First off, let me say that slime is my nemesis.  Slime, itself, is fun, right?  But it always has the potential to get our of control and super messy.  My 11 year old watched a few YouTube tutorials, made some modifications, and came up with this DIY glue slime recipe.  At first, I was a little hesitant.  Um, the potential for messiness!  After she created it, I was easily won over.  This stuff is super cool.   And easy enough that my girly did it on her own. Bonus:  it does not stick to walls or floors.  

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DIY Glitter Slime

What you need:

  • 1 bottle of Elmer’s Glue, clear
  • 1 cup of water, divided in half
  • 1 teaspoon Borax
  • glitter (the more, the merrier)
  • optional: food coloring
  • optional: essential oils (I recommend citrus)
What you need to do:
  1.  In a small bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of water and the Borax.  Mix until Borax is dissolved (or nearly).
  2. In separate bowl, mix the bottle of glue with the remaining 1/2 cup of water.
  3. Add in 3-4 drops of essential oil (no oregano!) and mix.
  4. Add in glitter (my girly used 2 tubes) and mix.
  5. Combine the 2 bowls and stir as much as possible.
  6. When you can no longer stir, knead. This is when it really starts to come together.
  7. Boom!  You have slime.
A few little tips and ideas:
  • Keep slime off of fleece.  Trust me on this.
  • The clear glue seems to give it a lovely, almost translucent glow.  My daughter says that you can also use regular, white Elmer’s.
  • Try glitter glue and just omit the glitter.
  • My 11 year old made this on her own.  That said, show caution with Borax and essential oils.  Younger kiddos might need supervision.  Supervision is a GOOD thing.
  • You could easily use this DIY Glue Slime Recipe to make sensory slime:  orange slime with wild orange essential oil, yellow slime with lemon essential oil, blue slime with peppermint essential oil, purple slime with lavender essential oil. You get the picture.  Fun!

There you go.  Time to get slimed!