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This Rice Glue Recipe Is A Crafter's Dream Come True

And it’s crazy easy to make, whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or not. 

October 29, 2015

If you’re at all into crafting, you know it can be easy to go through a lot of glue. While the off-the-shelf stuff is fine in a pinch, sometimes you want something a little more natural and homemade, especially if you’re working with fine paper products. 

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The trick to this recipe is to use the stickiest variety of rice you can find, like Lundberg Organic California Sushi Rice. And then don’t rinse it—the starch that you’d normally be washing down the sink is what makes the glue work.  It’s perfect for paper and projects, such as bookbinding and collage.

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4 cups water
1 cup unrinsed rice

1. Bring 4 cups water and 1 cup unrinsed sticky rice to a boil. Lower the heat, and simmer until it is porridge-like, about 45 minutes. Cool at room temperature, then process in a blender, adding more water to loosen as needed, until smooth. 

2. Store it in the refrigerator, and apply it with a brush.