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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Homemade Silly Putty

Are you looking for a fun arts and craft idea to do with your kids?  You will love this easy recipe on how to make silly putty!

How to make homemade "Silly Putty"


On the last trip to the grocery store, I stopped by the kids art supply section and stumbled across this pink glitter glue (they had green too.)  I grabbed a bottle of each, since I just happen to know a sweet little girl who would love to make something fun with glitter glue...  (And of course, mama had something very fun planned for the glue.)

This silly putty recipe/experiment is made with just 3 simple ingredients:


  • Glue (our first batch was made with washable glue, but the washable glue didn't work to well, so I recommend using regular, all purpose glue
  • Borax 
  • water
Mix together a 1 to 1 mixture of glue and water. (I used about 2 oz of glue and 2 oz of water for the amount of silly putty we made.)


Stir the glue and watery together until completely mixed.

Dissolve 1 tsp of borax into 1/2 cup of warm water. Pour borax water into the glue mixture and stir.


Keep stirring, after a few seconds the glue will begin to "gel" up.


Pick up the glue glob and squish it around for a few moments.


It will turn into a pliable, yet firm, silly putty like substance.


It's so cool!

If you find the "silly putty" is becoming less pliable, put it in the microwave and heat it up for 5 to 15 seconds (depending on the amount of silly putty.)  Store in a zip-loc baggie.


I enjoyed my little piece too...


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26 comments:

  1. Oh, that's clever! My brat will love it, thanks!

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  2. Leave to you to figure out how to make silly putty. You are so clever and talented. Great post. Have fun with that googlie stuff. Happy summer Your daughter is so pretty.

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  3. This is Great! I can't wait to try it out.

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  4. What fun! What kid wouldn't love this! PS - you were before me at the Tickled Pink party :)

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  5. How I love this kind of science experiment! Totally love this!! Thanks for sharing the finding!

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  6. I really want to try this! I bet my son would love it!

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  7. My son will love this one. The glittered glue is a great touch! Thanks for sharing

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  8. Borax though. Is it OK to use that with something kids are making and playing with? This is what stops me making lots of stuff for the grand child, I don't know the science but worry about some ingredients...

    Barb.

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    1. It is a very small amount of borox, and my children are old enough to not put things in there mouths, so I am not worried. You can read this excellent article and decide for yourself: http://www.crunchybetty.com/getting-to-the-bottom-of-borax-is-it-safe-or-not. And there are similar recipes using liquid starch that you can try out as well.
      ~Jamie

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  9. I am so trying this with my daughter!! Looks so cool and easy! Your daughter is so pretty by the way! New follower!

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  10. Such a great idea! I'm pinning this for later - can't wait til my daughter gets to the age of helping me in the kitchen :)

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  11. This is such an awesome idea! With all of the nephews I have, this will definitely get used! Come share it at our On Display Monday link party

    Britney @ The Princess and Her Cowboys {dot} com

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  12. I love making this with the kids - so fun! Pinned and featuring tonight!

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  13. Oh, how fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  14. That is so cool. I love that you used the glitter glue! Thanks for sharing at Trendy Treehouse. xoxo Tara

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  15. Oh my goodness this looks awesome! Do I have to share it with my kid? :) This would make cute gifts for birthday and Christmas.

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  16. Awesome! I have seen that glitter glue at the craft store in lots of fun colors!

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  17. I love the glitter aspect. I just pinned this!

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  18. This looks fun. In UK. Not seen Borax in shops so wondering if there's anything else I can use? Is Vanish the same?

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    1. I don't think so, borax is a natural mineral. You can read about it here: http://chemistry.about.com/od/moleculescompounds/f/What-Is-Borax.htm. You can make a slimier more liquid version with cornstarch: http://chemistry.about.com/od/letsmakeslime/a/Borax-Free-Slime-Recipe.htm
      ~Jamie

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  19. Can't wait to use this while babysitting! Love this experiment/activity!

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  20. Hi,
    Patashoo- i am also from the uk, and I bought some from amazon.

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  21. How fun! What a great idea to use glitter glue!

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