Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sticky without the Icky

Craft projects are so much fun for little ones, but store bought glues are full of harsh chemicals and make a terrible mess. This craft glue is easy to make, relatively easy to clean off of little hands and household surfaces, and safe for even very young children to use. So safe that you don’t need to worry if they try to eat it – it is totally edible!
You will need…
1 cup white flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 ½ cups water
1 teaspoon vinegar
Combine flour, sugar, and half of the water in a small saucepan, stirring until mixture forms a thick paste with no lumps. Add the rest of the water and the vinegar and combine thoroughly. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until glue thickens. Allow to cool, then store in an airtight glass or plastic container with a lid.
To use glue, spread with a popsicle stick or the back of a plastic spoon. This glue is quite thick and pasty and takes a long time to dry, but once dry it holds surprisingly well. I wouldn’t recommend using this glue for very special craft projects you intend to save for a very long time. But for everyday art and craft projects, it’s perfect! Happy gluing!

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