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14 Ways to Make DIY Slime and Homemade Play Dough

If you ever wanted to know how to make slime or play dough, then stop right here. Skip the store and cobble together a plethora of kid-approved, tactile sensations with ingredients you probably already have at home.

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Easy Does It

Slime and play dough come together quick with items around the house. For slime, you’ll need to cruise by the laundry room for borax or liquid starch, and swing by the junk drawer for glue. Raid your pantry for flour and salt for homemade play dough. Don’t write these off as kid toys though — both have some super practical, real-world uses.

This glittery slime shakes up the standard recipe and is made with baking soda, glue and saline solution instead of borax.

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Classic DIY Slime Recipe

This homemade slime recipe calls for liquid starch instead of borax, but you’ll definitely need the glue. Add some food coloring to make it your favorite color. If you have a newspaper lying around, a rolled out rectangle of slime is just sticky enough to lift a bit of ink from the newsprint and create a "copy" of your favorite comic from the funny pages.

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Photo: Debbie Wolfe

DIY Fruity Play Dough

Make your homemade play dough fruity and colorful when you add fruit-flavored drink mix powder as well as food coloring. Peach Mang-dough, anybody?

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Photo: Cassidy Garcia. From: HGTV Handmade.

How to Make Slime Without Glue

Out of borax? No glue or liquid starch or contact lens solution? Enter Peeps. Combine the beloved (or bemoaned, depending on the person) marshmallow candies with some coconut oil and a bit of cornstarch and you're in business.

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