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How to make a tacky glue

Updated February 21, 2017

Tacky glue is a nontoxic glue often used for craft projects. Tacky glue dries clear and is flexible, making it perfect for homemade creations. Tacky glue can be used to adhere objects together or to create a shiny varnish on a completed craft. You can make your own tacky glue using products available in your kitchen.

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  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil over high heat.

  2. Pour 3 tbsp boiling water into a heatproof bowl. Add 1 package (7.09gr.) of nonflavored gelatin. Mix the gelatin with the spoon until it is dissolved.

  3. Add 1 tbsp vinegar and 1 tsp glycerine to the gelatin mixture. Stir the ingredients until they are completely blended.

  4. Pour the contents of the bowl into a resealable, heatproof jar. You will have approximately 1/3 c. tacky glue.

  5. Tip

    Apply the glue with a small brush while it is still warm. Use the glue to bind fabric to cardboard when making a craft project. The glue will gel when it has cooled. Run it under hot water to return it to a liquid state.

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Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Nonflavored gelatin
  • Spoon
  • Vinegar
  • Glycerine
  • Resealable, heatproof jar

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.

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