how to make mermaid slime
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How to Make Mermaid Slime

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Slime has definitely been all the craze lately. So we jumped in to see what the fuss is all about. We have been practicing with DIY and store bought slime kits to find the perfect consistency to recreate our own slime recipe. We are finally ready to share one of our favorites with you, with a step by step guide on how to make mermaid slime.


how to make mermaid slime


This mermaid slime recipe is perfect for a mermaid-themed party. The clear and glittery look, make this mermaid slime resemble a mermaid tail perfectly! Or you can make this mermaid slime just for fun! When stored inย  an air tight container or Ziploc bag, this mermaid slime will last over a week!


how to make mermaid slime


DIY Slime vs Slime Kits

After trying several kits, we prefer to make our own slime. Most slime kits we have tried have been too sticky to even play with. You can see for yourself with this Glow in the Dark Slime Kit video we recorded. The only slime kit success we have had is with this slime case. The slime in this slime case was the perfect consistency and easy to make. We also love how it comes with different glitters and charms to customize your slime. The only downside is it is almost too easy to make and you miss out on the fun of making it. But you do end up with a great case to store all your DIY slime accessories in and slime to play with!


how to make mermaid slime


What is Slime?

The advantage to making your own slime is you get a little science lesson as well. Slime is a polymer (similar to the instant snow and oobleck we have made) because it has qualities of both a solid and a liquid. When you add boric acid to the glue, it counteracts the glue and forms the substance of slime which can be shaped and stretched. It is a lot of fun to watch as the contact solution (boric acid) turns the glue into slime. If you love a good science project like we do, you can find more science ideas here.


how to make mermaid slime


Ingredients for Mermaid Slime

Making slime is usually very inexpensive and takes very few ingredients. For the most basic slime, all you’ll need is Elmer’s glue and either borax or contact solution. You can then add and customize depending on the type of slime you’d like to make. Today, I am here to show you how to make mermaid slime.


how to make mermaid slime


For this mermaid slime recipe you’ll need:

2 Bottles of Elmer’s Glitter Glue. We made 2 batches and mixed the green and blue together for one batch and the purple and pink together for another. You could also use clear glue and add food coloring and glitter to it. White glue will work also, you just won’t get the cool opaque feature like you do with the clear glue.

Glitter!! We used 1 small container of a larger sized glitter for each recipe. If you are using glitter glue, you could eliminate this to be more cost effective, but we love the look of all the glitter in this recipe.

2 TBSP of water. This step is optional. If you add the water, it will make your slime stretchier. It literally stretches for days!


how to make mermaid slime


1 – 2 TBSP of Contact Solution. It is very important that the brand you choose has boric acid and sodium borate.

1/2 TBSP of baking soda.

You can watch the full tutorial video here before you get started!



How to Make Mermaid Slime

First you’ll mix your glues together in a bowl. We used all of the blue and half of the green. If you want more of a teal, you can use a little less green. Since the purple was such a small size, we used all of the pink and purple for the second batch.


how to make mermaid slime


Next, you’ll stir in the glitter, followed by the 1/2 TBSP of baking soda and 2 TBSP of water.


how to make mermaid slime


Then it’s time for the fun part! You’ll want to slowly stir in the contact solution, starting with 1 TBSP. If you add too much, the slime will be very hard to play with. Like we did with this DIY Cotton Candy Fluffy Slime that we made.

You’ll immediately start to see the mixture turn to slime. Once you see the mixture begin to turn to slime, but it is still very sticky, you’ll want to mix it with your hands. This will keep you from adding too much contact solution. As you play with it, it will get less sticky. You can then add a few drops of contact solution here and there until it no longer sticks to your hands. But make sure you kneed and play with the slime for a few minutes each time you add more contact solution before adding more.


how to make mermaid slime


You’ll want to store your mermaid slime in an air tight container or Ziploc bag. This slime will last at least a week, but ours lasted much longer!

We hope you enjoyed learning how to make mermaid slime for all the mermaid obsessed fans out there!


how to make mermaid slime


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    May 24, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    We LOVE making slime! Never tried with glitter glues. Great way to keep the kids entertained,and me too lol

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    May 24, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I had no idea that you could use contact solution for this! That’s both fascinating and a little disturbing to think I put it in my eye. But anyway… this is an awesome project for little ones. I don’t have any little ones but I might have to try it anyway…

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    May 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    We enjoy doing our our projects and experiments here at home. What child does not enjoy slime? I pinned this to share with others. Happy playing!

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    May 24, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    We love the glitter glue! Now we have a new project we can do with it! Thanks!

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    May 24, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Fun! Love the glittery. My daughter is beginning to love play doh, and I’m thinking slime would be a lot less messy! I’ll have to give the mermaid slime a try!

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    May 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Very cute! I would never have guessed that contact solution would work!

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    Ashley Reese
    May 24, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    This slime looks so fun to make and play with! I know some slime lovers, so Iโ€™ll have to share this with them!

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    May 24, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I love this idea! I have a 3 year old granddaughter…guess what we’ll be making? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    My daughter loves making slime, too. I haven’t tried it with glitter yet, and the Elmer’s glue is a great way to do that. I probably would’ve just dumped some glitter in it. I love the colors, too!

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    Candi Randolph
    May 24, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Well, if I ever want to make slime I’ll know where to go for the recipe! I love the photos of the girls with their concoctions ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 24, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Slime has taken over our entire house! My girls make it constantly. About half the videos on our YouTube channel are slime. My daughter’s room needs new carpet because of SLIME!

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      Kristi Ann
      May 24, 2018 at 11:52 pm

      Haha!!! So glad I am not the only one! What is their channel?

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    May 24, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    This is such a great idea – my daughters would love to make their own. I love the idea of using the contact solution and would never have considered it before this.

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    Ina at Crafty For Home
    May 24, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    We made this with contact solutions too, kids had so much fun play with it

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    May 25, 2018 at 1:06 am

    I love that you are teaching your kids about polymers, borax, and boric acid. You are developing smart little mermaids.

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    May 25, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Fun summer activity! I’ll need to try this!

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    May 25, 2018 at 3:37 am

    This looks so fun! We love making and playing with any kind of slime!

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    May 25, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Looks like such a fun product!

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    May 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    My sister in law will either hate or love me for this ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 25, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    I wonder if my good friend daughter know about the glittery slime ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    May 25, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    This is great, I may be willing to try this one. My girls love mermaids and want to make slime really bad.

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    May 26, 2018 at 2:11 am

    What a fun kid activity! I have to share it with my daughter who is a nanny!

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    May 26, 2018 at 2:31 am

    We instituted a slime ban in our house. But Iโ€™m thinking itโ€™s time to break the ban so we can make this! Perfect activity for summer fun!

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    May 29, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    I love glitter! It definitely gives slime-making a more interesting twist. My son has been able to make his own slime at a workshop before but it didn’t have glitter.

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    Oyinkan Ogunleye
    May 30, 2018 at 3:51 am

    My friends’ kids love slime! They’re so into it and make videos about it!

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    May 30, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    This is a fun activity for kids. The glitter adds accent to the slime.

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    June 2, 2018 at 1:49 am

    Mermaid glue looks so fun! I have a 7 and 3-year-old, and we’ve been making different kinds of slimes lately, so we’ll definitely try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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