How to Make Homemade Glue – 10 Recipes


How to make homemade glue

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Sometimes you just feel like making your own craft supplies, am I right? If that's your current mood, you can start by learning how to make homemade glue.

Why would you make your own glue? There are lots of great reasons!

  • ​It's less expensive
  • It works perfectly for home crafts (although it might take longer to dry than store-bought glue)
  • It's pretty easy to make
  • It usually keeps pretty well
  • It's easier for kids to use glue from a bowl or container than a squeeze bottle
  • It's fun!

Another aspect we love about glue you make yourself is that it's non-toxic, on the off chance since there's a good chance it will end up in someone's mouth.

Instead of scouring the web for the perfect recipe, we've done the dirty work and compiled an awesome list of 11 different DIY glue recipes here, so there's an enormous chance you will have all of the ingredients on hand to make at least one kind, if not several.

In general, you're going to need to use a combination of cornstarch, flour, sugar, salt, vinegar, and water. Some recipes call for milk, others for corn syrup, and others for gelatine.

Take a look below and see which recipe works for you. 

Homemade glue recipe #1

Instructables offers a very simple recipe where all you need is flour, sugar. water and alum powder, although the last ingredient is optional. For the exact recipe, check out this tutorial

How to make homemade glue


Homemade glue recipe #2

Another idea comes from Samia, over at A Sweet Dash of Chic.​ She makes her own glue using flour, water, sugar and vinegar. It's super easy, so you'll definitely want to check this one out. 

Homemade glue recipe #3

How about making cornstarch glue? All you need is cornstarch and water, and you can add in some food coloring and essential oils if you like. Get Julie's recipe here.

How to make homemade glue


Homemade glue recipe #4

Here's yet another recipe for DIY glue. This time around you need some flour, sugar, salt and very very hot water. Check out this video from WolfHawk TV and see how it's done.​

Homemade glue recipe #5

Jackie, from Happy Hooligans, ​has a recipe you might want to try. The ingredients are corn syrup, white vinegar, water, cold water and corn starch. Food coloring is optional. Get the recipe here

How to make homemade glue


Homemade glue recipe #6

Perhaps the simplest recipe of all comes from Carrie over at Coupon Closet. ​All you're going to need is flour and warm water, and you're in business. Get the recipe right here

How to make homemade glue


Homemade glue recipe #7

Dedri, from over at Look At What I Made, has two different glue recipes, so you can take your pick. To make her cornstarch ​glue, all you need is cornstarch, water and vinegar. If you want to make tacky gelatin glue, you're going to need unflavored gelatine, boiling water, vinegar and glycerin.

How to make homemade glue


Homemade glue recipe #8

Jenni and Louise are expert crafters who have their own recipe. They use a combination of corn flour or cornstarch, white vinegar, salt and hot water to make their glue. See how they do it on their blog, Paging Fun Mums. ​

How to make homemade glue


Homemade glue recipe #9

​How about some milk glue? If you're up for it, try this recipe from You'll need some baking soda, skim milk and white vinegar. 

How to make homemade glue

Image: Tiffany Terry

Homemade glue recipe #10

​Last but not least, here's one more recipe, but this time we're going to show you how to make your own glue stick. It's easier than it sounds. Grab some cornstarch, water, and empty glue stick containers, and you're on your way. Learn how to do it here

Hopefully you found a recipe here that you can use. And now that you know how to make homemade glue, you might want to try your hand at making other craft materials!

Happy crafting!

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