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Commonly asked questions.

How do I use Elmer's to create the painted crackle effect or antique look on furniture or crafts?

Just follow this recipe:
  1. Paint the object or furniture with an acrylic craft paint. Let dry.
  2. Cover the paint with a coat of Elmer's Glue-All glue.
  3. While still wet, paint on another coat of a different color of acrylic paint. The painted item will begin to crackle as it dries.
  4. When dry, cover with another coat of the Elmer's Glue-All as a sealer.

How do I make Glop or Slime?

This is an all time favorite recipe but adult supervision is recommended. Children should not eat or drink any of the materials.

Supplies Needed:
  • Borax
  • Elmer’s Glue-All or School Glue
  • Water
  • Food coloring (optional)
Instructions:

4 oz of glue and 4 oz of water in a big bowl. Add 1-2 drops of food coloring if desired. In a separate container dissolve 1 Tbsp Borax into 4 oz of water. Slowly pour the Borax solution into the glue solution and mix until desired consistency is achieved. Slime will keep for weeks in a tightly closed plastic bag.

How do I make Papier Mache?

You’ll mix equal parts of Elmer’s Glue-All and water together. Here are two of our favorite methods:

Layering Method

Start with a solid object or an inflated balloon and wrap it with layers of newspaper strips coated with glue. (Use wet, unglued strips for the first layer.) Dip the strips into a 50/50 mixture of Glue-All and water. Pull each strip between fingers to squeeze out excess water or brush a thicker mixture on one side of the strip. Build up four or more layers by alternating layers crosswise and up and down. When thoroughly dry, remove balloon, then paint and add features.

TIP: You can alternate black and white newspaper with colored comic pages to see which layer you are working on.

Pulp Method

Small bits of paper are soaked, boiled and strained to form a soft wet pulp. Elmer’s Glue-All is added, then mixture is shaped in a mold or over a form or wire screen to dry.

How do I make decoupage medium?

Making an excellent and inexpensive decoupage medium is easy with Elmer’s Glue-All and water. To make decoupage medium, use craft stick to mix together three parts Elmer's® Glue-All® with 1 part water in a paper cup. Stir well. Use sponge brush to spread mixture over surface. Papers may stretch or bubble up initially, so smooth out air from bubbles with finger and then go over area again with foam brush. Minor wrinkling will shrink and flatten as it dries. Let thoroughly dry over night and then spray surface with matte sealer.

TIPS:
  • You can adjust the measurement of glue to water if necessary
  • When cutting out intricate designs or special shapes, an X-ACTO knife works great!
  • Magazines, greeting cards and pictures make great cutouts for a decoupage project

How do I make Glue Dough for Craft Projects?

Supplies needed:
  • 1 part Glue-All
  • 1 part plain white flour
  • 1 part cornstarch
  • food coloring (optional)
Instructions:

Measure equal parts of each and combine in a big bowl. For best results use level measurements. Mix and knead till well blended. If too dry, add drop or two of glue; if too moist, sprinkle with flour and cornstarch, a little at a time. Modeled items may be baked in low oven (200°F or so) to speed drying. Glue Dough will keep for weeks in a tightly closed plastic bag.

NOTE: ¼ cup glue, ¼ cup flour, ¼ cup cornstarch will create a tennis ball-sized yield

Tips & Techniques

You can mold & shape dough into figures or roll flat on a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut desired shapes. To get colored dough, add a little food coloring or acrylic paint to the glue before mixing it in with the dry ingredients. You can also paint your dough creations with Glue Paint!

How do I make Bread Dough for Craft Projects?

Supplies needed:
  • 1 slice fresh white bread (crusts removed & finely crumbled)
  • 1 Tbsp. Elmer’s Glue-All
  • Food coloring (optional)
Instructions:

Mix well in a small bowl or plastic container, then knead for several minutes until soft and pliable (rolling helps). Can add in a drop or two of food coloring. Can be rolled out, molded into thin section, or pinched by hand to create shapes.

How do I make Glue Paint?

Supplies needed:
  • Elmer’s Glue-All
  • Food Coloring
  • Paint brushes & bowls
Instructions:

Pour desired amount of Elmer’s Glue-All into bowl or container. Add food coloring to the glue. The more food coloring you add, the darker the paint will be. Mix glue & food coloring thoroughly. Use paintbrush to paint posters, t-shirts, projects, etc. You can also buy several bottles of Elmer’s Glue-All and mix the food coloring right in the glue bottle for easy storage and application.

Tips & Techniques:

Build up coats of glue paint for a ceramic-like finish- let each coat dry thoroughly before applying another. You can also create a sheer tinted glaze by diluting the glue paint mixture with water or make a clear glaze by omitting the food coloring. Thick layers of glue paint can be embedded with buttons, cut-outs or other small objects.

Washing & Clean Up Instructions:

Wash in warm water 1 to 2 times. Air dry. If residual color remains after the 2nd washing, repeat washing with a non-chlorine bleach additive. Whenever possible, clean up food coloring spills and excess glue paint immediately from fabrics and other surfaces. Protect fabrics and surfaces that cannot be laundered.

How do I make Scented Glue Ornaments or Scented Glue Clay?

Supplies needed:
  • ½ cup + 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cloves
  • ½ cup applesauce (this is the size of a single serving pack)
  • 3 Tbsp. Elmer’s Glue-All
Instructions:

In a medium bowl, mix cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Add applesauce and glue. Work mixture with hands for 2-3 minutes, until dough is smooth. Divide into 4 portions. Roll out each portion to ¼” thickness. Cut dough with cookie cutters and make a small hole in top of each with a toothpick. Place cutouts on a wire rack to dry at room temperature for several days, turning once each day for even drying. When dry, thread string or ribbon through hole in each ornament. You can also use whole cloves as decoration and for additional scent. Makes about 32 ornaments, depending on size. NOTE: These are NOT edible.

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