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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Homemade Slime!

{we used the new neon food colors from McKormick}
I record the Martha Stewart show, and my 10 yr old loves to watch it.  She was in the basement, and I knew she was at it again when I heard Martha's very proper voice drifting up through the vents.  After awhile, my daughter came running up and was so excited she could barely speak.  "Slime, mom!  Homemade SLIME!!  Can we do it?  Huh?  Can we?  Do you have Borax??"  That child should know by now that I am the Borax queen! (homemade laundry detergent, homemade dishwashing detergent, homemade cleaners, all have borax in them)

{these were in balls, but within seconds they start to melt and flatten.  So much fun to mess with!}
{* a small amount of slime stuffed in a plastic easter egg would make a great alternative to candy stuffed eggs for those easter egg hunts!}
I looked the process up online, and decided to let her have a go at it.  It is a simple enough process that she was able to do most of it by herself, and boy, have we had FUN WITH SLIME in this house!  My daughter is even selling it at school to her friends, along with her homemade duct tape wallets and bags.  She is quite the entrepeneur!  She splits a batch in half, and sells a "small" batch for $1 and a "large" batch for $2.
{I would not recommend stacking the slime on top of each other like the first pic, unless you like this look.  When different colors touch, they instantly are stuck and then you end up with marble slime!}

Here are the directions (via Martha Stewart, she has a great video showing the process) 

Tools and Materials
2 mixing bowls
Warm water
Elmer's glue
1/4 teaspoon unsweetened Kool-Aid or 4 to 8 drops liquid food coloring
Craft stick
Slime How-To
1. Mix together 1/3 cup warm water, 1/2 cup Elmer's glue, and Kool-Aid or food coloring. Stir thoroughly with craft stick; set aside.
2. Mix together 3/4 cup warm water and 2 teaspoons Borax. Stir thoroughly with craft stick; pour into mixture one, stirring continuously.
3. Remove glob from bowl and work in your hands for 2 to 3 minutes. Store in resealable plastic bag or air-tight container.Tip: If mixture starts to dry out, pour a small amount of water over it and knead for 2 to 3 minutes before returning to a tightly sealed container.
Professor Figgy was the guest on Martha who showed this technique.  He sells slime making kits on his site.  Wouldn't these make a great gift?  I personally will be making my own, I am sure I could find a much cuter way to package it!  I'll let you know if I come up with anything.


  1. Ok, so that is awesome! I bet she loved making the slime and it is so funny that she is selling it to her friends.

  2. Hi! I used to love making slime. Thanks for reminding me to make some for my son! I’ve got a MckLinky party called Tot Tuesday. I hope you’ll stop by & link up some of your ideas for tots:

  3. Oh, this is COOL!!! Thanks for linking it up!

  4. I work in a daycare and we make homemade "borax slime" every once in a while...but I had never thought of sticking it into the easter eggs! This would be a great party favor for kid birthdays!


  5. I love home made slime!!! Those colors are just fun!

  6. I learn something new every day. Thanks for showing that. I never watch Martha -- clearly her best ideas are recorded! Hope you'll come by Atticmag for our really useful giveaway. -- Jane F.

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  8. Great post. I have yet to make slime. I can forsee such a fun mess from this stuff....Prepare the Stain Stick!!!!

  9. How utterly juvenille - I love it! :) New project for my 7 year old.

  10. Oh -- what fun! My husband is going to LOVE this! Thank you for sharing this slimy post on the Boardwalk Bragfest. It's a definite keeper.

  11. Now that's a fun idea! I have borax and five kids, I must do this!
    ☺ Celeste

  12. How much fun, that is great that your daughter is so involved in crafting!

  13. My 2 youngest will love this, thanks! I am now a follower, I just went through some of your homemade cleaner recipes and don't want to miss any new ones! Thanks for sharing, Theresa

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  15. Oh, I have an 11 year old daughter that will LOVE this! TFS

  16. I've seen homemade slime before but you added some new tips and twists (even unintentionally, with the marble slime!) that I loved! I linked on my weekly roundup - thanks for sharing!

  17. Thank you for bringing your hodgepodge to the party! Will be drawing the winners soon!

  18. I love that your daughter is making and selling slime! I love seeing the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well in children. I too ran many little businesses and it's a great way to learn about so many things!

    I just posted a chemistry video on making slime. It's a bit different using chemicals not found in the house. But, it explains the chemical reaction behind slime and why it works. There is quite a bit of science behind it. Great project!

  19. Lientjie van Aswegen10/4/11, 10:56 AM

    Thanks for this one. Martha has a habit of talking and interrupting her guests, so I could not hear how many teaspoon of borax.

  20. Isn't borax toxic? Is it safe to give to children?


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