DIY Silly Putty Slime

Updated on June 27, 2019
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Alyssa is a wife and mom who loves spending summer outdoors doing fun crafts and activities!

Playing with slime has been a favorite activity for decades. Back in the '90s, there were a few products that every kid begged their parents for: Nickelodeon Gak and Silly Putty. These provided hours of fun!

In recent years, the internet made making slime not only a trend, but also an art form all on its own. You can find hours of video of people creating all sorts of slime, from galaxy-inspired to glittery concoctions, and everything in between.

My son has wanted to make his own for a while now, and I was always a little hesitant. I don't regularly keep Borax and contact solution in the house, and I didn't want to have to purchase special products just to make a craft. When we do arts and crafts, I like to use what we already have to create something fun and unique.

My son recently convinced me to give slime-making a try. We used four ingredients we already had in the house, and I was pleasantly surprised at how fun this craft turned out to be. Our slime was a little science experiment gone right.

Below is the exact recipe we used to make our slime. This is more of a Silly Putty consistency: no stickiness, no mess, and a whole lot of fun!

All you need to make your very own silly putty slime.
All you need to make your very own silly putty slime.

Ingredients:

  • Glass bowl or plastic container
  • 1/4 cup Elmer's white glue
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 5 drops of food coloring
  • 1 small bottle of eye drops

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Put glue in a glass bowl or container.Add in baking soda.Stir well.
Put glue in a glass bowl or container.
Put glue in a glass bowl or container.
Add in baking soda.
Add in baking soda.
Stir well.
Stir well.

Step 1

Pour glue into a container. Add in baking soda and mix well.

Add in 5 drops of food coloring and mix well.
Add in 5 drops of food coloring and mix well.

Step 2

Add in 5 drops of food coloring. Stir.

Slowly stir in a few squeezes of the eye drops. Begin kneading the slime, adding in more drops until you get a smooth, Silly Putty consistency.
Slowly stir in a few squeezes of the eye drops. Begin kneading the slime, adding in more drops until you get a smooth, Silly Putty consistency.

Step 3

Slowly squeeze in eye drops, using a few drops at a time. Stir well. Continue adding in drops, kneading your slime. We used the entire bottle of eye drops to get a smooth, Silly Putty consistency. If you don't have eye drops, you could easily swap in saline solution or contact lens solution.

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Step 4

Have fun!

We took our silly putty outside to minimize any mess making. Turns out, this doesn't make a mess at all! If you decide to keep your activity indoors, I recommend putting down some newspaper or a piece of cardboard to protect your counter top or table.

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Storage

To keep your silly putty slime from drying out, store it in a large Easter egg.

Have fun!

Keep your silly putty slime in a large Easter egg.
Keep your silly putty slime in a large Easter egg.

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      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        7 weeks ago from Ohio

        Yes, slime is all the rage! My son loved doing this and it didn't make a mess like traditional slime does. I hope your sister enjoys the project! Thank you for stopping by!

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        Sherry Haynes 

        7 weeks ago

        I have a 7 year old sister who keeps watching YT videos about making slime. After reading this, I think I would encourage her to do this. Thanks for sharing it!

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        Yes, typically they do. This was just a fun activity that my son convinced me to do and I was impressed with the results, so I wanted to share how to do it. :)

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        These types of articles always do well on HP. Happy Earnings!

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        Thank you, Peggy! I think the eye drops are what made this more of a silly putty consistency. It was a pleasant surprise!

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 months ago from Houston, Texas

        What a fun project for parents to help engage their children. The eye drops as an ingredient was a surprise.

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