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Homemade Slime Recipe (Just 2 Ingredients)

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DIY homemade slime recipe using Borax Hip2Save.com

Are you looking for a fun activity to do with the kiddos this summer?

This homemade slime recipe takes just a couple common household ingredients to make, and it provides lots of gooey wiggly sensory entertainment! 😛 Plus, it’s a great little mini science lesson learning how mixing Borax with polyvinyl acetate, a liquid polymer found in glue, creates one big squishy polymer when the molecules are linked together. My kids LOVED this so much!

Homemade Slime

Supplies:
1/2 cup (4oz.) Elmer’s School Glue
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Borax Powder plus 1 cup water
optional; Food Coloring, Paint, or Glitter

How to Make Slime Hip2Save.com
Directions: Mix 1/2 cup glue and 1/2 cup water. Add food coloring, paint, or glitter if desired and stir well.  In a separate bowl, mix teaspoon of Borax and one cup of water. Slowly combine both mixtures and stir. You will see the slime start to form right away. Stir well, and start using your hands to combine.  Pour out any excess water.

Homemade slime notes:

  • You can keep your slime covered in the fridge so it will last longer and not get moldy. The texture over time will get to be more like a putty as its played with more and more.
  • By using the optional ingredients, like food color and paint, you can customize the color of your homemade slime.
  • If you want to add some sparkle or dazzle to your slime, then be sure to add glitter … it is sure to brighten up your slime and add a star quality to it.
  • While we have not tried it, others, like the folks at ChemMatters, have: You can add a fluorescent quality to your homemade slime by cutting a tip off a fluorescent highlighter marker and placing it in “a beaker containing up to 500 mL of water. After a few minutes, the water will be highly fluorescent. When this water is used to make slime, the slime will be highly fluorescent under a black light.”

Also, Elmer’s School Glue seems to have the best results. I tried another slime recipe using liquid starch that didn’t work out for us, and the Borax method worked right away. Borax powder can be found in the laundry isle of the store or on Amazon here.

DIY Slime Kids science Hip2Savecom


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 37

  1. babymair

    Thx so much . My two boys will love this.!! You always have such great recipes. !!!!

  2. Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

    Sure! Thanks for the nice comment. This is so fun to make 👍

    • Mel

      Omg!!!!!!
      Lina thx so much for this recipe it is awesome and my family love it I told my friends and they did the same and I was so happy and so were they

      • Lina D

        Great! Thanks for sharing 👍

  3. trace

    Thank you!! My son had seen a video on this and had asked me to make it. I believe you can also call it Dinosaur snot lol!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      lol That’s a great name too! 😀

  4. laurat

    Cool, must try with my toddler who’s in his play-doh phase.

  5. Sara

    Our awesome babysitter made this with our kids this week & they’ve had so much fun with it!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s wonderful! I’m glad!

  6. Mel

    This looks fun! Thanks Lina! I was needing tips to keep the kids entertained inside since it’s so stinkin’ hot outside!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! My kids are getting older now but they still like this kind of thing!! Ha – Enjoy!!!

  7. kaelford021

    Easy to make. Thanks Lina

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Casey

    Hi, just curious how much slime this makes, volume wise? Planning to do this for my daughter’s class for Halloween and want to make enough for all 26 kids to take some home. Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Hi Casey I would say about a cup. So one batch may work for 2-3 people?

  9. Ava

    Thank you!! My daughter had a lot of fun making this it was so fun for her but over time it got to be sort of dry, we tried to keep it in a plastic container but it kept getting really dry do you know how to keep the slime nice like it was when my daughter made it?

  10. LeeAnn

    Can’t wait to try it..thank you

  11. Rebecca

    I guess I’ll, to the only one that failed at making this. It was really funny. Added more borax and still nothing.

  12. Christy

    My daughter loves this stuff and is making lots for a garage sale.

  13. anabella n santellana

    Love it I get to play with it every minute😍

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure and thanks!

    • Chloe frost

      Lady call ur kid little they hate it im a kid and u are like 35

      • Lauren Lewis

        hey chloe- my kids ARE little- ages 0-5. They dont mind one bit! and they love slime.

  14. Gracie Snow

    How is it supposed to feel when ur done? I made it and it breaks apart really easily when it gets stretched…even when i just barely pull it. If I keep rolling it around in my hands, will it eventually become more like silly putty? Thanks!

    • Kim

      I’m having the same problem.. have you figured it out yet??

    • Mel

      Well you can add a little more water and borax that should work

    • Mel

      Yes you can find Elmer’s glue in the uk and borax

  15. Gaynor

    Can we get these ingredients or equivalent in the UK?

    • Mel

      Yes you can find both ingredients in the uk

  16. Kim

    I made this slime and it just crumbles. its not holding together like the starch version. anyone know what I can do to make it not crumble??

    • Rita

      In first my was the same it wasn’t holding together,but then my son put it baby jar and shake a little and it was in the jar for about 5-10 min and after that it was good.I guess you should just wait for it

  17. Tracy

    Mine was a epic fail. All Stringy

  18. Laurie

    Don’t use borax as it dangers and there was any incident with a child and they got burned cause of it And u can look for the story on Google

  19. Holly

    Borax is not a safe chemical. There is a better / safer recipe using liquid glue, saline and baking soda. And of course you can embellish with glitter, coloring, buttons, etc!

  20. Lorna

    Borax? For kids?
    Am I missing something here?

  21. ethanfowler

    would washing powder work????

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