Toddler Friendly Crafts and Homemade Glue Recipe

I’m not sure about you, but I’m ready for Summer. Actually, I’ll just be happy when Spring gets here. :) My family has been sick since right after Christmas, and it seems like we’ve been stuck inside for a lifetime. I just took my daughter back to the doctor last week for the 9384093285098th 4th time and she has Bronchitis and an ear infection. Oh joy! Needless to say, no one wants to come out to play with the sickly people because they’re brats really smart and don’t want the same thing too, so we’ve been forced to entertain ourselves at home.
Yesterday I decided that my daughter and I would work on some Valentine’s crafts. Actually, my daughter kind of decided that when she went into one of my craft drawers and pulled out some sequins and started handing them to me. Making Valentine’s crafts was a great way for me to spend some time with my daughter and feel better about our crappy unfortunate situation. I had everything on hand except for regular non-toxic glue, so I decided to whip up some of my own and then we were set to craft. See below for the homemade glue recipe.
Here’s what we came up with:
How To Make Your Own:
Things you will need: 
  1. Paper
  2. Pencil
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Sequins (because it’s easier to clean than glitter)
  6. Empty baggy

  
 I decided to make my own hearts out of some printer paper since that’s what I had on hand. If you want them to be even more durable, you can use stock paper or something thicker. I drew one side of the heart and it looked really good, so instead of goofing up the other side, I decided to fold the paper in half to get a symmetrical heart! :) After cutting out the first heart, I traced a few more of my original on other open spaces of the paper. (Obviously if you have older children you trust with scissors, they can do the cutting for you).
 After getting our hearts cut out, we were ready to craft. If you have school glue or glue sticks available, you’re ready to get going. We didn’t have any sort of glue that didn’t guarantee us to glue our hands together in the house, so I decided to whip up some of my own before starting the rest of the project! :) The best part about this is that it’s truly non toxic and totally edible, so you can feel good about your child using it (not that you would want to eat it, my daughter can vouch that it doesn’t taste that great. lol). 

I decided to pour a tiny bit of the glue in a random baggy I had laying around and I cut a tiny bit of the corner off. By doing this, it let my daughter squeeze out her own glue, but not too much of it. I honestly let my daughter have at it, letting her smear her glue onto the paper (she was a little taken back at first and didn’t know what to think, then it was all fun and games). I even let her sprinkle her own sequins on her paper. I guess she didn’t really sprinkle them. She dumped them out and the placed them on one by one. LOL! Needless to say, it was a hit! I plan on stringing our finished projects up with some dental floss and putting them up on the fridge! :) It’s never too early to teach your little one to be an artist! ;)

Homemade Glue Recipe:
  • 1 Cup flour
  • 1 1/2 Cup water
  • 1/3 Cup sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vinegar 
In a pot, mix the flour and sugar. Add half of the water and mix until it forms a smooth thick paste.
 
 
Add the rest of the water and continue to mix until smooth. 
Pour in the vinegar and put on medium-low heat until mixture starts to thicken. This will happen very quickly, so I recommend keeping a close eye on it and stirring non stop. If you start to see clumps, remove from heat and mash them up and continue to stir. After your mixture has thickened, cool and place in an airtight container. I used an old jelly jar. :) 
 
This is what half of the above batch amounts to.
 
 This glue is much more thin than Elmer’s or something of the sort, and will take a little longer to dry but works well. Also, any unused portion can be refrigerated to prolong it’s life as the vinegar will help naturally preserve it. If you do not want to end up with a lot of leftovers, you can divide this recipe in half, as I did.  
 
 Happy Crafting! :) 

 Thanks to sustainableecho for the homemade glue recipe.

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  1. says

    That's such a bummer you guys have been sick for so long! =( I hope you start feeling better soon! I can't wait for Spring/Summer either! What a cute craft. Never knew glue was so easy to make!