Make Homemade Glue for your kids’ projects with just 3 common kitchen ingredients!
I love making my own craft supplies here in my home daycare. This week I decided to try making homemade glue for the kids. We use a lot of glue here – you can imagine how much the toddlers and preschoolers go through with all the crafting we do here in my daycare.
Making homemade glue is a great for a few reasons:
- homemade glue is much less expensive than store-bought, bottled glue
- You can set out a large quantity in a pot or bowl for a group of crafters to make
- it’s easier for a young child to dip into a jar of homemade glue than to struggle with a stubborn squeeze bottle
- it’s just fun to make homemade stuff 🙂
* Homemade glue takes longer to dry than store-bought glue, but it really does work!
How to make homemade glue:
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1 teaspoons white vinegar
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 3/4 cup cold water
- food colouring (optional)
- container or jar to store your glue in
- To make your glue, mix water, syrup and vinegar in a a small pan. Bring to a rolling boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water. Add this second mixture slowly to the first mixture, whisking constantly.
- Remove from heat.
- Let it sit for a bit until it’s cool enough to pour into your container or jar.
- Let stand overnight before using.
Don’t be alarmed if your glue thickens overnight:
I will say that I had a moment of fleeting disappointment when I checked my glue after letting it stand over night. It had solidified into a thick gel.
The fix to thin homemade glue:
To remedy this, I added a tbsp or so of water, and gave it a stir until the glue returned to a consistency I was happy with.
I also added a bit of blue food colouring, so the youngest Hooligans would be able to tell where they’d applied it to their project when crafting..
I definitely added too much, because our glue still looks blue when it’s dry.
I would advise using only a drop or two to barely ting your glue. Either that, or you can skip the food colouring altogether.
Storing homemade glue:
Store your homemade glue in the fridge to prevent mold from forming.
Shake before using.
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