When you think about slime, you might think about the green stuff Nickelodeon used to dump on kids and celebrities on television. What you might not think about is the gooey DIY toy that has taken the internet by storm. The appeal of DIY slime comes from being a kid-friendly “science experiment” you can do at home, and the satisfying feeling of squishing the glob between your fingers.

Why is Everyone Obsessed with Slime?

If you search #slime on Instagram, you’ll see almost 13 million posts depicting colorful, glittery slime, that’s much more fun and viscous than Nickelodeon’s! The American Chemical Society even jumped on the bandwagon with science experiments for kids to try when making slime. Slime-makers have capitalized on this trend with YouTube, Instagram, and Etsy accounts totally dedicated to making slime.

Take YouTuber Karina Garcia pictured to the right, for example. With over 9 million subscribers, she makes as much as $200,000 a month from sponsorships on her slime recipe videos.


I started my YouTube channel in 2012 but became more serious about making videos in 2015. At first, I started off making DIY videos and then began to experiment with slime. My first slime video was inspired by a Pinterest recipe and I put a fun twist to it. The response was so wonderful that it motivated to make more fun, over-the-top videos. I recognized that slime was a hit after the first video. 

I always wanted to make a product of my own. I continuously discussed this dream with friends and family years ago. Whether it was slime, a DIY kit or a toy, my dream from the beginning was always having a hands-on product. So, when the opportunity came, the first thing that came to mind was slime because it had become such a huge part of my life. Now Craft City has become a slime and crafting empire. We offer a ton of different products for kids to be inspired and make their own creations.”

-Karina Garcia

How to Make Slime Using Promotional Products

You probably think making slime is a messy and hectic process, but it is fun and easy! One important thing to note is that slime recipes typically don’t have measurements, so get ready to experiment to find a mixture that you find particularly satisfying.

Below you’ll find 4 popular recipes using promotional products including hand sanitizer, lip balm, sunscreen, and hand lotion.

Hand Sanitizer Slime

If you have a travel size hand sanitizer lying around, or maybe just a little bit left in the container at home, you can use it to make slime! To make this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

• Hand sanitizer
• Lip balm
• Baking Soda
• Glue
• Small bowl or plate
• Small mixing tool

Step 1

Add hand sanitizer to the mixing bowl.

Step 2

Add lip balm and mash in with hand sanitizer.

Step 3 (Optional)

If desired, add food coloring to the mixture.

Step 4

Add glue to the mixture.  

Step 5

Add baking soda to the slime and mix thoroughly. The baking soda will help to thicken the mixture.

Step 6

Enjoy the finished product!

Tip: Aloe Vera-based or alcohol-free hand sanitizer will work best.

Lip Balm Slime

Believe it or not, you can use lip balm to make slime! For this recipe, you can use any kind of wax-based lip balm you have available, along with the following ingredients:

• Lip balm
• Glue
• Small bowl or plate
• Small mixing tool

Step 1

Add lip balm to the mixing bowl and mash with your mixing tool.

Step 2

Add glue to the mashed-up lip balm. We used blue glitter glue to give our slime color! The more glue you add the bigger your slime will be.

Step 3

Sprinkle baking soda and mix to get the final product.

Tip: Add more lip balm to the mixture if it is still sticky.

Sunscreen Slime

Do you have expired sunscreen or travel size bottles left over from vacation? Use them to make slime! First, you’ll need the following materials:

• Sunscreen
• Corn starch
• Glue
• Small bowl or plate
• Small mixing tool

Step 1

Add sunscreen to the mixing bowl.

Step 2

Sprinkle corn starch until the mixture becomes thick and paste-like.

Step 3

Add glue to the mixture. The more glue you add, the more slime you’ll have!

Step 4 (Optional)

Add food coloring to tint your slime to whatever color you want. We used green and yellow coloring to get a bright green slime.

Step 5

Mix your slime together for the finished product!

Tip: Add shaving cream to make the slime fluffier.

Lotion Slime

Leftover lotion or lotion samples can be used to make slime using only one other ingredient! Before you begin, gather the following materials:

• Lotion
• Glue
• All-purpose flour
• Small bowl or plate
• Small mixing tool

Step 1

Add lotion to mixing bowl.

Step 2

Add flour and glue to the mixture.

Step 3

Add food coloring if desired, and mix thoroughly for the finished slime!

Tip: Let the slime sit in a covered container for 2 hours and it will rise and become even fluffier!

Tips for Making Slime

Making slime can be a process of trial and error, but that’s part of the fun! Always have extra ingredients in case it doesn’t turn out right the first time. If you’re a first time slime maker or a veteran looking for new recipes, you’ll find the following tips to be slime-savers (literally)!

Key Takeaway: Making slime is all about experimentation. Since there are no exact measurements, you can add more of each ingredient to get your slime to the consistency you want!

Why You Should Make Slime with Promotional Products

DIY slime can be made in seemingly endless ways, but you can use promotional products for easy recipes that your kids, students, or camp-goers will love! If you’ve found yourself with a box of unused promotional items like lip balm or hand sanitizer, you can use the extras as ingredients for DIY slime.

Tip: Create goodie bags with all of the ingredients needed to make a slime recipe with a promotional product!

Whether you’re a stay at home mom, a teacher, or running a kid-friendly event, you can make slime with promotional products to get your kids engaged and excited!

Embark on your slime making adventure with leftover promotional products! You might be surprised by the concoctions you can come up with. Promotional products are the perfect size for personalized slime to keep kids, students, or camp-goers entertained.


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About the author

Gianna Petan

Gianna is no stranger to all things promo products. Her background in research-based writing, linguistics, and advertising gives her an edge in blogging about the marketing industry.