I don’t remember how I got this idea but I decided to cover shoes with girl faces cut out from magazines using a flexible glue recipe. I loved making and wearing super unique and weird stuff like a twister dress.
I had lots of fun finding the craziest faces I could find from all sorts of magazines. I had leather shoes to cover, but I couldn’t think of a way to glue them on. Most glue isn’t flexible so it wouldn’t work. I tried using Mod Podge, but it just cracked and peeled right off.
My dad did some searching found a recipe for bookbinding and leather glue which worked out perfectly because it was flexible! The glue is applied with a brush. It dries when it cools, and it’s a little bit shiny.
Here is the recipe for the glue:
Bookbinding or Leather Glue: FLexible Glue Recipe
- 1 packet (¼ ounce) unflavored gelatin
- 3 tablespoon Boiling water
- 1 tablespoon Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Glycerin
In a pan add the gelatin to boiling water. Stir well until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
Add the vinegar and the glycerin. Stir until well mixed.
This recipe makes about 1/3 cup. For larger projects, you’ll need to double the recipe.
How to use it:
While the glue is still in liquid form, apply a thin layer with a brush. This waterproof glue is excellent for binding leather to leather. (Or paper to leather)
It also makes a good flexible glue for use on paper, or for gluing cloth to cardboard for making notebook binders or scrapbooks.
Store in a tightly capped plastic or glass jar, this glue will keep for several months. It will gel in the bottle after a few days. Warm bottle in hot water to reuse glue.