Whip Up Some DIY Slime

Treat your Halloween party guests to their very own slime-making fest.

I think kids and slime go hand in hand. There has to be something about squishing a sticky and gooey mass of sludge between your fingers. I think it’s a great stress reliever for adults too. My kids have been slime fanatics for as long as I can remember. I thought it would be fun to celebrate Halloween with a get together that included kids being able to take home their own jar of customizable slime. I gathered fake spiders, cockroaches, food coloring and glitter and set them free to create.

Homemade Slime

Homemade Slime

Create custom slime with your own mix-ins.

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Melissa Caughey

As I was researching making slime, I realized that some folks were nervous about using Borax. I was happy to learn via various science sites, when white glue (polyvinyl acetate) is combined with Borax (sodium borate), it undergoes a chemical reaction that changes the glue and Borax into an innate substance. The same slime ingredients used in this post are also used to make rubber balls and even tires for cars. How cool is that?

To make slime you will need:

(makes 1 serving of slime)

  • Borax powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  • white craft glue (1/4 cup)
  • water (1/2 cup)
  • 2 bowls
  • 2 spoons
  • food coloring
  • glitter, fake spiders, eyeballs, cockroaches etc.
Make the Slime

Make the Slime

Add the glue and water together.

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Melissa Caughey

In one bowl, combine 1/2 teaspoon of Borax with 1/4 cup of water. Mix well and set aside to dissolve. In the other bowl, combine 1/4 cup of glue with 1/4 cup of water. Stir until well combined.

Mix the Slime Ingredients

Mix the Slime Ingredients

Sitr in until well combined.

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Melissa Caughey

Next add food coloring to your water and glue mixture and mix it well. If you are using glitter this is the time to add it.

Add Color to the Slime

Add Color to the Slime

Green food coloring is added.

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Melissa Caughey

Green slime- 3 drops of green and 1 drop of yellow

Orange slime- three drops of yellow and 1 drop of red

Brown slime- 2 drops of green, 2 drops of red, and 2 drops of yellow.

How to Make Green Slime

How to Make Green Slime

Green and yellow food coloring make bright green.

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Melissa Caughey

Slowly add the water and Borax mixture to the glue mixture stirring constantly. It will begin to thicken. Add the water and Borax mixture to the glue and water mixture until you are satisfied with the slime consistency. 

Combine the Borax and the Glue Mixture

Combine the Borax and the Glue Mixture

Slowly add the Borax mixture to the glue mixture and stir. The slime begins to form.

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Melissa Caughey

Last step is to add your creepy embelishments such as eyeballs, spiders and cockroaches.  

Some with Cockroaches

Some with Cockroaches

Brown slime with plastic cockroaches- cringe worthy!

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Melissa Caughey

Add Spiders and Glitter to Slime

Add Spiders and Glitter to Slime

Spiders and glitter? This must belong to a little witch.

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Melissa Caughey

Play with your slime on a hard surface like a table. Store it away in a sealed container or a plastic bag. 

Play With Your Slime

Play With Your Slime

Oozy, gooey and slimy.  It's perfect!

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Melissa Caughey

Personalize Your Slime

Personalize Your Slime

When you are done, store your slime in airtight containers.

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Melissa Caughey

Note: If you are concerned with any remaining Borax on the slime after the reaction with the glue, simply rinse it off with water. If the Borax still concerns you, then check out other online slime recipes that substitute baby powder, laundry detergent and cornstarch in place of the Borax. This slime is not edible and should not be ingested. This slime may stain or permanently slime clothing, rugs and furniture, so please supervise its use. 

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