How to Make a Tacky Glue

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

  • Bowl
  • 1 packet gelatin, unflavored
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • Stirring utensils
  • 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon glycerin
  • Airtight storage container

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Step 1

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.

Step 2

Bring 3 tablespoons of water to a boil over medium to high heat.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.


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