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How to Make Flubber - Boulder Children's Photographer

How to Make the Best Flubber Ever -Boulder, Colorado

I know it is a little strange that a family photographer is posting a flubber recipe, but come on, it has to be a part of all children’s memories of growing up. Or maybe it’s a Boulder thing. We really do like our arts and crafts here. Everyone is an artist. If you can move here, do. Boulder is a town filled with so much art, science, and entertainment for children. And, of course, we have the best family photographers;)

We have been making flubber since Elijah was 4 years old, and have perfected the recipe over the years.

How can a kid not love flubber? It’s gooey. It’s weird. It has no real purpose. It’s messy to make. And it is really pretty in the end when you’re all proud of your creation and you can squish it around in your fingers and fling it at your little sister and make little people or animals out of it. Or stick it under your mom’s pillow so that when she goes to bed she’ll think something died under her pillow and she’ll scream and you’ll be in big trouble but it will be so funny it’ll be worth it.

So, being a children’s photographer, I felt it was my duty to bring the official Potter recipe for making the best flubber ever!!!


  • School Glue (buy a big gallon at Target, then you can make tons + have a lot of different colors to get more creative with)

  • Borax (found in the laundry section of your grocery store)

  • Food Coloring

  • Water

  • Bowls

  • Old Jars

What You Do:

  1. Measure out 1 once of glue (that is NOT what an ounce looks like, but I think they quadrupled the recipe this time, because they put like 2 or 3 cups in. Don’t do that unless you know how to calculate well or your mom or dad is helping you)

  2. Measure out 1/4 cup of water

3. Mix together in a bowl

4. Add in food coloring

5. Mix 1/4 cup Borax with a tablespoon of water in an old jar and stir

6. Add the Borax/water mixture to the glue mixture and knead the heck out of the stuff. Go ahead, put some real muscle into it. If these little girls can, you can too:)

7. Clean as you go. Your mama might love you making flubber a little bit more if she doesn’t have to ask you to clean. It’s awesome to get messy, but if you don’t clean as you go, you’ll have a humongous mess to clean after, when you’ll really be wanting to just play with the flubber.

8. Keep kneading the flubber, picking it up and twisting and turning and folding and smashing and throwing it up in the air like a pancake.

If there is any water in your bowl, dump it out.

If the consistency does not look like this, you can add a little glue if it is too hard, or a little Borax if it is too sticky.

9.  Wear it as a beard. If you can, I think your flubber is perfect and ready to go!

10. Voila! (that means look at this awesome thing I just made all by myself because I’m a cool smart kid)

11. Place the flubber in plastic bags and store in the fridge when your not playing with it so that it lasts longer. Otherwise it can grow mold and that is really gross. But…on the other hand… then you can give it to your little sister as a “gift”. It’s up to you.

These girls squished it even more because it felt good on their toes. Maybe ask your mom before you do it. If she says no, it’s because you have nice furniture OR an inclination towards not keeping vertical (ie: you’re clumsy). If that’s the case, you can do this on the floor just as well.

And that, my friends, is how to make flubber! Simple, easy peasy, fun, lasts a long time, can be made in every color of the rainbow, can be swirled together with another color flubber to make beautiful designs, can be thrown at your big brother, the possibilities are endless.

Please do comment below if you have any questions as you go along. I am happy to help:) And if you have tips or secrets, I would love to hear how we can make this flubber any better.




Stacey Potter in a family photographer in Boulder, Co. She has won awards for her beautiful children’s and family photography. To view her children’s photography portfolio, click here. To book a session in Boulder or elsewhere, or if you have any questions, please contact Stacey at or call her at 303.818.7757

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