How to make flubber without borax

Written by carolyn kay neeley | 13/05/2017

Kids love goo, there's just no two ways about it. And if you've taken a look at your local toy store lately, flubber is expensive. Fortunately, there is an easy way to make your own flubber without using harsh, powdery borax. Your kids not only will enjoy playing with the finished product, but it's also simple enough that they can make it themselves.

Pour 1 cup Elmer's glue into a plastic bowl.

Add a few drops of food colouring and stir until the colour is mixed throughout. Be aware, however, that some food colourings may stain, so this step is optional.

Add the liquid laundry starch to the glue, a little bit at a time, and stir until the mixture thickens.

Form the mixture into a ball and knead until it holds together well and is smooth. If the flubber is too sticky, add more laundry starch until it becomes rubbery.

Store in an airtight container.


Do not ingest flubber. Supervise younger children when making flubber.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not ingest flubber.
  • Supervise younger children when making flubber.

Things you need

  • 1 cup Elmer's glue
  • 1 cup liquid laundry starch
  • Disposable plastic spoon
  • Plastic bowl
  • Plastic airtight container
  • Food colouring (optional)

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