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Homemade Non-Toxic Glue

Homemade Non-Toxic Glue

Yes, you can bypass the smelly glue from the store and make your own! This is especially handy when you have little people that would enjoy stick and glue activities, but also enjoy eating the glue - urgh. 

This glue recipe only contains 4 ingredients - cornflour, salt, vinegar and hot water. It makes a big batch, so if you would rather only try a small amount, you can easily half the amounts to start with.


1 cup cornflour

1 Tbsp white vinegar

2 tsp salt

4 cups of hot water


Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and mix well with a whisk. Turn the stovetop on high heat and bring the mixture to a boil, whisking it constantly. If it is lumpy, you may need a little bit more water. Once the mixture becomes thick and translucent take off the heat and let it cool down in a heatproof container.

Your DIY glue is now ready to use (please be careful and ensure that it is cold enough for the kids to use before you give it to them). I find that a chunky paint brush works best for kids' glueing projects.
You can use the glue it as is (it dries clear) or mix it with one of your colour powders and/or glitter.
It can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 6 months. To use it from the fridge, combine a small amount with hot water and cook it again on the stovetop until runny, breaking up any lumps with a whisk.

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