How to Make Galaxy Slime

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Introduction: How to Make Galaxy Slime

About: I'm a community manager here at instructables! Mountain hermit by day, stitch witch at night. Not a fan of social media, but sometimes you can find me on Twitter at @makingjiggy ^_^

Galaxy slime is a super easy update to a regular borax-free slime recipe: just add glitter! I love this slime recipe because it's so customizable and fool-proof.

The key to this slime is using clear school glue as the base: it will make your galaxy slime gorgeous and iridescent.

This slime is perfect for sensory play or a quick science craft - it comes together quickly and cleans up in no time. Keep on reading to learn how to make your own galaxy slime at home!

Step 1: Tools + Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz bottle Elmer's Clear School Glue
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons saline contact solution (needs to have some kind of boric acid)
  • Food coloring
  • Superfine glitter in various colors (this is the set I bought)

Tools:

  • Bowl for mixing
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spoon for mixing
  • Small airtight container for storing (optional)

Step 2: Mix the Glue and Baking Soda Together

Dump the entire bottle of glue into a bowl and add one tablespoon of baking soda.

Stir well until the mix is homogenous and there are no dry spots left.

Step 3: Add the Food Coloring

I decided to mix violet and black food coloring to get the right color!

It's a good idea to make this mixture VERY saturated in color. This is because the colors will lighten a little once you knead the slime.

Step 4: Add the Glitter

And now for the best part: glitter! I used a variety of colors and kept adding and mixing until I liked the way it looked.

I'd say I added less than a teaspoon of glitter here - try not to go too over the top with it as it can make the slime "chunky" if you add too much.

Make sure the glitter is mixed in well and move on to the next step. :D

Step 5: Add the Saline Contact Solution

Add one teaspoon of contact solution and mix well. The slime will begin to form!

Add the second teaspoon of contact solution and mix again. At this point, the slime will begin to clump up and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Keep mixing until it comes together and looks like the second photo.

Step 6: Kneading + Cleaning Up

The slime will be a little sticky and wet at first, but kneading it will remedy that!

Work the slime between your hands and on a clean surface for a couple minutes. As you knead, the slime will become soft, shiny and stretchy.

To clean up your bowl and utensils, use the slime! Press the blob of slime against any bits of slime residue and they will come away easily. :)

Step 7: Storing Your Slime

This slime can be played with multiple times if stored in an airtight container. I bought a pack of small plastic containers to store all the slime I've been making lately!

The slime will begin to lose elasticity as it ages, but you can bring some of it back by kneading and stretching it before play time. You may also notice the slime "leaking" the contact solution, but that can be kneaded in as well.

Enjoy your slime! And make sure to post pictures in the comments below if you make it. :D

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    11 Comments

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    schittly
    schittly

    4 years ago

    Everytime I touch this slime my hands turn blue. It just can't keep the colour - what did I do wrong?

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    joanypants
    joanypants

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    IDK what you might have done wrong, but you could try using soap or candle colorant instead. Soap especially is formulated not to stain your hands and stuff.

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    10243
    10243

    Reply 1 year ago

    hhahahah

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    Maryamlovelystar
    Maryamlovelystar

    1 year ago

    It leaks too much contact solution and it is not stretchy at all.
    Did I do something wrong?

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    cfs_christiana
    cfs_christiana

    3 years ago on Step 1

    Is there no shaving cream? How do you make it fluffy?

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    OctavioB
    OctavioB

    4 years ago

    I need this .. nicely done, well explained!

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    DmitriyU2
    DmitriyU2

    4 years ago

    Any ideas to replace Elmer's glue?

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    ChristinaA21
    ChristinaA21

    Reply 4 years ago

    Any water based glue with PVA in it - UHU Bastelkleber, Cleopatre, Giotto collage, woodworking glues, "Holzleim".... or guargum

    by
    the way - you allways need borax for this kind of slime - here it comes
    with the saline solution in form of boric acid (it is needed as part of
    the pH-puffer-system)

    the benefit is you can hardly overdose the borax in this way, so you are probably on the saver side

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    DmitriyU2
    DmitriyU2

    Reply 4 years ago

    Thank you,
    very comprehensive answer!

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    vbanaszak
    vbanaszak

    4 years ago

    Awesome! I look forward to trying this. Perfect timing too. I think school supplies are coming in now :D