How to Make Patriotic Slime

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The 4th of July is right around the corner and we love to celebrate it with a little crafting! Here’s a fun project all the kids will love. Our Patriotic Slime will keep them entertained at the cookout and it’s super easy! 

hand holding red, white, and blue slime

Why this slime is so fun

This Borax-free slime is made using clear school glue, food coloring, and lots of glitter and sequins, just like our Mermaid Slime! With the help of baking soda and saline solution from the medicine shelf, you will bring it to life in minutes.

The only thing that might be more fun than making this patriotic slime recipe is watching a fireworks show. 

little boy stretching patriotic slime

Craft Supplies You’ll Need

If you don’t have star sequins, mix in regular red, silver, or blue colored sequins or even rhinestones. We found our star sequins at Michaels craft store. For both glitter and food coloring, start with a little bit and add more as you desired until you get your desired sparkle and intensity.

labeled craft supplies for making 4th of july slime

Get full list of supplies and directions in the printable version at the end of this post.

Helpful Project Info

  • Age Level: 4 and up 
  • Mess Factor: High – glitter, sequins, and food coloring
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Time to Complete: 5-10 minutes
  • Cost Estimate: $2.00-$3.00 depending on the sequin mix-ins

hand holding patriotic slime

How to Make Patriotic Slime

These step by step photos and instructions are here to help you visualize how to make this project. Please scroll down to simply print out the instructions!

  1. Empty the entire 4 oz bottle of clear glue into a plastic bowl.

putting clear glue in a bowl

  1. Add one tablespoon of baking soda.

adding baking soda to bowl

  1. Squirt in one tablespoon of saline solution.

adding saline solution to bowl

  1. Stir for a minute or so until baking soda is dissolved and mixture starts to pull away from sides of the bowl.  At some point, you will need to knead with your hands. If slime is still sticky, squirt in a little more saline solution until it becomes easier to pull.

stirring slime mixture in bowl

  1. Pour in your desired amount of iridescent fine glitter. We used about 2 tablespoons for this batch.

adding glitter to bowl

  1. Pour in your desired amount of star sequins

adding sequins to bowl

  1. Mix until sequins and glitter is distributed evenly.
  2.  Take 2 helpings of slime from the white slime batch and put into two small bowls (you’ll be dividing the full batch into 3 parts to make red, white, and blue).

slime in 3 separate bowls

  1. Add 3-4 drops of red food coloring to one batch and 3-4 drops of food coloring to other batch. Knead with hands (you will get food coloring on your hands).

drops of food coloring in bowls of slime

  1. Roll slime into a cylinder shape with hands and place in red, white, and blue order. 

patriotic slime

Expert Tips & FAQs

  • When crafting with a large group, purchase value packs or a gallon of glue to keep costs down.
  • With large groups of kids, have things pre-measured so you avoid excess use of supplies; this makes it easier to make sure everyone gets their proper share.
  • It’s best to use bowls and mixing supplies that you will throw away or save just for slime projects.
  • We mixed in iridescent fine glitter and multi-color star sequins, but try adding in foam balls too for a cool, sensory feel (see our floam tutorial to see what we mean!).

If you are making this slime for party favors, you can put the slime in clear jars like we did with our Pumpkin Slime and Black Glitter Slime. You could even have a slime-making station where the kids can decorate their jar with patriotic stickers, rhinestones, washi tape, and more.  Make it an over-the-top 4th of July craft celebration!

slime in a container

Why did my slime turn purple?

Elementary my dear! Red and blue make purple, so after playing with and manipulating the slime for a while, the colors will muddy together and eventually turn purple.

slime with red white and blue muddied together

More Patriotic Crafts for Kids

This tutorial for making patriotic slime is super easy, colorful, and filled with lots of stars and stripes. The kiddos are going to have so much satisfying fun with this red, white, and gooey slime recipe.

re white and blue patriotic slime

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red white and blue slime

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Patriotic Slime

Using glue, glitter, and some food coloring, this patriotic slime is a crafty Independence Day project they’ll love to make and play with!

Prep Time5 mins

Crafting Time5 mins

Total Time10 mins

Age Group: Kids Crafts

Project Type: Crafts

Makes: 4

Supplies

  • 4 ounces clear glue
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp saline solution
  • iridescent glitter
  • star sequins
  • red and blue food coloring

Craft tools

Instructions

Notes

  • When crafting for a large gathering, purchase value packs of glue (I’ve included a link above) to keep costs down and in ease of making
  • It’s best to use bowls and mixing supplies that you will throw away or save just for slime projects.
  • We mixed in glitter and sequins, but try adding in foam balls too for a cool  sensory feel
  • If you don’t have star sequins, mix in regular red, silver, or blue colored sequins or even rhinestones
  • For both glitter and food coloring, start with a little bit and add more as you desired until you get your desired sparkle and intensity
  • If working with large groups of kids, have things pre-measured so you avoid excess use of supplies; this makes it easier to make sure everyone gets their  proper share
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