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?

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

    it says equal amounts in the first paragraph

  • 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.

  • 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!