Glue Formulas for Children's Projects

Most of the ingredients for these pastes and glues can be found in your kitchen. When making any project with children that involves cooking, cutting or using materials that can be potentially harmful always make sure that there is an adult or responsible person with the child.
Creating and learning can be fun! Take all the precautions necessary to ensure that the experience is both fun and safe for everyone!

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School Glue - Thin Paste - Waterproof Glue - Waterproof Glass Glue - Sticker Glue - Lick and Stick Flavored - Old Fashioned Paste
Batik Flour Paste - Extra Hard Paper Mache Paste - Glitter Glue - Glitter Glue 2 - Thick Paste

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School Glue
Water 3⁄4 cup
Corn Syrup 2 tbsp
Vinegar 1 tsp
Cornstarch 1⁄2 cup
Water 3⁄4 cup

In a medium sized pot, combine water, corn syrup and vinegar. Put on the stove and heat until it boils. Stir continuously.
Mix the cornstarch and water in a bowl until all smooth. Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the pot while you stir.
Put the mixture in plastic containers and let it “cure” or settle for a day before using.

Thin Paste
Sugar 1⁄4 cup
Flour 1⁄4 cup
Water 1 3⁄4 cup
Oil Of Peppermint 1⁄4 tsp
Powdered Alum 1⁄4 tsp

In a small pot mix together the sugar, flour, and alum. Slowly add 1 cup of the water, stirring constantly. Boil until mixture is smooth and clear. Add remaining water and oil of peppermint and stir thoroughly.
Put the glue in a plastic or glass container. This does not need refrigeration and can be kept for several weeks.

Waterproof Glue
Water 6 tbsp
Gelatin Unflavored 2 packets
Vinegar 2 tbsp
Glycerin 2 tsp

Put the water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in gelatin until it is dissolved. Add the vinegar and the glycerin to the mixture and stir well. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes and pour into a jar and seal tightly.
This glue works best when slightly warm. Use with a brush to apply. To warm place the glue in pan of hot water.

Waterproof Glass Glue
Water 2 tbsp
Gelatin Unflavored 2 packets
Skim Milk 3 tbsp
Oil of Cloves 2 tsp

Put the gelatin in a small bowl add the water and stir until gelatin is dissolved.
Put the milk in a small pot and heat until it boils and then stir in the dissolved gelatin mixture.
Add a few drop of oil of cloves which acts as a preservative if you are not going to be using it all at one time.
Pour into a glass or plastic container which is airtight and seal tightly. To warm the glue place in hot water.

Sticker Glue
Vinegar 8 tbsp
Gelatin Unflavored 4 packets
Lemon Extract 1 tbsp

In a small saucepan, bring vinegar to a boil. Add gelatin and reduce to low heat and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
Add extract and mix well. Allow to cool. After mixture has cooled put in an airtight container.
Brush a small amount of glue on the reverse side of art. Let dry.
Paper may curl but will straighten when the sticker is applied.
To soften glue after storage, lower jar into a pan of boiling water until glue dissolves. Warm one hour before use.
Moisten the paper to activate glue and apply as stickers.

LIck and Stick Flavored Glue
Water 2 tbsp
Jello Flavored 1 tbsp

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Or use boiling water. Add gelatin and stir thoroughly.
Allow to cool. After mixture has cooled put in an airtight container.
Brush a small amount of glue on the reverse side of art. Let dry.
Paper may curl but will straighten when the sticker is applied.
To soften glue after storage, lower jar into a pan of boiling water until glue dissolves. Warm one hour before use.
Moisten the paper to activate glue and apply as stickers. Tastes Yummy!

Old Fashioned Paste
Water 1/4 cup
Flour 1/2 cup

In a small bow add the two ingredients together and stir or whisk until well mixed and blended.
This a very gooey glue and takes a wee bit longer to dry than other glues but works great on paper projects.

Batik Flour Paste
Water Cold 2 cups
Water Hot 2 cups
Flour 1/2 cup
Sugar 3 tbsp

Put flour and cold water into a bowl. Add this mixture to the boiling water in a pot. and allow it to return to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar. As the glue cools it will thicken.

Extra Hard Paper Mache Paste
Flour 1/2 cup
Water Cold 2 cups
Water Hot 2 cups
Powdered Resin 1/4 cup
Oil of Cinnamon 3 drops

Mix flour and resin glue together in a saucepan. Add 1/2 cup warm water and mix to a paste. Add hot water, stirring vigorously to prevent lumps. Cook mixture over a low heat, stirring constantly, until it's thick, and clear.
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Add oil of cinnamon. Store in tightly covered jar. Will keep for a few days.

Glitter Glue
White Glue
Salt
Food Coloring

Make a design with white glue on paper. Sprinkle salt over the glue! Use different types of salt for different effects.
Add food coloring to the white glue for a colorful picture! You can color the salt by adding food coloring! Place small amount of salt in small bowl, mix and press the mixture down.

Glitter Glue 2
White Glue
Glitter

Combine 2 parts glue with 1 part glitter. Add powdered tempera paint if desired. Mix thoroughly. Store in airtight container.

Thick Paste
Water Cold 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Water Hot 4 cups
Alum 1 tbsp
Flour 1 cup
Oil of Cinnamon 1 tsp

In a saucepan mix flour and sugar, slowly stir in cold water for a paste. Add the boiling water, boil the mixture under medium heat until thick and clear.
Remove from the heat and stir in alum and cinnamon oil.

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