your own play-doh? Would you?


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