Slime is the newest addition to the ever-growing list of DIY moulding toys popular with kids at the moment. The sticky goo comes in hundreds of different varieties, thanks to the boundless imagination of creative parents and children worldwide. But what is the reason for slime’s success? Even though it doesn’t serve any concrete purpose, people of all ages enjoy playing with it, as it provides a unique tactile experience, and even serves as a stress reliever of sorts. Some DIY enthusiasts make playing with slime even more enjoyable, by experimenting with different colorants, glitter and decorations. If you are wondering how to make slime you can find some of our favorite recipes bellow. Also, don’t forget to visit our special article devoted entirely to fluffy slime.
How to make slime at home?
Before we get started, there are some important points to remember:
- Do not let young children make or play with slime without adult supervision!
- Was your hands thoroughly after you’ve been in contact with slime
- The key ingredient in most slime recipes is a mixture of glue and boric acid (contact lens solution). Although this mixture is usually harmless, there have been some reports of side effects or irritation. If you do not feel comfortable using boric acid, please consider using a recipe that substitutes it for corn starch or washing up liquid.
Rainbow slime recipe
This recipe has been inspired by diyprojectsforteens.com
- Elmer’s glitter glue in pink, blue, green and purple
- Boric acid mixed with water (1 teaspoon of boric acid with two table spoons of water)
- 4 clean mixing bowls
You can replace boric acid with liquid starch, but bear in mind that slime based on liquid starch will be thicker.
- Pour the contents of the four glitter glue bottles in four separate bowls.
- Slowly begin adding the boric acid and water mixture to the first bowl of glue. Stir, until the paste starts coming away clean from the bowl.
- Now, start kneading your slime until you get the right texture – it needs to be elastic and not as sticky. If you feel that it is still too sticky, add some additional drops of boric acid. Then form the slime into balls.
- Roll each ball so you get a long oval shape, then gently pinch all shapes together to form a rainbow. If you prefer you can mix all colors together to make one bog pile of multicolored goo!
Playing with slime is loads of fun!
Looking for boric acid-free option? Check out the recipes over at Instructables!
Ingredients and utensils needed:
- 3 cups* of shaving cream (scentless, if possible)
- 1/2 cup of Elmer’s glue
- food coloring
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of contact lens solution (containing boric acid)
- large bowl for mixing, a spatula, and measuring spoons
- airtight container for storing
*1 cup = 1 regular US cup
- Pour 3 cups of shaving cream into your mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of glue and stir well, until you get a smooth and even mixture.
- Add a few drops of food coloring of your choice. If you’d like to get the same hue as the one pictured bellow, you will need a few drops of green and a single drop of light blue tint.
- Now pour the baking soda and mix well.
- Add the contact lens solution to the mixture. Using the spatula, stir thoroughly until you get the right slime consistency. You will know that your slime is ready once it starts coming off the bowl.
- Knead the slime in your hands to make it more flexible. If it feels too wet, put it back in the bowl and set it aside for a bit, then try kneading it again.
- Following the same instructions, you can make slime in many different colors, and even combine all of them into one.
- Store your slime in an airtight container to prevent it from going bad.
Fluffy slime recipe with shaving cream
The result: a super soft goo that’s pleasant to the touch
- 120 ml. clear glue
- 2 teaspoons of boric acid
- 230 ml. of cold water
- 80 ml. of hot water
- some small polystyrene beads
- glitter in colors of your choice
- 1 teaspoon of lavender essential oil
- 1 teaspoon of food coloring in your preferred color
- Mix the clear glue and the cold water into a bowl.
- Add the polystyrene beads, the essential oil, the glitter and the food colorant, and stir.
- In a second, smaller bowl, mix the hot water and the boric acid.
- Pour the boric acid and water solution into the first bowl. Mix well.
- Your stress relieving, aromatherapy lavender slime is ready to use!
Essential oil aromatherapy slime for stress relief – an easy recipe you can make at home
You can find some slime recipes without boric acid over at Kinder Craze.
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of contact lens solution
- 180 ml. glitter glue in your preferred color
- Pour the glitter glue into a mixing bowl.
- Add the baking soda and stir thoroughly.
- Mix in the contact lens solution, and continue stirring until you get a homogenous goo.
- Start kneading with your hands, until the slime is fully ready. If it feels too sticky, add a few extra drops of contact lens solution.
Slime is a great way of teaching little ones about the sense of touch, as it helps them explore different textures
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