Elmer's Glue and Cornstarch

3 Materials
30 Minutes

Mix corn starch and Elmer’s glue for this stunning furniture makeover idea!

I wanted to make my own modeling paste to do a raised stencil for my little table. To make the modeling paste I used Elmer’s glue and cornstarch.  

To make the paste I put two spoons of corn starch and two spoons of Elmer's glue and worked them into each other until it was really quite stiff. If it doesn't feel stiff enough, just keep adding cornstarch. 


After I got my paste ready, I laid a really lovely mandala stencil that I had, which just happens to fit perfectly on my little square table.  

Then I very carefully applied the DIY modeling paste all over the stencil. It was quite thick, but it went on well.  

Once the entire stencil was covered I very, very carefully lifted off the stencil.  

I left it to dry overnight and it was absolutely rock hard the next morning.  

Before adding paint, I gave it a light sand with 1000 grit sandpaper. There were just a few little kind of sticky up bits that made it a little rough that I wanted to remove.  

With it nice and smooth it was time to paint. I gave it one coat to start and then added a second once it was dry.  

Look how subtle the beautiful design is on this table top and all that with Elmer’s glue and cornstarch. It's really amazing. I love how this table turned out. This table will not get a lot of use and the paint I used has a top coat built in so I didn’t even need to add a layer of top coat to it.  

I hope you've enjoyed seeing how to make your own DIY modeling paste and that I have inspired you to have a go.  

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  • Maria Maria on Jul 06, 2022

    This is just awesome 👏

  • Margaret Howard Margaret Howard on Jul 14, 2022

    Beautiful! You’ve inspired me to try this.

  • Kingslande Kingslande on Jul 19, 2022

    I would love to use this technique on my flower pot on my lanai, do you think it would deteriorate? Your table looks wonderful.

    Thanks for sharing

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