Glitter, either you hate it or love it. If you hate it, you find it stuck in odd places. If you love it, you find it stuck to odd places. We LOVE glitter and we love sharing how to make glitter slime with kids for incredible homemade slime you can make into any theme! Purple, blue, black, gold, whatever color you want to try!
Learn how to make glitter slime for the ultimate slime making experience. No, the glitter doesn’t fall out of the slime! That’s actually a common reader question. I can’t speak for the glitter before it makes it into the slime mixing bowl, but once incorporated you are all set!
GLIITER GLUE VS. CLEAR GLUE
I’m not a huge fan of the pre-made glitter glue, so I essentially make my own. The glitter glue you can buy for slime making turns out much less stretchy and more crumbly then I would like. So I use my versatile gallon jug of clear glue to make glitter slime instead. All you need is glitter and lots of it!
I have a lot of information packed into this page so read carefully! You will find a FREE printable recipes cheat sheet at the end of this page along with lots of helpful resources. Glitter slime can be made easily with any of our three basic recipes, but the saline solution slime recipe is my favorite!
WHICH SLIME RECIPE MAKES THE BEST GLITTER SLIME?
Our basic slime recipes including the borax slime recipe, liquid starch slime recipe, and saline solution slime recipes all make excellent glitter slimes, but our favorite is the saline solution slime!
I highly suggest reading through our recommended slime supplies list for a variety of brands. Also, read through our HOW TO FIX SLIME troubleshooting guide. Below you will also find the basic science behind homemade slime.
Remember slime is science, its a recipe to follow, and it’s much like baking a batch of cookies! No two batches will be totally alike which is why we just finished our slime troubleshooting guide.
Elmers Clear Washable PVA School Glue
Saline Solution (must contain boric acid and sodium borate)
Click on the link just above or the picture below to see step by step mixing direction and photos including another video.
HOW MUCH GLITTER WHEN YOU MAKE GLITTER SLIME?
We like to use a mix of fine, tinsel, regular, and chunky glitter for a super glitter effect. You can easily add an ounce jar of glitter or more to slime. Hint, we stock up at the dollar store when we can.
Below you can see three different shades of pink/purple glitter that we added to our glue and water mixture (mix-ins step of slime recipe)
Additionally, you can choose to use food coloring that coordinates with your glitter, but here we did not use any coloring and the glitter is intense! If you choose to use food coloring, I would limit it to a drop or two. You don’t want the slime to end up to dark.
Clear glue will show off your glitter nicely. This can be made with white glue but you won’t get a brilliant sparkling glitter effect.
If you add food coloring, the slime will not have the clear look when stretched as you can see below between my fingers.
STORING YOUR GLITTER SLIME
Once you learn how to make glitter slime or any slime in general, you want to keep it stored properly with a good seal, so it keeps as much as stretch as possible!
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.
HOW TO MAKE GLITTER SLIME KIDS WILL LOVE TO PLAY WITH!
BASIC GLITER SLIME RECIPE SCIENCE
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…
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!
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!
LEARN HOW TO MAKE GLITTER SLIME EASILY!
HERE’S SOME 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 more.