HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE GLUE

It's common for us to need some glue around the household for things here and there. We really need something simple. What we use glue for the most is paper on paper. I wanted to make some from scratch. I will be taking notes on how well this works on various materials, and it's promise of durability. Look at me and my quality control!

I got this recipe after reading Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. She also has a blog, Zero Waste Home on the subject, which is another terrific resource. I like to glance at the book when I feel like I could be doing a better job at reducing our waste.

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  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • add 1 tablespoon of white flour AND cornstarch
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whisk. whisk. WHISK. WHISK. WHISK IT! Put your hips into it and go to town on those lumps! If you have done all that and you still see lumps, that's ok. You can embrace the glue lumps. I did (see above). If yours is lovely and smooth, congratulations you are a master of whisking! 

  • remove from heat
  • add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • mix it. whisk it. blend it all together
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Then you are ready to put it a glass container. My old pimento jar was the perfect candidate for the job. Especially since it was about 4 fluid oz of homemade glue.

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Then it was time to test the glue, so I found some scraps to get things going.

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In the spirit of testing I made a label for the glue. If you were blessed with glue lumps, you can easily work around them. 

Added Note: Since the glue has dried, it did not adhere to the metal lid. 

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The above photos are fresh after the gluing session, so they are shiny. It actually has a nice matte finish on the surface when it dries. The experimenting and testing will be continued. Next time I need to make this I aim for it to be lump free. We all have dreams!