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How to make Fluffy Slime (aka Shaving Cream Slime)

Have you been wondering How to make Fluffy Slime and what the difference is between a regular slime recipe and a fluffy slime recipe? The difference in fluffy ingredients is slight, but the difference in texture and play time- WOW, a world away! Fluffy slime is less sticky, less messy, and it is so much harder to mess up for those slime novices.  Dare I say “foolproof?”  You be the judge.

how to make fluffy slime

Barring any snow days (last year we had NINE!), we have 60 more days of school.  I don’t usually have the days-till-the-end-of-school counted out this far (that usually starts mid-April), but my kids came to me yesterday, asking what we could plan to make for their end-of-school store.  The school store is a place for the kids to bring homemade wares to sell, also using their “scholar dollars” earned throughout the year to purchased other kids’ product.  All three had the same idea: Individual cups of slime.  My 5th grader wanted Pink, my 4th grader wanted Blue, and my 2nd grader wanted glow-in-the dark.  Naturally, they wanted to start right then. But it was 6:30am (Satan’s Hour), so they’ll have to wait until Saturday.  Or May…

OK, without further ado (and ramblings on my part), I give to you the Fluffy Slime Recipe!  This slime is stretchy, fluffy, and a sensory dream!  Enjoy!!

Fluffy Slime Recipe

What makes fluffy slime…well…fluffy, you ask? Shaving cream! Used in glue to make homemade puffy paint, as an additive before your liquid starch, shaving cream makes a puffy, texture filled, shape-holding slime that still stretches when asked.  And it’s EASY.

To begin learning how to make fluffy slime, you still need the traditional slime ingredients. For this diy fluffy slime, that is: a Gallon of Elmer’s Glue, Liquid Starch, a colorant (if you want it to have color) (I prefer Wilton’s Food Coloring) and the not-so-secret final ingredient, the additive that makes fluffy slime fluffy, extra moisturizing shaving cream.  You’re well on your way!

Many slime recipes online use foam soap, laundry detergent, hand lotion, saline solution (also referred to as “contact lens solution,” or simply “contact solution”), corn starch, water, boric acid, and a borax powder or a borax solution.  I don’t know about you, but that is just one too many (or five too many!) ingredients for my liking.  The fewer ingredients, the better, don’t you agree?!

Here is a list of ingredients you will need for your fluffy slime recipe. This diy slime is made with liquid starch. I have found that its EASY to reproduce whereas slime with borax as the thickening agent can go badly quickly, leaving you with a hard rock of slime. Save yourself the stress, the wonder, the hassle, and the possible money wasted, and, if you’re like me, the negative emotions associated with screwing “simple” crafts up- just use liquid starch.  Your kids will thank you.

You can also download a free Fluffy Slime Printable (PDF file) to take this offline.  Making slime doesn’t leave fingers free to scroll a screen!

Fluffy Slime Ingredients

  • Glue: I use  CLEAR GLUE but you can use white glue (school glue) if you want, since the shaving cream turns it white anyway.  Helpful hints: 1) I always use GALLON SIZED GLUE. Tiny bottles do not produce a lot of slime and this is an addicting project for both kids and adults. Go ahead and get the gallon size. 2) Buy in bulk online.  You cannot always find this glue in the stores, although they are getting better at stocking it. 3) Hardware store stock also stock it– who knew?!
  • Liquid Starch – This can be impossible to find, so also better to grab online.  I have been able to find it at the dollar store, though.
  • Food coloring – I use Wilton’s Color Right food coloring for the best and brightest results, if you prefer this to have color instead of white.  Don’t most kids prefer color, anyway?
  • Shaving Cream – Get the cheap dollar store shaving cream that fluffs up and is white for this fluffy recipe.

Elmer's School Glue, Washable, 1 GallonElmer’s School Glue, Washable, 1 GallonPurex Sta-Flo Liquid Starch, 64 OuncePurex Sta-Flo Liquid Starch, 64 OunceWilton Color Right Performance Color System, 601-6200Wilton Color Right Performance Color System, 601-6200

Tools you may find useful:

  1. Large mixing bowl
  2. Cups
  3. Plenty of rags, wet and close at hand
  4. Vinegar, for easy clean up

How do you make Fluffy Slime?

There is no perfect recipe when it comes to slime, and practice really does makes perfect (memories of my Jr. High band teacher, “Only perfect practice makes perfect.” I wonder if he’s ever made slime.  Probably not…) to find your favorite consistency. This recipe with shaving cream is one of the easiest ways to create a shaving cream slime without borax that is so fluffy!  I’m not anti-borax, no siree, but I don’t really care making slime with borax.  Adding one more step of mixing water with borax to form the right consistency to simply begin another step is one too many steps for my liking.  Do you see a patter here?  Too many ingredients or too many steps– no thanks, I’m good.

In this case, you can start by pouring about 2 cups of white school glue into a large mixing bowl. In the demonstration, I used clear glue but quickly realized the shaving cream turned it white.  It’s funny when those things click in your mind.  What should have been obvious wasn’t quite, and then you can only laugh at yourself for thinking it was important when it finally does become completely obvious.

Spray in about a 1 cup worth of cheap foam shaving cream.  This is a step that your kids will be begging you to take over.  Who doesn’t like watching shaving cream spew out in a constant, fluffy stream?

Helpful hint: I do not use the gel shaving cream when it comes to fluffy slime, just the good old fashioned dollar store shaving cream.

The shaving cream is white so it doesn’t interfere with the optional coloring of your slime (again, what kid doesn’t want vibrant, wacky color?), and you can see exactly how much you are adding.

Stir (or mix using your hands, like I do in the video) together and your glue should start to puff up and double in size in your bowl. If you are going to add color, you can add it and adjust to your preference at this time.

fluffy slime homemade

fluffy slime recipe

Now add  liquid starch to your glue and shaving cream mixture.  Stir or mix by hand.

Slowly add your liquid starch.  This is what makes your slime stick together, however, if you add too much too quickly, your slime will be hard.  Rock hard.  It is possible to correct this, but it is a little more difficult than simply going slow in your liquid starch additions.

Because of that, start with about 1/3rd cup or less of starch to your bowl and stir with a spoon.

Helpful hint: Remember, too much glue will be a goopy mess, too much starch will give you a rock.  Furthermore, slime is not something that has a reliable, exact measurement each and every time.  The more you make, the more you’ll realize that this craft is more of a look and feel, go slow and keep at it kind of craft.  The more you make it, the more you’ll come to know the look, the feel, and the consistency that you like and want.  Just as you come to know the cooking heat of your oven, knowing whether to add or subtract time from the recommendations given in a recipe, you’ll also come to know the look, feel, and consistency you want with slime.  Keep at it, you’ll find your groove.

The shaving cream slime will form almost immediately.

slime recipe with shaving cream

Once the slime has begun to form, having less liquid in the mixture, take your slime out and knead on a piece of nonstick parchment paper, a glass plate or a vinyl. Do not knead on paper, as it will stick!

Is you slime still too sticky? Dip back in starch, being patient because mixing your slime-out-of-sticky-mess often takes upwards of 5 minutes before it releases from your hands. You can always add just a tad bit of starch to your hands and mix some more and it should start to slide right off.  The more you knead and play with the slime, the less sticky it will become.

Fluffy slime is easier than most slimes, and typically has less of a tendency of sticking to everything.  Having a slime recipe that is quick and easy to make is sublime, because sometimes the management and clean-up can be a bit time consuming.  Slime doesn’t have to be mess-free, but anything that can help it stick less is exactly what I want to use!

Fluffy Slime Free Printable

Many people like to make slime at birthday parties, events, girl scout meetings and classrooms. Or this Pot ‘O Gold slime for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day! You may download this free How to make Fluffy Slime printable and use for PERSONAL USE in your life. It is pretty hard to touch a device for instructions while forearm deep in liquid starch and school glue, so this will come in handy when making live. This printable may not be direct linked anywhere online (please just link to this article), mass produced or sold without permission, and is subject to all copyright infringement laws and rights.

Click image below for an instant download onto your computer.

Then print!


Shaving Cream slime still stretches!

As you can see here, fluffy slime still stretches and it stretches great!  You will not be disappointed with this recipe!


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  Having Trouble with your slime?

Try one of these videos to see how it is done. These are not fluffy slime videos, but should give you an idea on how to properly knead and mix the glue and starch.


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