Do you have a kid who loves to make slime and also loves when the Elf on the Shelf shows up for the holiday? We have the perfect set up for you! Keep the magic alive and create an Elf on the Shelf slime recipe with Christmas confetti for the holiday season. You and your little Elf will love this easy homemade slime recipe filled with a bit of Christmas magic and a sprinkle of glitter. Let us show you how easy slime making can be with our BEST slime recipes!
ELF ON THE SHELF SLIME
The Elf has arrived! Or maybe he still needs to arrive bearing slime supply gifts! The kids will love having their favorite Elf on the Shelf around while making slime! Our simple Elf on the Shelf slime recipe is perfect for little hands. This is just one of our many Christmas slime ideas to try!
Slime making is even more fun when you add in creative Christmas themes like the Elf on the Shelf. We have quite a few to share, and we are always adding more. Our Homemade Elf on the Shelf Slime Recipe is yet another AMAZING slime recipe we can show you how to make.
ELF SLIME SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here, and that’s perfect for exploring Chemistry with a fun Elf theme. Slime is 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!
What’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…
SLIME IS A NON-NEWTONIAN FLUID
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 thicker and rubberier like slime! Slime is 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! Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?
EASY ELF ON THE SHELF SLIME IDEAS
We made this Elf on the Shelf slime with clear glue, food coloring, glitter and confetti hearts. However, white glue is super easy to use and also works well for this recipe, but your color will be slightly different!
Here are a few fun and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas to try if you like a more mischievous Elf! If you are looking for more playful Elf ideas, check these out:
- Elf on the Shelf Glittery Snow Angels: This one isn’t for the faint of heart, but I might suggest setting it up on a cookie sheet. Use the glitter afterwards to make slime! See slime recipe below.
- Elf on the Shelf Snot: Kids love snot slime, maybe your Elf caught a cold on his last trip up north. See our Elf snot slime here.
- Elf on the Shelf with Slime Ingredients: Maybe your Elf arrives bearing slime making gifts like fun glues, glitter, and Christmas theme confetti,
- Elf on the Shelf Foam Bead Snowball Fight: Plop your Elf in a bowl full of white foam beads for slime making and then make snow floam!
- Elf on the Shelf Curled up on a Soft Clay Bed: Your tired Elf had a long flight from the North Pole, soft clay makes a nice bed as well as candy cane butter slime.
If you want to see what else you can mix into slime and how to make awesome slime ideas all year round, check out our Ultimate Slime Guide Book. It’s the perfect accessory and comes with some great slime freebies as well!
Check out a few fun ways below to surprise your kids with a new Elf on the Shelf activity in the morning. Or you can check out this other slime recipe for the Elf and see his glittery snow angel he makes.
ELF THEME SLIME TIPS
The base for this Elf slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes which is clear glue, water, baking soda, and saline solution.
Our easy, “how to make” slime recipes will show you how to master slime in 5 minutes! We have spent years tinkering with our 4 now 5 favorite basic slime recipes to make sure you can make the BEST slime every time!
We believe learning how to make slime shouldn’t be disappointing or frustrating! That’s why we want to take the guess work out of making slime!
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BEST SLIME MAKING RESOURCES
We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your Elf on the Shelf slime! Make sure to go back and read the slime science above too!
- BEST Slime Supplies
- How To Fix Slime: Troubleshooting Guide
- Slime safety Tips for Kids and Adult
- How To Remove Slime from Clothes
- Master Your Slime Training Series
CHRISTMAS SLIME INGREDIENTS
As I mentioned above, you can use any of our basic slime recipes for our Elf on the Shelf slime ideas, but we like our basic saline solution slime recipe with the Elmers clear washable school glue. I will link the products we used here with Amazon affiliate links below from which I receive a small commision.
1/2 cup of Elmer’s Clear Glue per slime batch
1/2 cup of water
1/2 tsp baking soda per slime batch
Food Coloring (if desired), Glitter, Christmas confetti
1 tbsp of Saline Solution (see recommended slime supplies for brands) per slime batch
ELF ON THE SHELF SLIME RECIPE DIRECTIONS BELOW
This fun Elf on the Shelf activity calls for one batch of our easy Christmas saline solution slime recipe. You can make more or less depending on your Elf ideas!
The best slime recipe starts with the right slime ingredients. Make sure to follow along with our measurements. Start by adding your glue, water, and baking soda to a bowl and grab a mixing utensil. Mix it up and add food coloring, glitter, and confetti as desired!
BEST SLIME ACTIVATORS
Add in your slime activator (baking soda and saline solution) to complete the chemical reaction you read about above in the science behind the slime section. If you scrolled past it, go back and read it with your kids!
What does the baking soda do? It adds the firmness the mixture needs so you can pick it up. This ingredient is a great variable to tinker with for a science experiment!
You can also learn more about all our favorite slime activators here. Keep in mind that liquid starch, saline solution, and borax powder are all in the boron family. Neither of these ingredients are truly borax free.
KNEADING SLIME IS KEY
We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve it’s consistency. The trick with saline solution slime is to squirt a few drops of solution onto your hands before picking up the slime.
You can knead the slime in the bowl before you pick it up as well. This slime is stretchy but can be stickier. However, keep in mind that although adding more saline solution reduces the stickiness, and it will eventually create a stiffer slime.
SALINE SOLUTION SLIME RECIPE FOR MAKING HOLIDAY SLIME IDEAS
STEP 1: Add 1/2 cup of clear Elmers Glue to your bowl
STEP 2: Mix with a 1/2 cup of water
STEP 3: Add food coloring, glitter, and Christmas theme confetti as desired
STEP 4: Stir in 1/4- 1/2 tsp baking soda
STEP 5: Mix in 1 tbsp saline solution and stir until slime forms and pulls away from sides of bowl. This is exactly how much you will need with the Target Sensitive Eyes brand, but other brands may differ slightly!
If your slime still feels too sticky, you may need a few more drops of saline solution. As I mentioned above, start by squirting a few drops of the solution onto your hands and kneading your slime longer. You can always add but you can’t take away. Saline solution is preferred over contact solution.
NOTE: We have found that the Elmers specialty glues tend to be a bit stickier than their regular glue, and we prefer our 2 ingredient slime recipe for this glue. Check out our Elf Snot Slime made with this recipe.
STORING YOUR ELF ON THE SHELF SLIME
Pictured above, you will see that we used the plastic refillable ornaments for storing our elf slime. This make great party gifts too! Or gifts for kids to make for their friends.
Slime lasts quite awhile! 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 here.
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.
Want to have all our basic recipes handy and in one place? Use the buttons just below to download your free slime recipes cheat sheet pages and challenges. We also have an awesome MASTER YOUR SLIME training series going on here.
MORE SLIME MAKING RESOURCES!
Everything you need to know about making slime is below! Did you know we also have fun with science activities too? Click on all the pictures below to learn even more great ideas for slime making.
HAVE FUN WITH ELF ON THE SHELF SLIME THIS SEASON!
More holiday and Christmas themed slimes to enjoy this season.