Kids love materials that let them get creative and a little messy! Play-doh, paint, and color slime are some of the staple artistic and playtime tools kids love to make and mess around with, especially after they start school.
While Play-doh and paint are easy enough to get at the store, color slime can be a little trickier to get a hold of. Fortunately, you can make your own slime using color powder, oftentimes even better than what you could purchase separately! The right color powder, in fact, can make your slime creations look vibrant, fun, and multicolored if you like!
But where should you start? Today, let’s break down how to make slime using color powder in detail.
Materials Needed to Make Slime with Color Powder
Before you get started making color powder, keep in mind that you should gather some key materials beforehand. Making sure you have all the materials ready before you start your color powder slime alchemy will make the process much easier!
For starters, you’ll need fantastic color powder packets. The ones we sell at Color Powder Supply Co. are perfect for making color slime, as they’re affordable and come in several different colors, ranging from green to blue to red to orange to yellow. No matter what color slime your kids want to make, you can rest assured that you can find just the right color powder with our selection.
In addition to color powder, you’ll need to gather a few extra ingredients and tools to make slime, including:
- A sizable plastic bin, tub, or other container
- A glass bowl for mixing
- Warm water
- Some glue – any type of glue will do, but you should stay away from permanent glue and opt for craft glue like Elmer’s. It’ll work better for the slime and be much easier to clean up without as many potential hazards
- Borax, which is a type of soap. Note that borax can be toxic if it is ingested, so you should only make color slime if your kids are old enough to know not to put ingredients in their mouths
- Scissors and a plastic bag or container for storage – these last two tools are optional, but highly recommended
In total, you shouldn’t need to spend more than $50-$60 to get all the things you need to make slime with color powder. If you buy color powder in bulk, you can save even more money if you know that you’ll need to create slime with your kids frequently in the future (e.g., If you’re a teacher and are teaching your kids how to create slime as a class).
Making Slime Using Color Powder Step-by-Step
Now let’s take a deep dive into the specific process of making color powder with slime. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy!
Step 1 – Add Initial Ingredients
To start, squeeze one-half of a cup or 4 ounces of glue into a glass bowl. Don’t overdo it on the glue, or your slime mixture will end up being a little too thick for shaping and play. You’ll also want to mix in half a cup or 4 ounces of warm water.
Pro tip: to always add the right amount of glue and water, remember that you need equal parts of both.
Step 2 – Color the Slime
Next, it’s time to decide what color your eventual slime will be. You should add a few drops of food coloring or a few pinches of color powder. The best part is you can keep adding more color powder to see what the mixture looks like so you can get it exactly as vibrant and colorful as you like.
However, pay attention to the viscosity and wetness of the mixture. If things are looking a little dry, add a bit more water and glue to balance the slime once again.
Step 3 – Add Borax
Now it’s time to add the borax. You should add one teaspoon of borax to half a cup of water in a separate plastic container. Mix both of these ingredients carefully and thoroughly before adding them to the primary slime mixture.
Step 4 – Add and Mix!
At this stage, progressively add the borax and water solution to the glue mixture that has already been colored with color powder. Stir the slime mixture in one direction until it begins to thicken thoroughly.
Don’t add all the borax mixture at once! In some cases, you may not need to add all of the borax/water mixture to your slime to get the desired tension and thickness.
Step 5 – Knead the Slime
Here’s where it gets fun. Have your kids knead the slime mixture. In the beginning, it’ll be pretty wet and even a little gooey. However, the slime mixture will gradually thicken up and become stringy before finally holding itself together.
Continue kneading the slime until it’s pretty easy to hold, play with, and stretch out.
Step 6 – Storage
After you make color powder slime, you might want to keep it around for a while. To store your color slime properly, put it in a plastic bag with a zip top. Alternatively, put your slime in a sealable container. You can keep either container on the counter or in the refrigerator for about two weeks before it should be thrown away.
Tips & Tricks for Making Slime
Want to really go crazy with making color slime? Keep these tips and tricks in mind to make the process easier and to give your kids the tools they need to express themselves:
- Try shaping slime with scissors. Usually, cookie cutters are sharp enough to do the job, so use safety scissors or art scissors instead
- Mix some glitter, beads, and other extra ingredients into the formula described earlier. None of these extra ingredients should affect the overall thickness of the color slime formula
- To help slime harden, put it in the refrigerator shortly after making it. You can also have your kids make sculptures or art pieces with their color powder slime and freeze them to make them “permanent”
- Add some eyeshadow or makeup to the mix for even more color depth and possibilities. For example, you can add color powder to your color slime, then also mix in some eyeshadow to darken the primary shade
Slime-Making Safety Precautions
Making slime also means keeping safety in mind. For starters, teach your kids not to put their fingers in their mouths when making any slime mixture. Borax is toxic, but it’s also not a good idea to ingest color powder, glue, or any other ingredients!
At the same time, it might be a wise choice to have your kids wear safety goggles when mixing the color slime. At the earliest stages, the color slime can be wet and splashy. It’s easier than you think for droplets to get into the eyes. So long as everyone wears the right safety gear, they’ll have a good time making slime for their games and imagination.
Fun Ways to Play with Color Powder Slime
Speaking of games, there are lots of ways you can use color powder slime to have a great time in the classroom, outside, and in the house. A few examples include:
- Challenge your kids to stretch their slime creations as far as possible before they break! You can even hold a competition to see who made the “best” color slime in terms of stretchiness
- Tell your kids to make special shapes or sculptures out of their slime material
- Use slime to make swirls, trees, and other interesting shapes on art desks or tabletops
The sky’s the limit, so encourage your kids to get creative!
Cleaning Up and Disposing of Color Powder Slime
Slime is a lot of fun to play with, especially when you make it yourself. But sooner or later, it’ll be time to clean up.
Luckily, cleaning color powder slime is pretty straightforward:
- First, mix vinegar and water at a ratio of 2 to 1 (e.g., 1 cup water with 2 cups vinegar)
- Sprinkle baking soda over the slime you want to clean up, or a slimy spot on the carpet or tabletops that you need to clean
- Spray the slime spot or slime mixture with vinegar and water. Let the vinegar and water mixed with the baking soda
- Wait for 10 minutes, then use a scrub brush to clean the stain or to scrape up the slime on the floor or table. Then just take a paper towel to get any remaining particulates
All in all, color slime is easy enough to make and pretty quick to clean up once you have the right tools. Whether you’re a teacher or are a parent looking to entertain your kids, you can help them get started with slime creation in no time once you pick up the right color powder for their needs.
Fortunately, Color Powder Supply Co. has just the color powder you need, ranging from color powder in bulk to smaller color powder packets that are perfect for one-time slime creation fun. Check out our selection today!