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1 cup flour 

1/4 cup salt 

2 tablespoons cream of tartar 

1 cup water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

Food coloring if desired
1 Tablespoon extract (peppermint, vanilla, coconut, lemon, etc.) (OR about 5 drops, ¼ teaspoon, if using essential oils)


  1. Mix flour, salt, & cream of tartar in a medium cooking pot. 

  2. Add water, oil, and if desired, food coloring and extract/oil. 

  3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove. 

  5. When cool enough to touch, knead until smooth. 

  6. Let cool, put in a plastic bag, and refrigerate to store.


  • If you have more than 1 child, consider making a double batch.
  • Cream of Tartar can be expensive, but Woodman’s grocery store carries Tone’s Cream of Tartar for the best price. (1 batch may require 1-2 small jars, for a total of $.90-1.80).

Double batch:

2 cups flour
½ cup salt
¼ cup cream of tartar
2 T vegetable oil
2 cups water

Triple batch:

3 cups flour
¾ cup salt
¼ cup + 2T (6 T) cream of tartar
3 T vegetable oil
3 cups water  

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  1. Add equal parts glue and liquid laundry starch to a Ziploc bag. Add a few drops of food coloring. Seal, and “squish” until glue is mostly stuck together.
  2. Now it’s time to get messy. Remove the congealed glue (there will be extra starch leftover in the bag), and mix/knead with your hands until smooth. Let sit for a few moments before using.