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How to Make Homemade Slime

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By now you’ve probably heard that homemade slime has been making the rounds as a trendy project to try at home. I couldn’t resist getting in on the fun with my nephews recently and I’ve got to say, it was as fun as I thought it would be! The best part of course was it was a fun project the boys (ages five and seven) could help make and loved to play with!

I’ve got two different recipes for you to try. The first uses Borax, which can cause some people (like myself!) to have a reaction. If you also fall into that category, of just don’t have Borax, there’s a second recipe that doesn’t use it.

An easy recipe for homemade slime using just two ingredients!

Recipe # 1 Slime Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Elmer’s Glue
  • 1 tsp. Borax powder
  • 1 1/2 C. water (divided)
  • Food coloring (optional)

Homemade slime recipe ingredients

I couldn’t believe how easy this was to make!

Before you get started I want to add:

**The following day after making this recipe I noticed the tops of my hands/knuckles were incredibly dry, cracked, and sore. I thought it was just the winter weather or the fact that it was cold and flu season and I had been washing my hands a lot.

A couple of days later I heard others experienced this same thing after making their own homemade slime recipe! I don’t know if it was a reaction to the Borax (which I haven’t used before) or something from the combination but apparently it’s a possibility so you might want to wear thin gloves while making or playing with this homemade slime. The boys did not experience any reactions, just me! This is why there’s a second recipe down below this one too!**


1. Empty your glue into a large bowl and add 1/2 C. water. Mix together and add food coloring if desired.

Homemade Slime Recipe Adding Elmer's Glue

Homemade Slime Recipe Glue, water and food coloring

2. In a separate small bowl mix together Borax powder and 1 C. of water.

Homemade Slime Recipe Borax and Water

3. Pour the Borax mixture slowly into the bowl with the glue mixture and stir. Slime will begin to form!

Homemade Slime Recipe Mixture

4. Continue to stir until mixture starts to thicken. At this point I used my hands to really combine the mixture well. (Again, you may want to wear gloves for this.) There may be some excess water you can dump once the mixture is formed and thick. It might be a little stringy at first but after a couple of minutes it will firm up and be more slime-like!

5. After you’re done playing for the day, store it covered in the refrigerator. It should last 4-5 days at least before it gets yucky.

Homemade Slime Recipe on Splendry

Homemade Slime Recipe playing with slime

Homemade slime recipe on

We stretched it, we cut it, we threw it, we used a spatula to carry it around (still not entirely sure why, but whatever), we even made some more in red!

Homemade slime recipe on Splendry, stretching slime

Homemade slime recipe on Splendry - playing catch with slime

Homemade slime recipe - rolling slime

All in all it provided a lot of entertainment! Even with the weird reaction to my skin I’d still make it again!

And now that you’ve got leftover Borax? Here are some ways to use it up!

And if you need a recipe without Borax, try this one:

Slime Recipe # 2 Ingredients 

  • 1/2 C shampoo
  • 1/4 C cornstarch
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • 6 T. water
  1. Mix shampoo and cornstarch in a bowl.
  2. Add food coloring if desired
  3. Add one tablespoon of water and stir, slowly adding in the rest of the water.
  4. Knead for about 5 minutes.

That’s it! 

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Monday 13th of March 2017

The kids have asked to make this again over spring break!

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