Having a baby often means ending up with a lot of leftover baby food. As a new parent, I’ve found myself throwing away more pouches and jars than I’d like to admit. However, I recently discovered a great way to repurpose those leftovers – turning them into homemade glue!
Why Repurpose Baby Food Into Glue?
Here’s why repurposing leftover baby food into glue is a great idea:
Reduce Food Waste
Throwing away unused baby food contributes to the growing problem of food waste. Repurposing it gives that food a second life and keeps it out of landfills.
Store-bought glue can be expensive. Making homemade glue is very cheap, costing only the price of ingredients you already have on hand.
Make Safe, Non-Toxic Glue
Many popular glues contain toxic ingredients. Baby food glue uses all-natural, baby-safe ingredients.
Fun Crafts With Kids
Turning leftovers into glue lets kids participate in repurposing food. Making and using the homemade glue in crafts is creative fun.
Best Baby Foods To Use
The smooth texture of most baby foods makes them perfect candidates for DIY glue. Here are some of the best options:
- Fruit purees like applesauce or mashed bananas
- Oatmeal or other cereals
- Vegetable purees like carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash
Thicker, smoother purees tend to make the strongest glue. Avoid chunkier foods with distinct pieces.
How To Make Baby Food Glue
Making glue from leftover baby food is a simple process. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup baby food puree
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Spoon for mixing
- Small bowl
- Airtight container for storage
- Measure the baby food into a bowl. Applesauce and yogurt work especially well.
- Stir in the vinegar thoroughly. The vinegar acts as a preservative.
- Add the baking soda and mix well. The baking soda triggers the chemical reaction that turns the mixture into glue.
- Transfer the glue to an airtight container for storage. Mason jars work great.
- Refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before using to allow the glue to set.
And just like that, you’ve transformed leftover baby food into homemade glue!
Uses for Baby Food Glue
The creative possibilities are endless when it comes to using this homemade glue for crafts and art projects. Here are some fun ideas to try:
- Use it in paper collages to adhere pieces of paper, photos, and more.
- Make homemade envelopes and use the glue to seal them.
- Construct origami figures by gluing folds and edges.
Fix Broken Household Items
- Glue wobbly chair legs and other unsteady furniture pieces in place.
- Re-adhere a loose book binding.
- Repair broken ceramic plates or figurines.
- Let kids make finger paint by mixing glue with food coloring or tempera paint.
- Use it for glitter jars and other sensory bottles.
- Construct arts and crafts like cardboard houses, masks, puppets, and more.
The natural adhesiveness of the baby food glue makes it the perfect versatile glue for endless DIY crafts and repairs around the home.
Storing Homemade Baby Food Glue
Like any homemade glue, proper storage is important for best results. Follow these tips:
- Store the glue in the refrigerator in an airtight container. The cold environment will keep it fresh.
- The glue will last for 1-2 weeks refrigerated.
- For longer storage, add a few drops of vegetable glycerine. This will extend the life to 1-2 months.
- If the glue separates, just stir the mixture before using to re-combine.
Always inspect the glue and throw away if any mold appears. Sticking to refrigerated storage will help prevent this.
Enjoying the Benefits
As a parent, repurposing leftover baby food into glue has become one of my favorite DIY projects. It reduces waste, saves money, and provides safe glue for endless creative crafts. Making it is incredibly easy. All it takes is a few basic ingredients blended together.
I love that my kids can participate in the process too. We have fun taking leftover pouches nobody wants to eat and transforming them into sticky glue ready for our next arts and crafts session. It makes them feel like tiny scientists!
So next time you’re left with extra baby food about to be tossed out, consider repurposing it into homemade glue instead. Your wallet, the planet, and your creative side will thank you.