How to Make Glow-in-the-Dark Putty

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid starch
  • Elmer's glue
  • Glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Plastic container
  • Plastic bag

Silly Putty is a staple in many households that have kids. This gooey toy is similar to rubber and can be stretched and pulled for hours of fun. While you can make bright and colorful putty with food coloring, you can try something different to avoid boredom. Kids love anything that glows in the dark and play putty is no different. Youngsters often associate glow-in-the-dark toys with something magical and mysterious.

Pour ½ cup liquid starch in a bowl. If you want a large amount of putty, then add as much liquid starch as you desire.

Add 1 cup of Elmer’s glue or double the amount of liquid starch that you have in your bowl.

Add several drops of glow-in-the-dark paint to the bowl.

Mix the ingredients together with your hands until the mixture becomes very stretchy and difficult to tear apart when you pull it.

Store the putty in a plastic container with a lid after your kids are done playing with it. Place the plastic container in the refrigerator. Or store the putty in an airtight plastic bag. Play putty has a shelf life of about a month if your kids play with it on a weekly basis, but it may last longer if it's not used as frequently. However, it may last only a few weeks if your kids play with it every day.


  • Enlist your child to help you make putty to create a few special memories.

    Play putty makes the perfect party favor for kids older than 3. Place small amounts of putty in colorful plastic egg containers and hand it out to your guests.


  • Keep away from carpet or clothing.