DIY Essential Oil Infused Silly Putty

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DIY Essential Oil Silly Putty

DIY essential oil silly putty

Did you love playing with silly putty as a kid? Do you have kids who love playing with it now?

Feeling that soft, ooey, gooey goodness squish between your fingers while you shape it, squish it, stamp it — really, you can do whatever you want with it! The point is, putty is a fun way to use the imagination, satisfy sensory needs, and have some inexpensive and easy family fun!

Are you ready to make a super soft and totally customizable silly putty? This is a great activity for the kids to join in on; they will love the measuring, mixing, and learning through play! Putty is a great way to encourage young minds to be curious and imaginative while they are playing.

DIY Silly Putty

DIY essential oil silly putty

What you’ll need:

What you’ll do:

Mix together the carrier oil and essential oil then add to the yogurt and cornstarch. Get a little messy — use your hands to mix, knead, and roll the ingredients together until it is no longer sticky. Add additional cornstarch if it is too sticky; if it is too dry, add a bit more yogurt. When you’ve reached the consistency you want, have fun playing with your all natural silly putty!

Please note that this silly putty is not meant to be stored. Have fun creating a new batch for each playtime! Feel free to experiment with different KidSafe oils each time to figure out what works best for you and your kids.

So, you have your putty — now it’s time to play! Here are a few game ideas to get you and your family started!

Treasure Hunting:

Take a small toy, bead, coin, or other object, and hide it inside the putty without your child watching. Now they have to get their hands inside the putty to find the treasure! For younger children, supervision is necessary when playing with small objects. For older children, or multiple children, use a timer and have them race to beat the clock!

Budding Builders:

Grab a handful of toothpicks and use the putty to build a tiny house or tower. Putty is very pliable, so don’t expect the structure to last long — but it is sure fun to see what kind of quick architecture everyone can come up with before it all falls down!

Copy Cat:

Especially great for younger children, this game uses putty to make identical shapes and figures from one player to the next. The first player molds a bit of putty into a shape, like a triangle, and the other player makes the same shape with their putty. This can also be a fun way to practice learning letters and numbers.

Watch one of our Certified Aromatherapists, Retha Nesmith, make this craft on this video, posted June 25th, 2018:


How do you and your kids like to play with putty? Let us know in the comments below!


107 thoughts on “DIY Essential Oil Silly Putty”

  • Another person, here, wondering if dairy-free yogurt can be used with this? If there’s no answer to me either in the next couple of days, I’ll post an update on our experiments for other dairy-free households.

    1. We haven’t tried this recipe with dairy-free yogurt, so I’m not sure how it will work. Be sure to let us know how your experiments turn out!

  • Just printed this to make the next time my crafty sister comes over to do a project with my kids. This time, I have the craft planned! They are going to love it! Thanks PT!

  • My daughter is 4 and we just made this! She had fun making it and now is playing with it. I can see her playing with this all day. We had vanilla yogurt and she wanted vanilla sent and it smells so good! She loves playdoh so this is a nice, safe alternative.

  • Tried this with my three kids today. My middle son who has an issue with textures looked at me with wide eyes as I was mixing it and said please don’t make me touch that. My other two loved it though. Not too messy and kept them busy for about an hour.

  • I can’t wait to try this! I’m going to hunt the pantry for cornstarch and see if I can do it this afternoon haha

  • Just tried this with my kids (age 2 & 3)… added Tension Tamer to ease their tension and my headache. Had to use about triple the cornstarch, but finally got a really good “playdoh” consistency. Maybe my ratio was weird because of the type of yogurt? Either way… they are happy, and I am happy. Thanks Plant Therapy for a fun project!

  • oh I am definitely going to do this next time grandson comes as he gets bored – might use A+ Attention for the EO

  • I can’t believe this uses yogurt! I never never expected to see that ingredient! Now I’m so excited to try this, we always have yogurt in the house and now it’s safe for even the littles! What a fun surprise and recipe!

  • I loved making this with my boys! i have a child with autism and so we stay away from certain ingredients so that means he cant play with the store bought ones. I add Nighty Night synergy to help with calming his CNS. I can see us making this a lot!

  • Looks like a fun activity for the kids (and adult kids 🙂 ) . Going to have to try this with my daughter.

  • I know it says to use kid-safe EO, but I still worry. Is it safe for kids to play with this for a prolonged period of time?

  • this was silly and fun! we did lavender in our putty and it turned out great! kids were occupied while i got school work done. thanks!

    1. That’s great, Melissa! So glad it helped you out and your kiddos had fun — thank you for sharing with us!

  • My kids said it smelled weird, but I thought it just smelled like yogurt. They had fun squishing it for a few hours though. I loved how quick and easy it was to make.

  • My grandson will love helping to make this putty. Going to do it our next afternoon together. Thanks Plant Therapy for safe fun activities.

    1. Greek yogurt should work just fine! As long as their are no chunky fruits or anything it, it should turn out great!

    1. That sounds like a wonderful idea, Natalie! This DIY is so great because you can change it up with every batch and try different oils to find out what you like best!

    1. Jasmine, this would be a great winter time DIY, when everyone is getting bored from being inside! Plus, there are some great oils you can experiment with to make your putty smell more winter-like. For instance, Balsam Fir, Vanilla Oleoresin, and Orange Sweet are a few oils that always remind me of the holidays. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for sharing, Kelsie! I hope you and your students have a lot of fun making this silly putty!

  • This is fantastic! Putting this in my back pocket for the day when my little one isn’t eating everything she gets her hands on

  • My kids are going to LOVE this! They love mixing things together and love their oils even more. Can’t wait.

  • Ok so …we tried it ….it was at first an Epic DIY fail! I wish I had the hindsight to have added purple food coloring. My son, who is blessed with autism and loves playdoh and silly putty because of the sensory input, helped me to mix the ingredients. He also happens to be very into The Cat in the Hat movie. There is a scene at the end with Alec Baldwin where he is covered in purple goo and says “they destroyed the house “. So if you have seen the movie that’s what are hands looked like and my son is staring in horror at his hands saying, “eew, sticky, ” then proceeds to stand up with hands in the air perfectly imitating Alec Baldwin by saying, “destroyed the house ” repeatedly until we cleaned him up….lol. It didn’t help when my husband walked into the kitchen and gave me the dad look like I was a child that just made a gigantic mess and he didn’t know how to handle it. Lol!
    I am going to try this one more time and see if it goes better with some tweaking. The cornstarch did not want to mix with the yogurt so it created a very weird combination of sticky and gooey….not relaxing at all. I let my son help me to mix and pour. So the majority of the corn starch was beside the yogurt or on the edge of the bowl. Once it made contact with a little bit of liquid it did not want to budge from the bowl or be mixed. I played with it for about 30 minutes and it started binging together but still really sticky. I added another teaspoon of oil and now it looks like silly putty but still sticks and leaves a powdery coating on my fingers. Good news it’s easy clean up. On my next attempt I’m going to try folding all the ingredients into the yogurt and using a spoon not my hands. I think this is a great recipe for really little ones that still put items in their mouth. The aromatic part is very nice too. Probably the reason I am not freaking out lol. I was immersed in essential oil sensory land of sticky goo.

    1. Oh no! It can definitely be trial and error. Hopefully it works out better the second time around!

  • I avoid cornstarch in myhouse. Do you think arrowroot powder would work? I’m thinkg of doing this just for my own fun!

  • Can’t wait to try this with my kiddos! It will make for a great activity while we wait out the excessive summer heat. PJ’s Blend or Coco’s Blend will be fun Kid Safe choices for this craft.

    1. Those are great ideas for blends to add your putty! They will smell so yummy! We hope you and your kiddos have fun, thank you for sharing!

    1. We hope your kids love it! Plus, it’s fun to try different oils with this DIY and learn the ones you like best to play with. Thank you for sharing, Rebecca!

  • I’ve never heard of using yogurt to make silly putty! I have everything for this, so excited to try.

    1. We are so glad you and your son are going to give this a try! It’s a lot of squishy fun! Thank you for sharing!

    2. How did it go!? I have a 2 year old daughter and am looking forward to trying this! Did it turn out well?? 🙂

    1. Sara, we hope you guys enjoy this little activity! It’s a great way to involve Oils and fun!

    1. Kelly, yogurt is a bit of a silly ingredient — But that’s one of the reasons we thought you all would love it! If you give it a try, let us know how it turns out!

    1. We hope you give it a try, Nicole! It’s a great family activity and a fun way to use Essential Oils 🙂

    1. Isn’t this fun, Melanie? Give it a try! It’s a fun little activity the whole family can enjoy

    1. The possibilities are endless, aren’t they? We think your daughter and her friends will absolutely love this activity during a play date or sleep over. Have a lovely weekend

    1. It definitely has a texture that is more similar to a putty than a slime. Enjoy whipping this one up with your littles! Have a great weekend.

    1. Everyone loves getting a little silly, right? We hope you enjoy making it! Have a lovely weekend

    2. This sounds so fun. Going to save it and bring it out on a day tgat we have the summer blues….

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