• Nathalie

3 ingredients paper glue

January 2021.

I can totally relate with Bea Johnson* on this one: I too remember my dad sticking wine bottle labels with milk ;-) but that’s maybe for another day.


Ever since I had kids, I have refused buying glue. Paper glue is easy to make and it reassures me to know the ingredients my kids will have on their hands. This DIY is super safe for kids and strong enough for all kind of craft activities!

Have you realised liquid glues and glue sticks don't have the obligation to list their ingredients on the packaging?

I did a quick digging and found out some are petroleum based (Polyvinyl acetate, Polyvinyl alcohol, Propylene glycol) and others are actually natural ingredients based (starch, sugar, just like this DIY).


We tried the glue on all sort of materials: wood, paper, feathers, cartons, buttons, even cork!

And it is super strong once it dries!



My pantry for this recipe:

  • Water 125 ml

  • Flour 1 tbsp: thickener

  • Starch 1 tbsp: gelling agent

  • White vinegar 1 tbsp: creates a reaction with the starch


How to proceed:

  1. Bring water to boil, add flour and whisk.

  2. Add starch and keep on whisking while it cooks on low heat until it thickens.

  3. Remove it from the fire and add the vinegar. Whisk and you are done!


How to store and use:

Store it in an airtight container in the fridge (and use it with a paint brush) or in a clean liquid glue tube.


Dispose in your composter after two weeks.


Apply on the surface, let it dry. It will become amazingly strong but its use are limited to craft actives and offices needs.



More kids DIY.


*In reference to her book Zero Waste Home, she writes about her dad sticking labels with milk as her intro to the Glue recipe.

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