Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Pinterest Craft of the Week: Astro goo (as I am calling it)

I have a ton of boards and pins dedicated to crafting on Pinterest - crafts projects for me, crafts for me that are kid related, crafts for kids, crafts for toddlers, etc.. I made the decision that I am going to actually make one "pinned" craft a week and report back to you all with the results. I recently pinned this:

I am a sucker for anything sparkly, so I figured this was a good place to start! It seemed like a very simple project so I figured it was something M and I could do this afternoon while Val was napping. For the full project details, click here to go to the original poster's website. 

We stopped by Target on the way home from camp today and got all of our supplies: 
- glitter glue
- Borax
- Water

Borax? WTF is Borax? I have never heard of this substance before I read the original post. It sounds like rat poison, or something from the 50s that was used to clean your tile grout. I was surprised how easy it was to actually find in the laundry detergent aisle of Target! I am not going to lie though, I was a little hesitant to even buy the stuff and use it in a craft because it is not something really want your kid handling. I had already told M that we were going to make this goop, so there was no turning back now as all I heard after camp was, "can we make the glitter goo now? Can we make the glitter goo now?
Now? How about now?"
Step One - Empty clue into a bowl (we used all 6 ounces)

Step Two - Add the same amount of water as glue (6 ounces) and stir until mixed
Step Three - Mix 1/2 tsp of Borax with 1/2 c warm water, and then add that to glue mixture and stir. It will become this gelatinous goo very quickly
So we followed the easy steps and made, what Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom calls "Silly Putty" but I would call Astro Goo. It has a gelatinous consistency, not soft like Silly Putty. The whole project took about 4 minutes from start to finish and was fun for the 4 minutes, but once we made the gooey ball of sparkles we weren't sure what to do with it! It now sits in a ziploc bag where it has hardened a bit and actually taken the square shape of the bag itself.

Oh and I should mention that we did 6 ounces of glue to 6 ounces of water in the beginning, and the same measurements of Borax (1/2 teaspoon in 1/2 cup of warm water) and had the amount pictured below.

Overall I say it is a fun experiment to do with your kids (3+), but now I have a $5 giant container of Borax sitting in my pantry. I have a lot of Astro goo to make (or laundry to do as it is a detergent booster)!!


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