Sometimes the greatest of life’s pleasures can be the simplest. Many people have fond memories of play-doh, silly putty, and those strange sparkly globs that were popular in the 90’s and 2000’s. There is something about goo, slime, and putty that seems to capture people’s attention regardless of age. Though these sorts of things have always been made and marketed to children, most adults can’t resist the temptation of pulling and pushing at a ball of the elastic stuff that has been presented to them. And why not? It’s a harmless toy (so long as one doesn’t eat it), and it’s one that nostalgic. Nowadays, people are able to buy these sorts of things in all kinds of stores, and can do so pretty easily. But this is a DIY era! There is not satisfaction like that of making your own time-waster, and learning to create your own goo has the added benefit of making you (or your children) feel like a mad scientist. So how does one go about making their own goo? Well, the easy answer is that there are a lot of ways. But there’s a difference between making slime and making a mess. There are several methods that utilize glue in the creation of slime and goo toys, but that can become a sticky situation very quickly. You want to feel like a mad scientist, after all, not just mad. So let’s look at a few ways you can make goo without relying on the glue.
- hair gel
- food coloring (if desired)
This method is great because it is actually fairly clean, and the ingredients used are items that you most likely already have laying around your household. First, you want to mix some salt and water together in a small bowl. Keeping that to the side, you next want to mix flour, shampoo, and hair gel. There’s A LOT of mixing to this, so you’re going to be spending a good deal of time using a spoon to get those three ingredients into a soapy soppy mess. As you go along, you can add food coloring to this mix to make the slime the color desired. After it has all been mixed into what looks like a smooth batter, you’ll want to start slowly adding in some of the water and salt. Add a bit of the mixture into the shampoo mix at a time, and continue to use the spoon to whirl the mess around. After some time (several minutes), the items in the bowl will begin to gain some solidity to them. It will be very soapy, so you’ll also want some regular water on hand to clean off the suds, but after more mixing time you’ll find yourself with a pretty smelling (depending on the shampoo used!) goo that you or your children can play with!
- Cornstarch (3 tablespoons)
- Yogurt (1 Tablespoon)
- food coloring
The Yogurt method may make you hungry…Or at least give you an excuse to use all those healthy yogurt packs that you bought on your last health nut kick that have since been left to hide in shame in the corner of your fridge. Don’t worry, this is a no judgment zone. You’re here to make slime, after all. With this method, you’re going to want to mix the yogurt (make sure it’s the simple and smooth kind, not the fruity and extra kind) in a bowl with some food coloring. Once it’s the color of your choice, you’re going to want to add three tablespoons of cornstarch. If you want to make more goo (and use up more of those yogurt packs), then simply make sure that you have three times the amount of cornstarch mixed in with the yogurt for however much yogurt you use. Cornstarch is going to help give the yogurt solidity and harden up, so you’re going to want to make sure you mix it all together really well. When it starts being able to come off the sides of the container, you can take it out of the bowl altogether and start using your hands to play with it, roll it, knead it, or stress-squeeze it. You’ll have yourself another glob of slime to play with…At least until that yogurt starts to go bad. But hey, at least then you’ll be able to say you finally used up that yogurt….Right?
Shaving Cream Slime
- Shaving Cream
- Suave Kids 3-in-1 Shampoo
For another clean and nice-smelling slime option, this time we’re going to turn to shaving cream (and more shampoo). Remember when I said that we would be avoiding the messes as much as possible? This is another option that’s going to help you feel the cleanliness. You’ll want to start off by putting about two tablespoons of shampoo into a mixing bowl. You can use a little more if you’re confident, but if you’re trying this out for the first time…Well, be cautious. You’re playing a mad scientist, but you probably don’t have an evil minion to clean up anything that goes out of the bowl. When you’ve gotten the amount of goo that you want in there, you’re going to want to add in an equal amount of shaving cream. Mix both of them together thoroughly until the mixture is about the same consistency throughout. Add in about a teaspoon of salt and mix again until all of these wonderful chemicals are smooth once more. Then, simply freeze the mixture for fifteen minutes or so. When you pull it out afterwards, you’ll have a fun and smooth-feeling glob of goo to play around with!
These three ideas are just some of the ways you can make goo and slime without using glue. One of the best things about the advent of the internet is that people are constantly learning how to do silly things and then sharing that knowledge with the rest of the world. There’s fluffy slime, (more) sparkly slime, neon slime….If you search the internet enough, I promise you that there’s a goo for you. But, in the meantime, these three recipes can give you an easy and quick start to diving into the world of slime-making. Be the life of the party with your created slime, or just destress and have fun tearing, tugging, and pulling at something that won’t break. Someone somewhere, i’m sure, once said: Slime is good for the soul.
How To Make Butter Slime
In today’s world, with instant access to hundreds of “How To’s” online, it certainly seems like we’ve entered the DIY Era. DIY stands for Do It Yourself, and that idea is bringing a lot of power into the hands of everyday people. True, the outcomes of it aren’t always the….best. But the attempt is half of the fun, and today’s society celebrates and jokes about the failures just as much as the successes of people trying to create something themselves. Now, this is all a very grand introduction to the type of DIY project we’ll be looking into today, but even small and simple projects should be made to feel special sometimes! You should feel accomplished for accomplishing something, even if that something is as simple as making butter slime!
That’s right, you heard me correctly. Today’s article, the big DIY project that we’re going to look at tackling together, is the process of making butter slime. Before you start to close out the tab, think about it. Goo is highly therapeutic. It’s simple and small and nostalgic. And, most importantly, it’s fun. What other reason do you need? There’s a ton of ways to make slime and goo, with different chemicals and materials. There’s shampoo slime, shaving cream slime, clay slime, and cornstarch slime, which is…..Well, it’s slime with cornstarch in it. Which is, I know, not very pleasant sounding but it’s what we’ll actually be working with. You can even make slime with lotion! Though, if you look up “How to Make Slime with Lotion”, you might want to be careful. Remember, it is the internet.
Anyways, on to the goo! We’ll want to start out by finding a good butter slime recipe to work from. There are tons of them out there, but for the purposes of this project we’ll want to look at how to make butter slime without clay. Clay is often an added and unnecessary ingredient to this project, and we want to be able to make this project as easy for the average person like you or me to do without going out and spending money (because how fun is that, really?). The magic butter recipes we find will utilize a variety of simple ingredients to make the slime. There’s a fun fact about this project and it’s that, even though we’re making butter slime, we’re not actually going to be using any butter! That’s right, no butter in butter slime. The name actually tends to come from the way that the slime feels once it is made.
Now that we have our recipe (courtesy of littlebinsforlittlehands.com), we’ll want to proceed with the goo creation! First, you’re going to need the following.
Ingredients For Butter Glue:
- White Washable PVA School Glue
- Liquid Starch
- Food Coloring (if desired)
- Bowl, spoon, and measuring cups
With this items in our arsenal, we’re set to make the best butter slime! First, we’ll want to mix a half-cup of glue and a half-cup of water together in a bowl. At this stage, if you wanted your butter slime to look any certain color, you can add the food coloring into the mixture to produce the desired result. Once that’s mixed in, we’ll also be adding in a half-cup of liquid starch, which should be very thoroughly worked in and stirred. To get that buttery feel that the slime was named after, we’ll finally want to add in between one to three tablespoons of powdered cornstarch. That will get the mixture the texture needed! Once all of that is stirred together, simply begin kneading the slime like its’ dough to finish creating your very own butter slime! This goo tends to last for quite a while, as long as you keep it stored in a sealed container and in the refrigerator when not in use. This makes it great for use with either children, or just for all of you poor broke college students who can’t afford to get these ingredients too often. Even if it’s left out on your coffee table, it should still hold up for a few days.
All in all, this is just one way to make butter slime, and butter slime is just one way that you can make slime! There are many ways that you can go about making slime, and I encourage you to go about exploring when you get the chance. Just remember that some methods are more reliable than others. And, if you decide to search for how to make slime with lotion, be careful. The pursuit of slime making can be a treacherous path.