Starch it up

Starch it up

May 26, 2013



For some reason the ribbon that was up on the wall came down. (I blame Wally. He knows where the snacks are.)

When I painted the kitchen years ago, I stuck the ribbon up with liquid starch, but I’m out of liquid starch. Fortunately, it’s a thing you can make! Water, corn starch, and heat.

I did this when I played with the duvet and fan, because I wanted to make an actual cave. (They do that with concrete fabric, y’know.) This time I just needed a little.


At this point it was just a slurry. Please note that I added more than this and it was WAY too much starch.


Next, nuking it at 30-second intervals. This is when it got interesting. Bleh!! See those clear-ish globules? That’s cooked starch.


A couple more rounds in the microwave and I had a pretty stiff batch of goop. (See above) Gross. I added a little water, smeared some on the back of the ribbon, and stuck it back up. I used the handle of the stirring spoon to push the last little bit in.


Then I threw away a bunch of goop.  That, my friends, was Sunday.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “Starch it up”

  1. Kristi Said on:

    Does the starch work on cats? I’m thinking this is an excellent time-out method for improper kitty behavior.


  2. Peggy Said on:

    I never knew such ingredients acted as a glue.

    Could I hem pants with this stuff? I’m all thumbs with a needle & thread.


  3. Brad Said on:

    The banner picture makes me think of lemon meringue pie. Mmmm…


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