Homemade Spray Starch Recipe

Why Look For A Homemade Spray Starch Recipe?

I really wanted to create a large scale mural for my daughter's room. I would have loved to have painted a mural onto the wall, but in our rental home this just was not possible. Removable sticker murals were just too expensive..averaging $200 plus Aussie dollars.

I wanted a cheap alternative. I love playing with fabrics and thought it would be great to be able to cut out pictures and create a fabric wall art mural.


What To Do?.......

Many years ago I remembered reading an article about the possibility of sticking fabric to walls to create bright, colorful, interesting wall art. The article mentioned using spray starch but never outlined where I could find it or how it could be made.

I spent a lot of my time walking through Australian supermarkets and craft stores trying to decide whether 'Fabulon' clothing spray would really work. Then through desperation I finally decided to google homemade spray starch and see what happened (why I did not do this sooner.....I have no idea...it would have saved me a lot of leg work and frustration)

There are many homemade spray starch recipes to be found on the internet. Nearly all of them are designed for the ironing of shirts and clothing.

So I adapted the recipe and played around with water and cornflour until I was happy with the thickness of the solution.

Another reason I love this homemade spray starch solution is it is all natural, just cornflour and water....NO HARSH CHEMICALS!

The result is below.....


Recipe....

  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 3 1/2 Cups Hot water
  • 3 Tablespoons Corn Flour

Mix 3 tablespoons of corn flour with the 1/4 cup of cold water.

Bring to the boil the 3 1/2 cups of cold water.

Add the corn flour paste to the hot water and stir in until mixed together. It will produce a cloudy liquid that is slightly thick.

Cool, then pour into a spray bottle.



How To Use The Solution.

  • Spray the solution onto the back of the fabric until it is wet.
  • Stick fabric up on the wall.
  • Using a soft cloth gently dab and press the fabric onto the wall, this will also wipe up any drips.

Tips & Tricks

  • If the nozzle clogs up, pour some of the starch liquid into a shallow bowl. Dip the fabric pieces into the solution and then place on the wall.
  • This homemade starch solution works really well with most thin to medium thick fabrics. I did try it with a thick fabric and it did not work. The fabric kept falling off the wall. It is a matter of trial and error.
  • After sticking the fabric to the wall make sure you gently dab the fabric with a soft cloth or you will have drip marks running down the wall.



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