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HOW TO MAKE SLIME WITH GLUE AND PAINT
You see so many slime fails that you wonder…
“How do you make slime that actually works?”
That’s exactly what we do here! You will learn how to make the most amazing slime with glue and we will show you the BEST homemade slime recipes out there.
You will be making awesome slime in no time. Slime ingredients matter and slime recipes matter.
Let’s check out how to make slime with glue and paint today! A perfect combo for richly colored slime you can swirl for a glamorous slime effect.
You choose the slime activator that best suits you! We have 3 favorite slime activators and 4 basic homemade slime recipes to test out.
Depending on what’s available to you, and which slime recipe suits your needs is the one you will pick. Each basic recipe makes awesome slime.
EASY SLIME RECIPE FOR KIDS
We have added a new member to our team. Meet Char, my awesome teen slime maker! She’s going to be making all the slimes a kid will love from a kid perspective.
Check out each of the basic slime recipes with full step by step photos, directions, and even videos to help you along the way!
- Saline Solution Slime Recipe
- Borax Slime Recipe
- Liquid Starch Slime Recipe: This is the quick and easy recipe we used for this slime.
- Fluffy Slime Recipe
We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your red, white, and blue fluffy slime! You can even read about slime science at the bottom of this page as well as find additional slimy resources
- BEST Slime Supplies
- How To Fix Slime: Troubleshooting Guide
- Slime safety Tips for Kids and Adult
- How To Remove Slime from Clothes
HOW TO MAKE SLIME STEP BY STEP
Let’s get started making this vibrantly colored slime by gathering all the right ingredients for slime we need to have on hand!
After this slime making session, you will always want to keep your pantry stocked. I promise you will never have a dull slime making afternoon…
Again make sure to look through our recommended slime supplies. I share all out favorite brands that we use to create awesome slime over and over again.
You can make several batches of slime in a variety of colors for this activity! It’s so fun to swirl them together. Do keep in mind that eventually all the colors will mix.
SLIME CHALLENGE: If you have kids who love movies or have a favorite super hero or character, challenge them to make a slime to represent
The recipe below makes one batch of homemade slime…
1/2 cup of Elmer’s Washable School Glue
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup of Liquid Starch
Acrylic Paint (food coloring will work fine too but I love the color of the paint)
FREE Printable Recipe Cheat Sheets (bottom of page)
SLIME RECIPE HOW TO
Note, for more detailed information on how to make slime with glue and liquid starch, please check out the LIQUID STARCH SLIME RECIPE main page for additional tips, tricks, and even a live video of me making slime from start to finish.
You can read through the quick and easy steps below!
SIMPLE STEPS TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE SLIME WITH GLUE
Start by mixing glue and water in a bowl until combined.
Next add paint to desired color!
Time for the slime activator! Slowly add in the liquid starch and mix as you go.
Mix well until slimy blob forms in bowl and pulls away nicely from bottom of bowl and sides of bowl.
If I have time, I will give the slime a few minutes to set up. I find this is only necessary with the liquid starch slime recipe. However, you can skip it all together too.
Knead the slime right in the bowl or pick it up and knead it. We usually start in the bowl and then pick it up.
Kneading the slime will improve the consistency as well as reduce the stickiness.
Once you have each color made, you can get busy swirling them together. I like to stretch them out in strips next to each other and let them slowly combine. Pick up from one end, and let gravity help the swirl form!
Squish and squeeze!
You can see the endless possibilities of colors that can be swirled together. Depending on the colors chosen you may end up with a muddy colored slime in the end!
LEARN HOW TO MAKE SLIME WITH GLUE FOR ENDLESS HOURS OF PLAY AND SCIENCE!
STORING HOMEMADE SLIME
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.
SLIME RECIPE SCIENCE
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here. 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!
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! 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!
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.