It’s cold and gray. It’s Thursday. The kids have been pestering me to make slime all summer. So we went to Target and purchased a few things and made slime. Three different slimes each to be exact.

Supplies used:

Elmer’s white glue, glitter glue, glow in the dark glue
shaving cream (not the gel)
baking soda
food coloring
contact solution (with sodium borate and boric acid as ingredients)

The first slime we made was the glitter slime. Now I know you can get all fancy and buy the glue and the glitter separately, but I’m lazy. So I used glitter glue (and I like that decision because I don’t have glitter EVERYWHERE).

It’s super easy to make (we used this same recipe with the glow-in-the-dark slime/glue too):

  • Pour the entire bottle of glue into the bowl.
  • Add 1/2 Tbsp of baking soda and mix thoroughly
  • Add 1 Tbsp of contact lens solution to mixture, and put some on your hands.
  • Use your hands to mix it together until slime starts to form.
  • Slowly add more contact solution (if needed) to make the slime less goopy.

For the fluffy slime:

  • Pour the entire 4oz bottle of white glue into the bowl
  • Add 3 cups of shaving cream (we had more than 3 cups and ended up adding more contact solution)
  • Add food coloring and mix
  • Mix in 1/2 Tbsp of baking soda
  • Add 1-1/2 Tbsp of contact lens solutions to mixture (plus some on your hands)
  • Mix until slime forms.

I liked the fluffy slime the best, but the glow-in-the-dark slime was a big hit with Violet and Abram. (Again, we just used the glow in the dark glue. Thank you, Elmer’s!) My kiddos keep taking it into our half-bath (no windows) to check it out. I found TONS of recipes when I was looking and we just kind of put stuff together. You know…experimented. We also talked about things we’d like to try differently (less solution, maybe a borax solution instead of contact lens stuff, adding beads or styrofoam, etc.)

I was really worried about having a big sticky slime mess everywhere but these recipes weren’t goopy once it was thoroughly “activated” and my kids had a blast.

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  • This looks like fun. I like the idea of glitter glue instead of the loose stuff going everywhere. I haven’t made slime before, so you know this seems like a good rainy day project for me to do. I’m really just a big kid at heart.

    • Me too! I kept playing with the foamy one, but I just LOVED the texture and the noises it would make. I was wondering why we grown ups are supposed to give up playing with that stuff. It’s fun.

  • “It’s cold and gray” . . . I’m so envious.
    The slime-making looks like it was a lot of fun. And from the sounds of it, you chose a good recipe. My husband did this with our kids when they were quite young and ended up permanently damaging our kitchen table! It’s a good thing it was an old table to begin with, and that it already *needed* a tablecloth at all times anyway 🙂 .
    (How’s your cross-stitch coming along?)

    • Oh goodness!! I can’t imagine!! We mixed ours up in bowls before playing with it, so I don’t know if that made a difference. I’d be devastated if I permanently damaged my table. We have one small chip in the finish right now that is driving me crazy because I’ve had it repaired and refinished once already. My grandpa built it for my mom when I was younger. I’m quite sentimental about it.

      As for the cross-stitching, I’ve finished the actual stitching but I have to figure out how I’m going to display it. Originally, I was going to give it as a gift and frame it using a wooden hoop, but I’m kind of in love now that I’ve finished and despite all my grumbling, I bought two more city patterns (Chicago, Washington DC) and I want to put all three in frames and hang them on the wall in our guest bedroom. Decisions, decisions. Have you had much craft time? Or have you been busy with classes?

      • Oh, I’d be sentimental about a table like that, too, Kate. Ours is still the one my husband “borrowed” from his parents when he moved into his first apartment 28 years ago! It’s teak, and could perhaps be refreshed/repaired with some teak oil, but I had to give up my bottle when we moved in ’96 and I’ve never managed (or bothered, to be totally honest!) to hunt down some more.

        I can totally see your wanting to keep the cross stitch now that it’s finished, and I love the idea of a trio of cross-stitched cities for a guest room. I hope you’ll show us when you’ve got it framed.
        I’ve been squeezing in some knitting, but haven’t managed to do as much as I’ve wanted. I think I can have the second sock done by the end of August (my daughter’s birthday), but I certainly won’t be able to get two PAIRS done, as I had hoped. I’m a week away from finishing this latest class, and then I’ll have the rest of August free. I’m looking forward to the break 🙂 .

        • I can imagine you’re looking forward to a bit of a break! When will you start back up again? 😉

          If I gift it I’ll show a picture after. If I keep it, I’ll show it framed. 🙂 I just can’t decide if I want to be selfish or not.

          I’m sure a teak table could be restored if you wanted to, but I also think dings and the like tell a story that’s pretty special. And as you said earlier, you can always throw a tablecloth over it!