How To Make Glue At Home

How to make glue at home

Do you want to make glue at home? So many easy and effective ways are available to make homemade glue. It does not require any rare ingredients. Your kitchen ingredients are enough to make glue at home. It also does not take much time. In this article, we will share some techniques on how to make glue at home with you.

Homemade glue is especially used for crafting. If you make glue at home, you can make it according to your needs. We can do crafting or school projects with available glues in the market. Homemade glue is not comparatively cheap. However, it is helpful.

Most of the time our children use glue for their school projects and crafting. Though the store-bought glue is much more effective and cheaper, it is a mixture of chemicals. This may have an effect on our kid’s health. This may have an effect on our kid’s skin or this can come into contact with the eyes and mouth. So using homemade glue will be safer for them.

How to make glue at home

These homemade glues are better for paper, making slime, etc. However, these will not work on wood, except possibly for smooth wood that does not weigh much. There are several procedures to make homemade glue. We will share several techniques. Pick the one most suitable for your needs.

1. How to make flour glue

Flour glue is a most familiar glue, which is made of water and flour. It does not take any more ingredients and it is very easy to make. This glue is a gravy-like mixture of flour and water, which makes a smooth and sticky paste. This gravy becomes drier with time. This is used mostly in decorating things and it does not last long. Therefore, this glue works great for short-term projects. You can add food color to make colorful glue and you can add glitter to make it jazzy.

You will need:

  • 1/3 Cup water
  • ½ Cup flour

 What to do:

1. Take a medium-size bowl and pour in ½ cup flour. Add 1/3 cup water with the flour and mix them well.

2. Mix them properly and make the mixture as thick as pancake batter. Do not make it much thicker or a very drippy mixture.

3. Put a pan on the stove and pour the mixture in it. The stove must be on medium heat. Wait until the mixture boils, stirring as you go.

4. After boiling and getting the perfect thickness, take it off the stove and add color if you want. Then leave it for a few minutes to cool.

5. Use the glue as soon as you can after making it. You can use the glue with your hand or a brush. After you are done, if any glue left is left, you can preserve the glue. You have to preserve the glue in an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator. The glue will last for one or two weeks.

Additional tips:

1. This glue becomes moldy with time. To prevent this dry your projects on a heater.

2. If the glue becomes thicker while making it on the stove, add a little water to make it dilute.

3. Remember your glue will become thicker when it becomes cool.

4. If your glue dries while working mix a little warm water and use again.

2. How to make cornstarch and corn syrup glue

This glue is better than flour glue. Starch is a carbohydrate and when this gets heated it becomes sticky. This glue works well for sticking papers. If you are making anything with paper, then this glue will be your best help. Do you have an old glue stick container? If yes, then you can make a glue stick as well.

You will need:

  • ¼ cup starch
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cold water

What to do:

1. Take a pan and pour in the mentioned quantity of water in it. Put the pan on the stove and heat it at medium.

2. Add your corn syrup and white vinegar. Mix them well with a spoon and continue until the mixture boils.

3. Take another bowl and pour in ¾ cup of cold water. Add your cornstarch in the water and blend it until it becomes smooth.

4. Slowly add the mixture to the boiling syrup solution and keep stirring until it boils again.

5. Boil the mixture for one minute.

6. Turn the stove off and leave the glue for cooling. When it comes to room temperature put the glue in an airtight container. 

Additional tips:

1. Remember do not boil the mixture for a long time.

2. You can store the glue in the refrigerator for two to four weeks.

3.  Leave it overnight and then use for better results.

3. Non-cooking paste

This is the easiest and simplest glue. It is so easy to make that kids can make it too. You can make the glue quickly as it does not need to cook. You can make this glue with flour and water. The flour molecules are hydrated with water and make this mixture sticky. This thick paste does not last forever. This glue is very suitable for kid’s crafts.

You will need:

  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup of water

What to do:

1. Pour flour in a bowl and slowly add water. Keep stirring while adding water.

2. Stir until your mixture becomes as thick as you want.

3. Then add salt to the mixture. Keep blending.

4. When you get your needed consistency store the glue in an airtight container.

Additional tips:

1. Use the glue with a brush.

2. Add a little amount of water if the mixture is too thick and add a little more flour if it becomes much thinner.

3. Salt will prevent molding.

4. How to make papier-mache glue

This glue is one of the natural glues. This is a thin glue made of flour. When the glue dries it provides a hard and smooth finish. You can preserve this glue for many weeks. This is perfect for gluing down collages or layers of papier-mache.

You will need:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup of water
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar

What to do:

1. Take a bowl and mix the flour and sugar well.

2. Pour ¾-cup water and the vinegar into the mixture. Keep blending until your mixture becomes lump-free and smooth.

3. After making a thick paste, add ¼ cup or more water per your requirement of thickness. Keep stirring and make a smooth mixture. Do not make the mixture very drippy or thick.

4. Put a pan on the stove and pour your mixture in it. Turn on the stove. Keep stirring until this becomes thicker. Turn off the stove when it starts boiling.

5. Do not use the glue before cooling it. Leave it until it comes to room temperature.

Additional tips:

1. You can adjust the quantity of the elements as you need.  Adjust sugar and flour to a ratio of 1:3. One teaspoon of vinegar will be needed for each cup of flour.

2. Sift your flour to get a smoother paste.

3. Dry your crafts and projects properly or damp projects may grow moldy with time. You may dry or heat your projects over the oven. This will keep mold away.

4. Store unused glue in an airtight container and put it in the refrigerator. Thus, you can preserve this glue for two to four weeks. 

5.How to make waterproof milk glue

This glue is made of milk. This is a very strong glue, like super glue. It works well on jars and cans. Using this glue, you can glue glass onto other surfaces. The thickness of the glue depends on the quantity of water you use.

You will need:

  • ½ cup skim milk
  • Baking soda
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper towels
  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar

What to do:

1. Take a small bowl. Pour skim milk and vinegar into it. Wait for 2 minutes after mixing it properly. Milk protein will burst into small white lumps and chemical reactions will turn the milk proteins into curds or lumps. The remaining glue is known as whey.

2. Take a cup and set a paper towel on the open mouth of the cup. Push the paper towel with hand so the towel will cave in. Take a rubber band and put it around your cup. This will prevent moving of your paper towel strainer.

3. Pour the mixture carefully into the cup. The paper towel will keep the whey in the cup and the curd will remain in the paper towel. Leave it for five minutes.

4. Put out the paper towel. Add more two-paper towels with the previous one. Press the strainer to squeeze out the remaining whey. Make the curd totally whey-free.

5. Take a small bowl and pour water, baking soda and curds in it. Mix the elements well. You may hear the sound of bubbles popping. Baking soda and curds react together and it produces carbon dioxide. The sound is of bubbles popping.

Additional tips:

1. You have to use the liquid form of the glue while gluing glass to other surfaces. Use the gelled form to glue glass pieces together.

2. Adjust the glue consistency as per your needs. Add a little baking soda if you want thicker glue and add hot water with a spoon if the glue is too thick.

3. Pick a larger cup; this will make your work easier.

4. Pick a covered container to store the glue. This glue will last one to two weeks if you store this in the refrigerator and without a refrigerator this will last one to two days.

6. Milk free waterproof glue

If you want a glue that will not wash out with water, then use this glue.  It’s simple to make. There are so many glues that are better and stronger than this glue, which contains milk. However, the specialty of the glue is it lasts long. This glue is not strong enough to stick china plates together.

You will need:

  • 14 grams (1/2 ounce- probably 2 packets) gelatin (flavorless)
  •  6 tablespoons of water in a saucepan.
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin

What to do:

1. Boil your water in a pan. After boiling take off the stove.

2. Pour the gelatin into the pan. Leave it to dissolve.

3. After dissolving the gelatin, add glycerin and white vinegar. 

4. Stir your elements well. Store the glue in an airtight container when the glue cools.

Additional tips:

1. When you use the glue later put the container in hot water to warm up the glue again.

2. Use the glue with a brush.

3.  This glue may take some days to become a gel.

7. How to make super glue

You can use this glue to stick broken pieces of crockery and china together. Apply the glue with a thin stick. Apply it to broken pieces and join the pieces. Hold the pieces together until it dries.

You will need:

  • 3 tablespoons gum arabic
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • ½ teaspoon water

What to do:

1. Take a bowl and pour your ingredients into the bowl. Mix them well.

2. After blending it properly your glue will be ready to use. Store the glue in an airtight container.

Additional tips:

1. You can use a matchstick for gluing.

2. After using the glue on your broken pieces, this glue may take one hour to dry.

3. Do not wash or use your mended pieces before twenty-four hours.

4. This glue will last for one year.

8. How to make library glue

This glue will help you to bind paperboard and paper. This glue is also usable as wallpaper glue.

You will need:

  • 1 teaspoon alum
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 30 drops clove oil (optional)

What to do:

1. Take a pan and pour alum, flour, water, and sugar into it. Mix them well.

2. Put the pan on the stove and turn the stove on. The stove should be on medium heat. 

3. Stir until the mixture becomes thick.

4. Add cloves to the mixture. They will work as a preservative. Clove oil is an optional element. You can skip it if you want.

5. Storing the glue in a small airtight pot will be better as the air will dry out your glue every time when you open the jar to use it.


Above we mentioned some techniques on how to make glue at home. We have some additional tips, which will help you to make and use the glue. The store-bought glues dry quickly, your leftover glue may dry, and this is a waste. You will not face this problem with your homemade glue. You can make extra glue and may store it. For better results use plain white flour. Other flour may have a negative effect on your glue. Be careful when you are making your glue, especially while heating up the glue. The glue may clump up when you try to heat it up. You should add more water to solve that issue.

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