natural glue


Daily creating is an intention we have set for ourselves and our children yet when we walk the glitter and glow-paint laden path, that goal is all too scary and unattainable – not sustainable for us as parents or for the planet.

But when we open nature’s art cupboard and offer a simple and minimal array of mediums to explore, we can open a gateway to a certain quiet that invites creativity to come and stay a while.

The other side of yesterday’s school notice, some fallen blooms or leaves, one paintbrush and a small pot of natural glue. A moment of reverence of all that is simple, mindful and subtley beautiful.


Natural Glue

Add 1 tablespoon of corn flour/rice flour to a small saucepan.

Stir in about one tablespoon of water until a thin paste is made. 

Add a small splosh of apple cider vinegar (to keep mould away).

Slowly pour over one cup of boiling water, stirring continuously.

Put the saucepan over a medium heat and stir constantly until the glue becomes thicker and more opaque. Take off the heat when the desired consistency has been achieved and pour into a jar. We favour a slightly thicker glue for our youngest child as it clings to the brush easier which means more success (and less mess).

Store in the fridge between uses. 

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  • Reply Kate April 20, 2019 at 9:13 am

    This reminds me of the time in primary school when at the last minute I had no glue for the project due tomorrow, made some with my mum. The project was a success, until when I got it back after being displayed for a time the mould was growing through all my pictures. My kids were horrified when I recently shared this story with them. I think it’s hilarious. Wonder what the teacher thought?
    cheers Kate

    • Reply steph April 22, 2019 at 10:06 am

      Oh I love it!! That is a funny story :) I most certainly remember those last minute projects on big squares of coloured cardboard. The splash of vinegar seems to keep the mould away with this one ;) Hope you have a gorgeous week. Steph x

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