How to Make Your Own Glue

Updated: Sep 17

Sadly, most tapes and glue containers are not recyclable... So, if you got some spare time on your hands why not make your own adhesive?!?!?!


Water & Flour

(aka Paper Mache) This combinations is a perfect adhesive for paper projects.

The thicker the combination the stickier it is. Just make sure to get the globs out first!


Homemade Lickable Glue

(what is used on stamps and envelopes)

  • 6 tblsp white vinegar,

  • 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin,

  • 2 tsp sugar,

  • mint or vanilla flavor


Cornstarch Glue

  • cornstarch,

  • light corn syrup,

  • white vinegar.

Add ¾ cup water to a saucepan, ¼ cup cornstarch, and 1 tsp white vinegar and stir until smooth over medium heat until thick.

Take the container you are using for glue storage and add ¼ cup of cornstarch and ¼ of water and blend until smooth.

Add the mixture in the saucepan into the container and stir as you do it until everything is smooth.

Let cool off until room temperature is reached and then you are good to use it or store it in an airtight container for later use.


Bookbinders Glue

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 cups sugar

  • 2 tsp alum

  • 8 cups of water

  • Optional: Clove Oil if you are going to store small jars of this glue.

This recipe makes a lot of glue but you can easily save it and preserve it in small mason jars in the 4-8 ounce size range.


Have fun gluing! :)

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