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Children’s Crafts - Homemade Glue Recipe

Updated on January 18, 2012

Glue Recipe

Kids love crafts. They become excited about making things themselves. In the process they also learn. Homemade glue for paper craft projects is fun to make and the kids will get a kick out of it. White glue doesn’t cost a lot, but the experience of making glue, especially for your budding little scientist is worth the effort. The glue making becomes part of the craft experience. This is a great children’s craft for one of those days that you are stuck in the house and are looking for a fun project to do with your kids. The best part is the glue is non toxic, so there is no need to worry about little fingers in mouths, tasting the glue. Don’t let your children make this by themselves without adult supervision because the stove is necessary to turn ordinary kitchen items into glue.

Glue Recipe

Add ¾ cup of water to a pot and put it on the stove with low heat.

1 teaspoon white vinegar, 2 tablespoons light corn syrup and ¼ cup cornstarch. Blend the ingredients well with a whisk.

Keep the mixture on a low heat setting while stirring them until the mixture thickens.

In a clean bowl add ¼ cup cornstarch and ¼ cup very warm water. Mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Whip the cornstarch and water with an electric mixer until it is very smooth.

Pour the hot ingredients from the pot slowly into the bowl while beating continuously with the hand mixer.

Allow the contents of the bowl to cool to room temperature and then pour it into a lidded jar.

Once the mixture cools completely – you have glue.

Place the lid on the jar while the glue is not in use to prevent it from drying out.

The homemade glue can be stored for four to six weeks in a refrigerator.

Let the kids dip their paintbrushes into the glue and paint along edges they want to stick together. You can also allow them to use their fingers to glue paper together.

Fun Tips

Transfer the homemade glue into a squeezable bottle and add glitter or drop in food coloring. Shake the bottle well to evenly distribute the food coloring or glitter throughout the glue.

Place the tip of the squeezable bottle onto paper or cardboard and begin writing or drawing to make a three-dimensional work of art.

Let your kids guide you through their imaginations.


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