How To Make Slime: Our 3 Easy Slime Recipes

how to make slime

There are few things more exciting for kids than slime. Maybe it’s the bright color, the oozy feel, or getting to mold it into fun shapes, but whatever the reason, getting to play with slime is such an exciting experience! Thankfully, making it is actually a lot easier than you might think! If you really want to make things easy you can actually purchase a slime making kit that will give you everything you need. But, if you are in the mood for a bit of a DIY project, why not learn how to make the slime yourself? 

Do you remember playing with it as a kid? Perhaps you made some at home with your siblings or your parents, or maybe you had a fun activity day at school getting to have some fun. If you’ve ever played with it, you’ve likely got some awesome memories of it. Why not give that to your kids as well?

Making some and playing with your kids is a great activity to do in the summer when the kids are home from school, or on any weekend where you’ve got some time to spend. Maybe the weather isn’t great outside or you just feel like staying in. Mention to your kids that you want to make some slime and we guarantee they will instantly be in a great mood! 

To help make this even easier for you we are sharing our top 3 favorite easy slime recipes. Read through these recipes, select the one that works best for you (you might already have all the ingredients you need!), and get ready for some DIY slime! 

Before we dive into the recipes and slime ingredients, we wanted to point out that we’ve included different variations so that you can work with ingredients that you feel most comfortable with. As you may or may not know, many recipes call for Borax, including one that we’ve included here. Some people are nervous about using Borax, and if you fall into that category, don’t worry. There are plenty of Borax free recipes to pick from instead! Using other basic ingredients like baking soda, cornstarch, and even shaving cream can work to create the perfect slime. 

Recipe 1: Classic Slime Recipe with Borax

homemade slime

This first recipe is what we are calling classic slime. If you want the ‘traditional’ making experience, this is the recipe for you. The combination of the Borax and white glue make for the perfect slimy consistency, and adding in some food coloring transforms this into any fun color slime you want!

For this slime recipe, here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ teaspoon Borax powder
  • ¼ cup white glue (like Elmer’s or anything similar)
  • ½ cup water
  • Food coloring (whatever color you want your slime to be!)
  • 2 bowls
  • 2 spoons

This isn’t just a classic slime recipe with borax, it’s also incredibly easy. You’ve likely got most of these ingredients lying around the house, so you can easily get started! 

To make your slime, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Get your first bowl and combine the Borax and ¼ a cup of water. Mix well.
  2. In the second bowl, combine the glue and the remaining ¼ cup of water. Mix well.
  3. Now for the fun part! Grab your food coloring and add to the bowl with the water and glue mixture.
  4. You can get creative with your colors, but if you want the classic bright green slime, it is recommended to add 3 green food coloring drops and 1 drop of yellow. 
  5. Next, grab the Borax and water mixture and start to slowly pour it into the glue mixture, making sure to stir constantly! It can be easier if you have two people doing this- have one person pour, and one person stir!
  6. Continue adding the mixture and stirring until your slime reaches the consistency that you are looking for. The more you add, the thicker it will get!  

That’s it! Now you’ve got your slime that you can easily play with. When you are done playing, be sure to seal it in a tight container or plastic bag. Without sealing it, it will dry out. Storing it properly will make it last longer so that you don’t have to keep making it every day! 

Slime Recipe Originally From: DIY Network

Recipe 2: Fluffy Slime

fluffy slime recipe

Looking for a unique take on slime? It doesn’t get much better than fluffy slime. This one will more closely resemble the look of shaving cream foam, but it’s actually slime. In fact, shaving cream is actually the secret ingredient that will turn your slime fluffy!

Here’s what you need:

  • ⅔ cup Elmer’s glue
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 or 3 cups shaving cream (the more shaving cream used, the fluffier the slime will be)
  • ¼ cup of water 
  • 1 and a half tablespoons contact lens solution (any brand as long as it contains boric acid or sodium borate- Renu fresh and Equate are recommended brands)
  • Food coloring (whatever colors you want for your slime!)

Isn’t it crazy that ingredients you’d likely never think about can be used? Who knew it would take a trip to your bathroom cabinet for some contact lens solution and shaving cream to make the perfect, fluffy slime! 

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, here’s what to do:

  1. Place Elmer’s glue in a bowl, followed by the water and the baking soda. Stir well. 
  2. Next, add your shaving cream and mix it in well. 
  3. Add your food coloring! Add as much or as little as you want to get your desired color. 
  4. Take the contact lens solution and slowly add it to the mixture. Consider adding half of the solution and kneading it and then adding the second half and continuing to knead. It will feel very sticky as you do this, which is normal. 
  5. If the slime continues to feel sticky after kneading for a while, you can always add a little bit more, but don’t add too much, you can ruin the slime!

Enjoy! The one downside is that the slime recipe with glue will only stay fluffy for one day. You can certainly store it and play with it again the next day, but most of the fluffiness from the shaving cream will have gone away. 

Recipe 3: Cornstarch Slime

If you want a variation of typical homemade slime and don’t want to deal with either Borax or white glue, you’re in luck! This variation utilizes cornstarch. This is likely the easiest recipe on the list and requires the fewest ingredients. If you need a quick recipe with ingredients you likely already have, this is the recipe for you!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food coloring (optional – but it really makes the slime so much more fun!)

Wow! Just cornstarch and water – we told you this was an easy recipe! Making this slime is also just as easy as the ingredients make it out to be. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Grab a big mixing bowl and decide how much cornstarch and water you want to use. This all depends on how much you want to make. You should have about a 2 to 1 ratio of cornstarch to water. So, for example, if you use 2 cups of cornstarch, you’ll want 1 up of water.
  2. Combine the cornstarch and water in your mixing bowl and mix the two ingredients together until well blended.
  3. Now it’s time to test the slime! Place your hand on top of the mixture and see if your hand sinks down into it (it should). Now move your hand through the mixture, at first slowly, and then faster. Decide if it is easier to move your hand quickly or slowly.
  4. You can also test the slime by dipping your hand into the mixture and pulling it out both quickly and slowly. Which was easier?
  5. Consider also doing a quick punch test – punch it and pull your fist back quickly. If the mixture splatters, you need to add more cornstarch.

Those fun tests will help you determine if you’ve created the right consistency. When done correctly, you should be able to easily move your hand quickly through it, but when you try to do it slowly, it is much harder to do. Similar to quicksand!

While this recipe for slime might be a bit more difficult to create, seeing as you have to mess around with the ingredient ratio a little, it is much easier because there are far fewer ingredients that you need. You can treat this as a fun science experiment and a slime creation activity all in one! 

Wrapping Up

There are plenty of fun ways to get creative and make some slime. Whether you go the traditional route with Borax and white glue, do a fluffy variation with some shaving cream, or go the super simple route with cornstarch and water, either way, you’ll end up with some awesome slime that your kids (and you!) will enjoy playing with! 

What is your favorite way to make slime? Do you like going the traditional route, or are you excited to try something unique to see what happens? Let us know, and as always, have fun!