It’s 2017, the year that slime exploded on the interwebs… easy slime, edible slime, fluorescent slime, omniscient slime – any type of slime, you name it, someone made it (and probably posted a video of them using it somewhere). ‘But why would I want a ball of slime’ we hear you ask?? The possibilities are endless. Not only is it great fun to play with, it can act as a stress reliever or a putty to help prevent your hands from bad habits, such as biting your nails. We’ve put together the ULTIMATE guide for how to make slime, from the super quick, to the slightly longer… all your slime needs in one post (we know, it’s a dream come true).
120ml warm water
1/2 teaspoon borax
120ml Elmer’s glue
120ml shaving cream
120ml foaming handwash
1 tablespoon cornflour
Body or hand lotion
Food colouring (optional)
- In your first bowl, mix together the borax and warm water.
- In your second bowl, mix the glue, handwash and shaving cream – these ingredients will make your slime super fluffy. Add the cornflour to this, and then a few squirts of the body or hand lotion.
- If you want coloured slime, here’s where you add a couple of drops of food colouring and work it into the mixture.
- Take your first bowl with the borax solution and begin slowly adding this to the second bowl. Keep mixing the slime while adding little bits of the borax – you probably won’t need the whole bowl. Once it gets to a thicker consistency, pick it up and knead with your hands. If it’s too sticky, simply add more of the borax, and voila!
SPARKLING METALLIC SLIME
[baking soda and contact lens solution method]
120ml Elmers glue – clear
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
2-3 tablespoons of contact lens (saline) solution ***If you don’t have this on hand, read below
- Pour the glue into a bowl, and then add the baking soda and contact lens solution, mixing thoroughly.
- Add in a generous sprinkle of your chrome pigment, and work into the slime. If it doesn’t look metallic enough, you can always add in more. Once thicker, work with your hands until it reaches the right consistency.
*** if you don’t have saline solution, this is very easy to make. Simply take 240ml of water and 1/2 teaspoon of table salt. Warm this in the microwave for around a minute – until it’s very hot but not boiling. Allow to cool before using.
EASY TWO INGREDIENT SLIME
- Mix together equal parts cornflour and conditioner. This may look discouraging for a little bit, but it will reach the right consistency with persistence.
- Once it’s thickened up, take it in your hands and knead until it becomes slime. If you want to add food colouring, mix it in with your hands at the end.
SLIME STRESS BALL
Plastic bottle (optional)
- Put your cornflour in a bowl and add water until it reaches thick, liquid consistency.
- Pour your concoction into a balloon. The easiest way to do this is by transferring it to a plastic bottle, putting the end of your balloon over the rim, and pouring.
- Release the air and tie a knot in your balloon, leaving only a little space. Cut the end off this balloon, take another, and cut off the end of this one. Squeeze your first balloon into your second – and you have a stress ball!
Note: You’ll notice the cornflour and water looks like liquid but behaves differently. If you poke it quickly, your finger will be met with resistance, however if you submerge your finger slowly, it will go through the substance entirely. It’s this quality that makes it great for stress balls (and pretty cool to play with)
*** We also warn to be careful with the strength of squeezing – it can take quite a bit of stress, but they can burst if too much pressure is applied… if something INCREDIBLY stressful happens – you lose your dog, your mother-in-law makes a surprise visit, maybe stick with the regular slime… you don’t want to be cleaning cornflour off every surface, that would certainly NOT be stress relieving ***
BLU TACK SLIME
- Take a reasonable piece of blue tack and work between your fingers to warm it up.
- Take your hand soap, and add a little at a time, working it into the blu tack. It will get softer and more malleable as you work. Stop when it reaches the right consistency. Adding too much soap will make the slime sticky and less fun to play with.
- If you want to, you can jazz it up by adding either paint or food colouring at the end.
Hopefully one of these recipes for how to make slime will come in handy. Slime can be hours of fun – whether you’re making it to relieve stress, to occupy your hands, or as an activity with the kids. Once you’ve tired of it a little, be sure to store in an airtight container, as this way it will last for longer.
There’s enough recipes here to keep you going for a long slime… but if you’re sick of hearing, seeing or touching slime – why not try out some other DIYs?