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Easy Cotton Candy Slime Recipe that Looks Almost Good Enough to Eat!

One of my kids’ favorite treats is cotton candy which is what inspired today’s cotton candy slime recipe (part of our slime recipes without contact solution series). When we go to a fair or street event that offers cotton candy, they always want to get some.

Cotton candy is pure sugar, but I think it may be one of the least sugary candies because it’s stretched and spun? So there is only a teaspoon of sugar or so in each serving, theoretically.

At any rate, that’s what I tell myself every time I buy it for them.

This simple cotton candy slime recipe is easy to follow and makes beautifully fluffy slime that looks good enough to eat!

We don’t always attend events with cotton candy, so I thought it would be fun to show my kids how to make cotton candy slime so that they could have the fun of cotton candy (without the sugar) any time!

Easy Cotton Candy Slime Recipe with 4 Ingredients!

Before you get started making your cotton candy slime, make sure you have everything you need to make this recipe a success! With just four ingredients, you probably already have everything you need to make this cotton candy slime recipe.

And don’t forget to download the FREE slime science lesson that will help teach kids the science behind slime!

slime stem activity

If you are planning any circus STEM activities or carnival STEM activities, make sure to add this cotton candy slime recipe to your list of science experiments! It’s such a fun way to introduce the concept of molecular bonds to kids. Cotton candy slime is also one of our favorite summer slime recipes!

What Can You Use Instead of Contact Solution for Slime?

You can exchange contact lens solution with one of three slime activators. The following slime activators are among our favorites:

Learn how to make fluffy, pink slime that looks just like cotton candy! This cotton candy slime recipe uses only three ingredients!

Each of these activators produces a slime with a specific texture. The thickest slime is made with borax powder, which also reduces slime stickiness and mess.

Liquid laundry starch makes slime that is always consistent and has the consistency of classic slime or gak.

Elmer’s slime activator is a mix of borax slime and liquid laundry starch slime that works perfectly with any variety of glue.

Slime Shopping List to Make Cotton Candy Slime

Here is what you’ll want to have on hand before attempting to make this creative sherbet slime recipe!

The Best Materials for Making Slime

Here is what you need to make every basic slime recipe on STEAMsational!

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Elmer’s White Glue

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Elmer’s Clear Glue

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Liquid Laundry Starch

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Borax Powder

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Slime Activator

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Soft Clay

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Biodegradable Glitter

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Measuring Cups and Spoons

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Craft Aprons

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Instant Snow

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Scentless Lotion

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Mixing Bowls

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Sharpie Markers

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Slime Containers

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Removable Labels

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Stirring Spoons

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Soap Dye

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Shaving Cream

You can find these slime ingredients at any local store, but for me, it’s often easiest to purchase my slime supplies in bulk and have them delivered to my house.

How to Make Homemade Cotton Candy Slime without Contact Solution

Watch the video for tips and tricks on how to make cotton candy slime and scroll to the bottom of the post to get the printable cotton candy slime recipe!

All-in-One Slime Kits

These slime craft kits include everything you need to make slime creation even easier!

All of these slime craft ideas show up right on your doorstep in just a few days!

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More Fun Slime Recipes that Don’t Use Contact Solution!

Here are some of our favorite creative slime recipes that my kids love to make over and over.

To make slime time more educational and scientific, I created a science lesson, which you can download for free by clicking the link below!

slime stem activity

And here is the complete recipe to learn how to make cotton candy slime!

Print out the directions and you won’t have to risk getting slime on your phone.

fluffy glitter glue slime
Yield: 1 Cup Slime

Cotton Candy Slime Recipe without Contact Solution

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: medium

Follow along with these easy step-by-step directions to make cotton candy slime that doesn't contain any contact lens solution, but it does contain lots of sparkles!


  • Elmer's pink glitter glue
  • White shaving cream
  • Liquid laundry starch
  • Water


  • Mixing bowl
  • Metal fork
  • Storage jar
  • Measuring cup


  1. Mix one four ounce bottle of Elmer's pink glitter glue with 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Add half a cup of shaving cream to the glitter glue and stir.
  3. Fill your measuring cup with half a cup of liquid laundry starch.
  4. Pour half of the starch into the glue mixture and stir.
  5. If your slime is still sticky, add more starch.
  6. Keep adding starch and mixing until you have a soft dough-like ball in the center of your bowl.
  7. Pick up the slime and knead with your hands for about 30 seconds.
  8. Your slime is done and ready to go!


Need help? Watch the video below to see how we make this fluffy slime by making our own glitter glue!

If your slime isn't as pink as you would like it, you can add some soap coloring to make it a bit pinker.

Store the slime in a cool, dry place inside of a plastic storage jar to keep it usable for up to three weeks! If the slime starts to get sticky, add a little more liquid starch to bring it back to the right texture again.

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