How To Make Slime Recipe For Making Slime

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Looking for the best DIY slime recipe? I tried 5 popular DIY slime recipes, including DIY slime that doesn’t include borax, DIY slime using tương tác lens solution, DIY sand slime, and more. I’m also sharing my favorite of the 5 recipes I tried.

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I tried 5 DIY slime recipes—here’s what happened!

Hey all! I am super excited to chia sẻ a post I have been working on for…a long time. Since before I even created this blog, lol. It takes a while khổng lồ get through 5 DIY slime recipes!

Instead of recreating the wheel by coming up with my own DIY slime recipe—which I don’t think is even possible because sooo many people have done DIY slimes already—I decided to thử nghiệm 5 popular recipes và report back!

This would also be a fun activity for me to vì with my daughter since she loves slime and anything that involves mixing & mess, really. So without further ado, let’s jump in!

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Trial #1: Easy borax slime recipe from R’s school

I have seen a lot of people looking for “DIY slime recipes without borax,” but a lot of homes have borax, & a lot of the recipes use borax. They are typically really easy recipes with very few ingredients, so I knew we had to try one. Plus we had a big box of borax in the laundry cabinet.

When I mentioned I wanted to lớn make some slime with R, one of her teachers said she would send us a recipe for one of her favorites. This is actually what kicked off my idea to review several different types!

Here’s what this recipe used:¾ cups water

The mixing part for this recipe is very easy. Simply set the water và borax together in one bowl. Then phối the glue và water together in another bowl. You can địa chỉ food coloring khổng lồ either bowl.

After this, phối the contents of the two bowls together. It will begin to form the slime consistency you are expecting. You’ll likely need to lớn begin kneading it on the table after it reaches a critical mass.

If you’re wondering, the borax is actually a boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. The borax reacts with ingredients in the glue to khung the slime consistency.

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The verdict on DIY slime recipe #1?

It was a good first try. But it wasn’t my favorite. I felt like it was hard lớn completely dissolve the borax, which led lớn the slime feeling a bit grainy & chunky. You can see it in some of the pictures below.

Also, keep in mind that if you add food coloring to one bowl & not the other, you might not be able lớn mix it completely. The consistency was a lot like…rubber. Not a slime consistency lượt thích you might be used khổng lồ with store-bought slime.

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Like this? check out the post we made after testing 5 homemade playdough recipes!

Trial #2: DIY sand slime recipe

The next recipe I tried was from Smart School House, & it’s sand slime. Head over lớn her blog for the measurements và full tutorial. Below is a peek at the ingredient list.

Here’s what this recipe used:Baking soda

This was the first recipe I tried using contact lens solution, & I was really intrigued by this ingredient. How did it work? Who realized you could use this to make DIY slime?

Well it’s exactly why the borax helps to lớn create slime with it mixes with glue! I learned that there is boric acid in the tương tác lens solution (which is in there khổng lồ act as a disinfectant). Boric acid is also boron—specifically, a monobasic Lewis acid of boron.

The boric acid mixes with the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) in the glue to lớn create a polymer chain. That polymer chain? That’s the slime consistency. Science! Adding the sand in makes it more tactile và doesn’t interfere with the boric acid & PVA reaction.

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The verdict on the DIY sand slime recipe?

I liked it! used regular sand because that’s what I had on hand. The tutorial called for colored sand, so I colored my sand with blue food coloring & added glitter. Then I mixed it with the other ingredients. It was easy khổng lồ mix và work with.

My daughter enjoyed this recipe, too. It reminded her a lot of Kinetic Sand, which she also likes to play with. We were also able khổng lồ store this one in a baggie and reuse it a few times before chucking it, so it kept really well.

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It also had a cool web-like consistency that you can see in the pic below. One thing to lớn warn you about, though. Be ready to lớn get a bit messy. Although the sand is mostly stuck in the slime mixture, some does fall off onto the table. (See second pic below). So just prepare for a tad more cleanup.

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For more fun kid crafts, kiểm tra out my post about trying DIY sidewalk paint recipes, my post about how khổng lồ melt broken crayons in silicone molds, và my DIY glittery sensory bottle tutorial!

Trial #3: Easy homemade slime with only 3 ingredients

The third recipe we tried was I Heart Naptime’s easy homemade slime made using only 3 ingredients. I liked the sound of that—the easier, the better. Kiểm tra out her post for the full tutorial and measurements.

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Here’s what this recipe used:Saline solutionBaking soda

We opted to add some orange và yellow food coloring to lớn the glue before mixing everything. Và of course threw some glitter in.

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The verdict on the homemade slime with only 3 ingredients?

This one was…messy. LOL. If your kid isn’t afraid lớn really dive in to things, this is your slime. My daughter was a little bit more hesitant, though. She didn’t lượt thích that it was difficult khổng lồ get off her fingers and ended up washing it off.

We probably could have added some more saline solution to help pull everything together a bit more, but the kid was losing interest, so we didn’t. Here are a few pics so you can see the consistency. Very slimey!

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Trial #4: DIY fluffy slime recipe

The 4th trial was from The Best Ideas for Kids, & it’s DIY fluffy sand slime. This one was fun. The shaving cream helps you get the “fluff.”

I chose it because I liked the fluffy paint—we’ve done fluffy tub paint with shaving cream before, so I wanted khổng lồ see it in action with DIY slime. Kiểm tra out the original post and tutorial for the full instructions và measurements for everything.

Here’s what this recipe used:Baking sodaWaterShaving cream

We ended up mixing the shaving cream, glue, và water, and it was already really fluffy! We added a bit of pink food coloring & then finished out the recipe to finish mixing.

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The verdict on the DIY fluffy slime recipe?

We liked it! My daughter had a friend over khổng lồ help her chạy thử this one out, & they made a huge mess. They loved it, though, & thought making the mess was hilarious.

Just keep in mind that this one is a bit messier, so you’ll have a bit of cleanup after play. We also thought this one was harder to lớn store in a bag. I’d probably put it in an air-tight Tupperware container. You can check out the consistency in the closeup pics below.

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Trial #5: DIY liquid starch and glue slime

And the 5th & final trial of DIY slime recipes was the DIY liquid starch and glue slime from the trang web Little Bins for Little Hands. I chose this one because it used a new ingredient—liquid starch.

Like the kind you use for clothes. Grab the measurements & full tutorial at the link above. I have never used liquid starch, và I have a feeling maybe I’m not the only one.

It even said on the bottle that it is “great for crafts,” suggesting that they want us to use it for other things, too. Now I have a big ol’ bottle, so I definitely want lớn look into the other crafts I can use it for.

Here’s what this recipe used:Water

I will be honest…I was skeptical. Only three ingredients? Would it be too sticky for my picky daughter lượt thích the other 3-ingredient slime? This one was easy lớn mix: Glue, water, liquid starch.

Why liquid starch? Why does it make slime? Well, as described above, it has to vì chưng with how the ingredients in the liquid starch set with the PVA in the glue. The glue creates polymer strands—aka chains of the ingredients in the liquid starch—to create a slime.

We added red and orange to lớn get a nice salmon color. (My daughter wanted pink, but we were all out, so I tried to lớn pass salmon off as pink.) We then dumped in a bunch of pink glitter before adding the last ingredient khổng lồ create the slime.

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The verdict on the DIY liquid starch và glue slime?

Yesssssss. THIS. This is the one! I was shocked by how much it felt exactly like the store-bought slime you can buy! & it was so easy lớn make.

I will say that I did kết thúc up pouring in more liquid starch than the recipe called for, so if yours isn’t getting that “slime” consistency, add more liquid starch.

Once I added a bit more than the recipe called for, I used a spoon lớn really “whip” the mixture in the bowl. And it turned out FANTASTIC! This is definitely our favorite recipe and the one I recommend if you’re really going for the consistency of the store-bought slimes.

I took so many pictures because the consistency was so mesmerizing, haha. & we played with it for lượt thích 30 straight minutes, which is gold for a 3 year old. I even felt it was relaxing to lớn play with 🙂

It also created almost no mess or residue on the table after we played with it. This was a huge selling point for me because it’s one less thing to do.

Oh—and I got some on my skirt & it washed out just fine. (Not to lớn say that the others don’t, I just didn’t kiểm tra them.)