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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.
Why make your own glue?
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.
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.
Some of the supplies you need are items you may already have around the house. Others, you may need to buy.
One of the items you’ll need is a set of reusable glue bottles, like these from Amazon. 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.
The rest are kitchen items which you may or may not have on hand. I’ll link to them so you can order them if you need to.
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.
The most basic of the homemade glues, which you may already be familiar with, is a mixture of flour and water. It tends to dry out over time and stop holding together whatever it was holding together, but it's fine for, say, crafting decorations you only intend to keep up for a few hours.
It works very well for paper mache projects. The drying out part doesn't matter because once the whole project dries, it forms a shell that will last a while.
This cornstarch glue recipes is a basic glue that works well in paper craft projects and anything involving cardboard. The cornstarch makes it good for holding paper together without making ripples or bubbles.
To use: dip a matchstick into it to apply a very thin coat of it to both sides of broken crockery, and then fit the pieces together. As you would do with Superglue, hold the pieces firmly together until the glue dries, which could be up to an hour.
This waterproof glass glue is strong and can also stand up to water. It works a lot like super glue, in fact. It can be used to mend broken china, like super glue. It also works well to glue labels on cans and jars, or to glue glass to other surfaces. All in all, it's pretty strong.