Homemade Glue that Lasts

If you have ever used glue with small children, you know that it is forever in short supply. Those little hands can use glue like it’s going out of style! Making crafts can be fun, but the drain on the pocketbook can get a bit out-of-hand very quickly.

homemade clue for children's crafts

Unless you are fantastic at planning ahead (or a hoarder) and purchase a few gallons worth of glue during the back-to-school sales, you are likely out of your beginning of the school year glue supply. And now you’re buying it at full price.

Which if you are in the U.S. isn’t the most horrible price in the world. I should know…lol! One small bottle of the wonderful, white school-glue is $3.50 here. Ouch!

Needless to say, it is saved for very special occasions. Or at least it was until now.

Now, it may be banished from my shopping cart forever.

Because we made homemade glue!

I saw a recipe on Pinterest from Sustainable Echo, which looked good. Except for the part where it said that it only lasts a couple days even in the fridge.

I figured if I was going to make the effort to mix up the glue, I wanted my efforts to last. Not that it really took much effort, but I do hate the thought of using the ingredients only to have to throw it away a couple days later.

So, I tweaked the recipe. And the result has been wonderful. I actually waited a week before typing this because I wanted to make sure that the glue lasted more than just a couple of days. I would hate to lead you in the wrong direction! I still stored it in the fridge, just to be on the safe side, but after a week there is still no sign of it going rotten. Yea!

homemade glue recipe for kids crafts

Here’s the recipe:
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 vinegar
1 1/4 hot water (more if your glue seems thicker than you want)
10 drops of your favorite scented oil (we used lavender)
Food coloring (optional)

Make sure that your water is very hot so that it will dissolve the sugar and mix it all together.

Just for fun we decided to add food coloring to two of our pots.

Shiloh decided that since I had put it in the paint pots that must be what it is intended for. She drew pictures with her paint brush. On Thursday, I’ll be showing off the textured collage projects that we made with the glue, so be sure to check back to see the awesome results!

Here is my Pinterest board of homemade craft supply inspirations!

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