Instant snow isn’t just for winter craft activities! It’s now an AWESOME mix-in for any of our base slime recipes. We are going to show you how to make our cloud slime with instant snow that the kids will go crazy for!  Homemade slime is all about experimenting and coming up with new slime creations, like this cool instant snow slime!


how to make cloud slime


There are so many cool things you can do with slime! From adding gold leaf to crunchy beads to soft clay to chalkboard paint and now instant snow.  This new slime recipe will be sure to please!

The best cloud slime starts with the right slime ingredients. The cloud slime ingredients you will want to have are…

  • White PVA glue
  • Liquid Starch
  • White
  • Instant Snow

It is the addition of the instant snow to our basic liquid slime recipe that gives cloud slime its unique texture. Read on to find out how to make cloud slime.

If you want to see what else you can mix into slime and how to make awesome slime all year round, check out our Ultimate Slime Guide Book. It’s the perfect accessory and comes with some great slime freebies as well!


It is the liquid starch in the slime recipe below that acts as the slime activator. We pick up our liquid starch in the grocery store!

Check the laundry detergent aisle and look for the bottles marked starch. Ours is Linit Starch (brand). You might also see Sta-Flo as a popular option. You can also find liquid starch on Amazon, Walmart, Target, and even craft stores.

But what if I don’t have liquid starch available to me?

This is a pretty common question from those who live outside of the United States, and we do have some alternatives to share with you.  Click on the link to see if any of these will work! Our saline solution slime recipe also works well for Australian, Canadian and UK readers.

Now if you don’t want to use liquid starch, you can absolutely test out one of our other basic recipes using saline solution or borax powder. We have tested all these recipes with equal success!

NOTE: We have found that Elmer’s specialty glues tend to be a bit stickier than Elmer’s regular clear or white glue, and so for this type of glue we always prefer our 2 ingredient basic glitter slime recipe.


Slime lasts quite a while! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. I love the deli-style containers.

If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups, we have used condiment containers and labels as seen here.

Cloud Slime


We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here!  Slime is an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too!   Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!

What’s slime science all about?  The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross-linking!

The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…

You add the borate ions to the mixture,  and it then starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubbery like slime! Slime is a polymer.

Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms, the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!

Is slime a liquid or solid?

We call it a Non-Newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!  Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?

Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? 

It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Find out more below…


You will need to make your instant snow for your cloud slime.  Since brands may vary in instructions, follow what’s written on your container. 

Making instant snow is crazy cool so make sure the kids get to see the process. I guarantee it will create quite a stir! Add food coloring for fun colors!

Instant snow is fun to play with all by itself and is all cool science. Take a few minutes and enjoy the snow before mixing it into your cloud slime!

cloud slime recipe with instant snow

Cloud slime has a signature look which is seen in the texture and appearance of the slime.

cloud slime



This recipe makes a single batch.  If you want to make a larger amount of slime you can easily double or triple the recipe.


  • 1/2 Cup of Clear or White PVA School Glue
  • 1/4 Cup of Liquid Starch
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • Food coloring
  • Instant Snow
cloud slime ingredients


STEP 1: In a bowl add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup glue and mix well to combine completely.

adding elmers white glue to bowl for slime recipe

STEP 2: Add food coloring and mix. We used blue food coloring for our cloud slime.

Alternatively, you can mix food coloring into the instant snow at Step 4.

STEP 3: Slowly pour in 1/4 cup of liquid starch and stir well.

You will see the slime immediately start to form and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Keep stirring until you have a gooey blob of slime. The liquid should be gone! 

For a single batch of slime, 1/4 cup of starch does the trick. If you think it’s still too sticky, continue to add a few drops at a time until you find the consistency you want.

SLIME MAKING TIP: If your cloud slime still feels too sticky, you need more activator or liquid starch.  Be careful, and add just a little at a time until you get the consistency you want. If you add too much liquid starch your slime will become stiff and rubbery. You can always add, but you can’t take away.

how to make cloud slime with liquid starch

STEP 4: Make your instant snow by following the instructions on the package. Add food coloring to the water, if you haven’t used already.

STEP 5: Add about 1/2 cup of the instant snow to your slime by kneading it in. Enjoy the satisfying mix!

Now for the fun part of slime recipe and the most satisfying part too! It’s time for you to add the instant snow to your slime! Go ahead and add a few handfuls. I usually stick with about a 1/2 a cup, but that’s up to you.

My son has enjoyed adding more and more until we have a crazy thick cloud dough.  Again, slime making is science and it’s all about experimenting with the process and the ingredients.

Mix it up and enjoy the slimy fun!

mixing blue instant snow into base slime recipe to create cloud slime
cloud slime

Your slime may become less firm as you add more and more snow!  You can add a few drops of activator (liquid starch) to reach your desired slime consistency if you would like!

Playing with slime can be messy! Check out our tips for how to get slime out of clothes and hair!

Cloud Slime Recipe Stretching


Love making slime? You’ve have to check out tons more fun slime ideas! See our homemade slime recipes right here.

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  1. You can add the snowwet but some recipes say to add the water until the snow is dry but that’s just my opinion I thought this was very useful

  2. You don’t say how to make the instant snow, i bought instant snow and the label says easy to follow directions but there are no directions anywhere on or in packaging. You say you put directions below, but I don’t see them anywhere… so frusterating

  3. Hi! Different brands have different directions, so readers need to refer to the specific directions on the brand that they buy. My directions are for the slime plus the instant snow that you make according to what you have purchased. Maybe the brand has a website with that information if it’s not on the packaging. Thank you!

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