Homemade Gak

Homemade Gak! This is the cheapest and best kid entertainment ever!! Recipe on { lilluna.com } Supplies needed include - glue, borax, water, and food coloring!

With it being Summer here in AZ, things are getting pretty HOT, and the kids aren’t as excited to play outside, so I thought it would be fun to make Homemade Gak – aka Slime (It’s something I made all the time with my cousin growing up!)

The recipe that was most similar to the one I used growing up is one I found HERE. It is so EASY and literally takes 2 minutes to make, but has provided HOURS (and I’m not even joking!), HOURS of entertainment!! Every day, for a week now, the kids have played with this gak for at least an hour each day. I’ve pulled out plastic cookie cutters and they go to town, and guess what?! I LOVE it!! It’s hardly any mess!!

Here is how you can make DIY Slime/Gak as well!

SUPPLIES:

– TWO 4 oz. bottles of Elmer’s Glue

– 1 tsp. Borax (found in the laundry detergent section of the store)

– Water

– Plastic Cup

– Bowl

– Food Coloring

DIRECTIONS:

Homemade Gak! This is the cheapest and best kid entertainment ever!! Recipe on { lilluna.com } Supplies needed include - glue, borax, water, and food coloring!

1. Gather all your supplies together.

Homemade Gak! This is the cheapest and best kid entertainment ever!! Recipe on { lilluna.com } Supplies needed include - glue, borax, water, and food coloring!

2. Begin by emptying the two bottles of glue into a bowl. Then fill bottles with warm water and shake. Empty into your bowl.

Homemade Gak! This is the cheapest and best kid entertainment ever!! Recipe on { lilluna.com } Supplies needed include - glue, borax, water, and food coloring!

3. Add some food coloring. I got Betty Crocker Neon Gel Food Colors and they worked FAB!! The Neon made it look awesome, but I ended up squeezing almost half the tube into the mixture because I wanted it to be really bright. 🙂 Set aside.

Homemade Gak! This is the cheapest and best kid entertainment ever!! Recipe on { lilluna.com } Supplies needed include - glue, borax, water, and food coloring!

4. Add ½ cup warm water to your cup. Add 1 tsp. borax to the water and mix until borax dissolves. Then pour this into your glue bowl. Start stirring and you will notice how it starts becoming stringy. Keep mixing by using your hands and squishing around. You will notice after a few minutes that it has become pretty gelatinous.

DIY Slime/Gak - takes a minute to make and provides hours of entertainment!

5. Let the kids play with it for a bit and it will become the perfect GOOEY consistency!

How to make slime

Homemade Gak! This is the cheapest and best kid entertainment ever!! Recipe on { lilluna.com } Supplies needed include - glue, borax, water, and food coloring!

So fun and so easy!! We have also made purple since and have pink gak in the line-up!

This is seriously the best homemade craft/project I’ve done with the kids in a long time. It doesn’t smell and get all over like other gooey substances and it’s so fun to play with! PLUS, it is super cheap to make!

Gotta love cheap entertainment! 😉

For VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS on how to make slime, watch below:

 

 

If you want to make a Glitter gak version go HERE:

How to make Glitter Gak!! The kids love the sparkle!! So easy to make and very inexpensive!

PS – Turn this into an inexpensive but cute gift! For the tutorial go HERE!

Gak Gift!! Very fun and inexpensive gift that kids will love!!

For more fun kids activities:

ENJOY!

Homemade Gak! This is the cheapest and best kid entertainment ever!! Supplies needed include - glue, borax, water, and food coloring!

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Comments:

  1. OH wow. Great idea! Now I know exactly what to do the next time I babysit my god-daughter. She’s a ball of energy full of curiosity so this should keep her distracted for a good while. Thanks for this!

  2. My 3 year old and I just made this. She LOVES it and it turned out perfectly.
    Can’t wait to try different colors.
    It’s already been 20 minutes of play with no signs of slowing down. This tired and pregnant momma thanks you!!

    1. I’m not quite sure what happened. I haven’t had that issue before. Did you stir the borax & water before adding it?

    1. I don’t have it in like a recipe card, like I do recipes. The instructions are just throughout the post. It is super fun to make!!

  3. I’m thinking about making this for a birthday party! Does this store well?? If I let them take some home in jars? Or is it a play one time with and throw away thing??

  4. Are you filling the two glue bottles completely with water? All the way to the top or just a little water to washout the remaining glue?

  5. if you take this on the road. when it gets hot does it melt and get all over the carpet? has anyone had that problem?

    1. It does stick to carpet, so be careful with that. Not sure about it melting. I haven’t brought it on road trips. It should be ok, as long as it’s not left in the car.

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