How To Choose The Best Glue For Your Craft Projects

27/09/2021 Off By Alina Novikova

So many crafts, so little time, right? One of the challenging parts of crafting is picking out the perfect supplies. And when it comes to glue, it can be kind of confusing to know which glue is right for your DIY project. Put together this list of some of our favourite glues and why they are best for the different crafts you do.

How To Choose The Right Glue For Crafts.

Now you can take the guesswork out of choosing an adhesive in the craft store aisle and put that time and energy back into making stuff! Here are some insights on choosing glue and some of my top personal faves.

A Little Background On Glues A.K.A. Nerding Out On Glues.

  • Not all glues are created equal and while most crafters have a favourite go-to, they need different glues for various surfaces and DIY needs. There’s not really a “one glue fits all” solution for crafting and DIYs.
  • The process of making glue is extremely scientific. Check out this article from Explain That Stuff that shares the history of adhesive and forces in glue.
  • When it comes down to picking the right glue it really is about finding the adhesive that will bond “this surface to that surface” as well as other considerations like flexibility and how it holds up in varying weather temperatures. There are many formulations of glue from water-based (white glue) to polyurethane (Gorilla Glue) to hot glue. Each serves a uniquely different bonding need.

 

 

Before You Begin Working With Glue.

When it comes to picking the right craft glue, always do a little test. In fact, from favourite picks below encourage you to do a practice project to try out a new glue. Did you know that craft companies that make glue oftentimes do “this to that” tests so they know exactly how their glues bond on different surfaces?

If you’re an avid crafter, this may be a fun investigative project for you to try so you gain insight into what your glues can do. If you simply can’t test your surface before you glue it, try the glue on a small out-of-sight area of your project so you can have some idea of the results you can expect.

Beacon 3 In 1 Glue.

  • Scrapbookers and paper crafters absolutely love this glue because it doesn’t buckle the paper upon application and it bonds embellishments on quickly and securely.
  • This glue is great for plastic, wood, and acetate and is a favourite adhesive for model-making, dioramas, or batch producing crafts to give or sell.
  • This glue dries quickly, but you have a little open time to shift your surfaces around after you adhere to them.
  • It is also pretty forgiving; if you get excess glue on your project simply roll it off with your finger after the glue is dry.
  • The only downside to this glue is that it sometimes can flow out once opened so get that cap back on ASAP.

 

Tacky Glue.

  • It’s the ideal glue for decorating dollhouses, making crepe paper flowers, or even glueing yarn to styrofoam.
  • This thick glue stays tacky while drying so you have time to reposition your craft if needed.
  • Sometimes the bottle can be a little difficult to squeeze, so keep your bottle upright (with the cap on) when not in use. This way your glue is always ready when you need it.

 

Elmer’s Glue.

  • Elmers works well with classroom craft staples like construction paper, popsicle sticks, tissue paper and more.
  • The best use for Elmer’s these days is in making slime! Slime can get pretty really expensive since the entire bottle of glue is used, and Elmer’s is a good choice because of the price point and it is a safe and non-toxic product trusted by moms, teachers, and kids alike.
  • Available in white, clear, glitter, and glow formulations, there’s a lot of options to choose from.

 

Hot Glue

  • As soon as the glue is released from the chamber it only takes a few seconds for the glue to go from gooey to hard.
  • Since the ’80s hot glue has been an ideal choice for making wreaths, hair bows, glass gem jars, and floral crafts, but generally isn’t the best glue solution for small crafts with detail precision.
  • The name hot glue says it all and many crafters still have hot glue battle scars, but many options like this one by Surebonder offer both hot and cool temps.
  • Regardless, hot glue is best for adult use or heavy adult supervision.

 

An eminently versatile and often overlooked tool, hot glue guns are handy for everything from kids’ crafts to fabric-based interior design projects like creating homemade lampshades and headboards. Unlike with other types of glue that require a significant amount of time to bond (sometimes hours), a hot glue gun dispenses a melted adhesive that bonds as it cools – usually in less than a minute.

Whether you’re looking to buy your first glue gun or upgrade to a new and better model, continue now for our tips on choosing the best hot glue gun for your project needs, as well as our roundup of top tool picks.

When it comes to glue guns, power and heat go hand in hand. More wattage means a hotter glue gun, faster healing, and the ability to stay hot longer while you’re working. A rating of 10 to 20 watts is common for low-temperature glue guns. High-temp guns start at 20 watts of heating power and can go as high as 100 watts or more. If a project requires a lot of glue, such as creating a heavy wreath from pine cones, you’ll have less downtime if you use a high-temperature gun with 60 watts or more. You can still create the wreath with a low-temperature gun, but you might have to wait a minute or so after attaching each cone to allow the gun to heat up again.

For years, the only type of glue gun on the market had to be plugged into a wall outlet, but the new kids on the block are cordless models operating on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery or disposable butane cartridges. Cordless models make it possible to reach spots where an outlet isn’t available, such as glueing down that loose shingle on the garden shed. A single butane cartridge or a fully charged 18-volt battery will power a glue gun for approximately two to three hours.