Learn how to make slime that is soft, stretchy and easy to make! This basic slime recipe is so much of fun to play with and includes a how to make slime video. Have you ever had your slime flop? I’ve been there.. done that! This tutorial will show you how to make slime at home with a simple tutorial. All you need is a few simple ingredients like elmers glue, a slime activator, water and a secret slime ingredient.
How to make slime
Yep, we have all been there. The frustration of trying a slime recipe and then…after using up all those sticky ingredients, your slime fails. I think it is a right of passage that you have to have a few fails before you find a great success fool proof slime recipe! This basic slime recipe is currently our favorite slime recipe. It is definitely a bit softer and stickier than the other ones we have tried, but somehow… it is just THAT much more fun to play with.
As always, with slime recipe’s… it is not an exact science. You have to watch how each ingredient comes together before you add more of it. In this post, I will give you exact tips on how to make slime. I will tell you which parts you need to be cautious in. Don’t forget to check out the video for real-life slime making action.
Always wash your hands with soap after playing with slime. Especially after making slime. As with any science experiment, there are potential risks when making slime. To make it safer, use gloves. Slime could be dangerous so always use caution.
Please note that affiliate links may be used in this post. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.
How to make slime ingredients:
- 4 fl oz Elmer’s PVA glue
- Warm water (to fill into the 4 fl oz of Elmer’s glue)
- Slime Activator – Approximately 5 – 7 teaspoons of the slime activator. (Mix 1/2 tsp of borax into 1 cup of water.)
- Food Coloring
- Any lotion you have at home.
If you would prefer not to use Borax in your slime then you can use contact solution instead.
How to make slime videos
The first video includes my favorite basic slime recipe tutorial.
The second video includes a video on how to make slime with kids.
How to make slime at home
I have set out out the ingredients needed to make slime. I always begin my slime creations by setting out absolutely everything that I (or the kids) will need. Trust me, the last thing you want is to go almost all the way through the recipe and realize that you don’t have something you need.
Before you begin the slime mixture you need to create your Slime Activator. Add 1/2 a tsp of Borax to 1 cup of hot water. Mix it and allow it to dissolve. You can substitute your contact lens solution here for the borax mixture.
In another dish pour the 4 oz of glue into your dish.
Then fill the glue container with warm water. It’s around 4 oz of water.. Shake it…. Then throw it in.
Mix thoroughly to make sure you have no clumps. Add in a drop of your food coloring.
Go ahead and mix the Borax mixture one more time.. then add in the borax mixture to your main mixture 1 tsp at a time. Use the spoon to mix the Borax mixture/Slime Activator. Please do not touch the borax with your bare hands and fingers.
Add in a teaspoon of the activator. Mix it in. Add another teaspoon. Mix it in.
It takes approximately 5-7 teaspoons of borax. It is VERY important that you do not add this in all at once. If you add your whole borax mixture into the slime mixture it will very likely not work.
Your slime should now be separating from the bowl.
Remove the slime from the dish. Mix it with your hands. Knead it. Then add in a squirt of lotion. Mix and knead with your hands. Add in another squirt of lotion. Mix. Do this approximately two more times.
Always wash your hands with soap after playing with slime.
Learning how to make slime the first time will be the start of a fun activity you will want to try over and over again.
About this particular slime
Please note that this slime is meant to be super stretchy, soft and by its nature is slightly more sticky.
If it isn’t stretching enough then try a bit more lotion. I added about 4 squirts of lotion to mine. When we remove this slime from the container it is sticky. Once we knead it again it gets less sticky and SO incredibly fun!
Something else wrong with your slime? Check out this how to troubleshoot slime post.
I hope this how to make slime tutorial was helpful for you. Did you try this slime recipe? What did you think?