How to Make Basic Paste

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It’s easy to learn how to make basic paste at home with ingredients you already have in the kitchen. At first glance, you may think this is the same recipe as our flour glue.

And it is actually the same ingredients. The difference is the consistency. You add in just enough water to make it a thick paste instead of a liquid glue.

This is a great glue for kids’ crafts. It may not hold up over time, but it can be used for paper crafts, temporary paper decorations – anything you’re not hoping to keep forever. For more serious projects, check our all of our glue recipes.

Paste on green paper
Yield: 1 batch

How to Make Basic Paste

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Under $1

This makes a simple paste suitable for kids' crafts.


  • Flour
  • Water


  1. Slowly add cold water to 1/2 cup flour until the consistency is like heavy cream.
  2. Simmer in a saucepan for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Let it cool before use.

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