Make it: Homemade Glue

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A good thing to have on hand for any craft undertaking is glue. And, in an effort to instill some of those Simple Living principles I posted about last week, I'm hoping to teach the boys that not everything has to come from the shops. This recipe comes from Rae Grant via Simple Mom. So here goes...

Organize the Project with Your Kids
Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s much easier to not have the help of children but it is valuable to your child when they learn to listen to directions and are involved in the process. Before you begin, here are a few extra steps to do in advance of the paste project. Definitely get your kids to help in this stage of the project.

1. Make a list of necessary items you will need and gather all materials such as craft sticks for stirring, measuring cups, measuring spoon, and a mixing bowl.
2. Gather and collect small yogurt containers. Have a washing session in the sink with soap and water. Wash and dry and set containers on a clean dish towel.
3. Lay out newspapers or a plastic tablecloth on your work surface.
4. Once this is ready you can begin making the paste.

Making the Paste
Here’s my favorite simple no-cook paste recipe to try. It is perfect for pasting collages, homemade cards, or paper chains. I like it a little watery but if you want a thicker paste then add one or two tablespoons of flour to get the consistency you desire. I prefer to start with small batches to avoid waste. This recipe makes about 6 oz (a small yogurt container). These 6 ounces will go a long way in one day. If you have several children you can let them each make their own batch or divide the recipes into small containers. Adding a dab of tempera craft paint to each container can make this an exciting project as well. Cover with a lid and refrigerate when not in use for about 1 week.

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cold water
pinch of salt
Craft stick or fork for stirring

1. Measure 1/4 cup of flour and place in a small mixing bowl.
2. Gradually add water to the paste and stir well with a fork to combine.
3. Add the remaining flour and stir until the consistency is smooth and creamy.
4. Pour the paste into a clean plastic container and cover with a fitted lid or waxed paper and a rubber band until ready to use.

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