Looking through various crafts and projects on Pinterest, I came across quite a few variations on slime recipes. I remember making cornstarch slime when I was a kid, but these were almost all made using glue and Borax. The measurements and methods vary depending on which source you use, but the ingredients remain pretty much the same. I figured something that had this many people trying, modifying, and sharing must be fun to make and play with. And the idea of ‘melting hearts’ Valentines just seemed too cute to pass up.
The slime recipe was simple enough, fairly quick to make, and seems pretty foolproof. Plus I already had these little heart containers I picked up last year at the dollar store (10 for $1). Eventually I’ll get around to making little tags that say something along the lines of ‘You make my heart melt!’ Before I get to the recipe, I do want to share some pros and cons.
The pros: Like I already said, it was quick and easy to make and I’m optimistic the kids will love it. The end product isn’t nearly as tacky as I expected so, short of being mashed into rug and couch fibers, I’m hoping it won’t make for a messy gift. The simplicity of the recipe makes this one great to do with the kids (or so I would assume, mine is a bit young and was already in bed for the night, so he didn’t participate).
The cons: It’s really not my favorite kind of DIY. It calls for pre-made ingredients (glue) which can be good if you’re looking for a quick craft, but a bit dull and leaves little room for experimentation. The glue isn’t cheap. Another reason I only tried one recipe and didn’t experiment much. That and it’s a little bit of a pain to clean. The glue doesn’t rinse off the bowl without a bit of picking and scrubbing. Lastly, I prefer edible ingredients. We’re still in toddler mode and some friends with younger kids are still in the phase where EVERYTHING must be put in their mouths. For us, recipes with flour, salt, and other kitchen ingredients are best.
I do think this is a fun craft and would probably make for a neat weekend project for kids. I also think it’s a unique alternative to standard classroom Valentine cards with tattoos, stickers, lollipops, etc.
Glitter Glue Slime Recipe
Combine glitter glue and 1/2 cup water in a bowl and mix well.
In a separate container, mix 1 teaspoon Borax with remaining water.
Gradually pour Borax water into the bowl of glue. The glue mixture will begin to clump and the slime will start to form. Keep adding Borax water until the slime is no longer runny or sticky to the touch.
If you add too much Borax water, it’s okay. The excess water will remain the the bowl. You can dump it out when you are finished mixing and ready to transfer the slime into containers.
And that’s it. Your melting heart slime Valentines are ready for gifting.
- 6 ounce bottle of glitter glue
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 teaspoon Borax
Combine glitter glue and 1/2 cup water in a bowl. In a separate container, mix 1 teaspoon Borax with remaining water. Gradually pour Borax water into the bowl of glue. The glue mixture will begin to clump and the slime will start to form. Keep adding Borax water until the slime is no longer runny or sticky to the touch.