Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Starch Paste Tutorial for Natural Kids

It's my turn to do a kid friendly activity tutorial for the Natural Kids Blog. Since I don't have kids yet (soon as we all know) I decided to share our homemade Starch Paste recipe. It's a great recipe to have on hand for any kind of paper craft - especially paper mache.

Starch Paste! A glue for paper crafts that is Non-toxic, Biodegradable and can even be Organic.

1/2 cup flour
4 cups water
1/2 tsp thyme oil
1 tbsp salt

First you add the four to cold water.

Heat the water and flour -- stirring all the time!!!

Cook until the mixture starts to get translucent (you do not need to get to a boil) -- it will only get ever so slightly thicker at this point. As you can see below on the spoon.

Now, remove from heat, let the mixture cool. Once it's cool it's pretty much ready to use. You can use the paste fresh. Or put the leftovers in fridge -- it will get gelatinous (rubbery) from getting cold, and you will have to break it up with a wisk when you want to reuse it.

Above is Andrew showing you go about dipping paper for Paper Mache. We mainly use Starch Paste for paper mache but there are other uses for it such as::

  • collage
  • book binding
  • any paper craft
  • make your own paint by adding dry pigments, Bio Shield (their link is currently broken too bad 'cause they are such a great company) and crayola make non-toxic pigments.

1 comment:

Mary Vogel Lozinak said...

I love this post. I teach the children's art camp at Norristown Art League and am always looking for economical and SAFE projects for the kids. I'm going to bookmark this for next summer. Thank you for sharing-and! I already have all the ingredients-thyme oil-can't believe the things waiting in my house to find a use. xoxo