Make DIY Pudding Slime That Feels Like Silky Soft Play Dough

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DIY play dough Pudding Slime

Have an extra box of pudding in the pantry?

Try making this DIY slime as a fun and easy craft with the kids! The result is a super soft play-dough type slime that smells great depending on the flavor you use. I love that there are just three easy ingredients, and it’s safe for younger kids. Technically this slime is actually edible, but with all the cornstarch, it doesn’t taste as great as it smells. Trust us, we tested! Ha! 🤣

DIY play dough Pudding Slime

We made several flavors!

Out of the lemon, pistachio, and chocolate, the lemon was our favorite because of the pretty citrus smell. You can pick any flavor to experiment with, and obviously, if a child has a nut allergy, pick a different pudding flavor.

DIY play dough Pudding Slime – pudding mix, cornstarch, and a measuring cup

How to Make DIY Pudding Slime

Supplies Needed:

  • 1/4 cup instant pudding mix
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 cup cornstarch

DIY play dough Pudding Slime – mixing the slime ingredients


1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together pudding and water. Slowly stir in a few tablespoons of cornstarch at a time, stopping to stir and combine in between. Keep stirring well. This could take a few minutes.

DIY play dough Pudding Slime - slime in a child's hand

2. Finally, pick up the ball and manipulate with hands until a slime forms. If you need a little more water, stir in a few drops at a time.

DIY play dough Pudding Slime – in a pile on the table

So fluffy and soft!

We loved how this homemade slime turned out, and it really was very easy. The texture is super soothing, and l love that it has no borax or potentially harmful chemicals if accidentally ingested.

DIY play dough Pudding Slime – kids holding the slime in their hands

Look at these happy faces!

What a fun little DIY craft! I did this with my nieces, and they had a blast. It was a little messy, so maybe next time we’ll do this outside to avoid the cornstarch mess, but overall this pudding slime was a success.

DIY Pudding Slime

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Comments 12

  1. Lori Stevens

    Thank for posting this idea! I have been looking for creative things to do with my kids and this is perfect!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re welcome – I think you’ll like this!

  2. MrsBK

    Thank u! Will try this when my lil guy is just a bit older 😊

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Perfect! You’re so welcome 👍

  3. Teah

    My niece taught me to make slime out of marshmallows, oil and powdered sugar. Its pretty much “Marshmallow fondant” but it was soft, fluffy and fun to play with. Also edible. We tried it another time and added kool-ade, which made it fun colors and extra delicious. I’ll have to show her this pudding recipe. I wonder if you replaced the cornstarch, in this recipe, with powdered sugar if it would taste better..

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh that’s a fun thought! Thanks for sharing 👍

  4. Jr

    I just tried to make a 1/2 batch. It seems to be harder and sticks to my hands slightly. What can I do?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      you can add a little more water or cornstarch until desired consistency. 🙂

  5. Michelle

    This isn’t deffinately playdough not slime. Smells great and it’s easy to make but don’t expect any sort of slime consistency.

    • Emmy, Owner of slime shop EmmySlms

      Add a LITTLE more water and it makes a slime

  6. Achoo

    It’s a sticky playdough, definitely not slime. Very cool, if you’re wanting playdough though!

  7. Emmy

    Very Cool recipe! Very creative

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