How to Make Homemade Silly Putty (2 Ingredients!)

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Today was one of those days where I sat back and thought, “Wow.  Pinterest really makes me appear to be a very creative mother.”  LOL  That is SO not the case – I’m as boring as they come.  But I just love taking simple ideas and watching Lily Bean have a blast in the process.

Today’s Task: Homemade Silly Putty

Our putty came out with a shiny, “Gak”-like consistency.  I read somewhere that if you leave your putty out, uncovered overnight it will dry out a little bit, making its texture closer to the infamous “Silly-Putty-in-the-egg” that many of us played with in our youth.

This recipe calls for TWO (that’s IT) ingredients.  I love that!

You will need:

  • white, multi purpose glue (I used Elmer’s – 1 cup)
  • liquid starch (I used Sta-Flo – 1/2 cup)
  • optional: food coloring

*You can make more/less putty than we did – just stick to a “2 parts glue, 1 part starch” combo to achieve optimal putty.

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How to make:

  • Pour glue into a bowl.  I used 1 cup of glue.

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  • Add liquid starch and (if desired) food coloring to the glue.  Begin mixing ingredients together.  (I started out using a spoon to mix and eventually used my hands.

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  • After about 5 minutes of mixing, I became skeptical as to whether or not this mess was really going to come together.  It was so stringy and snake-like!  But after even more mixing and then some kneading with my hands, we got a nice ball of putty – ready for playtime.

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  • And playtime it was!

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  • We stored our putty in a mason jar (you could easily use a ziploc bag or other airtight container).
  • Store in the refrigerator.

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  • Okay, thinking 2 ingredients is even simple enough for me! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Super simple! Have fun!!

  • Motivatedmum

    interesting, I will try this with the kids… Need some glue and liquid startch…

  • Elena

    How long do you think it’s good for, stored in the refrigerator?

    • Anonymous

      We tend to keep ours for a month or so – by that point it starts to dry out and is ready for the trash. 🙂

  • Dlrodgers

    It would probably be cheaper to just buy the silly putty…but not nearly as much FUN!!!! Thanks for sharing this.

    • Anonymous

      LOL You are right – this is DEF way more fun! Though I’ll bet when you break the price down, this is also much cheaper. How much is a traditional silly putty egg? $1? Maybe $2? I spent around $7 on ingredients and I have enough to make the equivalent of DOZENS of balls the size of the store bought one!! 🙂

  • lauren

    thats cool we made some in my class today. so im going to add to my putty ball and make a huge putty ball

    • Devon