How to Make Fake Food With Elmers Glue

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School projects, pretend kitchens and even commercials need fake food. Elmer's Glue is popular for arts and crafts, and school projects, but the white glue is also a key ingredient in making a number of different clays and recipes for fake food. Here are two recipes to make dough with Elmer's glue. There is even a recipe for glue paint so you can add color to the food as desired.

Bread Dough

Mix the Elmer's Glue, bread and food coloring together in a small bowl. Knead the mixture for several minutes.

Add one or two drops of food coloring if desired.

Roll, mold or pinch the batter into the desired shapes. Let the shapes air dry completely.

Paint the hardened food shapes with glue paint if desired.

Glue Dough

Measure equal parts of Elmer's Glue, flour and corn starch. It is very important that you measure exactly. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl.

Mix and knead the mixture until it is well-blended. Add the food coloring by drops if desired. If the mixture is too dry, add a drop of glue. If the mixture is too moist, add additional equal parts of flour and corn starch until the dough is at the consistency you desire.

Mold or cut the dough into your desired shapes. When they are dried completely, the pieces can be painted with glue paint if desired.

Glue Paint

Place an appropriate amount of glue (enough to cover the entire item) into a bowl. For example, if you are painting an apple, use one tablespoon of glue.

Add drops of food color to the glue until the desired hue is achieved. You will want to put at least five drops into each bowl for optimal color.

Paint the glue onto the pieces of food. Let the paint dry completely before using the food.

Things You'll Need

  • Bread Dough:
  • 1 slice finely crumbled fresh bread (crust removed)
  • 1 tablespoon Elmer's Glue
  • Food color (optional)
  • Glue Dough:
  • 1 part Elmer's Glue All
  • 1 part white flour
  • 1 part corn starch
  • Food color (optional)
  • Glue Paint:
  • Elmer's Glue All
  • Food coloring
  • Paint brushes
  • Bowls


  • If needed, you can bake the glue dough shapes in the oven at 200 degrees to help them dry more quickly.

    Ingredient measurements of ¼ cup glue, ¼ cup flour and ¼ cup cornstarch will give you a tennis ball-sized amount of glue dough.