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Homemade Glitter Slime with Borax (2 versions)

Posted by Tabitha on 4/27/2017 to Projects
Homemade Glitter Slime with Borax (2 versions)

This is a fun and messy kids craft project!

I will be sharing two versions of this project. One is made with off the shelf glitter glue and the second is made totally from scratch.

Regardless of the two versions the recipe is basically the same.

Here is the ratio of ingredients:

1 to 3 ratio of glue to water

and

1 teaspoon of Borax to 1/2 cup of water

This first version is using Elmers brand glitter glues.

For this project, I used 8 ounces of glitter glue to 24 ounces of water.

Put your water (24 ounces) into a bowl.

Add glitter glue to the water (I used 8 ounces of glitter glue).

Stir up the glitter glue and water.

Next take 1 teaspoon of Borax to 1/2 cup of water (approximately a 4% solution), stir until well mixed (no lumps)

And here comes the messy part. :)

Add the glue/water mix to the Borax/water mix. Mix well, if you use a fork or whisk to stir with eventually you will need to get your hands into the mix and separate the slime from the left over water.

I did find that my slime was a bit more solid than the ones I have gotten from the toy store. It is still a great project for the kids and an excellent excuse to make a messy!

Make sure to store the finished slime in an airtight bag or container as the slime can dry out.

If you choose to leave your glitter slime out it will eventually dry. If you decide to do this, make it into a fun shape that you can play with or display.


This next version offers steps for making slime from scratch (not using a pre-made glitter glue):

I poured 8 ounces of clear glue into a bowl, then added my glitters. I chose both craft glitter and iridescent poly glitter, so my glitter slime had extra depth and shimmer (1 teaspoon of each craft glitter and just under 1/4 teaspoon of each of the poly glitters).

Make sure to stir the glitter and glue fully before adding your water and blending well.

Now you make your borax/water mix and add it to your glue/water mix {1 teaspoon of Borax to 1/2 cup of water (approximately a 4% solution), stir until well mixed (no lumps)}.

As the two mixes blend there will be water left over. Your final step is to separate the slime from the water, and toss out the extra water.

This homemade glitter slime shines and shimmers as you play with it. If you choose to use metallic glitters be sure not to leave your slime in an enclosed hot place as the glitter can off-gas which is very unhealthy.

I did find that this slime was also a bit more solid than the ones I have gotten from the toy store. It was great fun to make and squish between my fingers.

If you leave your glitter slime out it will dry out. If you decide to do this make it into a fun shape for a paper weight or fun shimmery statue!