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Diving into the world of slime-making can be an exhilarating adventure, especially when shared with the young and the young at heart. This guide is your ticket to mastering the art of slime creation, ensuring a joyous and mess-free experience every time. Say goodbye to Pinterest fails and hello to endless fun with our expert slime-making tips using Elmer’s Glue.

The Premier Choice for Slime: Elmer’s Glue

In the midst of the global slime craze, finding the right ingredients is crucial. Elmer’s Washable School Glue rises above as the premier choice for crafting the perfect slime, providing the ideal consistency and flexibility for your slime adventures.

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If you’ve been trying to figure out how to make slime and how to make slime easily with your kids, then you have come to the right place! Learn how to make slime at home, without the hassle, frustration, or guesswork that comes with slime making.

I know you’re not looking for another Pinterest fail, because what fun is that…  Slime is our passion, and we have tons of experience with easy slime recipes we want to share with you!  Have a fun experience with slime every time!


The world has been hit with a slime craze, and you might have noticed that securing slime ingredients has been a little tricky. I am surprised there isn’t a black market for Elmer’s washable school glue (or maybe there is)! If you want to make the best slime, Elmer’s glue is our go-to glue for slime making.

Understanding the science behind slime adds a layer of fascination to the slime-making process. Elmer’s Glue, a polymer-based adhesive, transforms when mixed with borate ions (your slime activators), morphing into the delightful, gooey substance we adore as slime. This transformation, from liquid to a more viscous and rubbery state, is what makes slime so mesmerizing and fun to play with.


When you learn how to make slime, you also want to learn about the science behind the slime! You can learn a little more about polymers and cross-linking. A polymer glue is made up of tons of long, repeating, and identical chains of flexible molecules. When you add any of the borate ions (slime activators) to the glue, it helps to link those molecules together.

Normally the molecules in the glue slide past each other in a liquid form just like when you use the glue for crafts…

ALSO CHECK OUT: Slime Science Experiments

But when you add one of our favorite crosslinkers to it, the molecules become thicker and thicker because they can no longer slide as easily.

The substance becomes more viscous and more rubbery as the molecules become more and more jumbled. This substance is the slime we know and love. If you notice, the mixture also becomes larger than the liquids you started with in the beginning. Read more about slime science here.


Choose your favorite slime activator, liquid starch, saline solution, or borax powder, and grab the glue for slime, Elmer’s glue to get started!

Beyond the Basics: Elevate Your Slime

Once you’ve mastered the basic recipes, experiment with exciting mix-ins to customize your slime creations. From sparkling glitter to sensory beads, the possibilities for personalized slime fun are endless.

Slime Without Glue? Absolutely!

For those seeking alternatives, explore our easy, glue-free slime recipes. From gummy bear slime to marshmallow slime, these edible or taste-safe options provide a delightful twist on traditional slime making.

1. Liquid Starch Slime Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of Elmer’s Washable School Glue
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1/4 -1/2 Cup of Liquid Starch
  • Food coloring and glitter optional!

2. Saline Solution Slime Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of Elmer’s Washable School Glue
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1/2 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp of Saline Solution
  • Food coloring and glitter optional!

3. Fluffy Slime Recipe 

  • 3-4 Cups of Foam Shaving Cream
  • 1/2 cup of Elmers Washable School Glue
  • 1/2 Tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp of Saline Solution
  • Food coloring and glitter optional!

4. Borax Slime Recipe

  • 1/2 cup of Elmers Washable School Glue
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • Borax Activator Mixture: 1/2 cup of warm water mixed with 1/4- 1/2 tsp of borax powder
  • Food coloring and glitter optional!


Once you have nailed down the basic slime recipe, you can add a ton of AWESOME mix-ins that make for a truly unique slime experience. You will find the cool slime recipes below can be made with any of the basic slime recipes.

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You bet! Check out our easy borax free slime recipes to make your own slime without glue.  We have tons of ideas for edible or taste-safe slime including gummy bear slime and marshmallow slime! If you have kids who love to make slime, you should try making an edible slime at least once!


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Printable Slime Recipes Ultimate Guide

This is the ULTIMATE collection of slime recipes every kid wants to make! Explore the best recipes and find the right supplies to make slime time a breeze!

Perfect for kids of all ages, including tweens and teens! Taste-safe recipes are perfect for the youngest slime fans.

What’s Included:

  • The Ultimate Slime Guide contains all the specialty recipes you or your kids want to make! You’ll find all the best tips, tricks, hints, and slime-y info in almost 100 pages!
  • The Ultimate Slime Holiday Guide covers all the best holidays and seasons with special themes and slime-y projects!
  • The Ultimate Borax-FREE and Taste-Safe Slime Guide shows you how to make all the best borax-free, taste-safe, and non-toxic slimes kids love, such as marshmallow slime. These recipes do not use chemical activators such as saline solution, liquid starch, or borax powder, making them truly borax-free.
  • The Ultimate Slime Coloring Book is an easy-to-print coloring book kids will love! Color and design your favorite slimes!
  • The Slime Starter Guide is a fact-filled information guide with everything you need to know to make the best slime ever!
  • Slime Science Project Pack helps you turn slime-making into a science lesson!

Ultimate Slime Resources

Dive deeper into the slime craze with our comprehensive collection of slime recipes, tips, and science insights. Whether you’re a seasoned slime aficionado or a curious newcomer, our guides offer everything you need to create the perfect slime experience for kids of all ages.

Embrace the joy of slime-making with Elmer’s Glue, and transform simple ingredients into magical, tactile treasures. This guide is your key to unlocking hours of creative play and exploration, ensuring a successful and fun slime-making adventure every time.

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