Whether you make rainbow glitter slime or your own custom homemade glitter slimes, this 4-ingredient simple slime recipe without borax provides hours of fun from start to finish… AND this easy slime makes an amazing DIY gift idea!
Glitter Slime Saves The Day
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 this fun glitter slime together.
And then you know what happened? I was blessed with hours (seriously, HOURS!!!) of blissful peace and quiet while the kids played with their diy glitter slime. WHY did I never show them how to make slime sooner?!?
So think of this glitter slime recipe as my little gift to you this holiday season. Whether you make this easy slime ahead of time as a little stocking stuffer, or whether you make it start to finish as a family, this simple slime is 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 without borax is super simple and easy to make.
- Elmer’s Clear School Glue (5-oz. bottle)
- Liquid Laundry Starch
- Individual Glitter Packets (14-ct.)
Note that the clear school glue also comes in a larger 9-oz. bottle and even a giant 32-oz. bottle (BEST DEAL!). If you pick one of these 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 Slime
In addition to the 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 the 9-oz. size of these small rectangle containers from Glad were the perfect size for a batch.
Okay, I know you’re impatiently wondering: how do you make glitter slime? So without further ado, here’s the directions for my super simple slime recipe:
How To Make Glitter Slime
- Empty the entire 5-oz. bottle of glue into a large mixing bowl. Pour 1/3 cup of water into the empty glue container, and shake it up to get all of the remaining glue. Pour it into the bowl, as well, then 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 be sure to 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 rests 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.
Making Layered Rainbow Glitter Slimes
To make rainbow glitter slimes (or holiday glitter slimes, as pictured), you can layer the different colors 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…
When he mixed them all together while playing with it, it made this gorgeous glittery night-time sky shade of midnight blue. So we dubbed it galaxy glitter slime!!
Glitter Slime As A Gift Idea
This simple slime recipe makes a wonderful gift idea or stocking stuffer!! If you’re making 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!! Now go enjoy your quiet time…
I’d love to see how your glitter slime turns out… Tag me @Unsophisticook on Instagram or use the hashtag #Unsophisticook so I can check it out. Enjoy!
Saturday 30th of April 2022
I want to make slime
Wednesday 3rd of April 2019
How much is in the pkgs of glitter? I'd like to break this down for a bday party. Thank you
Wednesday 3rd of April 2019
Hi Vera! This would be a totally fun craft for a birthday party. The glitter variety pack that I've linked to in the instructions contains 13 glitter packets. However, 2 are large stars instead of the fine glitter you'd want to use in this project, so it would be 11 usable packets. Each packet contains approximately .07 grams of glitter. Does that help?
Thursday 4th of January 2018
This is great, thank you!