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Best Playdough Recipes: Cooked & No Cooked

lavender playdough recipe cooked and uncooked

We have the best handmade Lavender playdough recipes to share with you today. We are going to show you our favorite cooked and no cooked methods. If you want something totally calming to do, I highly recommend making homemade playdough! You might be thinking this is an easy DIY for you and the kids to do together and yes, it is really fun. It makes quiet time special, especially before naps.


How about making homemade lavender playdough for yourself? I know. Mind blown. Even though my own kids are well grown-up, there's no reason why I can't partake in the fun of making homemade playdough. Plus, you can treat it like salt dough and make things like ornaments or even a cute jewelry dish afterward. And making playdough stress balls is relaxing and enjoyable. 

*See the full playdough making video tutorial below.

lavender playdough recipe

While I was making these batches, I found myself inhaling the calming aroma of the lavender, and my mind went to a dreamy, calming and relaxing place. Ooh, it feels so great to be doing this! The dough is so soft in my hands, my house smells amazing, and I'm definitely going to make this again when I need to calm down.

You see, when you are the kind of person whose mind is constantly going, it's hard to take a break. So making lavender playdough keeps that part of me satisfied and then the result is something I can roll in my hands and relax with. Did I mention that it is so soft and silky? And there's something about those little lavender flowers peeking through. And did I mention that my whole house smells so good right now? Oh yes, I did.

Turn on your favorite (soft) music and let's do this! Let's make lavender playdough together. Because crafting with others is part of the fun isn't it?

These are the only playdough recipes you will ever need again.

Have you ever wondered why your playdough never works, despite following a recipe exactly? Well, that's because there is no 'one recipe fits all'. Everyone is at different parts of the world which affects moisture content in the air and in our ingredients, so someone might not have to add much flour at all and then another might have to add it quite a bit of flour to get it right.

That's why this recipe starts off with just 1 1/3 cup of flour and then extra added in as needed.


Ingredients For Lavender Playdough (No Cook Method)

  • 1 1/3 cups of flour 
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (great for your hands)
  • 5 - 7 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Purple food coloring (if you don't have purple then red + blue)
  • 4 tbsp lavender flowers

Instructions For Lavender Playdough (No Cook Method)

1. In a mixing bowl, mix together flour, salt, cream of tartar and lavender flowers.

2. In another mixing bowl mix together the olive oil, water, lavender essential oil, and food coloring.

3. Add the flour mixture into the water mixture and stir stir stir.

4. Once the playdough mixture is blended together enough, you can scrape it out of the bowl and onto a floured surface.

5. Knead more flour in until silky smooth. If your texture is sticky, add more flour until it has a soft texture that's no longer sticky.

Here's what your uncooked lavender playdough should look like:

uncooked lavender playdough


Ingredients For Lavender Playdough (Cooked Method)

  • 1 1/3 cups of flour (have another cup or so on hand for kneading)
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (great for your hands)
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • Purple food coloring (if you don't have purple then red + blue)
  • 4 tbsp lavender flowers

Instructions For Lavender Play Dough (Cooked Method)

This is super easy here folks.

1. Mix all of your ingredients together in a saucepan.

2. Stir until slightly mixed together

2. Turn on the burner to medium heat and stir. The mixture will start to thicken. At this time, you can add a bit more flour, one tablespoon at a time, if you need to thicken up the mixture. Just be careful not to add too much, you want it slightly sticky and very soft.

3. Turn the playdough out onto a floured wooden cutting board.

4. Knead until silky smooth (about 4-5 minutes) Add more flour onto your cutting board if needed. You are looking for a very soft, but not sticky texture. Hey, notice that the recipes are exactly the same for the cooked playdough and the no cooked method? It's the technique that's different!

Make sure it's completely cooled before storing in the fridge.

Here's what your cooked lavender playdough should look like:

cooked lavender playdough

DIY Playdough Tips

How to prevent food coloring from staining hands.

Both of these methods shouldn't get your hands stained but if you are concerned about this, then to prevent the food coloring from staining your hands, use gloves like these Framar gloves on Amazon, or knead your playdough in a zip lock bag. But since we are adding the food coloring directly to the water, you probably won't need that. If you are making a different recipe that requires the food coloring to be incorporated into the dough (because you are making different colors) then you might want to protect your hands better.

How long does homemade playdough last?

Playdough will last up to 2-3 weeks if you keep it refrigerated in a tightly sealed container. Clean hands will help it last, so wash up before playing. I've found absolutely no difference in the cooked and uncooked methods for how long it lasts. We use these glass snap lid containers here on Amazon.

how to store handmade playdough 

Can I bake play dough?

Yes, you can make playdough into shapes and bake it. Treat it just like polymer clay and bake it at a low heat (200c) for about 15 minutes until it's hard. Just keep checking on it because it will depend on how thick or thin your piece is. And this is a great way to use up playdough before it starts to go bad. Visit Pinterest for salt dough ideas.

What's the difference between the cooked playdough and uncooked?

The biggest difference that we found between cooked playdough and uncooked playdough was the uncooked playdough looked and felt like the playdough that you would get from a store and the color was excellent. The cooked playdough definitely has a different kind of feel. You can tell by cooking the flour that the gluten gets really stretchy. It made the playdough really smooth and extra soft.

difference between cooked playdough and uncooked playdough

lavender playdough recipe

If you want the cooked playdough to have a vibrant purple color like the uncooked version, then you can add the color during the kneading instead of to the pot. The heat changes things. It's fun to experiment!

lavender playdough recipe

I would highly suggest playing with both cooked and uncooked methods to see what one you like best! If you do, tell us in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!

Supplies We Used



Olive Oil

Cream Of Tartar

Wilton Food Coloring Paste

Dried Lavender Flowers

Lavender Essential Oil

Copper Measuring Spoons

Electric Burner

Glass Containers

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Here's our video for how to make lavender playdough, both uncooked and cooked methods.

How To Make Lavender Playdough (Cooked & No Cooked)


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