Coated clear slime recipe

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How To Make Clear Slime

Discover how to make clear slime that is so easy and quick to whip up.  Clear slime is one of the most searched terms on our website, so I wanted to make sure I had a great resource for making crystal clear homemade slime to share with you.  I&#;m talking about glitter, theme confetti, and mini treasures.  This clear slime recipe below shows you how to easily make transparent slime with clear glue.



There are two ways to get a super translucent clear slime. The first way is to make your slime with borax powder. You will find the full step by step directions for making clear slime with borax here.

Watch clear slime being made live here!

Borax powder makes a great crystal clear slime that looks like liquid glass. There&#;s a special tip at the end for how to get a super glossy slime too!  Yes, it is possible! Keep reading to find out the second way you can make clear slime, and our preferred clear slime recipe, that doesn&#;t use borax powder.


All of our holiday, seasonal, and everyday slimes use one of five basic slime recipesthat are super easy to make! We make slime all the time, and these have become our go-to favorite slime recipes!

Here we use our basic Saline Solution Slime recipe to make our clear slime.  Clear slime with saline solution is one of our favorite sensory play recipes!  We make it ALL the time because it is so quick and easy to whip up.   Four simple ingredients {one is water} are all you need.  Add color, glitter, sequins, and then you are done!

Where do I buy saline solution?

We pick up our saline solution in the grocery store! You can also find it on Amazon, Walmart, Target, and even at your pharmacy.

Note: If you are going to be adding food coloring for colored but transparent slime, you don&#;t have to specifically use a clear slime recipe. Any of our basic slime recipes will work just fine!


I always thought slime was too difficult to make, but then I tried it! Now we are hooked on it. Grab some saline solution and PVA glue and get started! We have even made slime with a small group of kids for a slime party!  This clear slime recipe below also makes a great slime to use in the classroom! Find our free printable slime labels here.

How To Make Clear Slime with Confetti


We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here!  Slime is an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too!   Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!

What’s slime science all about?  The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross-linking!

The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until&#;

You add the borate ions to the mixture,  and it then starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubbery like slime! Slime is a polymer.

Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms, the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!

Is slime a liquid or solid?

We call it a Non-Newtonian fluid because it&#;s a little bit of both!  Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?

Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? 

It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Find out more below&#;

How To Make Clear Slime Recipe with Fun Mix Ins


Kneading is an important part of the process and helps to make the slime less sticky. Should your slime still feel too sticky, add just a drop or two of saline solution to it and keep kneading.

If you add too much slime activator you may end up with a rubbery slime. Clear glue slime is already firmer then white glue slime. Really knead before choosing to add more activator.

You can now add more fun mix-ins like we did! We decided to make a simple clear slime and divide amongst condiment size containers to give to friends. Decorate each one in it&#;s own unique way with any combination of fun slime mix in goodies.

Your clear slime will have air bubbles in it still. If you let the slime rest in a container for a few days all the bubbles will rise to the surface and leave a crystal clear slime below! You can also gently tear off the crusty bubbly section instead of mixing it back into the slime!

How to make clear slime and add fun mix-ins like mini shells, chunky glitter, and little treasures

No more having to print out a WHOLE blog post for just one recipe!

Get our basic slime recipes in an easy to print format so you can knock out the activities!



This is our newest method for making crystal clear slime. Find out how to make clear slime without borax below.


  • 1/2 cup Clear PVA School Glue
  • 1 tablespoon Saline Solution (must contain boric acid and sodium borate)
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • 1//2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Measuring Cups, Spoons, Bowl
  • Fun Mix-Ins!


STEP 1:  Add 1/2 cup of clear glue to a bowl.

How To Make Clear Slime with Clear Glue

STEP  2:  In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1/2 tsp baking soda and dissolve.

How To Make Clear Slime Adding Saline Solution

How To Make Clear Slime with Modified Saline Solution Recipe

STEP 3: Gently stir the baking soda/water mixture into glue.

NOTE: This step is different from our traditional saline solution slime recipe.

How To Make Clear Slime Mixture

STEP 4: Add confetti and glitter if desired.

STEP 5:  Add 1 tbsp of saline solution to the mixture. Mix quickly until the slime pulls away from sides and bottom of the bowl.

How To Make Clear Slime : Mixing Slime

STEP 6:  Squeeze a few drops of saline solution (or contact solution is using) on your hands and continue to knead your slime by hand either in the bowl or on a tray.

How To Make Clear Slime


Here are a few ideas for fun things to add to your clear slime recipe!


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  • 1/2 cup clear PVA glue
  • 1 tbsp saline solution
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  1. Add 1/2 cup of clear glue to a bowl.

  2. In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1/2 tsp baking soda and dissolve.

  3. Gently stir the baking soda/water mixture into glue.

  4. Add confetti and glitter if desired and mix together.

  5. Add 1 tbsp of saline solution to the mixture. Mix quickly until the clear slime pulls away from sides and bottom of the bowl.

  6. Squeeze a few drops of saline solution (or contact solution is using) on your hands and continue to knead your clear slime by hand either in the bowl or on a tray.


It’s going to be a looooong winter. If you’ve run out of ways to keep your kids engaged while stuck at home, may we suggest a tried-and-true trend that's simple to pull off and is always knock-it-out-of-the-park fun: slime. There’s a reason why slime has been a go-to kids' craft for a while now: it’s fun, it’s creative, it gives terrific sensory input, it's a little bit ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response), and it can be made with stuff you probably have around the house anyway.

There are hundreds of different slime recipes on the internet, and I think our family has tried them all. Some use Borax, which we found too harsh. Others use everything from shampoo to yogurt, which were—honestly—a bit of a disaster.

Experimenting with slime concoctions is part of the fun, but if you’re looking for a tried-and-true recipe, this one, which we've modified slightly from the kids' book My Pet Slime, calls for just three ingredients and makes consistent, stretchy slime that holds up to plenty of play and adapts well to mix-ins. Read on for how to make our favorite recipe, as well as some of our favorite add-ins and alterations to keep this quiet-time activity engaging right through to the spring thaw.


Little boy joyfully mixing slime in a bowl. He's wearing a blue shirt and laughing.

Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Randazza

You don’t need an arsenal of tools to make slime, but here are our favorites for mixing, storing, and getting ideas.

Silicone spatulas

Honestly, a good, old-fashioned wooden spoon will do the trick but, once they've been submerged in glue, they always take a bit of scrubbing to get clean. We like these fully coated silicone spatulas by HiramWare that can either be washed down in a couple of swipes with some hot, soapy water, or tossed in the dishwasher.


Glass bowls are great, but the draw of Borax-free slime-making is that kids can be pretty independent when mixing it. For younger kids we like a simple set of plastic bowls, like these by Cook With Color. This set is non-porous and sturdy enough to stand up to overly-vigorous mixing by excitable children.

A dishwasher-safe board for kneading

This cutting board creates a non-porous surface that is perfect for kneading and playing with any and all slime creations—and it cleans up easily.

Storage containers

Slime isn’t meant to last forever, but with these air-tight storage containers it’ll at least last for a few days of repeat play.

A book of inspiration

If your kid already has a Ph.D. in Slimology this book will make slime-making exciting again. Ultimate Slime Extreme Edition is under $4 and is filled with ideas and inspiration that really do take slime to the extreme and will help you up your slime game.


Arm & Hammer, Elmer's Glue, glitter, food coloring, and lens solution lined up.

Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Randazza


White glue, clear glue, glitter glue—it all works and is pretty interchangeable in terms of glue-to-activator ratios. We like Elmer's Clear School Glue for its versatility. You can buy it in extra-large sizes and it’s super-adaptable to color, glitter, and any sort of add-ins and—if you want to make it opaque—you can just add shaving cream to make it cloudy and add a some fluffy texture. Whatever kind of glue you gravitate towards, just be sure it's labeled "school glue" otherwise it might be too heavy-duty for slime.

Baking soda

Any baking soda will do, but Arm & Hammer is tried and true and comes in extra large bags.

Contact lens solution

Read the label! The lens solution you buy will need to contain boric acid and sodium borate in order to effectively activate and set your slime. ReNu by Bausch & Lomb is often cited as a highly dependable brand for slime-making, but we've had great success with this generic brand from Target.

Shaving cream

Shaving cream is optional but is great for making a fluffy slime. Just start your slime recipe with three cups of shaving cream and its texture will be transformed. Make sure the shaving cream you buy is foamy, like this one by Smartly. Gel shaving creams won't mix as well.


Young boy in blue shirt smiling holding slime with eyeballs mixed in.

Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Randazza

The sky really is the limit to what you can add to your slime. We encourage experimentation, but here are some of our favorite add-ins.


A lot of people like to add acrylic paint to their slime and it does add a really nice, rich color. Acrylic paint is best when used with white school glue but it will make clear glue cloudy. We like using basic food coloring for versatility.

Styrofoam beads

These are fun to use for turning your slime into "floam," for a fun sensory experience. We like to experiment with adding beads and balls of varying sizes and colors.


Some prefer to buy glitter glue to mitigate the near-certain mess glitter makes, but we are a family that likes to flirt with disaster. Plus, using real glitter allows your child to experiment and customize the amount of sparkle they want. According to our 6-year-old expert, glitter glue is never "glittery enough." There's no argument that glitter is messy, but so is slime, so we tend go into this craft allowing for optimum fun—even if it does mean I have to pull out the vacuum for cleanup.


Okay, it doesn't have to be eyeballs specifically, but any sort of toys or crafting supplies makes for a fun and silly experience. That being said, eyeballs are pretty fantastic in slime and highly recommended.


Little boy in blue shirt happily pulling gold and glitter slime.

Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Randazza

Simplest 3-Ingredient Slime Recipe

Adapted from My Pet Slime by Courtney Sheinmel

Pour the glue into a bowl, then add the food coloring of your choice and give it a cursory stir. If your child wants to keep mixing, over-stirring isn't a problem, but it's not necessary to mix things in too thoroughly at this point.

Add the baking soda and mix it in until it's completely dissolved. If you want your slime to be extra stretchy, add a few tablespoons of water at this time.

Next add any glitter or add-ins you want and add the contact lens solution in small increments until the glue starts to separate from the sides of the bowl. The more solution you add, the firmer your slime will become, so be sure to take your time adding.

Knead, knead, knead! You may be surprised at how much kneading is required to fully mix the slime and get it feeling slimy but not sticky.

Nebula slime!

Little boy looking at slime stretching.

Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Randazza

This is our son's very own creation. Make the slime from the recipe above—ideally in a darker color like purple or blue—add copious amounts of glitter, and set aside. Then make fluffy slime from this recipe by Tinkerlab. When both slimes are made, twist and knead the two together for a really cool effect that resembles a deep-space nebula!


Young boy adding blue food coloring in blue bowl to slime.

Credit: Reviewed / Janelle Randazza

We've tried more slime recipes than I care to count. Here are some things we've learned along the way.

Be patient

Don’t be too hasty and add all of the contact solution at once. We like a slightly stickier and stretchy slime, so we only add 1 tablespoon. If you like your slime to have more snap, you can add up to 2 tablespoons, but take your time and do it in increments. The slime will come together; just give it a minute for the chemistry to work its magic. If you add too much activator too soon your slime will become rubbery and break when you pull it, instead of being malleable and stretchy.

Follow the order

Follow the order of ingredients to a "T." This is a chemical reaction, so going out of order will yield less-than-desirable results.

Have fun!

Slime is so much fun to experiment with and, as long as it doesn't get on a porous surface, it's easy to clean up—either with hot water and a sponge, or with more slime. This is definitely a kitchen activity, but it's a fun way for kids to learn that science can be creative.

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sensorys — Here is my current recipe for two different

Here is my current recipe for two different slimes!
This post does not use measurements, and these are basic steps. NO BORAX.

EDIT:I made a slime FAQ at the end of the recipe. Please check it out!

  1. elmer’s clear glue. white will work too
  2. liquid starch. I use faultless concentrated 
  3. food colouring. optional for color
  4. confetti/glitter. optional. I got mine at miniaturesweet
  5. mixing bowl, spoon, and a spatula
  6. lotion, nothing fancy
  7. air tight container to store
  1. Your slime will dry out if you do not have an air tight container to store it in.

  2. There is a lot of mixing. Make sure the tools, container, and your hands are clean before making AND using your slime so it doesn’t mold in storage.

  3. The more liquid starch you put in your glue, the less sticky it will become, HOWEVER, it will also become tough.
    To keep it stretchy, only use small amounts of liquid starch. The lotion is to get rid of the stickiness, the liquid starch is just to form the slime.

  4. When you want to play with your slime, make sure your hands are not dry. Use lotion to keep your skin moisturized before touching it.

  5. For clear slime, you need clear glue.
    Follow steps , and do not add the lotion at the end. It will be cloudy at first; let it sit for days and it will clear.

I haven’t figured out how to have clear, non-sticky slime yet. Will update ASAP.


1) Pour your glue into the mixing bowl. I use about ¼ of the bottle.

2) Add confetti, glitter, and a drop of food coloring if you want deco and/or colorful slime.

3) Mix it lightly.


This is the difficult part. The liquid starch is what forms the slime with the glue, and you will need to add it in small amounts in between stirring. Adding it too fast or too much at once will make it form too quickly, which will make it hard.

4) Add about a teaspoon of liquid starch to start.

5) Stir while continuing to add teaspoon amounts while mixing. You won’t need a lot of starch.

It will start to form right away and look like this


6) At this point, the slime will be formed, but not together; sort of stringy and clumped. This is when you start folding the slime together with the spatula.

7) Keep folding until you have a ball of slime. This will take a lot of folding and will be sticky when you touch it. If the slime is sticking to the spatula, add a bit more liquid starch. 
If it’s not sticking to the spatula but sticking to your fingers, it’s perfect.

If you want clear slime, skip steps Wait 3 to 5 days for the clouds to settle, and it will clear!

8) To get rid of the stickiness, coat the slime in lotion.

9) Use the spatula to spread it all over. I squish the slime flat then spread it, fold it, squish, spread, etc. to make sure it gets everywhere.


10) Once the slime is coated, pick it up and start folding it in your hand. It needs to be worked with to get the lotion fully spread. In this gif, my hands and the slime are both covered in lotion.


Squeeze it, stretch it, and knead it until its no longer sticky. Done! You may want to add more lotion or confetti if you think there isn’t enough.



Substitute for liquid starch?

If you can’t get liquid starch, use this detergent instead. Add the detergent as you would the starch. (Thank you monikugh for testing this out)

Can I use spray can liquid starch?

No, only bottled starch will work.

When I add the lotion, it just becomes way too sticky?

When you first use the lotion, it will be sticky. That’s why you start folding it together with the spatula. It will take a lot of folding until it comes together

Use a light, non-heavy or creamy, unscented lotion. Keep it basic. I use Lubriderm

If you feel you need a little more starch but already added the lotion, take the spatula and dip it in the liquid starch. Start to fold the slime and lotion together with the spatula.

What are the decorations in slime called? Where do you get them?

The little pieces in slime are called fimo canes. I get them here
The hollow heart/star confetti I get from here.

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