Elmer’s has quite an assortment of specialty glues that are fun for making homemade slime. We usually end up with the gallon jugs of clear and white glue because of the inexpensive cost and endless possibilities. However, we have found that if you love these specialty glues like glitter glue, color glue, and glow int he dark glue,  our 2 ingredient slime recipe has the best results.


Quick and easy slime making is what we are all looking for, and our 2 ingredient slime is all the best slime ingredients in one bottle! Elmer’s specialty glues are awesome for all in one slime making because the glitter and the color or glow in the dark pigment are already provided!

Slime making is a serious matter with kids, and I know everyone is looking for the best slime recipes around.  Our 2 Ingredient Slime Recipe is yet another AMAZING slime recipe we can show you how to make.

Oh and slime is science too, so don’t miss the great information on the science behind this easy slime below. Watch my start to finish video and see a slime fail too


Elmers Glitter Glue slime, color glue slime, and glow in the dark glue slime are super easy to make and the best part is that the color, glitter, and glow power are already provided for you!  You can always add more glitter, but if you are looking for mess-free slime making, with as few extra ingredients as possible, this recipe is perfect.  Of course, there is always going to be some mess with slime!

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2 ingredient slime recipe with Elmers specialty glues

The base for this slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes,  just two ingredients which are glitter, color, or glow glue and liquid starch.

Now if you don’t want to use liquid starch, you can absolutely test out one of our other basic recipes using saline solution or borax powder.

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As I mentioned above, you can use any of our basic slime recipes for this glitter slime, but we like this super quick, 2 ingredient slime recipe with the Elmers glitter glue, color glue, or glow glue. 

  • 1 Bottle of Elmer’s Washable Glitter Glue, Color Glue, or Glow Glue (any color)
  • 1/8-1/4 cup of Liquid Starch such as Lin it or Sta Flo Brand (Note: We use Lin it brand in our video and use about a 1/8 of a cup. Sta-Flo brand may require a bit more!)

SLIME Tip: Don’t have a specialty glue but lots of clear glue? You can make this 2 ingredient slime recipe with clear glue, food coloring, and plenty of glitter instead. It uses the same recipe.


WATCH: Start to finish slime making video and even an epic slime fail too!

STEP 1:  Start by adding your glitter glue, color glue or glow glue to a bowl and grab a mixing utensil.

2 ingredient slime recipe squeezing glue out fo container

One bottle makes one nice sized batch of slime.  Use 3 colors and swirl together for a galaxy slime, unicorn slime, or a mermaid slime theme.

squeezing glitter glue into bowl for 2 ingredient slime recipe

stirring glue for 2 ingredient slime recipe

STEP 2:  Start adding up to 1/8 cup of liquid starch and stir well until slime consistency forms.

Add in your slime activator, the liquid starch, to complete the chemical reaction to make slime.  Add the activator slowly. For a single batch of slime 1/8 to 1/4 cup does the trick (depending on the brand), but if you think it’s still too sticky, continue to add a few drops at a time until you find the consistency you want.

NOTE: Brands of liquid starch may vary. We have found less starch is needed using Lin It brand but more is needed with Sta Flo brand!

mixing elmers glitter glue with liquid starch for 2 ingredient slime recipe

If your slime still feels too sticky, you need more starch.  Be careful, and add just a little at a time until you get the consistency you want. If you add too much liquid starch your slime will become stiff and rubbery. You can always add, but you can’t take away.

The first time you make slime usually needs some experimentation to find the slimy consistency that’s right for you. Slime making can be a bit like goldilocks finding the right bed or the right porridge. Some kids like it messier and some kids like it firmer.

SLIME TIP #1: Liquid starch slime may appear stringy at first but give it a few minutes!

kneading yellow glitter glue slime

SLIME TIP #2: We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve its consistency. The slime needs to be kneaded ๐Ÿ™‚

stretching elmers glitter glue slime

You will love how easy and stretchy this glitter glue slime recipe is to make and play with too.

best 2 ingredient slime recipe with elmers glue

STEP 3:  Once you have your desired slime consistency, go ahead and play! How big of a stretch can you get?

This also makes the perfect slime party idea and/or party favor. Have the kids make a theme slime to go with the party!

See our slime container ideas for sending slime home.

SLIME TIP #3:  If you are in the craft store or dollar store check out the vase fillers section. You can also add plastic animals, letters, spiders, and more to create unique themes! Dinosaurs, pirate treasure, princess, and tons more. Even create holiday or seasonal themes.

squeezing glitter glue slime in fingers

SLIME TIP #4: To get the best stretch, pull your slime slowly. You can read all about this in the science of slime. Pull too hard and your slime breaks fast! Many times this is why people don’t consider their slime stretchy enough.


We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here, and that’s perfect for STEM which is science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We have a brand new series out on NGSS science standards, so you can read how this will fit in nicely too! (Think NGSS 2-PS1-1: Matter and It’s Interactions)

Slime really does make for an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too! Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross-linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!

Whatโ€™s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the slime activators  (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross-linking!

The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…

When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thick and stretchy like slime!  That makes slime a polymer.

Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms, the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!

Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!

Read more about slime science here!



Slime can last quite a while! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. I love the deli-style containers in my recommended slime supplies list.

If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups, we have used condiment containers as seen here.


Everything you need to know about making slime is below!   Did you know we also have fun with science activities too?


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