A fun twist on our 3-ingredient Fluffy Slime, this Neon Contact Solution Slime uses pretty colored foil for an iridescent, zebra-like effect. This slime is totally pyschedelic.
If you thought all things Lisa Frank and neon went out in the 90s, get ready – because all the psychedelic, colorful trends are coming back.
It’s been a slow movement.. at least in this house! My daughter was immediately excited for acid washed jeans, and neon tie shirts, but I resisted… initially. As she and the trend persisted, I’ve slowly given in and now my child looks like a Fly Girl.
The 90s obsession has even extended to her craft supply choices, as her recent requests included neon acrylic paints and colorful foil sheets (like gold foil, but with more variety).
While she has some pretty fun plans for her supplies, I thought a few of them would be super cool in a 90’s-themed slime with bright neon colors and Saved By The Bell-esque flakes of shiny metallic foil. I think it looks just like a Lisa Frank notebook cover (speaking of which, I’m super tempted to order this for her now).
How to Make Slime with Contact Solution
We’ve been making slime for years, and in the past, I stuck to liquid starch slime because borax was so tricky to get right!
First, you had to get your water to the perfect temperature to dissolve the borax (but not too hot so that it didn’t break down the glue when added), and if for some reason you added just a tad too much borax to the mixture, you would end up with “slime rocks.”
It was such a pain – but a couple of years ago we found out that saline contact solution was the perfect pre-mixed boric acid solution for slime! Now, you need to ensure that the contact/saline solution that you are purchasing contains boric acid as an active ingredient, or else it won’t work for making slime.
Scroll down to grab the printable recipe and instructions to make your own contact solution slime!
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Ingredients for Neon Contact Solution Slime
- White School Glue
- Shaving cream (less than a full canister)
- Contact lens (saline) solution – this is the brand I used
- Neon food dye or neon acrylic paints (no, they won’t dye your hands)
- Color foil
SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE POST FOR A FREE PRINTABLE AND EXACT MEASUREMENTS – you need to ensure you are making it properly (read the directions) because just combining all of the ingredients without reading the directions won’t work 🙂
Tip: the contact solution must contain boric acid as an active ingredient. I linked the brand I used above. Contact solution is a diuretic so please don’t let young kids handle it and ensure your child washes their hands after playing with the slime as a precaution.
Second tip: slime is not something you can reliably measure. It’s by look and feel, so go slow and adjust as necessary.
Third tip: I highly advice ordering your glue online because stores are currently experiencing a shortage – my store only had 3 tiny bottles when I was there yesterday. If you’re in a pinch, hardware stores sell it in bulk!
Tools You May Find Helpful
- Large bowl
- Vinegar, for clean-up
How to Make Neon Slime
Divide your glue into as many bowls as you want colors of slime. For this recipe, we used 3 cups of glue and 3 colors, but you can use less glue if you prefer (I just wanted to be sure to get some great pictures).
Add neon food dye or acrylic paint (about 1/2 teaspoon per 1 cup of glue).
Stir the water into the glue, about 2 Tablespoons to start.
Next, add the shaving cream. About 1 1/2 cups to start, until you achieve a nice fluffy texture. It will continue to get thick and puffy as you stir. (We can add up to 3 cups of shaving cream per 1 cup of glue, depending on how fluffy we want it.)
Finally, add the contact solution – 5 Tablespoons per cup of glue.
Keep stirring everything with your spatula and adjust as needed.
Once the slime is cohesive, no longer sticky or appearing to have any liquid in the mixture, start kneading the slime – this is going to help it be less sticky (just like making homemade play dough).
Knead the slime for at least 3 minutes before adding any more ingredients to adjust.
If adding the color foil, once the slime has been thoroughly kneaded, lay it out in strips or blobs on a clean surface.
Gently place your color foil over the slime and then gently press down on the foil to see it break apart and start making a pretty, cracked pattern on the slime.
Grab your free printable for our color foil neon slime recipe:
This colorful neon slime uses contact solution and color foil sheets for a fun, psychedelic effect! This would be great for a 90s party… or really, any tween party these days!