How to Make Library Paste

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It’s easy to learn how to make library paste. This is a fun homemade craft that’s perfect for gluing together booklets or even repairing old books.

This paste is used for binding paper and paperboard. You can also use it to apply wallpaper, especially for smaller projects where you don’t need a gallon of glue.

It’s not hard to make. Just a few minutes of cooking and you’ll have a batch of it ready to go. Apply it with a brush sparingly.

Library paste cooking in a saucepan
Yield: 1 batch

How to Make Library Paste

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: Under $10

It's easy to learn how to make library paste. This is a fun homemade craft that's perfect for gluing together booklets or even repairing old books.

Materials

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon alum
  • 4 cups water
  • Optional: 30 drops of mint extract

Tools

  • Saucepan
  • Spoon

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients except the mint oil together in a saucepan.
  2. Cook on medium heat until the mixture is clear and thick.
  3. Optionally add your 30 drops of mint extract as a preservative.
  4. Store in small jars, so that only a small amount is being exposed to air and dried out every time you open it.

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