It would be safe to assume that everyone has licked at least an envelope and a stamp at one time in his/her life. It is the surest way of closing an envelope and making a stamp stick. However, running your tongue over that glued strip on the envelope flap can pose some danger. Your tongue can get a nasty paper cut from the sharp edge of the envelope. Ouch. Have you ever wondered what the ingredients are for this sticky, sweet glue? Can you make this type of glue at home and be assured that you are using materials safe enough to lick?
Are you one of those who like making your own envelopes and want something else to use as sealant other than paste, double-sided adhesives or the plain sticky tape? You can make envelope and stamp glue from a few readily available ingredients from your kitchen and office supplies.
Here are the ingredients that you will need:
- Method 1: white glue, white vinegar, flavoring agents (cinnamon, vanilla, almond or peppermint extract), sterile paintbrush (width depends on paper size), paper, envelopes
- Method 2: packets of unflavored gelatin, white vinegar, flavoring agents, sterile paintbrush (width depends on paper size), paper, envelopes
For Method 1:
- Mix equal parts of white vinegar and white glue.
- Add the flavoring agent of your choice and stir until you get an even consistency.
- Apply a thin coat of the mixture on the back of your paper using a sterilized paintbrush
- Hang the paper to dry.
- Store the leftover mixture in an airtight container.
For Method 2:
- Get all the paper that you are going to use.
- Boil some white vinegar. You will need one-third cup of near boiling white vinegar.
- Dissolve four packets of unflavored gelatin into the white vinegar and add your flavoring agent. Stir thoroughly to mix all the ingredients.
- You have to work fast when you are using this method since the glue will gel when it starts to cool. You can keep it warm by placing your bowl that contains the paste in a pan of boiling water. Apply an even thin layer of the paste over your paper using a sterilized paintbrush. When using large sheets of paper, then it wiser and more economical to use a wider brush.
- Allow your paper to thoroughly dry either by hanging them or laying them on a flat surface. Just weigh down the corners so they are not blown away by the wind and end up sticking together.
- You cannot keep the leftovers. So make sure prepare enough for the amount of paper that you need.
It does not take too much to be able to make this type of glue at home. Observe some caution when using the white glue and vinegar mixture especially if small children are going to use this. It will be better if they use damp sponges to moisten the paper. On the other hand, do not overdo the flavoring on the gelatin and vinegar mix. Children might like the flavor too much and end up eating the paper instead.