If you’ve been wondering how to make the slime craze that’s all over Youtube and social media, here is a basic recipe for slime with the most standard method. Here’s how to make basic slime with borax and glue.
This was originally published under my blog Tuxedo Cats and Coffee.
Be careful using the borax powder as there are questions about its toxicity (obviously don’t let kids or pets eat it! :)).
How to Make Basic Slime (Borax and Glue)
Here’s what you’ll need to make this basic slime recipe…
Basic Slime Recipe Materials:
- Bowl and spoon
- Elmer’s school glue (Elmer’s honestly works better than the off brands)
- 1/2 teaspoon 20 Mule Team borax powder
- 1 cup warm water in a measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Optional: slime jar containers
- Clean area that can get messy (just in case)
First you need to make the slime activator that will make your glue turn from being ONLY a sticky mess to something stretchy and slimier. 🙂
I can tell you from my own failed slimes that if you put straight up borax powder into the glue, it will most likely turn into a crunchy mess with way too much borax. So instead, it’s much better to dissolve about half a teaspoon of borax powder into a cup of slightly warm water, and then add that mixture into your glue one spoonful at a time.
Mix thoroughly. You may have to mix it a few times during the process also because I noticed that the borax powder started to sink to the bottom after a while and in other slime trials, I was only mixing in the water at the top if the water had cooled down too much and the borax had sunk to the bottom.
Add a nice blob of glue into a bowl, depending on how much slime you want and how big your bowl is. I didn’t use a particular measurement for this, although I did buy several of the over 7 ounce large bottles of white Elmer’s glue. I made a few different trials of different types of slime and didn’t even use a whole bottle.
Add the slime activator (dissolved borax in warm water) into the glue one spoonful at a time, mixing in between.
The goal is to get to the point when the slime starts to pull over from the sides of the bowl and starts to come together with enough of the activator. Not enough, and it will still be the consistency of the glue, but too much and it will get too stiff or hard.
Here was the consistency of my basic slime. At this point you can take it into your hands and play with it until it gets less sticky (you may need to add more activator, or even add some of it to your hands) and it becomes more of a stretchy, bouncy slime consistency. I actually used this as a starting point for this eyeshadow slime that I created in another post, so I wasn’t totally finished in the picture. 🙂
You can also mix in a tiny bit of food coloring or something like glitter to give your slime some fun color.
Store your basic slime recipe in a slime jar container or something with an airtight seal so it doesn’t dry out.