If you use a DIY eco-friendly homemade glue recipe, you’ll expose your kids and home to fewer toxins, help protect the environment, plus add savings to your budget.

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Just like packing an eco-friendly lunch, it’s worth the effort in the long run.

NOTE: One important caution about the recipes is that they require using a stove and cooking the ingredients with heat. Take caution if you have young children. You’ll need to decide if you should do the preparation alone or if they’re old enough to assist.

Tips for Making Homemade Glue

Before you get to the recipes for making homemade glue, here are some tips to help when you’re making it or using it with children:

  • Let it sit overnight before you use it. If it gets thick, add around a tablespoon of water and stir it up again until it has a good consistency.
  • You can apply the glue with paintbrushes, cotton swabs, or small craft sticks.
  • It will take longer to dry than store-bought glue. But it develops patience and is good for the environment.
  • You can use it plain or add natural food coloring or dyes to brighten it up. If you add color, do it before it cools.
  • It needs to be stored in the fridge to prevent mold from forming. It lasts about a week. If it goes bad, toss it out.
  • Let the glue cool a bit before you pour it into a glass jar for keeping.
  • DO NOT pour homemade glue down the drain. It can form a clog.

Use these tips to help you get the best quality product that is non-toxic and better for your family, students, and the environment. If you go through a lot of this in a school or daycare setting, it can save you a bundle on store-bought products.

Homemade Glue Recipe Number One

The following recipe for homemade glue is the easier of the two recipes. It’s a great way to keep your glue supply filled regularly.


  • 1 cup of plain flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • Natural food dye/colors (optional)


  1. Place all the ingredients in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Stir them together gently until the mixture thickens.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat to cool.
  4. Store the glue in an airtight container. The glue will keep for approximately one week.

Homemade Glue Recipe Number Two

This DIY glue recipe is a bit more complicated to make, but it’s an excellent all-purpose glue to have at home or in a daycare setting.


  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ¾ cup water (x 2)


  1. Place ¾ cup of water, corn syrup, and vinegar in a saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch with ¾ cup of cold water and mix it well.
  4. Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling mixture.
  5. Stir until it is thickened.
  6. Remove the glue from the heat to cool completely.
  7. Store the glue in an airtight container and it will keep for approximately one week.

These two DIY eco-friendly homemade glue recipes are fairly straightforward to make and they keep for a convenient length of time. The tradeoff to having a non-toxic product is shorter shelf life. But it’s worth the effort and fewer preservatives. You can try cutting the recipes in half if you don’t think you’ll use it up quickly.

4 thoughts on “DIY Eco-Friendly Homemade Glue Recipe”

  1. These recipes are very interesting! I’ve never experienced making glue myself, but I might try it as well. I need to save money to stop buying non-essential things and glue is among them. I also like that the ingredients involve non-toxic foods such as vinegar and corn starch. Thanks for giving us your recipes!

  2. Hello Stella
    My kids are still at school and do a lot of work with glue. One day my daughter had an infection on her finger because of glue. It was all red and infected. So now I’m looking for recipes to make my own glue. I’ll try those recipes today, and I’ll tell you how it goes when I think that all these ingredients you have listed are used in food too. I wonder if it’s as strong as chemical glue?

    1. I hope it works better for your daughter. The ingredients are a lot more natural. This glue works well and anything with flour in it sticks very well.

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