What is nutty putty anyway? This stuff bounces, it stretches, it lifts pictures out of the funny papers, and it doesn’t stick to clothes. This magic has something to do with glue’s properties as a liquid polymer causing molecules to strand together when introduced to liquid starch. Don't you just love science?

Step 1

Pour ½ cup Elmer’s Glue-All into a glass or plastic container.

Step 2

Add food coloring to the glue and stir using a craft stick. Choose any color and add as much as needed to reach the desired effect (we used 20 drops of purple here).

Step 3

Once the color is even, add ½ cup of liquid starch and stir. 

Step 4

The consistency will soon become rubbery. As soon as the glue “stands up” (as shown), stop stirring and let the mix rest 3-4 minutes to allow the starch to completely permeate the thickening glue.

Step 5

Remove the putty from the remaining starch and pat with a paper towel to remove excess starch.

Step 6

Knead the putty until it becomes firm and pliant.

Step 7

The putty will become less slick and will become firmer the longer it is kneaded. After a couple of minutes, it is still softer than we’re after. Keep kneading! 

Step 8

After 5-10 minutes of kneading, our putty is firm, stretches easily and is ready for action. Pennies to make. Hours of fun. This recipe makes plenty, so be sure to share with a friend!