Luvi Silverberg
November 11, 2022

How to Make Dirt Glue


Making dirt glue is a great kids craft. It’s a really easy way to recycle your old CDs, and it’s also a good way to get rid of all those empty plastic bottles in your recycling bin. I love making this craft with my son because he gets to explore his creative side as well as play around with science (sometimes without even realizing it!).

Ingredients for Dirt Glue

You're going to need:

  • 2 tbsp of dirt

  • 1/4 cup of water

  • food coloring (optional)

Directions: 1. Take two tablespoons of dirt and place in a bowl. 2. Mix in about 1/4 cup water until the mixture is damp but not wet (you may need more or less depending on how dry the dirt was). 3. Add food coloring, if desired, and mix thoroughly.

Stuff you will need

  • Glue (white school glue, Elmer's glue)

  • Water

  • Dirt (you can use dry dirt or wet/damp dirt)

You will also need:

  • Paint. I recommend acrylic paint or tempera paint. You can use craft paints too, but they’re not as opaque as acrylics or temperas. You absolutely need a darker color like black or brown to start with so you end up with a dark brown-ish color when the project is done! If you don’t have any paint on hand, it’s fine to just skip this part :)

  • Food coloring—I used Wilton gel food coloring in black and brown. You could also use liquid watercolor paints if you prefer those over gels (just be careful not to use too much). The important thing is that there aren't any dyes added into your dirt glue because these might ruin its stickiness for future projects!

Step 1

First, mix the flour and water together in a large bowl. Add the salt and stir until it dissolves completely. Add the baking soda and stir until dissolved.

Add vinegar and stir until fully combined.

Step 2

Once you've added the glue to your bowl, it's time to add water. You'll need about 2 cups of water for every cup of glue. Stir until all of the ingredients are dissolved and well-mixed.

Use a paintbrush or spoon to mix in dirt as needed; if your dirt is too finely sifted, consider adding some larger rocks or sticks before making the final product.

Step 3

Once you've added all of the ingredients, mix well. If you want to add food coloring, do so now.

After mixing everything together and adding in your desired colors (if any), set aside to dry out. You can speed up this process by placing it under a lamp or in a warm place.

Making dirt glue is a great kids craft.

Making dirt glue is a great kids craft. It's easy to make, it's fun to make and it's a great way to recycle!

Dirt glue works just like any other glue and can be used on paper or fabric. The only difference is that the ingredients are dirt and water. In this activity you'll learn how to make dirt glue out of two simple ingredients: sand or soil (that you have permission to use) and water.

Dirt Glue Ingredients:


The dirt glue can also be used to make fake rocks or even a mini garden. It is easy to make and fun to play with. The kids can get creative while playing with this craft project, which makes it perfect for summertime activities!