This glitter slime recipe is easily created with just four simple ingredients and NO borax! It’s a great DIY gift idea that will provide hours of fun.
I always look forward to winter because it’s our “slow season.” Our sports schedule dwindles down to a few nights of short soccer training sessions and Saturday morning futsal, leaving lots of time for relaxation. But this year it’s been a little different…
Instead of enjoying their extra free time, I’m hearing lots of “I’m bored” and “I don’t have anything to do.” I really can’t complain myself, as this has resulted in fresh cream biscuits for dinner for several nights running, courtesy of my 11-year-old.
But things really spiraled out of control last Friday as I was in the midst of trying to finish up some work. Frustrated with the constant interruptions, I nearly lost my cool… Oh, who am I kidding?! Let’s just say it was NOT my finest moment. But I pulled myself together and decided to set everything aside for a short while to make rainbow glitter slime together.
And then you know what happened? I was blessed with hours (really, HOURS!) of blissful peace and quiet while the kids played with their slime.
So think of this glitter slime recipe as my little gift to you this holiday season. Whether you make it ahead of time as a little stocking stuffer or Christmas morning surprise, or whether you make it start to finish as a family, it’s sure to result in hours of fun for the kids and a brief respite for you parents.
Glitter Slime Recipe Ingredients
With only 4 ingredients, this glitter slime recipe is super simple and easy to make.
- 1 Elmer’s Clear School Glue (5-oz. bottle)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup liquid laundry starch
- 6 individual glitter packets
Note that the clear school glue also comes in a larger 9-oz. bottle. If you pick it up instead, just use 2/3 cup of glue and 1/3 cup of water to stay true to the “recipe.” Also, we’ll only use 6 of the individual glitter packets per batch, so one package will make 2 batches of glitter slime with several glitter packets left over.
How To Make Glitter Slime
In addition to the glitter slime ingredients already mentioned, you’ll need a large mixing bowl, sturdy spoon for stirring, and a container to store your slime in. We found these small rectangle containers from Glad were the perfect size for a batch.
- Empty the entire bottle of glue into a large mixing bowl. Pour the water into the empty glue container, shake it up to get all of the remaining glue, and pour it into the bowl, as well. Mix well.
- Gradually add the liquid starch to the glue mixture, stirring as you go. It will become difficult to stir toward the end, but add it all.
- Knead the slime until it becomes uniform in texture, about 5 minutes or so. It may not be super stretchy at this point, but it will relax once the glitter is added in and it sits for a bit.
- Divide the slime into 6 pieces. Sprinkle one glitter packet over one portion of slime and work it into the slime until the glitter is completely incorporated. Repeat for the remaining 5 portions of slime.
If you’re a visual learner, my daughter helped me make a short video demonstration on how to make glitter slime. Check it out above!
To make rainbow glitter slime (or holiday glitter slime as pictured), you can layer the pieces of slime vertically in a small container. This makes for such a cute presentation!
Of course, once your child plays with it, the colors will all mix together, but that’s part of the fun. My 7-year-old son made a batch with black, silver, copper brown, purple and a couple of shades of blue, and when he mixed them all together, it made this gorgeous glittery night-time sky shade. So we dubbed it galaxy glitter slime!
Glitter Slime As A DIY Gift Idea
If you’re making this glitter slime for gift-giving, I recommend packaging it up with a couple of straws. Not for drinking, silly! (definitely NOT recommended) But for blowing bubbles!!!
My kids LOVE blowing slime bubbles. Just plop a batch of slime down on the counter, stick a straw in, and blow. Then wait for the giggling and squealing to being. We’ve even held slime bubble-blowing contests to see who can blow the biggest bubble!
See? Told you it’s hours of fun…. Enjoy your quiet time!9