Make Your Own All Natural Glue | Glass, Paper, Fabric, Ceramic, Wood It Sticks It All

Glue is necessary for so many projects yet most glues contain toxic ingredients
Yes even ones labeled as "Non-Toxic".

We have been making our own completely natural, practically edible glues for many years and have had great success gluing just about everything to anything.



Here are my basic recipes for all types of glue:

Basic all purpose liquid glue:


Basic Glue

Add 3 tablespoons of boiling hot vinegar to 1 teaspoon of gelatin.
Beat rapidly with the fork until no crystals remain and it is a bit frothy.
Use in a liquid state and paint on just about anything.
Dries hard, slightly flexible and clear.

Ceramic, porcelain and pottery glue

Add 3 tablespoons of boiling hot vinegar to 1 teaspoon of gelatin.
Beat rapidly with the fork until no crystals remain and it is a bit frothy.
Add in 1 teaspoon of cornstarch and stir.
Use while warm by painting (with a small paintbrush) 
both edges of the broken porcelain or clay dish/ornament with the mixture.
wait a few seconds and stick the pieces together.
It should be fully dry and hardened in a few hours and it dries almost clear.

This worked amazingly when my husband broke a handmade clay pot given to us for our wedding, it is now as good as new. 

Wood Glue and Filler

The recipe above (ceramic glue) also works perfectly as a wood glue, mixing it with 1/2 teaspoon of fine sawdust it can make a good wood filler.
Let dry until completely hardened, then sand.

Waterproof Glue

2 tablespoons of cold water
2 packets unflavored gelatin (1/2 oz.)
3 tablespoons of skim milk
2 drops of clove oil

Dissolve gelatin in cold water in a bowl. 
Bring milk to a boil and then stir into softened gelatin. 
Add a few drops of oil of cloves if glue is to be kept for more than a day. 
To Use: While the glue is still warm, brush a thin layer on the objects to be glued. Store in an air-tight container. This glue will also gel when cooled, soften to use by placing the jar in warm water or on top of a warmer. Good for adhering glass to glass, can be used for adhering glass to other objects when in it's gelled state.

Paste Glue ( For paper products including wall paper)

1 1/2 cups white flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup cold water
 2 cups boiling water

Combine flour and sugar. Slowly add cold water and beat/mix out any lumps.
Put mixture in a saucepan over a medium heat.
Add the boiling water, and stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil.
When stiff, remove from heat and add salt.
Store in air-tight container. Should keep several weeks.
If the paste hardens, soften by mixing in small amounts of warm water as needed.

This paste is good for wall paper, kids glue and paper crafts including mache.
For a SUPER-STRONG paste glue add in  tsp of gelatin to the boiling water first.



Comments

  1. Hi! Love that you use only the glue that you make! We are trying to glue Cork flooring onto concrete floor. Do you have a recipe for such a glue? Thanks!

    Michelle

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  2. Hmmm for something that needs durability like flooring, I would go with the PL premium low voc adhesive. Very little goes a loooong way. I've used it for some projects (like tiling without any reactions. Sorry I don't have a recipe for an ultra-durable glue. Hope this helps.

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  3. Do any of these work with foam?

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  4. I've ever tried gluing foam...sorry. But I would think the ceramic one may work.

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  5. which category does fabric in? can anyone tell me?

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  6. just fyi: the basic formula does work with foam. both foam on foam (r/c plane) and foam to wood (I tried using a packing peanut).

    I'm going to try building a complete plane with all natural glue :)

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  7. Rob...Try giving it a longer drying time. The glass one worked for me with EPS to EPS but it takes quite a while to set. :)

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  8. Thanks for the tip. I'm always curious what the different ingredients do. How does the milk make it waterproof? and vinegar vs just water?

    another success, I glued my drawer back together with the Ceramic, pottery glue and it filled a pretty nice gap. I let it dry overnight.

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  9. The vinegar preserves it and makes it dry harder. The milk adds casein which adds and extra "gluing" compound. :)

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  10. do you really have to use skim milk and clove oil? do you have any substitutes? like instead of clove oil, can i use olive or raps or even sunflower oil? thanks... i'm making paper decorations, and i want them to last over time, and i am very interested with your water proof glue.. :D

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  11. The clove oil acts as a preservative, it's not for the "oiliness" so I would not substitute. Milk is for the casein, powdered milk, partially skimmed or whole can work but you do need a milk for this waterproof glue. For paper crafts, I suggest you use the paste glue or the pottery glue, both will last very long and have more flexibility over the glass glue.

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  12. Hi! Love what you do! I have been using super glue (loctite) to glue very thick chipboard(think of a board game thickness) as well ABS plastic pieces together to form wearable accessories. I have been desperately looking for a safer, non toxic alternative. Will any of the above glues work for me? I really need this to be an unbreakable or close to it bond.

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  13. Hi Wonder Lee...The waterproof one should work, you'll need to test it with the materials. It does take some time to set so the items will need to be clamped together for about 24 hours.

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  14. Thanks so much! I am going to give it a try and I will let you know how they hold up. Thanks!

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  15. Sorry I just want to make sure I got this correct. The Waterproof glue, you're putting 2 packets of gelatin in 2 tbsp of cold water and boiling 3 tbsp of skim milk? The gelatin doesn't seem to be dissolving. Any suggestions?

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  16. This stuff just got hard really quick and I'm not sure what to do with it. Thanks for your help.

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  17. soften by placing the jar in warm water or on top of a warmer to re-melt the glue. Add a little just a little boiling water if it's too thick for you. Yes what you did is correct, did you add the clove oil?

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  18. No, I never got past that step. 2 tbsp of water didn't dissolve all that gelatin. It just soaked it up and got hard. I used 2 packets of knox brand and 2 tablespoons of water.

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  19. Yes, It will be quite thick, it will thin out with the 3 tbs of hot milk is poured over it. If you can't stir it at all just add a little more water, it should be quite thick before the milk is added.

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  20. Do you have a recipe for body glue for glitter taboos?

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  21. Do you have a recipe for body glue for glitter tatoos?

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  22. Hi,

    I'd like to adhere crystals to metal to create pendants that will be worn everyday on a necklace, which requiresa bit of wear and tear as well as the ability to endure lots of exposure to sunlight (UV), water and most soaps - in the event the jewelry is worn during showers, baths or intentionally cleaned as part of its maintenance. Any recipe suggestions for creating a natural glue that is durable,under exposure to all natural elements - water, light, soil, oils, natural acids and bases, etc.

    Thanks
    Khepra

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  23. Will the basic recipe work for gluing stones? (small stones to wood plate)

    -Steve

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  25. Do you have a recipe for nail glue?

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  26. Hi I need to glues stuff on my face for an hallowen party. What recipe do you think is better for that? I need one that would glue well but can be removed from my skin after. Thank you

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    1. Use the waterproof recipe but leave out the clove oil (it may irritate the skin) Remove it with warm water and coconut oil :) Waterproof Glue:

      2 tbsp cold water
      2 packets unflavored gelatin (1/2 oz.)
      3 tbsp skim milk

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  27. I'm super sensitive and live outside but trying to move into something. I need to glue outgassed PVC pipe to metal tub and to each other to go to a dry well. Any no chemical gkues for this? And yes, pondering cord wood floor also but low VOC is too toxic for me now.

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    1. PVC never truly out-gasses, it's entire makeup is quite toxic and something you'll likely want to avoid, polyethylene or abs may be a better plastic choice. As for glue, you'll need a very strong waterproof adhesive for your project, I'm not sure but you can see if you can find large pressure fittings but I doubt it. I find PL Premium quite tolerable, I'm assuming it's for sewage pipe and not drinking water correct?

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  28. Hi there. Does the glue paste dry clear?

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  29. I have 2 questions... number 1; how strong is the waterproof glue number 2; Is the ceramic pottery glue also water proof.

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  30. Olawale AbidakunApril 2, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    What type glues PVC pipes?

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  31. I need some repositionable glue. The one available in market is damn expensive. So do you have any recipie for it. It would be a huge help.

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  32. How long is this shelf stable? Is there any other way to preserve it other than clove oil? My daughter is allergic to compositae and balsam of peru as well as several other chemicals. I'm trying to find a botanical-free glue that is shelf stable for 3-6 months.

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  33. Dear Colorful Canary,
    I'm intrigued by your homemade glue recipes. I'm looking to try this Japanese technique of fixing pottery so that it's even more beautiful, Kintsugi (Here is cool video that explains the technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT55_u8URU0). Have you or do you know of anyone who has tried this technique with your glue recipe?

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  34. how to make Arabian glue for ceramic clay use for making flowers?

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  35. With the pottery glue you said "Add 3 tbp of boiling hot vinegar to 1 tsp of gelatin."

    Is "tbp" tablespoons or is it a typo for "tsp"? (I noticed you referred to tablespoons as "tbsp" later, in the waterproof milk glue recipe, so I just wanted to make sure.)

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    1. Sorry about that, thank you for picking up on it, I'll be sure to fix it this evening. tbs and tbsp (tablespoon) is what was meant.

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  36. Hi Colourful Canary

    Fascinating blog ... thanks ... I am looking to glue newspaper sheets ... in a way that remains flexible when it sets ... waterproof would be great too ...

    Do you have any ideas please ...

    Thanks in advance

    Richard

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