How to Make Basic Slime (with Borax and Glue)

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If you’ve been wondering how to make the slime craze that’s all over Youtube and social media, here is a basic recipe for slime with the most standard method.  Here’s how to make basic slime with borax and glue.

How to Make Basic Slime

How to Make Basic Slime (Borax and Glue) | Slime Recipe Easy

Basic slime ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this basic slime recipe… (be careful about letting kids or pets near this as borax may be toxic and should not be eaten!)

Basic Slime Recipe Materials:

Measuring the borax and water

Time needed: 10 minutes

How to make basic white glue slime

  1. Gather ingredients

    You’ll need a bowl, spoon, white school glue, warm water, and borax powder.

  2. Make slime activator.

    Thoroughly mix half a teaspoon of borax powder into one cup of warm water.

  3. Add glue to bowl.

    Add as much or as little glue as you’d like to a bowl (can use the whole bottle).

  4. Add liquid activator one spoonful at a time.

    Add the borax liquid slowly and stir in between.

  5. Keep stirring and adding activator until slime is formed.

    You might need several spoonfuls of activator, but you definitely won’t need the entire cup of liquid. Mix slime until it comes together and stops sticking to the bowl.

  6. Play with slime!

Slime Activator Recipe | How to Make Slime Activator

First you need to make the slime activator that will make your glue turn from being ONLY a sticky mess to something stretchy and slimier. 🙂

I can tell you from my own failed slimes that if you put straight up borax powder into the glue, it will most likely turn into a crunchy mess with way too much borax.  So instead, it’s much better to dissolve about half a teaspoon of borax powder into a cup of slightly warm water, and then add that mixture into your glue one spoonful at a time.

Mixing the slime activator

Mix thoroughly. You may have to mix it a few times during the process also because I noticed that the borax powder started to sink to the bottom after a while and in other slime trials, I was only mixing in the water at the top if the water had cooled down too much and the borax had sunk to the bottom.

Adding white school glue to a bowl

How to Make White Glue Slime

Add a nice blob of glue into a bowl, depending on how much slime you want and how big your bowl is. I didn’t use a particular measurement for this, although I did buy several of the over 7 ounce large bottles of white Elmer’s glue. I made a few different trials of different types of slime and didn’t even use a whole bottle.

Adding slime activator one spoonful at a time

Add the slime activator (dissolved borax in warm water) into the glue one spoonful at a time, mixing in between.

Mixing in the slime activator

Mix, mix.

The slime pulling together

The goal is to get to the point when the slime starts to pull over from the sides of the bowl and starts to come together with enough of the activator.  Not enough, and it will still be the consistency of the glue, but too much and it will get too stiff or hard.

Finished basic white glue slime

Here was the consistency of my basic slime. At this point you can take it into your hands and play with it until it gets less sticky (you may need to add more activator, or even add some of it to your hands) and it becomes more of a stretchy, bouncy slime consistency. I actually used this as a starting point for this eyeshadow slime that I created in another post, so I wasn’t totally finished in the picture. 🙂

You can also mix in a tiny bit of food coloring or something like glitter to give your slime some fun color.

Store your basic slime recipe in a slime jar container or something with an airtight seal so it doesn’t dry out.

Good luck!

Basic Slime Recipe with Borax and Glue

If you’re looking for a fun way to add color and glitter to your slime recipes, you’ll love this eyeshadow slime that I made.  Here’s how to make eyeshadow slime.  Perfect if you have a certain color of old eyeshadow that you just don’t wear. 🙂

How to Make Eyeshadow Slime

How to Make Eyeshadow Slime

First you’ll want to start by making our basic slime recipe, which you can find above I’ll also give some brief instructions below…


  • White Elmer’s glue
  • 1/2 teaspoon borax powder dissolved in 1 cup warm water
  • Unwanted eyeshadow
  • Bowl and spoon

Add 1/2 a teaspoon of borax powder into 1 cup of slightly warm water to create the slime activator. This will make the slime come together into the right texture.

Add glue to a bowl.

Start adding small spoonfuls of the slime activator into your glue gradually, stirring in between.

After a few spoonfuls of the dissolved borax mixture, you should start to get a slime like this that pulls away from the bowl. Normally you would play with it in your hands to continue mixing everything together, but I’m going to add some powder eyeshadow in this version. 🙂

Purple eyeshadows for slime

Here are the slightly glittery purple eyeshadows I used.  These were pretty old and I wasn’t wearing them (I used them as a faux hair chalk before though), so I decided to turn them into slime. You want just enough to color the slime but not so much that the powder actually changes the entire texture or thickness of the slime.

Adding eyeshadow to slime

Scrape out the eyeshadow into your slime and start stirring it in.

Mixing the eyeshadow into the slime

Mix, mix mix!

Mixing together the eyeshadow slime

Here’s the first purple color starting to mix in.

Kneading the eyeshadow slime with my hands

Then I added the other 3 purple eyeshadows and started mixing in my hands to bring the slime together better.

Adding more eyeshadow and mixing the slime more

Here is my finished shiny purple eyeshadow slime! It is stretchy but not so sticky that it doesn’t come off my fingers.

Finished eyeshadow slime

I tried swirling it a little like they do in Instagram pictures. 😉

The completed eyeshadow slime

This one is a fun texture to play with. I liked that the powder of the eyeshadow made the borax and glue slime a little less sticky while still remaining stretchy. It did get my hands very sparkly though!

Have you ever wanted to make DIY slime but weren’t sure how or which slime recipe to use?  I tried a few popular methods and show how they all turned out in this post.  Here are 3 different ways to make DIY homemade slime, with or without borax and glue.

DIY Homemade Slime Recipes

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DIY Homemade Slime Recipes 3 Different Ways – With or Without Borax and Glue

1. DIY Slime Recipe with Borax and Glue

Borax and glue slime ingredients


In this classic slime recipe, you use glue (usually white Elmer’s Glue, but I had Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue) and borax powder.  Sometimes people will use liquid starch or contact solution instead of borax because those technically have borax in them (boric acid).

Welp, this one originally didn’t turn out well for me. I watched a few slime-making videos but didn’t actually follow a recipe (I like to live dangerously :)) and thanks to my out-of-control box of borax, I ended up pouring in WAY too much borax powder the first attempt and it made my slime very crunchy. I also didn’t have a lot of clear glue left in my bottle to work with. I would say that this method is NOT very forgiving, and although I know that kids make slime all the time, this particular method was definitely not Katie-proof. 😉

But here are some pictures of the second attempt at this borax + glue combo.

First I added the glue…

Adding the glue to a bowl

Next, I added a teeny pinch of borax and started mixing together… Apparently you are supposed to actually dissolve a tiny bit of borax in warm water first and then add the borax water, not the powder directly.

Adding borax to the glue

Then I added a little more borax and mixed more.  You want to get the point where you can mix it together with your hands. This kind of worked better than the first extremely crunchy one I made (WAY too much borax), but it still looks like of like tapioca or rice pudding with weird chunks in it. :/ Actually, it kind of reminds me of Floam or one of those putties that intentionally have little beads in them.

Adding too much borax to the glue

I totally used up all my glue at this point, so I wasn’t really a fan of this one and wanted to try a couple others that I had more materials for (using dish soap).

2. DIY Slime Recipe with Dish Soap and Borax

Dish soap and borax slime ingredients


The second kind of slime I tried worked better than the first. I started by squirting a little dish soap into a new bowl (these are actually plastic tubs from the Dollar Store).

Adding dish soap to the bowl

This time around I was a little shy about using the borax, so I put a tiny pile on a lid so I could add it more slowly and gradually (I ended up pouring more out though). Probably would still work better if it was dissolved in water, though.

Measuring out a tiny amount of borax powder

Next you want to start mixing everything together, just a little at a time, and then gradually add tiny bits of more borax and repeat the mixing. You can also add in a little more dish soap if you need to.

Mixing glue and dish soap together

Aaaaannndd you want to keep adding more borax, just a smidgen at a time, and mix together. My slime started off yellow-orange because of the dish soap but ended up being much lighter at the end because of the borax. Mmm… looks kinda like alfredo sauce. 😛

Adding in more borax to the slime mixture

When it comes together a little better you can start to mix it with your hands.

Mixing the slime mixture together

It looked like a pretty slime texture in the previous picture, but it was super sticky so I added more borax and got this interesting and fun spreadable dough-like consistency. This one might be nice to squish and play around with as a stress reliever.

Crunchy dish soap slime

If only because I have a giant box of borax and nothing to do with it, I would make this dish soap and borax slime recipe again. 🙂 I would definitely try dissolving the borax in warm water first to see how that affected the results of all the different methods.

3. Homemade Slime Recipe with Dish Soap and Corn Starch

Dish soap and corn starch ingredients


This slime recipe with corn starch and dish soap is the perfect way to make slime if you don’t have glue OR borax or maybe you’re just concerned about using borax.

Start with a little dish soap in a new, clean bowl (don’t want to contaminate your ingredients).

Adding dish soap to the slime bowl

You can also add food coloring to any slime you make to have a little color!  I’m going to pretend this is real food coloring and definitely not gel icing from several Halloween’s ago…

Adding red sparkle gel to the dish soap for color

Start adding corn starch and mixing in, just a little at a time. Wow, such art.

Adding in corn starch a little at a time

Mix, mix, mix. Add more corn starch.

Stirring in more corn starch

More corn starch, I say! Now it’s starting to look like pink buttercream frosting. 🙂 This one is more forgiving for adding lots of corn starch than the borax recipes.

Adding more corn starch to create a frosting texture

Keep adding more corn starch and start mixing it in your hands. This one is more like a putty and turned out nice and squishy. 🙂

The final corn starch and dish soap slime putty

All in all, I found the second two recipes much friendlier and more fun than the standard borax and glue recipe. Good luck!

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