DIY starch glue
2 easy to follow recipes. Cheap and eco-friendly substitutes to store-bought liquid starches and glues.
Time: 15 MinutesCost: $3Difficulty: 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.
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.
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. :)
Suggested materials for this project:
- Corn starch (grocery store)
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6 Questions on This Project
- Great share, thanks!I always thought corn flour was the UK name for corn starch. What is the difference then? Are you referring to what we call cornmeal?
- Did you mean, in the instructions for the first corn starch glue, to say " add 1 teaspoon of the starch AT A TIME"? I didn't see directions for the rest of the water. I used flour glue as a child. I asked my mother-in-law how her family decided whether to make starch glue, and when to make flour glue. She said, "If we were doing laundry for several families, we had lots of starch, so we made starch glue. If Papa had a good corn crop, when he took it to the mill to be ground into cornmeal, he would trade some for a 50 pound sack of flour, so we could make flour glue. Either one got weevils after awhile, especially if we were gluing newspapers to the wall to keep out the cold."Best wishes 😇
- Could I use either of these recipes to seal my jigsaw puzzles? I sometimes use Modge Podge.
- Mila, did you know that you can divide the first recipe into small batches after it's made, add a few squirts of craft acrylic paint and it makes a nice finger paint? Store in small jars with tight lids and it will keep for weeks.