How to Make Homemade Glue – 11 Craft Recipes

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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.

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

Glue Supplies

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.
 

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: we keep getting asked what glue would be safe to put on skin. We are not scientists, and everyone’s skin reacts to different things. So we can’t advise you on that.

11 Easy Homemade Glue Recipes

11 Homemade Glue Recipes

Now you know how to make glue eleven different ways. These should cover most of your crafting needs.