How To Make Wafer Paper Edible Glue

Edible glue that’s made from wafer paper is what I use for wafer paper flowers, but it behaves in a specific way that might not be what you’re looking for..

It might not be appropriate for what you want to use it for, so read on to find out what to watch out for if you use this kind of edible glue!

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How to make wafer paper glue.

Wafer paper glue is made from wafer paper and water, so it’s basically a starch-based edible glue.

You can use plain or colored wafer paper, so it’s a good way to use up the scraps of paper that you always end up with.

  • Take some wafer paper scraps and put them in a container. They don’t need to be really small but it’s best to tear them up. 
  • Cover the wafer paper with distilled water or boiled water and stir or shake the container. You want to get the wafer paper wet and leave some water in the mix.
  • The more water in the mix, the looser the glue will be when it’s finished gelling up.
  • Let the mixture set overnight to gel.
  • If it’s too thick, stir some more water into it to thin it out. If it’s too runny, add some more wafer paper scraps.
  • Make the edible glue as thick as you want it to be.

Things to watch out for.

  • When you use wafer paper glue it dries hard, and it can make the area that’s been glued darker. If you’re using it for wafer paper flowers to attach the petals, try to keep the glue on the base of the flower so that it won’t be very visible.
  • Wafer paper glue isn’t good for attaching cake wraps together if you’re wrapping a cake. It will make the paper stiff in that spot and it can often warp if a little.
  • If you want to make the glue less visible make it from chips of paper that are the same color as what you’ll be gluing.
  • Wafer paper glue isn’t the best for attaching everything…Chocolate and other things that have a slick surface (like isomalt) might not hold very well. For fondant you might want to try making glue from the fondant itself: Making fondant edible glue
  • You do need to let the paper absorb the water and turn into a gel, or it won’t be sticky enough to use. It takes time for that to happen, so plan on giving it time before you use the glue.

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