Ladybug Glitter Slime

This is our FAVORITE slime recipe of ALL TIME!

This is our FAVORITE slime recipe of ALL TIME!

Ooey-gooey perfection. We finally tried our hand at the sensory activity that is taking the internet (and your neighborhood grocer) by storm! I had to go to three stores before I found Elmer’s glue. And two of those were Wal-mart. The assistant that came over to stare at the empty glue shelf with me said all the glue was always gone because everyone is making “that slime stuff”.

“What do you need if for?”, she asked.

“Crafts” *cough*

We wanted to make red glitter slime to go with The Grouchy Ladybug, but as you can see in the picture above, red glitter slime was a swing and a definite miss. Our red food coloring turned the slime pink… and our red glitter turned the slime purple. So we gave up altogether and made green slime. It turned out pretty great the first time. We like hitting a home run on swing number one. It saves us from having to go back to the store and scavenge for glue like it’s the next Where’s Waldo in an orange cap. So make it red, make it green, or make it glittery, but be sure to make it.


  • 1- 4 oz bottle of Elmer’s Glue (we used the white school glue because it’s .74 cents. oh yeah.)
  • Food coloring or glitter (or both)
  • Clear Liquid detergent (about 2 TBS) (gentle baby detergent is clear. You can totally use any liquid detergent, it will just dye the slime that color)
  • Water (1 TBS)
  • Baking soda (1/2 tsp)
  • Small Bowl
  • Spoon

Let’s Make Slime!

Watch our video, or read our step-by-step instructions below!

  1. Pour the glue into a bowl
  2. Add the coloring or glitter and stir until well blended
  3. Add 2 TBS of liquid detergent and stir until the glob is well mixed and pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the baking soda to the water. Stir to combine. Dump half of the water mixture on the slime and stir. Add the rest of the water and stir.
  5. Now pick up the slime and work the water mixture into the slime. If the slime is still sticky, add some more water and baking soda.
  6. Smoosh, stretch, and squish to your heart’s delight!

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Author: Tawni

Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.

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