Craft Recipes for Year-Round Fun
This page features recipes for various art and craft glues and pastes. Click on the name of the craft glue or paste that interests you to be taken directly to that craft glue or paste recipe.

Decoupage Glue | Glitter Glue
 Library Paste | Paper Mache Paste
 School Glue | Stamp Glue

Decoupage Glue
white glue
warm water

Combine 3 parts glue with 1 part water. Mix thoroughly. Store in air-tight container.

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Glitter Glue
white glue
powdered tempera paint (optional)

Combine 2 parts glue with 1 part glitter. Add powdered tempera paint if desired. Mix thoroughly. Store in air-tight container.

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Library Paste
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. alum
4 cups water
1/2 tsp. oil of cloves

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and cook until clear and thick. Add oil of cloves. Allow to cool, then store in an air-tight container.

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Paper Mache Paste
1 cup cold water
1/4 cup flour
5 cups boiling water

Mix the flour into 1 cup cold water. Stir until lumps are dissolved. Gradually pour mixture into boiling water, stirring constantly. Boil about 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Cool before using.

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School Glue
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup cold water
3/4 cup water
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
1 tsp. white vinegar

Mix cornstarch and cold water in a bowl and set aside. In a saucepan, combine the remaining three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Gradually add cornstarch mixture to the boiling liquid, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, allow to cool, and store in an air-tight container. Glue works best after it has set at least 48 hours.

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Stamp Glue
1 packet unflavored gelatin
2 Tbsp. boiling water
2 Tbsp. cold water
1/2 tsp. white corn syrup
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add cold water. Stir in corn syrup and flavoring.

Brush glue onto the back of stamps you've made. Allow to dry. To stick stamps onto another paper product, just lick them.

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