More and more of us are making our own homemade products of all kinds, and flour glue is no exception. It has many advantages and can be used for multiple activities. The recipe is extremely simple, and it is even possible to prepare variations, one of which allows you to have gluten-free glue! Spotlight on homemade flour glue, its uses, its advantages, and the impossible-to-fail recipes.
Flour glue: uses
Flour glue is mainly used for countless little bonding activities which children (and adults, for that matter) like so much. It effectively fixes:
- All types of paper including papier-mâché
- The box,
- The small wooden elements,
- The fabric,
- The tapestry…
In general, it is used to assemble light elements.
Flour glue can be left in any hands. Thus, we can therefore let the children indulge in creative hobbiesvery important when they have to spend hours and hours at home.
Flour glue: its many advantages
Flour glue has many advantagesto know :
- Made at home, so there is no risk of breaking down since its preparation only takes a few minutes.
- 100% natural,
- Usable by children, including toddlers trying out all forms of art,
- Edible, so it’s extremely reassuring when you know that the little bits have the annoying habit of putting everything in their mouths,
- Very economical
- Available in gluten-free glue.
Why prefer flour glue to store-bought glue?
He is highly preferable to make flour glue rather than buying commercial glues, whether in jars, tubes or sticks, because these industrial products are obtained by chemical processes. Not only these synthetic glues are toxic for the users, but they are also important for the people responsible for manufacturing them. Their Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are even suspected of being responsible for skin, respiratory and ocular problems and certain cancers.
Finally, it should be noted that on the environmental levelchemical adhesives weigh heavily in terms of waste management because they are generally marketed in small quantities, which multiplies packaging of all kinds since consumers are forced to buy them regularly.
Recipe for flour and sugar glue
This is THE ideal homemade glue because of a very high efficiency. It is not for nothing that it has been used since antiquity. No need to have a lot of ingredients since you just have to mix with a hand whisk, in a saucepan:
- 1 tablespoon of fine sugar,
- 1 glass of wheat flour,
- 1 glass of water.
Once we have obtained a device without lumps, we heat low heat, stirring constantly. Take the pan off the heat as soon as you get a perfectly homogeneous and very smooth dough. All that remains is to pour the flour and sugar glue into a glass jar. It keeps in the refrigerator for 72 hours.
No-Cook Flour Glue Recipe
This 100% natural glue perhaps prepared by children since no heat source is required. The essential ingredients are:
- 10 cl of organic flour,
- 1 pinch of salt,
- 10 cl of water.
In a large pot, place the flour then add the water in a trickle while stirring constantly. After 1 minute, add the fine salt and mix for a few more seconds. This glue can be used for manual labor for example. It can be kept for 3 to 4 days in the fridge, in an airtight jar. Thanks to the organic flour, this glue is not likely to sting the eyes of children.
Prepare gluten-free flour glue
There is a plan B for the gluten intolerant ! In this case, the wheat flour is replaced by corn flour or of the potato starch. You can use an empty yogurt pot as a measuring cup. The procedure is therefore as follows:
Pour the pot of starch or corn flour and the pot of cold water into a saucepan. Mix gently until there are no more lumps then heat to very low heat, whisking constantly. When the mixture is perfectly homogeneous and sufficiently consistentremove the pan from the heat.
Store gluten-free homemade glue in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for up to about 3 days. It is perfect for gluing wallpaperfrom earthenwarepaper and thin cardboard, either using a sprayer or a brush.
All homemade flour glues that do not contain no preservatives, they do not keep for long, at most 72 hours and in a cool place, as we have seen. Beyond this period, bacteria can begin to colonize the glue. In this case, we throw it away and prepare a fresh one.