This age-old glue recipe is still used today by antique restorers.
In a saucepan, mix 2 tablespoons wheat flour and 1 teaspoon sugar.
Sugar is used because it helps slow down drying.
Add a little water and warm the ingredients over low heat, mixing with a whisk to avoid lumps.
Stirring constantly, thin with 2 to 3 cups of water or more, until you obtain a final gravy-like consistency.
Pour the glue into a glass jar.
Well-sealed and stored in a cool place, this 100% natural glue will keep for at least 3 or 4 days.
Shake before using. After applying, let the glue dry naturally to prevent the formation of mold and bacteria,
which will only develop in the presence of water.
Nevertheless, to improve conservation, a few drops of grapefruit seed extract (known for its antibacterial properties)
can be added to the glue when it has cooled down.
This glue is very effective on paper and cardboard. It is ideal for craft projects with children, even preschoolers
. For papier mache, it can replace the wallpaper glue typically used.
To make wallpaper glue, multiply all recipe proportions by 10, and add 1 cup of turpentine per quart of glue.
In addition to its drying properties, turpentine is also an insecticide.
Use this glue according to wallpaper manufacturer instructions.
In general, apply one coat of glue to a strip of wallpaper then set aside for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, apply a generous coat of glue to the wall.
Hang the wallpaper strip and smooth out air bubbles using a large brush with soft bristles.
Other non-toxic glues can be made using the natural starch contained in food such as rice or pasta.
For more informations about the history of glue and some unusual materials used to stick,
see this website en.wikipedia.org