DIY Toxin-Free Glue

DIY Toxin-Free Glue is the simple answer to letting your children use a safe, non-toxic glue for their crafts and artwork.

Avoid toxic glues around children.

Glue can be extremely toxic. It’s not something you really want your children to be playing around with. But these natural glue recipes are easy to make, good for the planet and your pocket book.

You’ll be setting a great example which will encourage your children to be inspired to think about ‘making their own’ instead of running to the store to purchase something.

Plus you’ll be saving money.

But most of all, you’ll be happy because this glue is child safe.

You can probably make these glues out of these ingredients you already have.

DIY Toxin-Free Glue

DIY Toxin-Free Glue #1


1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 ½ cups water
1 teaspoon vinegar
Natural food dye/colors, optional


1.    Place all ingredients in a pot over medium heat.
2.    Stir together gently until mixture thickens.
3.    Remove from heat to cool.

Store in an air tight container and the glue will keep for approximately 7 days, or store in refrigerator for up to 6 months.

Andrea Green of shows how to make your own glue. Watch the video here to see just how quickly this eco-friendly glue cooks up so you are ready to take it off the heat right away. 

This glue is really good to use when the kids need a big batch of glue for their projects like this Autumn Wreath that needs lots of glue to hold the fresh leaves in place.

This is perfect to make up ahead of Christmas holidays when you know it will be put to use often as you make gifts and decorations - or just to keep the kids amused.

And won't you feel great knowing how pennywise it is and how frugal you are ...more to save for the things you really want.

I don’t mind if they use it all up since it’s pretty quick and easy to use.

DIY Toxin-Free Glue #2 – This recipe is a little more involved but makes a great all-purpose glue.


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


1.    Place ¾ cup water, corn syrup and vinegar in a pot. Bring to a boil.
2.    In a separate bowl mix the cornstarch with the other ¾ cup cold water and mix well.
3.    Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling mixture.
4.    Stir until thickened.
5.    Remove from heat to cool completely.  

Store in an air tight container and the glue will keep for approximately 7 days.

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Just For Fun

Here's another wreath that needs lots of glue!

It's perfect for Christmas and cost...well, next to nothing if you buy the cheapest cereal possible. I guarantee you might have to sweep the floor afterwards, but the kids will have lots of fun.

Cereal Wreath

Take a white paper plate and have the kids paint with green non-toxic paint all around the outer edge of the plate (if no edge have them paint like an inch or two in). Once the plate is dry have them cut out the inner circle of the plate.

Have on hand colored cereal in different shapes. Glue the cereal pieces to the green part of the plate. Now attach a big red bow to the bottom of the plate and you have a beautiful handmade cereal wreath to display on one of your doors.

Have lots of fun!

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