Homemade Gak

Activities · May 10, 2017

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!!

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

 

 

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!

MY OTHER RECIPES

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. πŸ™‚ 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 1/2 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 prettyΒ 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! πŸ˜‰

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!

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sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more

ok my kid would love that!

Jennie Larsen

this is AWESOME FOR SUMMER TIME! my kids would love it. Thanks for sharing. jen

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, Miss Jen!! You’re so sweet!! Your kiddos will love it! Let me know if you give it a go. πŸ™‚

      pedro

      Lil i love your websit i love playing with the gak thanks alot ;]

kelsey bang

you seriously are the cutest mom ever! i LOVE it! i want to make this! fun!

    Lil' Luna

    LOL!!! You’re too nice, Kelsey!!! I try to do fun things with the kiddos to help us both stay sane – haha!

alicia

FYI- If you use clear elmers glue (usually right by the normal white kind) it doesn’t take near as much coloring to make it brighter! It works great.

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks for the awesome tip, Alicia. I’m going to try that next time we make it. Thanks again!!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Oh goodness, I remember gak! Making the funny noises is always a kid favorite. πŸ˜‰

    Lil' Luna

    LOL!!! My kids love the funny noises. And they love when I make bubbles with it pressing it up against my mouth – haha!!

      Lisa

      I tried to make this I followed the directions correctly but mine is like a hard ball, it wont stretch, it pulls apart. What dii do wrong? Help please πŸ™

        Lisa

        *did I* Sorry my keyboard gets stuck on some letters. I really need to start proof reading before posting.

          Lil' Luna

          I would just keep working at it until it is smooth… it takes several minutes to work on it. And I’ve made it once or twice where there was excess water. Not sure why I had it that time when I haven’t ever had it before.

        Amber

        Not sure if you will see this, but I just did the same thing tonight. I split the recipe in half to make 2 different colors, one for each kid. The first one came out great, but the second one was a hard ball that we couldn’t do anything with.

        Here is what I think I did wrong, I forgot to stir up the food coloring and water into the glue and added the borax. I think I added a little bit too much borax too, so I am going to make sure that I am very careful with that next time, and then make sure I mix everything up good. I was just in a hurry to get the second one done for my son to play with and in the end, my daughter split hers in half to share with her brother(with no prompting from me, so I am happy).

          Lil' Luna

          Thanks for the comment, Amber and sorry the second batch didn’t turn out. I would definitely be sure to mix it all up well and use the exact measurements for the borax. Hopefully, that will help next time. PS – So sweet your daughter shared. πŸ™‚

Karri Reiser

I love Gak. When I taught preschool I used to make it all the time for the kids. So far my little one is still putting everything in her mouth so I’m going to have to wait a little while before I give it a try with her.

    Lil' Luna

    Yeah, unfortunately I’ve found some in my 1 year olds mouth but the 2 and 4 year old love it! πŸ˜€

Amanda @ Serenity Now

Too fun! My girls would love this. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing…visiting from TT&J!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, Amanda! I know your girls will love it!! We made pink and purple in the last week (my daughter’s fav colors) so she’s been having a ball with “her” gak. LOL! πŸ˜€

kianne C. Courtney

You have very great ideas, I’m glad to stop on your blog and learn so many things about it… I do appreciate this simple but worthy. It motivates me to do the rest effectively…

Ashley @ Cherishedbliss

OMG this looks like so much fun! I am kinda a big fan of borax! It has so many uses! : )

    Lil' Luna

    Borax is definitely awesome! I’m just sad we hadn’t made it before. It’s awesome!!

Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

I am like the worst mom ever, if there is any chance they can make a mess I don’t do it LOL. But a few of those don’t look too messy:)

liz

We just made purple Gak and my daughter is the happiest 8 year old ever!Seriously! :)Thank you so much for this!I love your blog! πŸ™‚

Merek Davis

Found this via pinterest. I don’t even have kids and I’m totally making it this weekend. Thanks!

    Lil' Luna

    LOL!! Did you end up making it?! Even the hubby and I admit that we like playing with it. πŸ˜€

      Merek Davis

      I did! I can’t stop playing. My wife thinks I’m crazy. I even packed some into a ballon and it made for a nice little stress ball. Popped it though. Will make another one soon πŸ™‚

Tiffany

Thank you so much for this! I just made it with my 3 year old but I must of done something wrong….it almost crumbles instead of stretches. Could it be because I used the clear Elmers? So I can do it right next time πŸ™‚

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Tiffany!! So sorry about the gak. I have no idea why it crumbled. I have never used the clear Elmer’s and only the white and have never had issues. If you try it again with white and it works fine, let me know, so I can be sure to let other readers know about the problem too. πŸ™

      Tiffany

      I’m getting some more glue at the store today, I also want to try the bouncy ball recipe! I’ll let you know if it worked out this time. My 3 year old loved to play with it anyway though πŸ™‚

    TiffanyZ

    Hi Tiffany,
    I have made this several times. It always turned out and then all of a sudden, each batch was crumbly. I realized that I was not mixing the glue and water before adding the borax. I was just dumping all of the ingrediants in. The trick is to mix the glue, water and food coloring WELL, before adding your 1/2 water with borax. Also make sure all of the water is very warm.
    Good luck!

Heather

Please remember that Borax is TOXIC and have your children wash their hands when they’re done playing with it πŸ™‚ we are gonna stick to regular ole salt dough!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks for the reminder! πŸ˜€

      Jana

      Do you think it would be possible to substitute Borax with something non-toxic to achieve the same/similar consistency?

    Kimberly Beaty

    Just in case this might be of interest – the Material Safety Data Sheet – one of those official study lists – labels Borax as a health hazard rating of 1. This is the same rating given to salt and baking soda. It is non-carcenogenic, it does not penetrate the skin well, and it is not bio-accumulative. In short, from my personal experience and study, this would not cause any health hazard for Gak lovers. πŸ™‚ Hope this helps.

    Thank you for a fun idea for my kiddos that I had forgotten about. They will rise up and call you blessed. πŸ™‚

    millicent

    Borax is no more toxic than salt or baking soda!!!!!!!! Just don’t ingest large quantities. Sometimes Borax is confused with boric acid, which is more toxic.

      millicent

      Oops! Just read above post!

    Becca

    We made this for my son’s mad scientist birthday party, but instead of Borax we used equal parts liquid starch, Elmers glue and water. It worked great and no worries about anything toxic.

Cammi

Please tell me your hands are completely stained too!?!!??

    Lil' Luna

    You know what, they weren’t at all!!! Here’s the sad thing… I got the Neon Food Coloring. We made neon green and a few days later neon purple. Then, we decided to make hot pink. It was my hubby’s grandma’s funeral and my mom came to watch the kids for us, so I wanted to make a fresh batch of gak to entertain the kiddos. I was running behind and asked the hubby to finish it off for me. Well, he did but it turned his hands hot pink!! And we were headed straight to the funeral and he couldn’t wash it off. I felt so bad!!! He thought I knew it stained but the green and purple hadn’t. Makes me wonder what color you did and if only certain colors stain. So sorry about that!

      Becca

      If you mix the food coloring with the water first it shouldn’t stain. DIdn’t for us!

        Cheryl

        Thanks for the tip. My grandkids and I didn’t mix it with water first. We made neon purple and neon blue. the kids have beautifully colored hands. We’ve scrubbed a few times with Dawn and it did take most of it off but they still looked stained and they have school tomorrow. Their teachers will know their crazy Mimi( they know me as I’m a retired teacher) is at it again. lol

          Lil' Luna

          Hi Cheryl!! So sorry about that. I have a feeling that any dark color will do that so to prevent stained hands I would try lighter colors. We made purple but it only lasted on our hands for a few hours.

Holly

Hi I recently discovered your website and love it! I am trying to be more creative with fun projects for my boys (ages almost 4 and 1). I love being at home with them and I love creative projects, I just need someone to help give me ideas, lol! And I’ve learned I need to plan ahead better (have all the supplies on hand and set aside time to do it). My 3 year old and I just made the Gak (blue his favorite color) while my 1 year old nap and it has been over and hour and he is still playing with it! Thanks! I look forward to more fun ideas!

Francesca

I was wondering how much this would make? Is it enough for 6 or 7 kids?

Maria

I made this today for my son. It was so simple and quick. I can’t wait to do this again with his cousins, and possibly next year at his birthday party for an activity and a take-home gift for the kids!!

Mandy (Mandy's Recipe Box)

Ok We just made this and it is extremely messy! We did everything you did, but maybe it needs more borax? I’m gonna try that next time. It just clings to our hands rather than like the store bought which is more solid. Fun though, if I can get it to turn out right! Thanks!

Tom

This is awesome!! We just made some and it came out great!! Question.. Does it store well? Can you use it a week later or is it a one and done?

Thanks!!

    sharla

    Hi Kristyn- This does store well, btw. I am glad to see you post this. I posted this back in 2009 – link : http://mygratitudeattitudes.blogspot.com/2009/01/making-glurch-creative-play-for-kids.html
    And it was amazing how much “crap” I got from people. It was posted on another big kids website too back in 09, and the rude comments were unbelivable.. I even posted the same link as you- Steve Spangler Science. People were very concerned about the Borax. There is the tiniest bit of Borax, which is not as toxic as everyone believes. It is toxic if you pour it in your eye. I personally would be more concerned about the children eating the glue. lol. But in all my years of teaching, and making this with children from preschool to 2nd grade, I have never had a child once try to ingest this. It is a fun “science” project. We use Borax to clean everything at hour house. It is laundry soap, not the stuff you kill bugs with – that is totally different- and I think people get very confused. Sorry for my little “rant” but I just wanted to thank you for the repost. It is a super fun summer activity. It will store for several days also- but usually it is a one time thing at our house. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing so much fun stuff! -sharla

      Lil' Luna

      Thanks for the note, Sharla! We have made it several times and I have yet to see any of my kids ranging 1 – 4 try to ingest it. We love it and will continue to make it. πŸ™‚

Jess

I let all the daycare kiddos make their own today, it was a huge hit! Even the older kids who get bored easily loved it! Thanks for the wonderful, and inexpensive idea!

Heather A.

I just made this for my daughter to play with and I disappointed with how it stains anything it touches (due to the food coloring). I don’t want to skip out on the color (that’s part of the fun!!!), but I also don’t want my nice couch, clothes, walls, etc. stained to high heaven. I didn’t use the Betty Crocker brand food coloring b/c I already had some McCormick neon coloring. It’s the regular kind of coloring-liquid, not gel.

I did read in the comments about your hubby’s hands getting stained with the pink… that is the color I tried. I will try another color next time (I only had enough glue for one batch) and see, but I was just curious if you’d heard from anyone else about this and found a solution πŸ™‚ Seems strange that it would be a “pink only” thing…

Thanks!!!

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Heather! Thanks for the comment. I have no idea why the pink stained. We have made purple, red, green and orange with the neon gel colors and none of those stained – only the hot pink. Still haven’t heard a solution for the colors, but will let you know if I do. Sorry about that. πŸ™

    Sandy

    I just made it and its a total flop. My hands are green as are grdaughter The stuff is rock solid. Total waste.

      Lil' Luna

      I’m so sorry, Sandy. I haven’t had anyone have this problem before. I have made it countless times now and have never had this issue. :/

Martha

Just made this today after pinning it on Pinterest a couple weeks ago. It works great! We do get a few clingy pieces, but no one seems to mind. I don’t have any food coloring so ours is just plain ol’ white. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to pass it on to others. I wrapped mine in plastic wrap, but is there a better way to store it?

Karen Ramos

This is great!! I Just made this for my niece and nephew while baby-sitting them and they are LOVING it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. When I was in 6th grade my teacher presented us with this for a science project and I always loved it!

Crystal

How long does the gal last?

jamie

I made this with my 2 year old this morning and it was a big hit. I had to nurse my daughter so I set him in his high chair with a few cookie cutters and let him have at it. Unfortunate I got distracted with my daughter who had a diaper disaster and when I came back the gak had gotten onto his shirt, the fabric cover on the high chair, the chair cushion and the floor. I had no problem removing it from hard surfaces but I think the cushion is ruined (it was old anyway) and I’m concerned about washing the shirt and fabric cover on the high chair. Anyone else have this experience??? We used blue dye, which stained our hands πŸ™

    Anna

    Vinegar will disolve it and get it out of almost anything.

Anna Drenth

Add a bunch of sparkles right as is takes shape, and you have glittery slim πŸ™‚ my girls love it

    Lil' Luna

    Great tip!! Thanks, Anna!! PS – Do the sparkles get all over or do they stay in the slime pretty well?

JANUEL

I’m a nanny and this is a great idea for the al out 2 year old I care for, also a great gift idea for her!
How long does it last for?

Anndei

I just made this for my kids, they’re having a blast!!! Instead of food coloring I used an envelope of Kool-aid, not only the color came out bright but it smells amazing too!!! It hasn’t stained their hands or anything so far, I’ll report back if it does.
Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!!!!!!!

Jessica

Thank you so much for sharing! This was one of my favorite things as a kid and would love to introduce it to MY kids!!! I am going to attempt to make this tomorrow lol thanks again for sharing and lovin your site!!!

Patrina

Thanks for the recipe. My family just made it and it couldn’t have been easier. I recently found your blog and I am hooked already! Thanks again!

nicole

We made this with green and it worked out fine, no sticky pieces. We took it to a play date and left it to share the gift πŸ™‚ but we made orange today & I have sticky bits everywhere… More borax? Less? More water? No orange? Help! We want to make this work my kiddo loves it!

heathere

Wow! what a great idea! I think we will make orange this year for Halloween! PUMPKIN PUTTY!

Jenna

This is so cool! My boys would love me forever {hopefully they will anyway!} if I made this with them! Must try.

Wendy

We made this a couple days ago, and it was so fun! They quickly figured out how to push it down into a slightly tapered cup to make some really fun noises, too! Fun with flatulence!!! lol!

    Lil' Luna

    LOL!! LOVE it! So glad they had fun. πŸ™‚

Caddie

This is brilliant! Definitely want to try this….now I just have to figure out what the South African version of Borax is! πŸ™‚

    Leigh

    Hey Caddie, II’m South African and made some today – you can get Borax at PnP in a small white and tan container- Robertsons brand – usually in the same place as the washing powders, although I’m sure hardware shops would be able to help you as well… And I’m assuming school glue is the same as wood glue – although ours has a bit of a chemical smell – but I made a huge batch so that might be why!

      alain

      Did you try it? Did it work? I want to make it but I can’t find Elmers glue in South Africa.

        Leigh

        Hey Alain,
        I did try it – the chemical smell didn’t go away and the ingredient amounts were way off – I think wood glue is too strong! I’m thinking of trying that Pritt craft glue – it’s also in a little bottle. I haven’t gotten around to it yet – maybe give it a go and let us know?
        There’s a shop in the city where I work called Hall’s Adhesives – I’m thinking of popping in there to see what they have too…

Laurie

Our gak is now losing water after about 2 months. Is that normal? Can I do something to save it?

Lauryn

Uh, what if you don’t have Borax? Do you have to use it?

    Lil' Luna

    I’m pretty sure it won’t work without borax. There may be other recipes on the web that don’t include it, but I know for sure this one needs it. :/

      Anne

      When I make this, I use equal amounts of glue to liquid starch. Mix it the same way. Works awesome!!

Fawn

This is so awesome! Thank you. My kids loved this.

Lydia

i love squshie things post more

ann parlett

Great idea!!!.. Santa’s bigger is supper tight this year this is cheap and cool. Thanks.

Yanira

Hi, I just made this for my 2 year old yesterday and he LOVED it. I’m just wondering how long this is supposed to last. When we finished playing with it I put it in a ziplock bag. When he woke up from his nap he wanted to play with it again so I got it and noticed a large amount of water had seeped out of it. I poured off the excess and we played with it for quite a while. Now the next day about half of it has turned to water. We are playing with the remaining half but I’m wondering is it supposed to last longer?

    Helen

    When I read this I thought it was such a great idea for my 2 year old! but when I tried to make it it turned out very rubbery and hard, I am unable to stretch it like it should be. I was wondering in the recipe it says to add water to the glue bottles and swoosh them and pour out.. So how much water do I pour into the bottles? Maybe that makes a difference?

      Yanira

      Helen I believe the recipe says to fill the glue bottles with water, swish around and empty that water into the bowl mix with the glue already in it. That’s what I did and it worked out well.

Nancy Rose

Thank you soo much for the gak recipe! That will be perfect for making at my kindergartener’s birthday party!

Melanie

Are you supposed to have a bunch of excess water in the bowl? I followed all the directions like I was supposed to and I have a glob of stuff swimming in a bunch of water.

Casey

This did not work! I ended up with really chucky, not “Gak” like mess and purple hands.

Sandra Bradford

This is wonderful. I remember this from many years ago, but we just called it slimmed…….I love smearing my brother with it……I am ordering this for my grandson, but will have to use some for Uncle Bub…….

Bethany

Thanks so much! My kids have been begging for me to buy this! I will now be adding this to their stockings!

    Lil' Luna

    So glad you like it!! Your kids will LOVE it πŸ˜€

Melisa

Did anyone have any issues with the “gak” staining hands after playing? I’m thinking I may have added a little to much dye.

Lindsey

I decided I didn’t have enough stocking stuffers but I had reached my holiday budget. So I was stoked when I found this recipe! I made it and it turned out fab!!!! I had such a blast making it that I ened up making 8 batches. I have 5 kids so I’ll have back up for the rest of xmas break. But I’d just like to thank you! This is a great idea. And with store bought gak costing $7 for .4 lbs it’s an awesome way to save money since it only cost about $2.50 a pound to make at home. Thank you soooo much! It’ll help the kids stay busy and me sane without going into debt!

    Lil' Luna

    Yay!! SO glad you made this and that it turned out. It really is such a fun and easy gift that the kids will LOVE. I hope it helps provide hours of entertainment over break. Merry Christmas!!

Lisa

Tried to make this but it turned out like a rubber ball. It wont stretch it breaks in to pieces when pulled. What did I do wrong? I did the instructions just as you said to do.. Help? πŸ™

    Lil' Luna

    Did you use Elmer’s glue? And what kind of food coloring did you use? I haven’t had any problem before but wondering if the food coloring or brand of glue could make the difference. :/

      Lisa

      Yes I used Elmer’s white glue and Betty Crocker food coloring, but it was the gel coloring. It mixed up good but suddenly it started getting very hard so I used my hands to finish mixing it, but during the mixing mine didn’t look like it the picture you posted. Your picture looks kind of smooth but mine will so hard it was sticking to the spoon. Also, there is a bunch of water left in the bowl, is that normal?

        Lisa

        wasn’t the gel coloring…

Tara

Seems that the trick to the right consistency is the amount of Borax used. Use too much and the “Gak” is harder and not stretchy. Use too little and the Gak is sticky and messy. So the key is the Borax. If it is too sticky, add a little more Borax (dissolved in water). Too “crumbly” adding a little more water and mixing will help; but just try not to add too much Borax next time. Hope that helps!

Sandy

I don’t know what I did wrong but it’s rock solid and our hands are green . Ended up throwing it out. What a disappointment πŸ™

Jessica

I tried making it with my class and it didn’t work πŸ™ We just ended up with stretchy glue in a lot of water. I am thinking because the kids used water from the bathroom and it wasn’t warm. Do you think that is why it didn’t mix well?

Tigergeiger

Dear Liluna,
I red your fantastic idea of making slimy with kids at home. By searching for opportunities to by the Borax, I’ve found an interesting statement in the german website of Borax:
“Wichtiger Hinweis
Borax darf nach neuen wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen nicht mehr an private Haushalte verkauft werden. Borax steht im Verdacht SchΓ€den am ungeborenen Kind zu verursachen.”
Translation: do not use this product any longer!
Love to read more of your great ideas!

Jill

I just did this with my 4 year old and it came out perfectly. And he is still playing with it, and I’m sure will be playing with for awhile. Thanks for the great idea!

Tara

My friend sent me to your recipe and I just made this with my 3 year old today. WOW!! He is loving it and I love how easy and cheap it was too. Thanks so much for an awesome project!

    Lil' Luna

    You’re welcome. It has become a regular thing in our house to make GAK because it’s so easy, cheap and the kids LOVE it!! So glad yours loved it too! πŸ˜€

Farrah

DO NOT use Kool Aid! My first batch turn out to look like runny, scrambled eggs using Kool Aid. But my second batch is fantastic and I followed these directions exactly, just skipped the coloring, The kids (two 7 yr old boys) could care less that it is white and are happily playing now! Thx

karen malik

omg it is so much fun to make gak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Lil' Luna

    So glad you guys liked making it! Quick, cheap and fun, right?!

Kim N.

I pinned this awhile ago and finally got all the ingredients to make this. Just made this with my kiddos. They had a blast making it and now playing with it. Already begging me for more colors. It turned out great for us, not sure why some people are having trouble. I used white rose art glue and regular green food coloring, no staining of any kind for us. It was really messy/watery as first and I wasn’t sure it would firm up, but just as you said, after a few minutes it turned into “the perfect GOOEY consistency!”

Irene

I know this is a late comment, but I’ve made 5 batches of the stuff already. I found that Elmer’s school glue works perfectly. Elmer’s multipurpose glue will give it the hard consistency people are complaining about, no matter the borax to glue ratio. I’ve even tried the liquid starch in lieu of borax as well and can’t get it thick enough and is a bit too “gooey” where it sticks too much to hands even when the proportions are changed. Hope this helps. When using Elmer’s Multipurpose glue, I eventually found an acceptable texture (still firm and doesn’t flow well, but malleable) at about half the borax+water quantities as recommended to 8 oz glue.

Audrey

I tried this twice and it didn’t work! Same result both times — too much water and it wouldn’t congeal. It was like the consistency of cheese curds! Bummer! Any tips? I used Rose Art glue, is that the problem?

    Shona

    I just made this with my 3 little loves! They are having a blast! I am noticing a few little bits get broken off put we have just been squishing it all back together. The boys (9 & 6) found that if you squish it into cups, it makes some interesting noises! My daughter (2) is making snakes!
    Such a great fun idea!! Thanks! P.S. what do you store it in?

      Lil' Luna

      SO glad they like it!! I like to store mine in a tupperware. I also have found cute containers in the dollar section at Target that are Disney and other character tupperwares that work perfectly. πŸ™‚

Amanda Parrett

I found your idea on pinterest. My 4 year old son and I just finished making it and he was amazed! He said it was magic! Thanks so much for brightening our rainy day in Georgia!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks for the sweet comment, Amanda! So glad your son loved it and thought it was magic. It is definitely one of our favorite activities! Have a great day. πŸ™‚

Georgie

Love this! We just made it and its a big hit. My first batch I didn’t follow the directions perfectly. (I added too much borax) It was pretty stiff the second time I followed the right amounts of everything and it turned out great! Also I used cake mate neon food coloring and put in the whole bottle it was not bright at all so next time I will use betty crocker food coloring. Kids are happily playing along with my hubby πŸ™‚ Thanks for posting!

Tori

Thanks for the recipe! It was a BIG hit with my 3 year old! πŸ™‚

Mikelle Hembree

Hi! I am a 1st grade teacher and am wanting to make this in my classroom. I have 23 students. How many batches do you think I would need to make? One of these batches be enough for how many kids?

Sophia

I don’t know anything about Gak but would love to make some!
Can anyone tell me:
1) How to store it
2) How long it will keep
3) What happens when it falls on the carpet or clothes

Appreciate any help on this. Thanks so much!!

Rachael

We found this, and just made it as a science demonstration with my kindergartener! How fun. And she really could do it all herself! Thanks for posting!

Mary

We made it for the first time and absolutely love it!!! But I had a question…if it’s turning our hands pink does that mean we added too much food coloring?? Or will this fade after she plays with it for a while?

Beverly

So how do you store it? And how long will it keep?

Kiki Rassy

Is the GAK long lasting? Or does it just last for 1 hour?

    Lil' Luna

    It should last several weeks. :/

chloe

when ever i try to make gak it doesn’t work do you know how to make it with corn starch

lilian maria maito

I love new ideas…..

Jelli

Love this idea! As a kid, Gak was a favorite in my house. I think I remember making it at home once too. Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

paperandthepea

So goopy! πŸ™‚ Will have try it out. I pinned it too. πŸ˜€ Thanks!

gina

what size glue bottle did you use?

    Lil' Luna

    The regular size glue bottle. πŸ™‚

rosalia

guse what i did gak with my psr we looked on your websit you did it more better thanks ;D

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A,my

Love it we have made it twice!!!!!

Sara

I have attempted to make this 4 times and every time I have excess water and it’s just a lump of goo. It won’t stretch, it just breaks apart….. any suggestions as to what I’m doing wrong?

Deborah McDougal

Since the Gak has food coloring, will this stain anything?

Lori

Thank you for the step by step instructions. I am glad that you mentioned the part regarding the “getting stringy” because otherwise we would have thought that we made a mistake. It turned out awesome!

Jona

Thank you! My kids just made this (pink and yellow) and it’s such a blast! So easy too! We are in Arizona too so we are stuck inside and this is making the day fun (getting the cookie cutters out now).

    Lil' Luna

    SO glad you guys made it and are having fun, Jona! Definitely beats the heat to be inside and playing with Gak when it’s 100+ outside. πŸ™‚

Horace

Thanks a ton for applying some time to compose β€œHomemade Gak
Recipe”. Many thanks once again ,Elsa

Mae

We had fun with the recipe but next time I will pull their hair back in ponytails and remove their clothing! I’ve spent the last hour scrubbing the gak off the clothing with a bristle brush and giving bathes. Someone asked about the different coloring…we did the neon also and the coloring mixed with the glue as directed. We all ended up with colored hands. We used the bristle brush to scrub as much off as possible. If it gets on clothes then use hot water and a hard bristle brush…then soak your clothes with a stain remover to be on the safe side. I just didn’t think of these things in advance. I guess looking like colored little aliens was part of our package! LOL!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks for the tips, Mae! It can definitely get messy that’s for sure – especially if it’s their first time making it. And sorry your hands were dyed… not sure why it doesn’t happen for us. :/

ashley

Is there something I have around the house I could use instead of the borax?

anita greenwood

Im loving the ideas you have on crafts n recipes

    Lil' Luna

    Thank you so much, Anita. πŸ˜€

Elijah

Hi! I’m makind this today and I was just wondering, is there a way to store Gak??

    Lil' Luna

    I keep it an air-tight container and it seems to last for a month or so. πŸ™‚

Desiree

How many oz of white glue?

    Lil' Luna

    It’s 2 bottles for a total of 8 ounces. πŸ™‚

Megan

I made this today with my daughter. First batched was awful. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out hard and the consistency of a rubber ball and had zero stretch to it, just crumbled.
The second batch I made I added the borax a teaspoon at a time until I got the consistency I wanted. I ended up using only half of the borax/water mixture. I think next time I will use even less.
Great activity but a bit finicky to get it just right.

    Lil' Luna

    Sorry you had so much trouble, Megan. I’ve made this recipe countless times and have never had any issues. Not sure what may have caused it to be the consistency of a rubber ball. :/

Laura Abavare

Rose-Art Washable school glue and possibly too much Borax = very disappointing hard crumbly gak πŸ™

    Lil' Luna

    So sorry, Laura!! I would definitely use Elmer’s White Glue next time. Hope it works. :/

Preeti

I tried it for the first time with my 6 & 8yr old daughters and absolutely loved the result. Followed the recipe exactly and made teal & orange color. The girls were super thrilled with their gak. Thanks for the recipe !!

Magda

I stay in south africa and we dont have elmers glue. What else can i use?

-A

I’m planning on doing this for my son’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party and wondered about what the yield is of one recipe. Is there enough for 8 little kids to take a fun amount home or should I double?

    Lil' Luna

    I would definitely double it… may even triple. Just depends on how much you want. I’d say 1 batch makes about 2 cups. πŸ™‚

Kara

Thank You! This is the best craft! My 2 year old daughter and 4 year old niece are enjoying gak as I type. I was just wondering what is the best way to store it? And how long does it last?

L. Johnson

Made this with the neighborhood kids and we had a blast….they were so exited and enjoyed the hands on project. Try it , super fun and easy to make.

    Lil' Luna

    SO glad the kids enjoyed it. It’s one of our favorite activities too. πŸ™‚

Shannon

I just made this with Elmer’s glitter glue and it worked great! I added food coloring and it turned out a dark purple glitter glob! What fun!

ingigerd

Can you use any other washingpowder? (I cant find borax)

    Lil' Luna

    I’ve only used Borax and think it only works with that specifically. Look in the laundry section of your local grocery store. πŸ™‚

ingigerd

Ca i use any other washingpowder (i cant find borax)

Danelle Reed

My 3 year old daughter and I made this today. Amazing fun! My husband and I were totally playing with it too. It was a great one on one time with her as well which has become a little difficult with a nee baby in the house.
We used the McCormick egg dye color chart to make teal and it came out beautiful! No staining either πŸ™‚ I did however warm the water in the microwave for 25 seconds to ensure the borax would completely dissolve. We did have some excess water but the more you mix aand kneed its soon absorbed.
Thank you for the recipe. I will certainly be hanging out here more especially now that I’ve read you are a fellow Arizonan!

    Lil' Luna

    YAY!! So glad you loved it, Danelle!! I can always be caught playing with the gak too – it’s just too squishy not too, lol!!

Heather

Is this recipe safe for children? I saw information that stated that Borax is not safe for children even in small amounts.

    Lil' Luna

    It’s safe for kids… we make it all the time. Like most things, it’s not safe to consume but I have yet to have a kid try to eat it. πŸ˜‰

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Kerry

Made this with the kids today loved how simple it was to make. It turned out great!

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Amanda

I just made this today and I love it! I made it for my two year old son and three year old nephew. It’s super easy to make and only took like three minutes. I split the recipe because it was a lot and made both blue and green so the boys didn’t fight over it! Lol. Thanks for the recipe!! =]

    Lil' Luna

    I’m so glad it was a hit, Amanda! We make it at least once a month, and the best part is it lasts for a long time if you store it in an air-tight container. πŸ˜‰

Christina

This looks like so much fun! I can’t wait to try it with my 4 year old! πŸ™‚

How long does it last? Would you just store it in a plastic sandwich baggie?

    Lil' Luna

    We store ours in a small tupperware and usually lasts at least a month. πŸ˜‰

Kara

Thank you for the wonderful idea. I made it exactly as you said and it turned out perfect. My 8 & 4 year olds love it and two days later are still playing with it. Is it OK if I share this on our website and link back to this page?

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tamara

I didn’t use Elmer’s glue which is why I needed a bit more Borax as it was too liquidy. Once I found the perfect consistency the kids did play for this for over an hour (and I added a ton of kitchen utensils), great fun!

Erika

Good morning guys, nice tutorial! I’ve got a prblem and it is that I’m from another country and I don’t know what borax is, so, can anyone explain me what it is so I can try this awesome DIY?

Thanks!

Patricia Thomson

Love your site! Such a bright and happy page, with easy, fun ideas! From Manitoba, Canada, but found you from my FB page, and will keep in touch. My grandkids, Maya and Miles, will love the GAK! (Especially in our loooong winters!)Thank you!

    Lil' Luna

    You’re so sweet! Thank you, Patricia!! I hope you can find loads of inspiration here. I know the grandkids will love the GAK – haven’t met a kid who doesn’t love it! πŸ˜‰

Leah

I was wondering how much GAK is made in one batch? Enough for how many kids to have a good handful?

    Lil' Luna

    My kids really like the whole batch to themselves, but if you need to, I think halving it would be enough for each kid. πŸ™‚

Jeanne

The Gak I made totally crumbled. I used generic washable glue.
What went wrong?

    Lil' Luna

    Sometimes generic doesn’t work out. I definitely suggest using Elmer’s Glue. πŸ™‚

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FYI- If you use clear elmers glue (usually right by the normal white kind) it doesn’t take near as much coloring to make it brighter! It works great.

ANDREA

Hi, I want to make this for a party favors for my daughters Frozen them birthday. Do you think I can do this Gak recipe in large quantaties? Were talking 20 + kids…
ANY insight helpful! Thanks!

Katrin

Hi,

I love your DIY Project, but here in Germany, Borax is not available, since it is classified as severe nerve poison, maybe you have a more kid friendly solution?

Best wishes fro, Germany

Anita Joubert

can i halve this gak recipe? i struggle in SA to get the same things and quality that you use and don’t have money to waste…

    Lisa keith

    Hi I live in Costa Rica and there is no borax. Can I have another alternative to borax?

mommamindy

Mine came out amazing!!!!! Thanks for the great idea!!

Susan

I have made the homemade gak two times and both times the slime seperated and looked like curdled egg. It also had lots of coloured water left in the bowl. Do you have any idea why?? Ta

Martin

Hi. What can i use instead og Borax?
Borax is on the no-no list in Denmark, and can’t be bought anywhere?

Andrea

CAn it be stored and used later or doesn’t last?

Sue

Hi there, this gak looks awesome but I have a question … can you store it in a ziplok bag or a playdoh container and if so how long does it last?

Please let me know asap.

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Sue! I’v enever tried keeping it in a ziploc bag but I think it would be good for a few days as well as in the playdoh container. We usually keep it in tupperware and it lasts a few weeks. πŸ˜‰

Lisa

We followed the instructions and our GAK did not form into one big gelatinous lump. There was a lot of excess water and broke apart when squished. What did we do wrong?

tiara anshutz

So im having an issue with mine. Its like soup with chunks πŸ™ ive been mixing with my hand for probably 30 min and its just breaking up the chunks but doesn’t seem to be mixing into the water

Samantha

When you say to fill the emptied glue bottles with warm water, shake, then add to the mixture ; do you mean fill them all the way as like a measurement and to get the extra glue out? Or just put a little water in them and shake for the extra glue to come out?

    Lil' Luna

    Fill all the way like a measurement and to get the extra glue out. Hope that helps! πŸ˜‰

Terri

How do you store it and how long will it keep fresh?

Lynette

Not sure what I did wrong but my “gak” wouldn’t come together as smoothly as you show in the photo – was squishy and interesting but not smooth!

    Lil' Luna

    Did you use Elmer’s glue? I know some other readers have had problems too if they used a different kind of glue.

Dani Martin

Very imaginative and practical. These kind of resources are very important for children because they allow them to play with their own hands and train their psychomotor and imagination without using expensive technological resources.

Tina

Did anyone have a problem with the food coloring gettin get on your hands? My daughter and I have hot pink fingers!

    Lil' Luna

    Unfortunately, it depends on the kind of food coloring you use. πŸ™ Which kind did you use??

carol Sproessig

how do you remove “Gak” home made or otherwise, off my new car seat, after it has dried? Please help my car is NEW, with cloth seats.

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Carol! I’m so sorry this got on your car. I’d try spraying it and letting it set for awhile and then scrubbing with washcloth. Even though gak is super fun with the kids, it can be messy. πŸ™

Sylvia Klassen

I am a little confused with how much water to use. Is the 1/2 of water the total water or 1/2 cup plus two bottles full of water? Mine had water left in the bowl and it was a little hard. I am hopping it will soften a bit over night.

Love the idea, thanks.

    Lil' Luna

    It’s the 1/2 cup water with the borax AND the water in the glue bottles. πŸ˜‰

    Emily

    I added a lot more borax because it would NOT come together. It is a little thick, but it is great

Hope friedland

Can you please tell me how much i would need to make this for ten kids. Thank you

Kathleen

were do I purchase elmers glue or similar from I am in New South Wales Australia
thanks Kathleen

Emily

This works so well and my brother loves it so much!

Livia L.

Hi!
For step 2, you say to ‘fill the bottles with warm water and shake’ I’m assuming you’re referring to the glue bottles… Is this equivalent to adding warm water without using the empty glue bottles? I bought a large bottle of glue and don’t want to buy more little bottles if I still have glue. πŸ™

Thank you so much!

Leandra

Hi, any suggestions for a replacement for Elmer’s glue? Cant find it in SA.

    Lil' Luna

    Unfortunately, we’ve only tried Elmer’s glue. Sorry – wish we could be more help. πŸ™

Tanya

We made this today and it turned out beautifully. Any advice on how to store it to play with it later?

    Lil' Luna

    Great, it’s super fun, huh? We store ours in plastic containers. Kids can play with it for weeks in there. Hope that helps!! Thanks!!

Elizabeth

I was wondering how much one batch makes? Im making it as kids favors and have 4 ounce jars and Im not sure how much I would need to make. If you wouldnt mind getting back to me, that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    Lil' Luna

    Sorry to get back to you so late. Did you try making it? I haven’t divided the gak like that before, but you could easily fill quite a few 4 oz jars with it. If you tried that, I’d love to know how many you got out of it.

NOEL

Looks like a lot of fun! I have a 3 yr old. Quick question: is Borax safe to touch e.g. to lips, nose, eyes, etc? It does say “keep out of reach of children” on the box.

    Lil' Luna

    It is tons of fun!! I wouldn’t recommend it getting on faces. Not sure what would happen, but it’s probably not the best. I usually measure that part:)

LaKesha

I’m so glad I followed your instructions. I agreed to volunteer for the 8 year old boys class for our Police and Youth Day Camp on tomorrow. I was out of options and thought of this gak. Your instructions were great. Of course, I had to try it out first before I presented it to the eight year okds. I wish I could post a picture of the gak I just made. The kids are sure to love this tomorrow.

    Lil' Luna

    This would be great for that!! I’m glad you tried it and it turned out!! They’ll love it!! Thanks for sharing!

Vanessa

I love so much!!!! So easy!!! Thanks!

    Lil' Luna

    Yay!! We love how easy it is and love that it keeps my kids entertained!! Thank you!

Carol

Can I add the food coloring after? i was thinking i can just make a big batch of white gak then separate it between my boys and they can color their own, would that work?

    Lil' Luna

    The coloring needs to be added when it is being mixed together. I don’t think it’d get mixed in real well, once it has formed into the gak. I haven’t ever tried, so I can’t be certain, but that’s what I would think. One batch is the perfect amount for one person, so usually I let them pick their color and I help each kid with their own. Let me know if you do try coloring it after. I’d love to know!

Isaiah

How much does this recipe make

    Lil' Luna

    I don’t think I’ve ever measured it or anything, but the ingredients make plenty for one person. I was able to fill about 8 4oz capsules, so I guess it makes close to 32 ounces. I usually make one batch/kid. If they’re smaller kids, you could split it, between 2 kids. It just depends on how much you want them to play with. Hope that helps!

Sadie

Approximately, how much does one batch make? If every kid gets to take home about 1/8 of a cup? Thanks in advance!

    Lil' Luna

    I was able to fill 8 4oz capsules of gak. 1/8 of a cup is 1 oz, so you could give out 30-32. Hope that helps! Have fun πŸ™‚

Jennifer

I love so much this post! It’s perfect for summertime! Thanks! Keep it up!

    Lil' Luna

    Thank you Jennifer!! It’s a fun activity for sure!! Thanks for stopping by!

Angel

Would Powdered Laundery Detergent work do u think?

    Lil' Luna

    I honestly haven’t tried that. I wish I knew! If you give it a try, I’d love to know!

Krista

Hi ladies,
Can Gak be made without Borax? I want to make it, but cannot get Better Ras in my current location.
Thanks for any suggestions.

    Krista

    That should read..l I cannot get Borax in my current location.

    Lil' Luna

    I honestly don’t know. I haven’t tried. Google suggests maybe cornstarch or liquid laundry starch. I don’t know what the outcome will be, but you could give it a try. Let me know how it turns out!! Good luck!

Ginny

Hi there,

We don’t have Elmer’s glue in this country… Do you think I can substitute it with anything? Please let me know because the gak looks amazing.

    Lil' Luna

    I haven’t tried it with anything else. What do you use for glue? I wonder if it will work with the type of glue you have?! Let me know!!

Candi

I love this! Thank you so much for sharing it!

    Lil' Luna

    You’re welcome!! It’s fun!! Thanks for stopping by!

Amy

Does it have to be Elmer’s glue and can I use liquid food coloring or does it have to be gel?

    Lil' Luna

    I don’t think so! I haven’t used another glue, but they all have same ingredients, right?? And, I think the regular food coloring will be fine! I honestly can’t remember if I’ve tried it! Hope it all turns out! Have fun!

Annonymous

Mine didnt work. I did it just like the recipe. Even tried it 3 different times and it didn’t look anything like your picture. It was just a really big waste of glue and brought my mood down. Hope it works for everyone else maybe.

    Lil' Luna

    I’m so sorry that happened!! Not sure what went wrong. Thanks for giving it a try 3 times πŸ™‚

Mia Marx

I there another way to do slime without glue and borax? I so love your website!!!!

    Lil' Luna

    I haven’t tried any other way, but I’d love to know if anyone else has??

Melody

This actually really works!!! Its clean, soft, and VERY satisfying!

    Lil' Luna

    We love this stuff!!! Thanks so much for letting me know!

Mila

Hi!
My kid would love that, really, but in my country I cant find borax. How can I change?

    Lil' Luna

    I’ve heard you could use liquid laundry detergent, but I haven’t personally tried. If you give it a try, let me know how it comes out! Good luck!

Cecilia

Hi Lil’ i’m living in Italy. Could you tell me which kind of material is Borax? Elmer glue is a normal glue for school, isn’t is? Thakyou for share. I want to try this now!

    Lil' Luna

    Borax is a powder material. People use it in many ways. You should be able to find it by cleaning supplies. And, yes, Elmer glue is the normal glue for school πŸ™‚ Hope that helps and hope you can find the borax. Thank you!!

Debi

Wow you have a house full of love and fun. I had 8 kids in 9 years Including 2 sets of twins. I loved being a mom. I love your ideas. I now look for fun ideas for grandkids. I have 33 in all but I will only have 4 here for the next 2 weeks. We will be doing the gak for sure 😊. And we are doing a treasure island day. Starting with the old movie and making treasures maps. If you would be interested in some fun ways I coped with 8 kids email anytime with questions or I can just list some ideas. Thanks for your fun blog. Debi

    Lil' Luna

    You sound so fun!! Thanks so much for letting me know πŸ™‚ I definitely will!!

Kelly

Mine was to gelatinous? It broke apart into little tiny pieces everywhere. Any ideas?

    Lil' Luna

    Oh, no..I’m sorry! I’m trying to think how that could have happened. You followed the recipe exactly?

Robin

I used to make play dough for my son but this is much easier since it doesn’t require cooking. Easier clean up too. Thank you for the detailed and lively instructions!

    Lil' Luna

    Yes, much easier than play dough! Thank you for sharing!

Mary

Borax can burn the kids hands 2nd degree burns it was on the news the other day.

    SlimeExpert

    Those children were allergic to borax. Unless your children have a borax allergy, they will be fine. πŸ™‚ Hope that this helps πŸ™‚

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Ohhhh my boys would LOVE this!!! What a fun surprise for them to make πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

    Lil' Luna

    You are welcome! My kids love it..it’s a lot of fun! I hope they love it!

Jett Whitfield

Hooray for GAK!! My daughter made some for the kids at her school. They loved it but I think she loved it more! LOL

    Lil' Luna

    That was so nice of her & I bet they loved it & her for it! Thanks for letting me know!

Martha Mullet

Have you used Elmer Glitter Glue using this recipe? And if so did it turn out?

Stephanie

Made this gak. Although my girls hands are blue and pink from the food coloring. How do I prevent this from happening again?

    Lil' Luna

    Hmmm..I wish I knew. My kids get colorful hands when playing, but they can play for hours with it, so I never mind. It usually comes clean after washing.

Yuen Mi

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!

    Lil' Luna

    It totally will!! My kids can play with it for hours! Have fun!

Debbie

Watch the borax it is causing lung issues in kids their is a kid friendly recipe

Jamie

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!!

    Lil' Luna

    I am so glad she is having fun with it!! We love that stuff! Thank you!

Clara and Maria

We tried. It failed miserably. =(

Annie Jones

We tried. A lot of fun with my kids.

Pamela

The slime turned out kind of thick how do you thin it out

    Kristyn Merkley

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

sande

Great ideas! thanx.

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