Ocean Swirl Glitter Slime Recipe

Ok, so it may seem like we are a tiny bit slimeriffic here lately at Twodaloo…but my kids are LOVING it! We’ve had so much fun with our galaxy slime and taste-safe slime paint that we felt compelled to make a new batch to go with our ocean theme, and it turned out just as gorgeous (if slime can be gorgeous) as our previous versions.

Ocean Swirl Glitter Slime from Twodaloo

Ocean Swirl Glitter Slime

The twins (age 3.5) are having a blast with our ocean swirl glitter slime. The way the different shades of blue and green swirl together adds the illusion of movement to the slime during play, making it super easy to pretend that you are playing with your very own ocean.

Ocean Swirl Glitter Slime from Twodaloo

Doesn’t that look just like rolling waves crashing to shore? Leave it to me to wax poetic about SLIME. Seriously. Enough already.

Ocean Swirl Glitter Slime from Twodaloo

When you first mix it together, you get these amazing ribbons of color.

Ocean creatures in glitter slime

 If you want, you can add some ocean friends. These are some of our new favorite creatures for ocean play- Safari Ltd Ocean Minis (click on the link to see the Amazon listing). Just the right size for some slime hide-and-seek. Or slime-and-seek? Anyway. Super cool and lifelike replicas of ocean creatures. They are pretty tiny though (tinier than the typical TOOB creatures), so please don’t use them if you have little ones that are still mouthing.

Ocean slime stretch

Then you can streeeetch it.

Ocean slime stretch

And streetch it some more.

Ocean Swirl Glitter Slime from Twodaloo

And even when the colors are mixed together, it looks pretty darn amazing. Wanna make your own slimy ocean? Read on!

Ocean Swirl Glitter Slime Recipe

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For each batch of slime (we did four different colors) you will need:

  • Elmer’s clear school glue (5 oz. bottle) (white glue works too, but the color won’t be as translucent)
  • About 1/2 cup liquid starch (we use StaFlo which we find at our local Walmart- you can also find it on Amazon HERE)
  • Coloring- we use liquid watercolors (we LOVE Sargent Watercolor Magic) but you can also use food coloring- liquid watercolors don’t stain, though, and produce great color. For this particular slime we used the colors blue, turquoise, green, and silver.
  • Fine glitter in colors matching your various slime colors (we used about half a vial of glitter for each color- it’s up to your preference)

We have had the best results following these steps to make our slimes:

First, dump your glue into a bowl. Add your coloring of choice and glitter, and stir to combine.

Next, add your liquid starch in small increments, stirring each time to fully incorporate before adding more. Once it gets too hard to stir, start kneading in the starch by hand. Once your slime gets to the desired consistency, STOP! I don’t always need the full amount of liquid starch. The more starch you add, the more rubbery and less sticky the slime gets, and eventually it becomes more like flubber or gak, which is also fun. If it gets too rubbery, add more glue and knead. Or check out our giant reusable bubbles and see what you can do with that gak!

When all my colors were made, I swirled them together on top of our mirrored tray and let the twins have at it. The more the slime is played with, the more the colors mix together and eventually you’ll have a rich blue that is still super beautiful, especially with all the different colors of glitter incorporated. This slime will last weeks or even months stored in an airtight container. If it’s sticky when you first get it back out, knead for a bit and add a little more starch if necessary. Since the starch contains glue, it’s wise to keep it out of carpet or upholstery, but Asia over at Fun at Home With Kids (who is queen of amazing slime) did mention that vinegar will help dissolve stains, so give that a try.  We haven’t had any issues with it staining our clothes or skin, but we use washable liquid watercolors- not sure if you’ll be that lucky if you use food coloring.

*A note about safety: This slime is definitely not meant for tiny tummies, so please don’t use it if your little ones are still mouthing or tasting sensory materials.  Some toddlers will be fine playing with this slime (supervised of course), while others won’t be, so please use common sense when choosing sensory mediums for play- only YOU can prevent slime-tasting 😉 This recipe is great for my twins who don’t mouth, but with my young twos class in the fall I’ll be experimenting with these taste-safe slime recipes: Edible Slime or Gak from Fun at Home with Kids and Microwave Edible Slime from Blog Me Mom.

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  1. Who knew slime could be so beautiful! Can’t wait to try this project during the summer. My younger two will love it.

  2. This is seriously gorgeous slime!

  3. So pretty! I need to head to the store and buy a few items and give slime a try one day!

  4. Beeeeeeeautiful! I’m still giggling about the use of “slimeriffic”. :) I’ll be adding this to my preschool ocean unit for sure!

  5. That is some seriously pretty slime… any kid would love this playtime activity. I can see it being great as lava from a volcano by switching colors to red and orange. But the ocean is really pretty.

  6. Tried it and it’s super fun. No problems with staining even though we used food coloring. I’m looking forward to watching a herd of six year olds play with it at my daughter’s ocean-themed birthday party.

    Any suggestions/advice/experience on clean up? I now have 4 gluey sticky glittery tupperware bowls that still haven’t completely gotten clean despite some serious elbow grease. Let it dry and peel it? More hot water? Soaking? Dishwasher? (or would that mean a dishwasher full of glitter?)

  7. Stephanie says:

    What did I do wrong, I ended up with a wet stringy mess. I was afraid to add more starch because I wanted it stretchy, but it really is wet and as soon as you start manipulating it to gets stringy.

  8. Ainsley says:

    I made this slime a week ago, and I love it! There’s just one problem, it is super sticky. I tried to put it in the fridge, but it is still sticky. Any advice??

    • Stephanie says:

      Hi Ainsley! Usually when the slime is too sticky you need to add more starch. When you get the ratio correct it should have very little stickiness. Good luck!


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