Homemade Silly Putty is very easy to make and the kids will absolutely love it.  This is the perfect DIY silly putty activity to keep the kids entertained.

Homemade Silly Putty is very easy to make and the kids will absolutely love it.  This is the perfect DIY silly putty activity to keep the kids entertained.

Homemade Silly Putty

There is just something about silly putty that kids go crazy about. It’s fun to play with and almost mesmerizing.

Homemade Putty is one of those timeless items that kids of all ages love to play with. It never gets boring and is always a ton of fun. Silly Putty is perfect for little fingers and using fine motor skills.

Learn how to make homemade silly putty for the perfect activity to beat boredom. Whether it is too hot outside or rainy, this DIY is so fun and great for sensory play.

We also love to make Color Changing Silly Putty

Why you will love Homemade Silly Putty:

  • Fun Sensory activity. If you are looking for fun activities that are also useful, this is perfect to try.
  • It is so much fun. With only a few ingredients, it is so fun to make.
  • Easy to make. This fun craft is one of the easiest kids activities.
Homemade Silly Putty in a pile.

Did you know that you can make DIY Silly Putty?

It is actually very simple to make and only requires a few ingredients. All of my kids agree it is definitely more fun to make silly putty than to buy it!

I love things like this that are fun to make and play with. It’s like two activities in one. This is one of our favorite activities for kids and great for therapy putty.

The kids loved learning how to make fluffy slime. They were so excited to learn how to make homemade silly putty.

Homemade Silly Putty in a pile.

What are the ingredients of Silly Putty?

There are only two ingredients needed to make this homemade silly putty recipe. You only need liquid starch and glue. Now, we did add a third ingredient and added food coloring to it.

Homemade Silly Putty in hands.

This is optional but gives it the color of silly putty. Another option is to use paint instead of food coloring. This is such a fun activity and requires very little supplies.

I love activities that are not complicated and that is pretty much a requirement around here. Silly Putty Ingredients are very simple.

Ingredients - starch, glue and paint.

What are the ingredients to make Putty?

  • 1 cup of Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
  • 1 cup of glue (We buy a gallon of glue because we are always making something.)
  • Paint or Food Coloring
Homemade Silly Putty in a pile.

Your kids will be amazed that it only takes a few ingredients to make silly putty. I’m telling you this is the easiest project ever. You can pick up the ingredients needed at the grocery store.

Homemade Silly Putty in hands.

How to make homemade silly putty:

Step 1. Pour approximately 1 cup of the school glue into a small bowl.
Homemade Silly Putty is very easy to make and the kids will absolutely love it.  This is the perfect DIY silly putty activity to keep the kids entertained.

Step 2. Mix in a few drops of food coloring or acrylic paint into the white glue. You can use the color of your choice.  Combine the glue mixture thoroughly with a spoon until the glue is the color of the paint or food coloring.
Homemade Silly Putty is very easy to make and the kids will absolutely love it.  This is the perfect DIY silly putty activity to keep the kids entertained.

Step 3. Mix in 1 cup of the Sta-Flo Liquid Starch.  Let this mixture set for at least 5 minutes as the glue has to soak up the Sta-Flo Liquid Starch.
Homemade Silly Putty is very easy to make and the kids will absolutely love it.  This is the perfect DIY silly putty activity to keep the kids entertained.

Step 4. Mix the 2 ingredients together as best as possible.  The mixture will look stringy and not well combined as you can see in the picture. You will likely think that this project has failed but don’t give up now.
Homemade Silly Putty is very easy to make and the kids will absolutely love it.  This is the perfect DIY silly putty activity to keep the kids entertained.

Step 5. Put the mixture on a paper towel or your counter top if it’s a solid surface.  Again, let this combination set for at least 5 minutes.

Step 6. After this time, mix again with your hands and work the glue/starch mixture until the silly putty is formed. Continue kneading the putty until the desired consistency for kids to play with the silly putty.

Homemade Silly Putty in a pile.

How to make putty stretchy?

Make sure to follow the steps exactly. Letting the combination set for at least 5 minutes helps it to form the putty and make it stretch. It is very easy to make this 3 ingredient silly putty recipe.

How to make silly putty with baking soda?

Baking soda can be used to make silly putty but I find it harder to get the right consistency. Combine a bottle of Elmer’s school glue (4 oz) with 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda.

Then add 1 tsp borax to the mixture. Knead the mixture until it hardens and becomes the desired consistency.

Homemade Silly Putty in a pile.

Storage:

This DIY Putty Recipe can be stored inside an airtight container or bag. Make sure kids wash their hands and keep the putty clean. This will help it to last longer.

Kids will love having their own homemade silly putty to play with and the texture is great.

Homemade Silly Putty is very easy to make and the kids will absolutely love it.  This is the perfect DIY silly putty activity to keep the kids entertained.

The whole family will have fun making and playing with this homemade silly putty. The total time is minimum but the fun is endless.

It is also a great stress reliever. Give it a try and watch the kids creativity flow.

Print the instructions for Homemade Silly Putty:

Homemade Silly Putty

Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Keyword: Homemade Silly Putty
Yield: 1
Author: One Crazy Mom

Equipment

  • 1 cup of Sta-Flo Liquid Starch
  • 1 cup of glue (We buy a gallon of glue because we are always making something.)
  • Paint or Food Coloring

Instructions

  • Pour approximately 1 cup of the glue into a mixing bowl.
  • Mix in a few drops of acrylic paint or food coloring, the color of your choice.  Mix thoroughly until the glue is the color of the paint or food coloring.
  • Mix in 1 cup of the Sta-Flo Liquid Starch.  Let this mixture set for at least 5 minutes as the glue has to soak up the Sta-Flo Liquid Starch.
  • Mix the 2 ingredients together as best as possible.  The mixture will look stringy and not well combined as you can see in the picture. You will likely think that this project has failed but don’t give up now!
  • Put the mixture on a paper towel or your counter top if it’s a solid surface.  Again, let this combination set for at least 5 minutes.
  • After this time, mix again with your hands and work the glue/starch mixture until the silly putty is formed.

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  1. Is it possible to make diy liquid starch? I am a really big fan of yours but I don’t have any liquid starch

    1. I’m sure there is a good recipe for one but I haven’t tried it yet so I’m not sure which one works the best. If you try it out, please let us know how it turns out!