Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been seeing a lot online about fluffy slime and fluffy slime with glitter, and wanted to learn more about it. My three year old son is mesmerized by those ‘surprise egg’ and ‘mashems’ reveals on YouTube, and many have been incorporating slime in to the videos as well, so I knew this would be something he’d be interested in too.
I set out to compare recipes (both with and without borax*) and techniques, and all seemed to be pretty much the same basic recipe with other ‘add-ins’ to set theirs apart from the rest. I am a basic kind of gal, so I opted to keep it simple, and chose to stick with the basic elements while omitting the ones I felt were not essential.
(* just a quick note on the borax: Many of the recipes I saw touted headlines of ‘borax-free’ and subbing in liquid starch or contact lens solution in place of borax. I’m not certain as to their concerns over the use of borax, but I found it to be readily available, inexpensive (under $4 for a decent sized box at Wal-Mart) and after reading up on it, I deemed it safe for my family’s use. If you’re not comfortable with using borax for any reason, you may want to try one of the substitutions).
The items and ingredients that you will need are quite basic and inexpensive. They are:
* 4 ounces of white school glue (ie: one standard size bottle of Elmer’s or Rose Art)
* a teaspoon of water
* 1 cup of shaving cream (not gel)
* lotion (scented lotion will lend a pleasant fragrance to your slime)
* food coloring, if desired, to add pizazz to your slime
* glitter, if you want to add a little sparkle and crunch
* 1/4 cup of very warm water
* 1/4 teaspoon of borax
The process is equally simple:
* First, in a small cup or bowl, combine 1/4 teaspoon of borax and 1/4 cup of very warm water, mixing until the borax is fully dissolved. Set aside.
* Next, in a medium bowl, add 4 ounces (one standard size bottle) of white school glue. I add a teaspoon of water directly to the bottle and swish it around to release any stubborn glue not wanting to participate without an extra nudge 😉 and add it to the bowl as well. Mix.
* If you’re adding food coloring, I prefer to add it in now (I found it easier to incorporate before the shaving cream is added). Be sure to add a bit more than you think you need, as the color will be less concentrated when you add in the shaving cream. Mixa-mixa.
* Now, add the one cup of shaving cream. Mix.
* Add a few pumps of lotion, and mix.
* Take your borax and water solution, and add a teaspoon at a time, mixing well after each addition, until it comes together in a clump. Don’t be heavy handed with the borax solution, or you will ruin your slime. Just add enough until it comes together in to a clumpy ball-ish form. Remove from bowl, and knead it on the counter or table until it reaches the consistency you like. The slime will become less tacky the more you knead it. If it doesn’t, then you can dip your fingers in the borax as you knead, being careful to not add too much.
It does look like a sticky mess when it’s out of the bowl, and there’s the temptation to dribble on a lot more borax, but try to refrain from doing that — I learned that if you do, you will cause the slime to become too thick and ‘hard’ to where it’s more like silly putty than slime. If you do end up adding to much borax solution, you can *try* to remedy this and not waste your ingredients (and time), by adding more lotion — I needed to do this when I made my first couple of batches. Simply add a few pumps of lotion to the slime, and knead away, adding more as you deem necessary until you reach the desired consistency. If you didn’t add a crazy amount of borax, you should be able to salvage your slime if you add enough lotion, as I did.
* If you’re adding glitter, now is the time to do it. Pat out your slime, and add as much or as little glitter as you’d like. Fold the slime on to itself, enclosing the glitter within slime, and knead until it’s incorporated. If you determine it’s just not enough, repeat the process until you reach the desired amount of sparkle and crunch.
Voila! Your diy fluffy slime or fluffy slime with glitter is ready to use.
Store in an air tight container for future play.
It was fun and inexpensive to make. Each batch of fluffy slime without glitter cost me under 50 cents, and about 75 cents with glitter.
My son has been having a lot of fun playing with the slime, and it holds up pretty well. I did notice that it loses some of its ‘oomph’ and volume over the course of a few days and a lot of play, but it’s still much more voluminous than basic slime.
Have you tried making fluffy slime? How did it turn out? Did you use borax or opt for a substitution?