Glowing Goo Using Cheap, Easy to Get, Ingredients




In this instructable I will show you how to make awesome Glowing Glow in the Dark Goo using household ingredients. Other recipes call for hard to aquire items like Poly Vinyl Alcohol and other things that are not simple for the average person (like myself) to get ahold of. It does call for Glow Powder, which although isn't common, isn't hard to get either and can easily be substituted.

You can watch the video or read the Instructions, or both.

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Step 1: Assemble the Ingredients

Assemble the ingredients

Ingredients List:

Borax 1 tsp

Water 1 1/2 cup

Elmers Clear 1/2 cup (4 oz container)
(or White or light blue) school glue

Glow Powder 1/2 tablespoon (optional)
(or Glow in the dark paint)

Food Coloring few drops (optional)

Step 2: Borax Solution

Ok So follow these instructions PROPERLY for the best result.

Saturated Borax Solution

1. Add 1 teaspoon of borax to 1 cup of warm water

2. Add 1/2 Table Spoon Glow Powder to Borax and water. If you don't have glow powder you can add 1/2 tablespoon Glow In The Dark Paint.

3. Mix for 30 seconds (Glow paint may require a whisk to mix properly, however glow powder will not dissolve, so don't be alarmed by powder at the bottom of the bowl)

Step 3: Poly Vinyl Alcohol Mixture

Poly Vinyl Alcohol Mixture

1.Add 1/2 cup of glue (4 oz container) to a 1 cup measuring cup and rinse glue container with warm water to remove all of the glue. The total amount of liquid water and glue should total 1 cup.

2. Pour contents into a glass bowl and mix well with a whisk.

3. Add food coloring now if you want a consistent color, or add it as the last step if you want a little variation in the coloring. I added mine at the end so there are areas of higher and lower color concentrations. 3 drops green 3 drops yellow (you can do what you want though, in the end I added some red and my goo looked like some sorta sick organ, no pic of that though, sorry).

Hints: If you use white Elmer's glue, the goo will not be clear but will be opaque, however the texture and consistency will be the same.

Step 4: Make the GOO!!

Make the Goo

1. Pour the Borax solution into the glass bowl of Poly Vinyl Alcohol Solution. Swish the bowl as you pour to make sure you get the glow powder which has settled on the bottom of the bowl out.

2. Mix with your hands for a moment, the goo should form almost instantly.

3. You can add food coloring now, if you didn't in the earlier steps. Adding it now will give you a nice varied coloring.

4. Pour out the small amount of extra water and play with you goo.

Step 5: Playing With It.

Play with your goo

1. Charge your goo under a bright light, because the goo is translucent, it should allow the glow powder throughout to be charged.

2. Play with you goo.

3. You can store the goo in the fridge in ziplock bags. If it is left uncovered it will dry out, and if you don't refrigerate it, it make start to grow mold.


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    4 years ago on Introduction

    super fun I used it for a demo speech for improv


    5 years ago

    cool this is very simple and you can find everything everywere


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I wanted to let you know that PVA is readily available at, automotive paint shops in (1) one gallon plastic jugs, and its not expensive at all, i know PVA cost a lot at hobby shops and you get a lot less too, so you might want to try your local paint supplier shops, please let me know if this worked for you


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Is this stuff toxic? I can imagine some inquisitive (or not too bright) kid eating this stuff. You might want to include a word of warning if that wouldn't go down well.
    Otherwise, neat-o Instructable!

    3 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Is That Hypothetical?
    Just Depends Whether Or Not You Eat Glue On A Regular Basis.
    (Not Really, Glue Is Toxic Sometimes)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, but boron is highly, highly toxic to insects compared to mammals. It disrupts their nervous system, it only takes trace amounts and the grooming or communicating they do with one another is enough to transfer those minute amounts. Works on cockroaches and silverfish too. For humans, a teaspoon full or two would be enough to cause sickness, those younger or weighing less would take less, though I doubt anyone could eat a teaspoon worth of borax due to the lousy taste.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Where can I get glow powder? Please respond!


    8 years ago on Introduction

    How long does it stay good for? Do you store it in a closed container?


    10 years ago

    Howdy, I added a tonne of pics, re ordered the steps so they were easier to understand, and my wife says I spelled things right.... So ya, hope you enjoy my instructable.

    4 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I liked your instructable. Can you even give me a hint as to where glo powder can be obtained? What is it usually used for? Where did you get yours? I think t;hat it could be useful for all sorts of things.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Which glow powder should I buy if I want the option to change the color of the goo for different projects? At it seems like the powder comes pre-colored. Is there a generic "base" powder I should use? Thx in advance.


    8 years ago on Step 5

    Maybe adding common household salt will stop mould growing? Just a guess.