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Homemade Glow in the dark Slime Recipe

Homemade slime is an all time favorite around here. Whether you call it slime, gak, or putty this homemade glow in the dark slime recipe is a fun activity for kids that will keep them occupied for hours!

slime recipe

With the little guys Monsters University birthday party coming up this weekend we’ve been busy gathering all of our favorite monster party ideas for the big day. After watching the slime monster fall through the sewer grate in Monsters Inc I had the idea of making glow in the dark slime with the kids. The kids and I have been making slime for years but this was our first time trying glow in the dark slime..needless to say the kids LOVED it! We plan to make a few more batches later this week to give as party favors with one large googly eye in the center..fun, right?

Homemade slime recipe

-makes about 2 cups

2 Elmer’s white glue bottles (4oz)
3-4 tablespoons glow in the dark paint
Water
Neon food coloring
1 teaspoon borax
1/2 cup warm water

slime recipe

Step one: Pour the white Elmer’s glue into a bowl. Fill the empty bottles with warm water, place the lids back on and shake the bottles (this will help remove any remaining glue inside the bottle and make it easy to measure your water). Pour the watery glue into the bowl and mix with a spoon.
Step two: At this point you want to add food coloring to your glue (I used a neon green from McCormick).

Step three: Stir in the glow in the dark paint into your glue mixture.

Step four: In a small bowl mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of Borax (the warm water will help dissolve the borax).

Step five: Mix the borax water and glue mixture together with a spoon, but but don’t be afraid to use your hands to fully mix the two together.

The special ingredient that makes the glue turn into slime is the borax. Play around with the amount to get the perfect consistency, if you prefer a runny slime use less borax. Also, when you first began mixing the glue and borax water the slime will be VERY runny and a weird texture, don’t freak out! The more you play with it the better the consistency will turn out.

glow in the dark crafts

In case you’re wondering I tried this recipe with two different glow in the dark paints. We preferred the one on the right from Americana but the Glo-It from DecoArt also worked well with smaller batches.

We also tried this recipe with glitter glue which my daughter loved! You can see the glitter specks in the glow in the dark picture below. The only downside to using the glow in the dark paint with the glitter glue is that it made the glue a milky color instead of being see-through like it normally is in the bottle.

glow in the dark slime

My kids love that they can shape it with their hands but if left alone it looks like spilled slime. Speaking of slime do you guys remember Nickelodeon’s slime? I may have been born in the 80s but I’m a 90s kid all the way! I always wanted to go on the Nickelodeon shows and get slimed, it always looked like fun! :)

Glow in the dark slime

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Comments

  1. You are so cool.

  2. What a cool idea!! We’ll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow!

  3. Great idea! My kids love this stuff, but I’ve never thought to make it glow in the dark. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a great idea! My kids will just love this and I have all those ingredients!

  5. My daughter loves to play with this stuff! Ok … I like to play with it too ;)

  6. Crystal says:

    Love this! I love that it is glow in the dark. Too fun!!

  7. Amber,
    I’m stopping by from The Inspiration Exchange today – this is such a cute idea. I’m doing a Monsters University post next week and will be featuring this! :)
    – Ang

  8. Gaaaahhh! So cool! My kids would love this! Thanks for linking up to Life Inspired!

  9. What a fun project to do with kids! I would be honored if you would link this up and join my weekly link party. Hope to see you there! http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/07/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-51.html

  10. My boys would love this stuff!!! Thanks for sharing at Life Inspired Crystal!

  11. This brings back SO many memories of being a Girl Scout leader!
    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Tuesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/.
    I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  12. Love this Crystal! Long time, no see. :)

    I’m going to share this at my education site’s board over at Pinterest.

    Hope you are well,
    Nicolette

    • nicolette @ momnivore’s dilemma » Nicolette!! How are you? It’s been far too long since we’ve chatted, I hope you’re doing well. :) Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

  13. This is awesome. It almost makes me wish I had kids to make this with…almost. I’ll have to remember this when my Nephews get older.

  14. SO SO fun!!! Luci would LOVE this :)

  15. I am so going to make this with my boys! They will love it.

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Ashley

  16. Love this idea! Already shared on FB and will for sure be sharing the link with friends. Thanks for such a fun experiment!

  17. You’re a really cool mom, my mom never let me play with this stuff!

  18. I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your slime! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/glow-in-the-dark-slime-2/

    If you have other kid-friendly crafts, we’d love it if you would submit them. If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

  19. This is just way too much fun! Love it!

  20. My kiddos would LOVE this!! :)

  21. Oh how fun!! My kids would LOVE this! Pinning and we will be trying this out soon!

  22. Do you have to do the steps in order can I just mix it all in a bowl at the same time?

  23. My daughter just used some store bought glow in the dark slime at her OT appt the other day. She has been asking to buy some ever since… and even though it is the right time of year I cannot find it anywhere. You just helped me win the mother of the year award in this house! Thanks so much!!!

  24. This is awesome! I made regular GAK for my kids a while back but never thought to make it glow in the dark. I’ve got some leftover glow-in-the-dark paint and I am going to make this!

  25. I love this idea! We are doing a Monster’s Inc. birthday party in a little over a week for my little guy too! Does the borax make it toxic or harmful to the skin?

  26. Just to clarify, are you saying to add the water that you shook in the 2 empty glue bottles then aditionally the 1/2 cup water mixed with the borax? So…the 8 oz. plus 1/2 cup total??

  27. Can I make this in paper bowls and can I half it? I’d like to make it with my scouts, but it looks like the recipe makes a lot per kiddo. Paper bowls are just easier fro clean up :-)

  28. Mary-Maureen Hardie says:

    Thanks so much for this slime project. I am especially happy to see you tell us the company for the food colour with as well as the name of the companies to get the Glow in The Dark PAINT from. Thanks so much. Maureen.

  29. I just made this for my toddlers monsters inc party. Found on Pinterest. Love it! Gave my toddlers some to sample. They were enthralled. Today is Friday, party is Sunday. Giving it as favors in small airtight containers. Any idea how long it will keep like this? It’ll still be good when Kurds take it home, right? Thanks for sharing!

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