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I may have *slightly* enjoyed reading Bea Johnson’s Zero Waste Home book. I am slowly working my way through all her homemade alternatives to plastic items – and my favourite to date is definitely homemade *not pva* glue!

A bit about Bea 

If you’ve not come across Bea before, do check her out. She’s got tips and tricks for just about everything in life, and has an interesting story having had it all and deciding to downsize in every area.

Bea is French but lives in America and has the most amazing accent, check out the videos on her site. You can buy her book as an e-book or paperback but I love having mine as a handy reference to use on a regular basis (I do not get any money from giving her this much praise her book is just so inspiring I can’t not tell you this!).

Directions for Bea’s Glue



  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 1tbsp white vinegar


  1. Bring 1/2 cup water to a boil
  2. Slowly whisk in 1 tablespoon white flour and 1 tablespoon cornflour

3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened.

4.Remove from heat and dilute with 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

5.Store in a small glass jar and apply with a natural bristle paintbrush.

Why is the glue good?

  • It works as well as PVA,
  • it has excellent consistency and stickiness (I’m sure there’s a scientific word for this),
  • it’s not harmful if eaten (by mistake or out of sheer curiosity by tiny people,
  • the best thing is it’s CHEAP!

Because of the way we clean our house now, white vinegar is always available, and cornflour and flour are store cupboard staples.

My little people have taken to this new glue extremely well – in fact I think they are very happy that they now are allowed to do more gluing than ever before!! Our wee girl who is now 5 (where has the time gone..!) has just started school and has now entered the phase where she’s always to be found drawing/writing/cutting/gluing something or other! We have instituted a policy whereby a piece of paper is not ‘done’ until both sides are completely used up, so as you may imagine we make full use of all the papers which come home from school (single sided) on a daily basis.



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