Super Silky 2-Ingredient Homemade Play Dough

 2 ingredient, silk smooth, homemade play dough

The boys and I have made play dough before, but this was by far the fastest and easiest play dough we’ve ever whipped up. I love that it’s a no cook recipe and doesn’t even use hot water like many others, it actually only had two ingredients and can be made in just minutes! Follow along and I’ll show you how it’s done!

What You’ll Need

2 cups cornstarch

1 cup conditioner


I chose to use Herbal Essences Naked conditioner because it smells pretty good,  it has a White Grapefruit and Mint fragrance that’s really refreshing! 

Place the cornstarch in a bowl and if your kids are helping (they can do pretty much all of this on their own!) let them have a few minutes of play time with just the cornstarch. I love love love touching cornstarch, it’s so smooth and silky and makes fun crunching noises when you squeeze it tight! It just feels really good between the fingers. 


When you are done playing around with that, go ahead and dump in the conditioner and mix it all up together. 


It will look a little bit dry and coarse, no worries, it’s time to knead.


White nice, but go ahead and add food colouring to give it a pretty colour if you like! My oldest son was home with me on a sick day when we made this batch and his favourite colour is turquoise so we were aiming for that with a little bit of blue and a little bit of green mixed together. If you have gloves, you might want to put them on until the colouring is mixed in well.


And you’ve got yourself a batch of the smoothest, silkiest play dough  ever! Plus, it smells really good too! I feels really good and can be used in all the same ways as regular play dough.




For another fun play dough recipe you can also try our Kool Aid play dough!

Kool-Aid Playdough

Kool-Aid Playdough



  1. Judy Cowan says:

    Would of never thought of using these 2 ingredients together to make play dough – will have to try it out!

  2. loucheryl says:

    Only TWO ingredients?!?! Sign me up! 🙂

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Heavens, only two ingredients that’s fantastic and it sure will smell good with conditioner. Thanks for sharing, this is going to be a hit with my grandchildren 🙂

  4. Carole Dube says:

    The only problem with that is my granddaughter like to eat playdough

  5. Angela Massis says:

    I recently had the pleasure of watching my adorable niece and we sat and played with Play Doh. I for got how much I use to love rolling and making things with it but most especially the smell! So now I can make my own with great smelling conditioner or kool aid….wow what a treat. And to also have a silky feel is a win win.

  6. Made play dough before, but not with just these 2 ingredients. Going to have to try it out!

  7. Oh Wow, TWO ingredients. I have never been able to make play-doh well… I will have to try this recipe. Thanks.

  8. Lynda Cook says:

    Well that is awesome, who would’ve thought that, using conditioner, next time my granddaughter is over I know what we are doing!!

  9. just add your own colourful cans for storage

  10. just wondering how Long it lasts?

  11. Melinda L. says:

    wait…conditioner?! that’s really cool and way to make use of ingredients and materials you have on hand

  12. kathy downey says:

    My granddaughter loves working woth play dough over the winter making butterflies,i cssn wait to try this

  13. This is so much easier to make then my stovetop method. I will be switching to this way from now on.

  14. kathy downey says:

    It works perfect,we made 4 colors

  15. this would be a great one to try over the weekend! Love the simplicity!

  16. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    That really is a simple way to make play dough. This and the Kool Aid play dough must both smell good too 🙂

  17. leslie crosbie says:

    Even at my age You still can learn somethingbnew everyday!!
    What a simple idea, NEVER not able to provide the kids with play-doh, awesome!!

  18. loucheryl says:

    This is great as a rainy day activity. I’m going to give it a try.

  19. I just want to let you know that my boys and i make this all of the time!

  20. Elva Roberts says:

    Who knew that Play -doh could be so easy to make. just 2 ingredients. Children love working with Play doh and adding color just makes it more irresistible. Thank you for this Play doh recipe.

  21. Cool only two ingredients; need to share this one with my daughter!

  22. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the link we certainly like the Kool Aid play dough!

  23. Victoria Ess says:

    This is a great idea!

  24. That’s amazing! I’ve never heard of this before!! Will definitely have to try it!!

  25. Very easy to make

  26. This is the easiest recipe I’ve seen – very handy ingredients, too!

  27. Janet M says:

    I always enjoyed making play Dough, but this recipe is even easier than what i used.

  28. Wow!! This looks so soft! I love the colour too!

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