How to Make Homemade Super Strong Glue

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb hardened pine pitch

  • Cast iron skillet

  • 1 cup ashes

  • 1/4 cup shredded newspaper

Homemade glue can be a simple experiment when you use household items like flour and water, but when you need something with strong hold, you need better ingredients. Knowing how to make an extra-strong homemade glue only requires a few basic ingredients you can find in your home as well as in nature. This natural recipe is so strong you could build a boat with it, which is exactly what Native Americans used it for.


Step 1

Add the hardened pitch lumps to the cast iron skillet. Set the temperature to a medium-high heat. Pine pitch lumps can be obtained via craft stores and survival supply outlets. You can also obtain it yourself by slicing the hardened oozing pitch from the surfaces of pine trees in your area.

Step 2

Add the ash to the skillet containing the pine pitch. Use campfire ash or fireplace ash.

Step 3

Add the paper. Use a wooden spoon to stir the ingredients together as the sap melts into a honey-like texture.


Step 4

Simmer the contents of the pan for approximately one hour. During this time, the paper and ash will nearly dissolve into the sap, making it expand in size a little. The cloudy homemade glue is ready to be used immediately. It hardens quickly when it is at room temperature.