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DIY Starch Glue.

DIY starch glue
2 easy to follow recipes. Cheap and eco-friendly substitutes to store-bought liquid starches and glues.
Time: 15 Minutes Cost: $3 Difficulty: Easy
If you love crafting with your kids, but you're afraid of harmful ingredients in glues (and you hate the messy aftermath of crafting), you can switch to no-mess & non-toxic homemade glues! They are super easy to make and involve ingredient you probably already have in your pantry.
Recipe no.1
Starch glue.
2 ingredient starch glue. Homemade, non-toxic glue for crafts. Perfect for crafting with children.

-200ml of cold water,
-3 tablespoons of corn starch or corn flour (corn starch works better)

Use a medium sized saucepan and whisk in 1 tablespoon at a time of corn starch into the cold water. Stir it well, make sure there are no lumps, and cook it on a small fire (stirring continuously) until mixture gets smooth and creamy.
Let it cool off. You can use your glue immediately or store it in the mason jar, in the fridge.

Recipe no.2
Sticky liquid starch.
Great for paper mache and yarn crafts.

-100ml of water
-1 heaped tablespoon of corn starch or corn flour

In a plastic (or glass) bowl, mix ingredients together. Mix it well, so there are no lumps at the bottom of the bowl. Let your mixture stand for 10 minutes, stir it, and use it straight away. Please note, starchy water gets 'stickier' with time, so use it as fast as you can, if you don't want it to become too slimy. This kind of liquid starch is not too messy and does the job perfectly. There are no glue lumps to spoil your crafts and, as it's not too sticky at first, you can adjust paper or yarn if you mess something up. When using liquid starch, always let your crafts properly dry. The only con to it is, that it takes a long time to dry.
During crafting, you can spread starch using a brush, or you can put it in a spray bottle (remember to shake it real good before use).
I will need starchy glue for my new craft, so please, stay tuned to see what I've made. :)

Happy Crafting!

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Corn starch   (grocery store)
  • Water

To see more: http://milaslittlethings.com/2017/07/diy-starch-glue.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • Liz
    Liz Saint Peter, MN
    on Jul 21, 2017

    My mom always made starch glue to put wallpaper borders over wallpaper. It always held better than just the paste that was on the border, especially in a bathroom.

    • Mila Myk
      Mila Myk United Kingdom
      on Jul 24, 2017

      I love how homemade is often better than store-bought, even to this day! :)

  • Sarah
    Sarah Clarkesville, GA
    on Jul 30, 2017

    My Grandmother and I wallpapered panels on an antique wardrobe in 1966 when I was a kid. We used flour, salt and water. The wardrobe still has the same wallpaper on it, and it looks like it will never peel off! The salt keeps bugs away, I guess.

  • Claire Amirault
    Claire Amirault Amesbury, MA
    on Jul 30, 2017

    This looks like old fashioned wallpaper paste to me. The kind that my mother used I'm the 40's back in the day when everyone had wallpaper.

    • Jen Horton
      Jen Horton
      on Aug 2, 2017

      Adding a few drops of peppermint it wpuld deter most pests.

  • Km836
    Km836 Anaheim, CA
    on Jul 30, 2017

    I use good old fashioned Stay Flo liquid starch. About $3 for a gallon. No mess, no fuss. I do paper mache with it all the time and then seal it with Modge Podge.

    • Mila Myk
      Mila Myk United Kingdom
      on Jul 30, 2017

      Yes, it's good to seal it with something, just in case.

  • Pat Root
    Pat Root
    on Jul 30, 2017

    Having been a military spouse for years and living in many Government quarters I learned you can't wallpaper and leave your quarters with it still on the walls. In comes the home made starch - it works wonders when you use material for the wall paper - hang it with the "glue". When you are tired of it, simply peel it off.

  • J.VThor
    on Jul 31, 2017

    I just used this the other day as a quick fix to fill a few small nail holes before painting my laundry room.

  • Gorky Pal
    Gorky Pal
    on Aug 1, 2017

    I agree salt to be added to the corn flour to make the paste
    1. There will be no smell 2) No insects
    very quick and bright idea, thanks a lot,

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