Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough

Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough

Hi there! Let’s learn how to make this Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough today! It’s very inexpensive to make, can be colored any way you want, and smells so much better than traditional play doughs. Here’s what you’ll need!

Check out our easy slime recipe, too!

Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough

Easy Cloud Dough Ingredients

  • Hair conditioner. Any kind, as long as it’s creamy and CHEAP. Don’t use the expensive stuff. Keep in mind that your play dough will smell like the conditioner, so use something that smells great.
  • Cornstarch.
  • A bowl.
  • A popsicle stick or spatula.
  • Gel food colors (optional)

Printable Cloud Dough Recipe and Instructions

All of the instructions are written below, but if you need to take them to go, print them out here!

How to Make Cloud Dough

Put equal parts hair conditioner and cornstarch in your bowl, and start mixing them together. It will most likely look like marshmallow fluff at this point, which is way too wet.

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Start adding more cornstarch in slowly and mixing as you go. You’ll end up with close to a 2 part cornstarch to 1 part conditioner ratio, but that depends on your brand of conditioner and cornstarch. Once it isn’t quite coming together with the spatula, use your hands and start squishing it together. If it’s too wet, add more cornstarch. If it feels too dry, add more conditioner. When you’re happy with the feel of your cloud dough, roll it up into a big ball!

If you want to add color, just grab some gel food colors. Separate your cloud dough into balls for how many different colors you want, and use your knuckle to make an indent in the ball. Add one drop of color to each ball.

Then fold up the dough around the color drop, and start mixing it in until the color is fully incorporated. If the dough feels too wet after adding the color, just sprinkle on a tiny bit of cornstarch and kneed it in.

And you’re all done!

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This cloud dough has such a fun consistency. It’s like a mixture between silly putty and traditional play dough. If you pull it apart fast, it will snap. And if you stretch it slow, it will get really stringy like silly putty. However, you can easy mold and build with it too. It’s great for alphabet practice and making cute animals!

Here’s just a few of the things my kids made with it!

You want store it in an plastic bag or airtight container, and it lasts for at least a week. If it dries out a bit, just add a drop of conditioner to bring it back to life. I hope your kids have a ton of fun making and playing with this Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough!


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  1. Hayley Brewer

    Just made this with my 3 year old daughter and she loved it she can’t wait to show her older sister when she is home ????

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