How to Make Silly Putty

How To Make Silly Putty

Recently, you’ve been finding yourself feeling melancholy. You’ve thought about it, and you’ve come to the realization that your perpetual sad state is because you long to have your childhood back. Ah, those were the days. All you did was play with Silly Putty and horse around on your toy horse.

The sad truth is that until someone invents a machine that can reverse time, you can’t get those days back. What you can do, however, is bring Silly Putty back into your life. In fact, you don’t even have to go to the store for this, because you can make your own! All you need for this funtabulous DIY project are:

  • A clean bowl
  • Glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter, beads, whatever small pretty things you like!

And now you’re ready to bring Silly Putty back into your life!

How to Make Silly Putty – Colored Glue

The first thing you are going to want to do is pour the glue into a clean bowl. You want the bowl to be clean because…well, do you want your Silly Putty to have nasty flecks of dirt or old food scattered throughout? Unless you want your Silly Putty to have bits of scrambled eggs in it, make sure the bowl is clean. Then, mix it with food coloring until it is the color you want. If you can’t accomplish this with food coloring, you can add in other things, such as beets if you want a natural source of color.

How to Make Silly Putty – Add in the Starch

Without the starch, all you have is colored glue. It’ll probably just end up making everything in your house stick together, which you don’t want. So now, you will mix in the liquid starch. Stir these ingredients and let the mixture sit for a little while.

If you don’t have any liquid starch but still just HAD to make your Silly Putty and didn’t feel like delaying the process the 10 minutes it would take for you to go to the store, get the starch, and come back, you can put in powder starch. Or you could totally think outside of the box and use a food that you know contains a lot of starch, like bananas or white bread.

How to Make Silly Putty – Get Creative!

The Silly Putty you remember as a child was pretty plain. You liked it, but it was just a gooey substance of one cool color. But now you’re all grown up. You can do even better than that with all your adult superpowers, which include having money and going out and buying things. Perhaps, one of these times when you’ve gone out and made purchases, you bought glitter or little beads. Think about how much cooler your Silly Putty would be with these things mixed in. And this isn’t limited to these items. You could add in dried flower petals, pineapple tidbits, a teddy bear, whatever you want!

How to Make Silly Putty – Knead It Over and Over

What fun is your Silly Putty going to be if it’s all uneven? You want it to have an even consistency, rather than being all glue on one side and all starch on the other. And of course, you want all of those other knickknacks you have added in to be evenly distributed throughout the stuff as well. So you should just knead it for a while. At least several minutes. If you want to be extra thorough with this, you can do it for a longer period of time. Days, weeks, or months if you want. Kneading your Silly Putty can be your new full-time job. You’ll just have to tell the dog food decorating factory that you’re taking a long vacation.

How to Make Silly Putty – Experience Your Putty!

Making this Silly Putty was so much fun! But now, you have gotten to the best part of all! You get to actually play with your creation! You can slap it on the wall, throw it down the stairs, shove it up your roommate’s nostrils, whatever your childlike spirit desires! It’ll be like you’re a kid again!

Of course, there’s the off chance that your Silly Putty will be nothing like what you remember from your childhood and will be full of bits of all sorts of things that you would never want in it, like beets, bananas, teddy bears, what have you. But that’s the reality of adult life. Things never actually end up being like your idealized childhood versions of them.