Who needs an easy craft with stunning results? Then glue batik is for you! I geek out over all things handmade and batik is one of those gorgeous fabric arts that is impossible not to love. Traditional batik is done using wax but this method using glue is a tried and true favorite amongst crafters AND perfect for kids!
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Now we have tried glue batik before and the one thing I recommend you DO NOT do is use glue….wait, what? I mean white glue. White glue is incredibly hard to apply evenly but GEL GLUE is the perfect alternative! It flows easily out of the bottle and dries fairly quickly and is the only type of glue I recommend when using this technique.
If doing this project with kids I also recommend using smaller bits of fabric. My daughter and I once tried to glue batik t-shirts and it took FOREVER to cover them in glue which did not hold my daughter’s interest for very long. For this project we used small canvas bags which are perfect for short attention spans AND spring- take them along to an Easter party! To “springily” our batik we used an egg motif for some of the bags!
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Fabric Craft Idea: Glue Batik
- Step One Sketch outlines of design in pencil
- Step Two “Draw” with gel glue. Hint: Keep designs simple, the glue will spread out as it dries. If the lines are too close together they will blend.
- Step Three Let glue fully dry
- Step Four Paint over the designs with acrylic paint. Let dry.
- Step Five Wash in hot water in the washing machine to remove glue. Wash separately from other laundry!
Once you have this glue batik method down experiment! Try this on fabric scarves, shirts, larges bags…the sky’s the limit!
And be sure to check out more incredible spring and spring themed crafts at the HOP Fest!
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