Tacky glue is a versatile adhesive that dries clear, has a flexible nature and is used in various projects. While you cannot make an exact copy of the well-known commercially produced tacky glue, you can create gelatin glue, which is an animal glue with a tacky consistency. Homemade tacky glue is non-toxic and edible, and works well as a substitute for most craft adhesives.
Things You'll Need
1 packet gelatin, unflavored
4 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon glycerin
Airtight storage container
Pour 1 tablespoon of cold water into a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin into the cold water, stir thoroughly and let sit for 3 to 5 minutes. This is called blooming the gelatin.
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Bring 3 tablespoons of water to a boil over medium to high heat.
Remove the boiling water from heat and immediately stir in 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of glycerin. Continue stirring until all ingredients are well-combined.
Use pot holders when handling hot liquids to help prevent burns.
Add the gelatin and cold water mixture to the pot and stir once again for several seconds. Store the homemade tacky glue in an airtight container.
- If your homemade tacky glue has solidified, simply microwave it for a few seconds and stir to restore its glue-like tacky texture.
- For easier use, pour the homemade tacky glue into a baking sheet. When cool, pop the glue out and cut into cubes with a pair of scissors. When ready to use, heat a glue cube (or more if needed) in a microwave bowl for several seconds. This eliminates the need to heat an entire container of homemade glue.