How I Made Our Slime Party Favors

How I Made Our Slime Party Favors

We had a long distance move this summer and as such, leading to the girls' party, I'd been going through our stuff and deciding what we should off-load and what's worth moving with us. This culmination of the girls' party, loot bags, and moving resulted in the idea to use up my stockpile of slime ingredients and Bonne Maman jam jars to make these adorable slime party favors.

Pinterest geared image showing my post title, main URL, and three images of the slime that are also found below.

At the time of their party, with our long distance move approaching and attempting to downsize our stuff, I especially didn't want to buy small plastic toys for the girls' favor bags just to see the toys being ignored but still be packed for our move. In the past we've often defaulted to playdough for the bags as it's simple and fun without causing too much of a mess for the parents. I considered doing the same here but then came across my stockpile of slime ingredients and jam jars got an idea!

Past Party Favors

In case you'd prefer one of my past ideas I figured I'd quickly go over them along with links to learn more.

Years ago I figured out my perfect playdough recipe that my girls absolutely adored. Over the subsequent years I've added different elements to the playdough (link to the playdough topic) to keep it fun and exciting along with using it, often, as part of the girls' party favors. For instance Ada's science themed party had a color mixing theme so I made playdough in each of the three primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) and bought test tubes to keep their favorite dessert snacks on theme. Zoey, that year, chose an orange LEGO® theme so I made different orange hued playdough, repacked it in leftover Play-Doh containers, and combined it with brick shaped candy, orange goldfish crackers, and homemade LEGO® shaped crayons.

During the shelter-in-place year we hosted Zoom birthday parties where the girls had a special costumed princess attend. Between the special theme and the fact the kids were distanced I attempted to make the favor bags stay on theme, included a dessert, and passed them out before the party so the favor bags could be opened earlier and help make the party funner and more cohesive. These bags were more themed than previous years with either Frozen (Princess Anna) or superhero (Wonder Woman) elements.

The next year we kept the parties small and sweet at home so I went a bit larger with the favor bags by first splitting up the LEGO® cupcakes (#41926) set and combining it with pumpkin scented playdough for Zoey's party and then, for the next party, limiting it to a $10 LEGO® set Ada thought would perfectly fit each guest's tastes.

Last year the favor bags were a bit more random as I first shopped through the toys and food I had on hand. Zoey's favor bags included playdough, pre-packaged chalk, bubbles and bubble pipes, fruit roll-ups, and Star Wars themed goldfish crackers. For Ada we used her love of eraser toppers and combined that idea with pencil crayons and pencils we already had on hand along with individually wrapped Costco oreos. Both girls loved it!


Quick aside: I snapped these photos as I made the slime but didn't have any specific plan as I went. For your ease I'm going to go over how the slime is made before going over the types I made so the images may seem to jump around in the first section.

How Slime Is Normally Made

A while back I jotted down the ingredients to a quick slime recipe on our fridge so whenever we made slime I could easily remember the ratios and help each kid make their own. Our recipe, can't remember where it's originally from, starts out by combining 3/4 cups of glue and a 1/2 tsp of baking soda together. Once mixed you then add 1 1/2 tablespoons of contact lens solution. Since slime is mostly only made when having a playdate I go around the table dishing out the 3/4 cup of liquid glue, tablespoon of baking soda, and optional add-ons like food dye, glitter, foam balls, and other little items. While the kids wait to choose and get each item they're mixing the contents in their bowl. Then, when ready, I squirt the contact lens solution in on demand so it can be both mixed between applications and each kid gets the independence of choosing the amount they want without getting slime on my bottle. Once they're happy with their slime I put away the ingredients while they play. I considered doing something similar this time around, just dramatically increasing the ingredient amounts, but instead decided to look online first.

Image shows a slightly peeling magnetic sticker on a black fridge with silver faded letters saying the ingredients for the slime. See caption for specific ingredients.
I have a magnetic blackboard sticker on my fridge and years ago jotted down the default slime making ingredients. This says 3/4 cup glue, 1/2 tsp (baking) soda, and 1 1/2 tbsp contact (lens solution).

Recipe Used

I looked online for a larger slime recipe than I normally use and came across Laura's post Make a Big Batch of Slime for a Party or Classroom With This Easy Recipe from The No Pressure Life. I'm so glad I came across it and, other than needing less contact lens solution than called for (used about a half to three quarters of it), the recipe was perfect! Overall I made three batches of it (two single batches and one doubled) and it fit the fourteen Bonne Maman jam jars perfectly.

According to The No Pressure Life you'll need:

  • 1-quart (32 ounce) Elmer’s Washable School Glue
  • 4 tablespoons baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons contact lens solution (I used 4 to 6 tablespoons for mine)

How It Was Made Today

I had originally chosen to make slime for the party as I had several gallon (128 ounce) sized liquid glue jugs around along with some Costco-sized baking soda and contact lens solution. I also had leftover slime supplies on hand from a kit I bought back in 2018 and shared about with the floam (slime with foam balls) post. Between that and the bulk liquid food dye I wasn't quite sure if I should move (spoiler they came with) I had all the needed add-in ingredients too.

The recipe itself calls for a quart (32 ounce) of white glue so I started out by putting my large metal bowl on a weigh scale, tared it to zero, and then poured the glue until it hit the 32 ounce mark. I then removed the scale so it wouldn't get messy and measured out the baking soda before mixing it up. Now comes the add-on time. For each batch I added some small mix-ins and, for two of them, some food dye. Once all this was mixed in I added the contact lens solution and mixed and folded the mixture until a slime started to form. At this point I had excess contact lens solution in the bowl so I carefully removed the slime leaving behind the liquid and started kneeding and stretching the slime out on the table. Once the slime looked slime-like enough I divided it equally between the jars. For the next batches I used less contact lens solution so I had less excess at the end.

Image shows a metal bowl sitting on a scale. Two spatula sit beside it with opened jam jars to the right of it. In the back sits all the ingredients.
I started out by grabbing my ingredients, jars, and tared my scale. 
Image shows glue being poured into the metal bowl. In the background the jars are partially filled with white rainbow specked slime.
Once the scale was tared I started pouring the Elmer's white glue in while keeping an eye out to make sure the bowl didn't exceed 32 ounces.
Image shows blue foam balls, glitter, and plastic gems sitting on top of the white glue in the bowl. A red spatula sits within and the jars to the right are topped off with purple slime.
Once the white glue and baking soda had been mixed together it's time to add any additional elements.
The bowl is filled with white slime speckled with pink and purple foam balls. There's red splotches on top. To the right sits the jam jars with white multicolor spotted slime.
You can add food dye with the above add-in ingredients or, like here, wait until after they were mixed in so the materials might not be dyed too. Here I added some red food dye hoping to make the slime itself pink.
Image shows the same slime as the previous image but not the base is red-ish pink-ish color with blue splotches in the center rather than white with red splotches.
I wasn't sure if I liked the red so at this point I decided to add a bit of blue to make the slime a bit more purple-y (since red and blue makes purple).
Image shows the white bowl with blue spotted white slime. A measuring cup is pouring clear liquid into the bowl and the jam jars sit to the side with the lavender slime in them.
Once you're happy with your slime color and add-ins it's time to add the contact lens solution. This is the magical ingredient that switches your liquid to a slime. That said there are other recipes out there that use other ingredient combinations like borax or liquid starch.
Image shows a closeup of the metal bowl with white blue specked slime and a red spatula inside. There's clear separated liquid around the perimeter.
In this case my slime started looking slime-like before all the liquid was used so I carefully moved it out leaving the excess contact lens solution behind. 

Types Made

All the slime batches were made with the same recipe from The No Pressure Life using white liquid Elmer's glue for the base. They then deviated from one another with the different food dyes and add-on materials. The add-ons used where leftover from a slime kit I bought in 2018 and consisted of foam balls, crystalline plastic fishbowl beads, pom poms, and glitter flakes. I decided to keep the fine glitter out for the parents' sake so it would be, hopefully, easier to clean up.

Going in I wasn't sure how much slime the recipe made so I started out with a single batch and tried to make it the best. As Zoey's favorite color is rainbow I chose to add all the rainbow items left in the kit and kept the base white by leaving out the food dye allowing the rainbow items to shine. This included, I think, all the add-in options listed above ranging from star glitter to soft pom poms. I love how it turned out but quickly realized it didn't make near as much as I wanted.

Image shows four jam jars partially filled with the slime with another section to the left loose and undivided on the table. Over the jars sits one section pulled apart to better highlight the items inside it.
The first batch I made I left the slime white but included all the multi-color add-ins including pom poms, glitter, foam balls, and fishbowl beads. This became the first layer added to the jam jars.

Based on the amount I had from the first batch I decided to double the next one. This time around I added all the pink items, realized I didn't have enough, and then added all the purple ones too. I didn't get a good photo but i think these were only, or at least mainly, foam beads. I wanted this layer to differentiate itself from the first so I decided to make it pink, added what seemed like too much red dye, and then added a couple drops of blue to tone it down making the slime match the purple add-ins more than the pink ones.

Like before some of the jars are topped up with the current purple slime with the remaining ones just with the first white layer. The excess slime is sitting to the left or pulled apart on top of the jars to highlight the small balls within the purple slime.
The second batch was doubled and dyed purple using red and blue food dye. The only additional items used were purple and pink foam balls lending the slime a more lavender appearance.

With the single and doubled batch made there was still a bit more room in the jars so I decided to make one more, single-sized, batch. This time I added all the blue add-ins which included the foam beads, crystalline plastic fishbowl beads, and glitter flakes. I wanted a bit more bang so I added some red food dye. Looking back I didn't add enough dye, as I was worried about overdoing it, so the slime almost looked like another white layer but still looked great.

Image shows the blue specked white slime in a bowl with a splotch of red food dye in the center-ish. Off to the side are the first two batches already within the jars.
I added the smallest amount of red to the third and final batch of slime but it wasn't enough for it to look pink next to the other layers. 
The slime is spread from the spot on the table to the jars to better highlight the blue elements within it. The jars are filled with the white bottom and lavender layers already.
That said the blue glitter, fishbowl beads, and foam balls looked great against the white base.


When I made the first batch I wasn't sure how much slime the recipe made. As such I started out with a single batch and quickly realized it didn't make enough for all fourteen jars. I considered, briefly, filling as many jars as I could with each batch one by one but I didn't want the kids arguing over which person got which color so I settled on filling each jar equally so everyone mostly got the same (the layer heights were slightly different). This resulted in each of the jars having three layers of slime in them.

Image shows all fourteen jars with different amounts of each batch making a white top and bottom layer with a purple one in the center.
I filled each jars to the top with each of the three batches of slime. Love how the layers looked. 
Image shows a curved row of seven slime filled jam jars across each topped with another one making fourteen. The top of each has a white and red plaid lid.
Loved how they all looked together with their lids on. 

Past Slimes

If you want other types of slime years ago I used to add the foam beads after the contact lens solution to make a floam-like slime shared here. You can also use other add-ons like shaving cream to make a fluffy slime or Instant Snow.

Finishing It Up

Topping the Jar Off

When I decided to make slime in glass jam jars I realized right away that I needed to make it obvious that they were glass and that the contents weren't edible. At first I was going to buy favor bags but realized just how weak the bags online seemed and I didn't want the jars slipping and cracking on the ground. I considered paying more for sturdier bags but then realized I could simply buy a custom sticker for the jar itself thus letting the guests know what it is and convey our thanks for coming message. I hopped onto Etsy and after looking at many great but not perfect for my case stickers I came across these more general ones, through SunshineCustomLabels, that I could customize fully. I went with the stickers and made sure it told the guests thanks for coming along with what was in each the jar.

Image shows a screenshot of an Etsy listing. The image shows a thank you wedding sticker while the title says it's for, essentially, any event. It has five stars with 3,811 reviews and there's customizable options on the right.
After looking at different birthday themed stickers I chose these more generalized ones as I was able to customize it to the girls birthday party more. This screenshot was taken on May 9th, 2023.
Image shows five slime lids each with the same sticker fixed to the top. The sticker itself says "Thanks for jumping with us! Now to relax with some slime. Love Ada and Zoey"
Love how the sticker finished off the slime. It looked great!

In case there's an element of the stickers you like I ordered this style, from SunshineCustomLabels, on May 9th, 2023 and, at that time, chose the following customizations: the #37 border design, font style #11, line option H and the text:

Thanks for jumping with us! 
Now to relax with some slime. 
---- (line) 
Love Ada and Zoey

Anyway, at first I decided to just leave the favor as the slime since the message was on the sticker but then I overanalyzed and decided to add some treats... which led to...

Finishing the Favors Off

At first I was only going to have the slime with the simple sticker saying what it was and thanking the guest for coming. Then I debated adding a single item, pocky sticks, which then led to even more. As, at this time, I didn't want to order bags that may not come in time (I was already waiting on edge for the stickers), I briefly considered tying the dessert to the jar, then momentarily considered hot glue (chocolate may melt), debated driving to a store for gift bags after all, and then took the lazier way and grabbed some freezer bags that would work to hold all the desserts. I had bought snack-sized KitKats originally for the party but figured having them after the event would be better. This solution was a bit more cumbersome that simply using bags but still worked.

Image shows the slime off to the side with three piles of KitKat bars (pink, white, and red) and piles of freezer bags.
I divided the KitKat bars up by flavor, counted out the freezer bags, and doled each item out. Everyone ended up with one package of pocky sticks and two of each flavor of KitKat.
Image shows the slime jars and freezer bags gathered up in an opaque frosted plastic bin.
Once assembled I grabbed a plastic tote to hold everything and make it easier to hide as the kids weren't told about the party favors this time around.
Image shows the same basket from a different angle. This time the "thank you" sticker is attached to the top of each jar.
The stickers arrived the day before the party so I grabbed the basket, applied each sticker, and put everything back inside again.

And that was our slime party favors. It was simple to make, used items I had previously bought, and made it just a bit easier to move. The girls loved the favors and, for that matter, their party too.

I'd love to hear from you in the comments below if any of this helped you out or if you have any tips for someone else that may do something similar.

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