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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Slime, baby!

Was browsing around on the web one day this summer and saw a recipe for Glow in the Dark Slime. Which was all well and good until I made the mistake of showing it to the girls. Well they haven’t forgotten about it for one single day, and have been begging to make it ever since. So I finally sucked it up, got all the weird ingredients, and we plunged in. And I’ll be danged if that stuff didn’t work!DSC_7822LR

If you’d like to make your own (and boy I know you’re just dying to, heh heh), you’ll need this stuff:

Any kind of 2-liter bottle will do, we got ginger ale because it was on sale at Target for a buck. Plus Ro and Ree love the stuff and never get to drink it (except on airplanes)(and when making slime, I guess). They were pretty thrilled to help empty the bottle:DSC_7807LR

Once your bottle is empty and rinsed, put a cup of Borax in it (we had to use a funnel) and then fill it the rest of the way with water:DSC_7812LR

Then shake the heck out of it for about 10 minutes so the Borax will dissolve a bit. If you have a sister, it’s extra fun to mock the faces she makes while she’s shaking:DSC_7817LR

By the way, I’ve seen other slime recipes on the internet that didn’t require this bottle/shaking step, just mix one cup of water and 1 teaspoon of Borax in a bowl.

Anyhow, pour some glue into a plastic cup and pour an equal amount of water in (we eyeballed it, like we do with everything, so I’m not sure how “equal” things were, but they were good enough). Stir it up, add a teaspoon of glow-in-the-dark paint (we found ours at Michael’s) and 3 drops of food coloring. (The original lady used neon food coloring, which sounded cool, but I couldn’t find it.) Then add some of the Borax water in a teaspoon at a time, stirring the whole time. You’ll start to see clumping on your popsicle stick. And suddenly you’ll have slime!!:DSC_7823LR

Thrilling, weird stuff. Don’t add too much Borax water or it’ll become too stiff, kinda like silly putty (which is fun too):DSC_7839LR

Wonder what the girls will want to make tomorrow?DSC_7847LRDSC_7849LR

PS: Thanks for all the input and ideas on the birthday party – you guys crack me up and are super helpful at the same time. I just love reading your comments.

PSPS: If you’re clicking around the internet, check out my review of the slick little OnStar FMV mirror.


  1. Anonymous8/31/2011

    So, what does one do with the slime after it is made? Is it something you make things with? Play with? Does it stain? Can one get it out of hair since it has glue in it?

  2. Looks like a great success, fun and not too messy! I have looked at making slime with Maisie for ages but we just haven't gotten around to it but now you've inspired me. We may be doing it soon.

  3. Hmm, you find more things to do with coke bottles. Didn't you some years ago make some type of bomb with a coke bottle and some candy? a tic tac maybe?

    The slime looks way more fun.

  4. Uhmmm... yeah.... ew....

    Don't know what it must smell like, but remember that stuff they used to sell on Nickelodeon? It smelled so awful, I finally had to ban it from the house. And Playdoh was never allowed inside.

    And I'm usually not that kind of mom. But the smells of both substances are unbearable to me.

  5. Anonymous8/31/2011

    a) SILLY PUTTY!!!

    b) you co-ordinated the slime to the girls didn't you. that's funny.

    the last two pics were priceless, seriously.

    sorry i wasn't more help in the party decorations. I'll be JUST as helpful when the big day rolls around AND i'll be expecting the usual trove of pics to document my non-assistance.

    cuzz internet friends are just that way, you know.


  6. Fun! This was Ben's science project this year... "can you make glue stretch across a room" :o)

  7. Anon: you just play with it. The girls molded it, shaped it, and built things out of it for about 40 mins. It was fun. And it wasn't messy at all - no staining, no sticking to any clothes or hair or counters. It has a weird consistency, kind of like hard pudding I guess?

    Carol and Taylor: We did!! I'll have to find that old mentos video, it was funny. And we used coke bottles to make princess crowns too (although I don't know if I ever posted about that?).

    Catharine: Ok, I just went and stuck my nose in the stuff (only because I love you) and there was absolutely no bad smell at all, it hardly had any smell actually, maybe a little like baking soda or something. So feel free to make it. :-)

    Anon1: Hee, that name cracks me up. Mucho pictures forthcoming, of course!

    Emy: Fun! So did he do it?

  8. Hey, wait! They BOTH have bangs now?! What did I miss? :)

  9. Oh funny, no new clipping incidents recently, Ree just has wisps that get a little wild looking at the end of the day.

    Ro is adamant that she wants to grow her bangs out, by the way. She has serious bang remorse. ;-)

  10. Sarah Lynn9/01/2011

    This does sound like a lot of fun, and of course, Ro and Ree are old enough to use it safely, but I really think you should put a warning with your post, since borax is classified as a poison. People who might want to do this with younger children should be aware that it requires caution.

  11. Love that stuff!!! We've got to make that! :)

  12. My boys would love.

  13. Anonymous9/01/2011

    I love Ro with bangs!

  14. Anonymous9/02/2011

    We had a half day of school yesterday and I found myself with extra kids in my house. I had just bought the ingredients for this. Guess what? Biggest hit ever!!!
    They played for hours and it was pretty easy to clean up, not like that corn starch/water/food coloring mistake we made a couple weeks ago!!
    Lots of fun to make and play with!
    Thanks M3,

  15. Totally awesome! My kids would love that. Since we ware homeschooling, that would be a fun addition. Thanks for all the ideas.

    I have a give-a-way going on....my first. COme on over and enter. I bet you will have a great story to share!

  16. Wow! that looks sooo fun! cant wait to try it out!

  17. We did it during Emma's summer break but we used the clear glue. It was fun and felt cold every time we used it.

  18. Anonymous9/12/2011

    Hi M's,
    I've made this for a workshop with 50 teachers, and I made it again today with my First Graders. Always so much fun!
    Miss you and the girls!