Making black slime can be messy, stain your hands or table, and still result in a grayish slime rather than pure black. Our recipe for Black Butter Slime turns out a velvety smooth fluffy slime with a jet black color.
Black Butter Slime Recipe
Black slime is awesome for so many different sensory play experiences. You can draw on it with chalk markers, use it as a base for a themed slime (like our Queen of Hearts slime or a Halloween slime), etc.
Previously, whenever we made black slime, we’d just use acrylic paint to dye the slime.
It worked okay, but I still found the color wasn’t as jet black as we’d like and I had to really scrub my fingernails after kneading the paint into the slime to get rid of the gray hue.
There is black glitter glue that works, but if you want a pure black slime (without the glitter), I have not found a good brand of black glue that works well for slime.
The best option? Black butter slime.
By using black clay to dye the slime, you get a pure, jet black color, without dying your hands or the surfaces your child is playing on.
This slime has an amazing, squishy, stretchy texture that is somewhere in between slime and play dough. It can mold into different shapes easily and has a great, natural resistance that makes it so much more satisfying to squeeze. The texture also makes the slime less drippy and messy, which is always a win in my books!
You can then add whatever mix-ins or knead in other colors of slime to make a fun themed slime that really pops against the black. We used our black butter slime to make a fun galaxy slime.
What kind of clay do you use for butter slime? While there are a few people who are adamant you need to use Model Magic clay for butter slime, I actually liked the texture (and repeat use) of using a regular modelling clay. The model magic butter slime was fluffier and had a thick texture with awesome resistance, while the modelling clay butter slime was smoother and while thick it could be squished a lot more.
Slime can require a bit of experimentation and patience, especially if you’re still new to it. If you run into any slime fails, check out this troubleshooting post to help fix your slime.
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Check out our quick video for how to make this fun butter slime recipe – and see just how squishy it is, then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe:
Black Butter Slime Ingredients
- White Glue
- Shaving Cream
- Baking Soda
- Contact solution <– this is the brand we use, it must contain boric acid to work as a slime activator
- Modelling Clay in Black <– can use model magic or regular polymer modelling clay, depending on the results you want
- Food dye, optional
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: You can use a borax solution instead of contact solution – or liquid starch. For the borax solution, dissolve 1/2 Tablespoon of borax in 1/2 cup hot water.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Large bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Spatula or popsicle sticks for mixing
How to Make Black Butter Slime
Combine the glue and shaving cream until completely combined – being careful not to overmix.
Add the baking soda, stir well, and then add the contact solution.
Stir the slime until it forms a cohesive ball.
Pick it up and knead it a bit, then add food coloring if using.
Knead the black modelling clay into the slime mixture until fully combined.
Your butter slime should be stretchy and a consistent texture.
Grab your free printable recipe card for our black butter slime recipe:
- 3 Tablespoons glue
- 3 Tablespoons shaving cream
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 Tablespoons contact solution (must contain boric acid)
- 1/4 cup Black Modelling Clay
- Food dye, optional
- Mixing bowl
- Spoon or spatula
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Combine the glue and shaving cream until completely combined - being careful not to overmix.
- Add the baking soda, stir well, and then add the contact solution.
- Stir the slime until it forms a cohesive ball.
- Pick it up and knead it a bit, then add food coloring if using.
- Knead the black modelling clay into the slime mixture until fully combined.
- Your butter slime should be stretchy and a consistent texture.
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I’d love to hear if you end up using this black butter slime recipe to make a fun theme – let me know what you make!
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