A friend of mine found an old book at a garage sale that had a recipe in it for homemade Silly Putty. The ingredients are deceptively simple (just equal amounts of white glue and liquid starch, with a bit of food coloring to jazz it up), but the reality is a little more tricky. After a couple of botched experiments I came to realize that not all white glue is equal and not all liquid starch is suitable either. The ones I found to work were Elmer’s Glue-All multipurpose glue (not Elmer’s school glue) and a concentrated liquid starch called Sta-Flo (the first brand I tried, Niagara, didn’t react at all). That being said, the materials list is relatively simple!

Materials:

  • Elmer's Glue-All multipurpose glue
  • food coloring
  • Sta-Flo concentrated liquid starch

Instructions

  1. putty 1Mix the glue with the food coloring until the color is even throughout.
  2. Pour the liquid starch into the colored glue mixture.
  3. Stir and let it sit for five minutes.
  4. Pull the putty out of the mixing bowl and set it on a paper towel. Knead the putty in your hands for five to ten minutes.putty 2
  5. The final product is great! It can copy newspaper print and bounces when you roll it up into a ball, just like the original store-bought Silly Putty.

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  • GrandmaRuth

    why doesn’t it give amounts of each ingredient?

    • Mr. Copas

      It says “equal” amounts, in other words that would be a 1 to 1 ratio. (example: 1 cup glue to 1 cup starch) food coloring would depend on how dark you desire.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bonniebanda Bonnie Sawyer-Banda

    it says equal amounts in the first paragraph

    • Keith Lander

      By weight or volume?

  • adrienne

    if you don’t have access to the liquid starch mentioned, can you make some from water and corn starch? if so, any idea proportion amount?

  • lilly

    lets just say I have No access to any of those things

  • Cristen

    I don’t have access to the liquid starch , and why doesn’t give the amounts for the ingeredents.

    • TheSilverFox99

      you can use nail polish remover or borax

  • Poopidy scoop candy lover mmmm

    How much glue

  • Cableguy

    It does tell you how much.
    Its in parts.
    Equal parts to be specific.
    If you’re still not sure what this means, Its 1 part glue, and 1 part starch= equal parts.
    A part could be a random cup in your cupboard. Or a gallon jug

  • keyera

    you can also use nail polish remover

  • Nikki Parker

    This sounds like a really easy weekend craft project after a quick trip to Wal-Mart. Or I might be lazy and just order everything from Amazon :) I guess I’ll start with 4 oz each of glue & liquid starch to experiment with.

  • Heather Grady

    it says equal amounts in the first paragraph

  • Alicia

    I followed the recipe to a t and it didn’t work :( very sticky.

    • ginni

      neither did mine

    • Gabi B

      ikr btw im a kid :)

    • Lori B

      ours didn’t even get sticky

  • Gabi B

    my friend Trevor got silly putty stuck in his back pack so since it was mine i had to help him!

  • Lori B

    I used the identical ingredients and it DID NOT WORK. I tried 3 parts glue to 2 parts starch and also equal amounts. I tried both Elmers Glue All multi purpose and also craft glue with the Sta-Flo. None of it worked!

  • Irene

    Most recipes I have seen called for 2 parts glue to 1 part liquid starch. For those who need measurements, try 2 tablespoons of glue to 1 tablespoon liquid starch. If it is too runny, add more glue. If it is too sticky, add more starch. Be nice, folks…people just offering ideas here!

  • Dean Goss

    Liquid starch works, but nowhere near as well as borax…although borax isn’t safe to eat.

    4 oz white glue, 4 oz water, 1 oz borax, 2 oz hot water. Mix the glue and cold water until an even consistency is achieved. Add borax to hot water and stir until completely dissolved. Mix cold and hot liquids together and watch the magic happen. Color with a few drops of any food color that strikes your fancy.

  • Donald

    Tried this at back to school night with my students. I ended up having to use a glue to starch ratio of about 1.75:1, not quite equal parts, but also not quite twice as much glue. Worked out great.

  • Alexis Jade

    You can make silly putty with Alka seltzer
    Add some glue and dissolve the tablet with water

  • Prielle

    Thanks so much Alexis!!! It works!