It’s terrible, I know. I can’t imagine a single art supply that uses up more worthless plastic packaging and takes up more landfill space, unless perhaps it’s markers, which are also pretty terrible, but at least markers last longer. My two daughters can use up an entire glue stick during the course of one exuberant art project.
This year, one of my goals has been to regularly use homemade, natural glues in place of store-bought ones. Homemade glue has a lot going for it. You know exactly what’s in it, it’s WAY cheaper, it doesn’t require a ton of plastic packaging, it’s completely effective, and if you run out in the middle of a project, you can just whip up another batch instead of running to the store.
I’m thrilled to say that since my experiment has begun, my family hasn’t thrown a single empty glue stick into the trash, and we’ve found some great glue recipes that we all love to use. Here are five of our favorites:
1. Homemade Glue
In her round-up of homemade kids’ craft supplies, Maria Dryden links to a homemade glue recipe from Eco Child’s Play that calls for flour, sugar, water, and vinegar. I imagine that you need to use refined white sugar here, not the funky turbinado sugar that I usually bake with, but it was a good recipe to use up the last bit of white sugar that I had to buy to bake birthday cupcakes.
[The image on this page belongs to Eco Child's Play.]
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