How to Make Play-Doh Slime

Slime is one of the most popular and fun homemade toys of the 21st century.

How to Make Play-Doh Slime

Although it may be messy and seeing your little one toddle away into a carpeted room clutching their brightly colored slime is enough to fill you with dread, the process of making slime is super easy. 

One of the easiest, cheapest, and least messy ways to create slime at home is to use Play-Doh (see also ‘What To Make With Play Doh?‘). 

In this article, we will look at how to make this buttery slime from Play-Doh, and best of all, you can use old, dry Play-Doh for this (see also ‘How To Harden Play Doh‘). 

What Is Play-Doh Slime?

If you have elementary school-aged children, you will know what slime is in general. 

If you have purchased commercially made slime, you will be familiar with the bright colors and the staining abilities of this toy. 

However, these products can contain a ton of chemicals that aren’t ideal to have in your home.  

That is where Play-Doh slime comes into play.  This slime can be made out of products that you probably already have in your home and that is perfectly safe for your children to use. 

This can be a great way to repurpose Play-Doh that doesn’t get played with as much anymore as your kids get older. 

Not only is it fun, but it can also be a good lesson for your little ones in repurposing things rather than just throwing them in the trash. 

The slime that is produced with this Play-Doh method has a buttery consistency that can be really fun from a sensory point of view as well as a general slime toy (see also ‘How To Make Cloud Slime‘). 

Because of the buttery nature of this slime, it is less likely to become sticky and messy too. 


One of the best things about this slime recipe is that you only need two things to make it and both of them are probably already in your house. 

Because of the super simple method to make this slime, you can easily get your kids involved in making this slime to add to the fun, no matter what their age is. 


The main material that you need to make this slime is Play-Doh.  The Play-Doh you use can be any color that you want, and you can make multiple slimes with different colors. 

The Play-Doh doesn’t even need to be in particularly good condition.  It just needs to be free from any debris and dirt to create a nice slime. Dried-out Play-Doh is actually perfect for this slime recipe. 

Hand/Body Lotion

You will also need a hand or body lotion that can be mixed in with the Play-Doh to create the perfect consistency for your buttery, Play-Doh slime. 

The type of hand or body lotion that you use doesn’t matter and you don’t need a huge amount of it. Using a scented lotion can be a fun way to add an extra layer to the slime.

It can add a fun fruity scent if you use the right type of lotion, or it can turn the slime into a sort of comfort item for your child because it smells like you.

The only thing I would recommend would be to make sure that the lotion you pick is suitable for your kid’s skin.

This means that if your kid has sensitive skin or skin conditions, make sure that you use a lotion that won’t cause them discomfort when they make the slime or play with it. 



The method for making the Play-Doh slime is super easy and something that your kids can do by themselves or with your supervision.  

Massage Play-Doh

The first step in making your Play-Doh slime is to gently massage the Play-Doh by itself. 

This is a particularly important step if you are using old, dried-out Play-Doh as it will help to warm up the material and will prepare it for the lotion to be added.

Begin to Add Moisturizer

Once the Play-Doh has been warmed up, it is time to begin to add the moisturizer to your Play-Doh.  Start with a pea-sized amount of lotion and gently fold it into the Play-Doh. 

Keep stretching and folding the Play-Doh until all of the lotion has been absorbed into the Play-Doh.  The Play-Doh should become a little more pliable at this point.  

Work in Moisturizer a Little at a Time

Begin adding more moisturizer to the Play-Doh a little at a time.  Make sure that each small amount of lotion that you add to the Play-Doh is completely absorbed before adding more. 

This will help to avoid overloading the Play-Doh and avoid making the process super messy. Allowing the lotion to fully absorb will also help you to not surpass the desired consistency that you are looking for. 

Keep Adding Moisturizer Until Desired Consistency

Keep adding the moisturizer bit by bit until you reach the desired consistency of the Play-Doh slime.  Ideally, the slime should be able to be spread on a surface like warm butter. 

The slime should be able to hold the form of peaks and troughs when it is squeezed.  If it doesn’t hold any shape, you may have added too much lotion, but don’t worry, this can be rectified.

It’s Time to Play

Once you reach the desired consistency for your slime, it is time to play.  You can make as many types of Play-Doh slime as you want using different colors of Play-Doh.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Rectify Slime That Is Too Moist?

If you accidentally add too much lotion to the Play-Doh slime, all is not lost. All you have to do to bring back some of the structure of the slime is to add a small amount of cornstarch.

Just like with the lotion, make sure that the cornstarch is properly mixed into the slime before adding any more to avoid drying it out too much. 

Final Thoughts

This method of making slime is so super simple that you will wonder why you ever tried making other types of slime. You can make this slime even safer for your kids by using homemade Play-Doh for slime.

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