How to Make Glue – 11 Easy Homemade Glue Recipes

We may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

Have you ever wondered how to make glue? You can make your own homemade glue – even specialty crafting glues.

Why would you want to do that? It’s not as if it’s always much of a money-saver. But it’s fun, interesting and educational.

Many of these glues are safe for kids to help with. And you can make exactly the glue you like in exactly the amounts you need.

Making glue is a craft project

You may be wondering why you’d want to do this. It’s true that store-bought glue is mostly cheap and effective, though some specialty glues are expensive and hard to find.

Closeup of homemade glue in clear bowl with paintbrush

One reason is that it’s fun. Making glue is a craft in and of itself, and if you’re crafty, that’s something you’ll enjoy.

Another reason is that you can in some cases make a better glue for your purposes. This is especially true if you’re doing an arts or crafts project with particular needs.

And you won’t have to worry about store-bought glue drying out before you can use it up, so you end up buying more. When you make it yourself, you’ll rarely have any glue going to waste.

Besides, learning how to make glue for yourself is a form of crafting. It’s fun, interesting and educational, especially if you can involve kids.

Glue bottle dispensing homemade glue on wood

Supplies to Store Homemade Glue

Some of the supplies you need are items you may already have around the house. Others, you may need to buy. One thing you’ll need is containers to store the glue.

I like these  reusable glue bottles. They have a good size opening for refilling, and I haven’t had any trouble with leaking. They’re air tight, which keeps the glue from drying out or molding.

Other than that, all you need to make these easy recipes is a bowl and spoon, possibly a whisk if you prefer it, and a saucepan to make any of the cooked recipes.

Ingredients to Make Homemade Glue

You’ll need some ingredients. Many are are kitchen items which you may or may not have on hand. But a few are more craft related. Here’s what you would need to make every glue in this list, but remember you can make several of them with just water and flour in varying amounts.

How to Make Glue

Most of these involve a little bit of cooking. They’re as easy to make as a simple pasta sauce, and older kids can safely make them as long as they know how to use stoves and saucepans safely.

Some of them involve no cooking and can be made safely by younger kids. Supervision is always a good idea.

Please note: I keep getting asked what glue would be safe to put on skin. I’m not a scientist, so all I can say is that all of these ingredients are edible, according to the internet, so they should be safe. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have a rash reaction – people can be allergic or sensitive to almost anything.

11 Homemade Craft Glue Recipes