This simple 2 ingredient no cook playdough recipe great for kids of all ages. This quick and easy homemade play dough recipe takes about 5 minutes to make and results in hours of play because it is the softest, silky play dough recipe we have made. 

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Let’s make the absolutely softest play dough recipe ever!

Best Recipe for No Cook Playdough

This is the EASIEST play dough recipe because it is no cook play dough.   It only uses two ingredients and about 5 minutes to make. My kids love to mold and create with homemade play dough for hours.

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A bonus with this homemade playdough recipe is that after playing with the silky play dough, your hands will feel like they just had a spa treatment.

Easy Homemade Play Dough Recipe

Did we mention this is our favorite no cook playdough recipe?

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Ingredients Needed to Make Playdough

Watch Our Easy Playdough Recipe Tutorial Video

Directions To Make No Cook Play Dough Recipe

Step 1

Mix 2 parts cornstarch with 1 part hair conditioner in a bowl.

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These are the simple steps to making your own playdough recipe!

Step 2

Stir with a spoon then dump onto flat surface and knead with hands until combined fully.

(Optional) Step 3

If you want colored playdough, then add drops of food coloring. Keep adding food coloring until you have achieved the desired play dough color.

Playdough making tip: We have found that adding the food coloring at this stage is the easiest. You can add it in step 2, but it can be controlled so much easier in this step.

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Finished No Cook Playdough Recipe

Your playdough is now ready for play!

Safety Information: This is playdough recipe is NOT taste-safe and should not be used with younger kids who are still putting things into their mouths. Check out our favorite Edible playdough recipes.

Storing Your Homemade Play Dough

Because this no cook playdough recipe’s primary ingredient is conditioner, it tends to last a little longer than food-based playdoughs. After play, store your playdough in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. If the playdough consistency changes during storage, then follow directions below to fix your homemade playdough!

How to Fix Your Playdough Texture

Since not all hair conditioners are the same consistency, you may need to alter the amounts just a bit so it is dough consistency:

  • Play dough consistency is not soft enough: Add additional hair conditioner at any step to adjust the softness.
  • Play dough consistency is too soft: Add some additional cornstarch and knead into dough.
Yield: 1 batch

No Cook Play Dough Recipe

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This super simple 2 ingredient homemade playdough recipe is the easiest and softest we have ever made. Combine the two ingredients quickly and get playing within minutes! And because it is a no cook play dough recipe, kids can help!

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • 1 part Hair Conditioner
  • 2 parts Corn Starch
  • (Optional 3rd ingredient) Food Coloring or Food Dye or even glitter


  • bowl
  • spoon or something to stir


  1. Add 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part hair conditioner in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir until combined.
  3. Knead with hands.
  4. If desired, add food coloring.

Cloud Dough Playdough Recipe

Think of this as a mix between playdough and cloud dough.   It is light and airy like cloud dough, but molds better as the conditioner helps the cornstarch become more pliable.  

Related: Toddler Safe Cloud Dough Recipe

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Homemade Playdough Gift Idea

We made our Silky Play Dough as a gift for a friend. We packaged the play dough up with glitter, a couple of play dough toys (rolling pin, cookie cutters, sequins, etc) and cupcake liners.  

If your gift recipient may not be able to play with it immediately, then you can create a cute make-your-own-play-dough kit that has the two ingredients packaged separately with a printable instructions card and an airtight container for storage.

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How did your soft no cook playdough recipe turn out? Is it the softest playdough you have ever made?

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