Monday, March 5, 2018

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Top 5 Craft Glues (That Aren't E6000)

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Typically when I'm searching for glue recommendations, all I find are people gushing about E6000.  Now don't get me wrong, I like E6000, a lot actually.  It's pretty great.  But there are so many other glues out there that deserve some love too.

So in honor of National Craft Month, here's my list of 5 Craft Glues that are amazing and aren't E6000.

Top 5 Craft Glues

1) Mod Podge


This one is probably an obvious one, but Mod Podge is really the greatest.  I use it on almost every project I have to a certain extent.  If you want to attach paper or fabric to anything that's not paper or fabric. you need Mod Podge!

I love that it has the sealer built into the formulas, which makes it so much better than watered down Elmer's Glue and worth the extra few bucks.  There's a formula for every project you could imagine, including Dishwasher Safe and Outdoor formulas.

If you're just getting started, the Matte formula is the best.  Other formulas can sometimes stay a bit tacky and require spray sealer, but I've never experienced that with the Matte formula, so it's the one I use the most.  Also, invest in some disposable brushes so you don't have to try to wash glue out of a good brush.



I also highly recommend the Mod Podge tool kit.  It comes with a roller and a squeegee, and I use that squeegee on every project I decoupage.   It's super useful for smoothing things out and getting into corners.  I don't use the roller as much, but it's for larger projects and most of mine are small.  It's nice to have for those furniture projects, though!



If you need some help with Mod Podge, Amy over at Mod Podge Rocks has some great tutorials.  It's a great place to start if you've never used it before.

2) Glue Gun


Another obvious addition, but so many people overlook the greatness of the simple glue gun.  There are several times that I've seen people try a super fancy glue when a glue gun with a strong glue stick will work perfectly well, and be easier to use!

And I love all the colors and styles glue guns come in!  Personally, I have the cordless one pictured below, but in the past I've had a purple and a yellow corded one that I used for years. Now that I have a cordless one though, I'll never go back.  The convenience is wonderful.  Ryobi even has one that uses a battery pack instead of a charging stand!



I also love all the accessories that you can get for glue sticks, like different tips for more detailed applications.

 

Glue sticks also come in a million different strengths, sizes, and colors, making them super versatile craft companions.  Gotta love all that glitter!



My personal favorite are the Surebonder Best Stiks.  They're stronger than regular glue sticks, and I use them for quite a few different types of projects.



3) Bond 527


This is one you may not have heard of, but it's one of my favs.  Bond 527 is somewhat thick, slighty runny, and super clear when it dries, so it's great for things like marble magnets and attaching clear pieces to paper for jewelry.  It cleans up easily with acetone and dries really fast.



4) Resin or Epoxy Glues


Need an unbreakable bond?  Use resin.  Resin glues, or two part epoxies, are crazy strong adhesives that provide a shatterproof and waterproof bond on everything from wood to metal to tile.  It's great for repairs and super for jewelry making.  The syringe versions like the one on the left are fine, but I've always found the two part tubes to be easier and less messy to use.  Just know you have to have something to mix it on that you don't mind throwing away! 



5) Gorilla Glue


A strong bond that doesn't require mixing can usually come from my last favorite, Gorilla Glue.  I typically use this type of glue for repairs around the house, but several of my DIY projects lately have used Gorilla Glue in some way and it's super handy to have around.



Gorilla Glue in it's original form is a type of super glue, but it comes in all kinds of forms now, including glue sticks, two part epoxies, contact cement, and construction adhesive.



That's my list!  So what are your favorite types of glue?  Let me know!

Top 5 Craft Glues

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50 comments:

  1. Honestly, I've always loved Mod Podge. I use it on everything LOL

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  2. You've got a huge summary there. One question on the glue guns - does it stick card to card well? I mean are the glue sticks a bit thick when it comes out? I want to use some on handmade cards but I'm a bit hesitant. Thanks for the great post!

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    1. Hey Deborah! I've actually never used a glue gun on card stock before. I have adhesive rollers I use for paper crafting. They're permanent, clean, and don't wrinkle the paper. But if you want to use the glue sticks for embellishments, I'd test it out on some scraps first to see if you get the results that you want :-)

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  3. I had no idea that there were that many glue options. Glue gun is my go to and now I'm going to have to order all those fun colors.

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  4. Modge Podge, Gorilla Glue and my hot glue gun are staples for this crafty girl!! Thanks for the ideas on the others - I've never used them before, but might look for them next time!

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  5. This post is fabulous ! Thanks for all the glue tips. I'm always crafting up something or other and it's nice to have some glue options... I can't wait to try the ones I haven't used before

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  6. I’ll definitely have to book mark this for my next trip to Hobby Lobby. So many good glue choices I didn’t know about.

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  7. Oh my goodness, I didn't know they made glitter and colored glue sticks! I am not great at crafting but I might need a glue gun and some cool glue now!

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    1. Aren't they awesome?! They make me want to glitter EVERYTHING!

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  8. oh definitely saving this for my future kids!!! what a great breakdown too :)

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  9. This is great! I use hot glue all of the time, but I have a project that needs epoxy. I'll have to check these out. Thank you!

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  10. I've heard of Mod Podge for years but never tried it until a couple of months ago. Its a really great product.

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  11. I use glue gun, easy to use for my DIYs. I heard so much of mod podge but I haven't tried using it. Thanks for sharing this post.

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  12. Whoah, Good to know. I really miss crafting and this post is a reminder. Now, Where did I put my glue, scissors and colored papers? Happy Crafting!

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  13. I used a lot of glue for home, be it craft or mending shoes. I really wanted to get one of glue gun for handicraft as it look so simple and fun using it. Ryobi looks good but not sure I can accept the price.

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    1. Yeah I hear you there. I just can't justify the Ryobi yet.

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  14. I'm not much of a crafter but I'll be sure to send this to my crafty friends! Thanks for sharing :)

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  15. Glue makes creating fun and easy! My fave tool is the glue gun but I was not aware they make color glue sticks now. That’s genius!!! Thanks 🙏🏼💝 xo, Evelyn, PathofPresence 🦋

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  16. Wow, I had no idea there were so many types of glue. I always use hot clue or just your basic Elmers. I'll have to keep all these in mind the next time I'm crafting. Thank you for the insight!

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  17. I am 100% not a craft person AT ALL. I actually really wish I were but I was not born with that bone in my body. I certainly hope my kid(s) have creative bones because I think it's really important to have hobbies!

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  18. I had no ide about these. So many types of glue :) I o=nly use Glue Gun. I have to take note of these and try looking for each one.

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  19. I didn't know that they made colour and glitter glue guns! So cool. I want one hehe

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  20. I am a fan of Gorilla! Who knew there were so many different glue options out there to choose from!?

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    1. I know right? It was actually hard to pick just 5!

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  21. I do love a good glue gun and the only reason why I would recommend them so highly is because I watch RPDR. Ru Paul's Drag Race Queens use hot glue i.e glue guns to make their costumes and they always look fab so I would definitely recommend it for crafts!

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    1. I had no idea that was a thing! Just goes to show how versatile glue guns really are!

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  22. I need to save this for when my daughter is doing her many crafts! Great resource.

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  23. This is a great list. I love the items you picked. I’m going to have to try some of these for sure.

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  24. Gorilla Glue ROCKS! And I had no idea there was a) a Mod-Podge TOOL!?! and b) different formulas including for things like dishwasher-safe; will DEFINITELY have to look for those! Pinning this for future reference!

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    1. The Dishwasher safe is relatively new and I was SO EXCITED about it! And the tool kit helps soooo much <3

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  25. love mode dodge and I used to use my glue gun for everything, lol. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Thanks for this list! The warning label and heavy odor of E6000 always give me pause.

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  27. We love using Mod Podge and Glue Guns for DIY craft projects. Thanks for sharing these reviews.

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  28. Thank you for this post. I do have the E6000 but also a glue gun. I guess you can tell I'm not a pro because I didn't know there were different tips and colors. I am going to keep my eyes open next time I'm looking at craft supplies.

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  29. I don't know how many times I've used Mod Podge in the past when I was a kid to glue my puzzles together! Now I more so stick to my handy hot glue gun!

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  30. I have no clue what e6000 is at all. I guess I am not that big of a crafter but this seems pretty doable.

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  31. We use the hot glue gun and gorilla glue a lot at our house. I am always fixing a broken toy!

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  32. These are some great ideas, we have always loved glue gun. Would love to try the other options.

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  33. That's actually very useful! Thank you very much for sharing!

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  34. This is very useful to know, I'm always lost when choosing the best glue, as it's hard to say unless you try it!

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  35. All great suggestions! I've never thought to use quite a few of these!

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  36. I love these suggestions! Recently I've been suing Mod Podge and it hasn't failed me. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. I am mod-podge lovers for life. I use it for everything. especially my glitter vases

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  38. I really didn't know that there are so many glue options available in the market...I might be living under the rock! ;) I am going to pin it to refer to this later!

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  39. Oh I love the glue sticks. And i didnt know that we have many glue sticks to chose. It's so colorful. They are all good products.

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  40. Who knew glue sticks had colors?! I surely didn't and I love crafting. Awesome list. Definitely gonna look at more crafts now.

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  41. These are some really cool craft tools. I have never really been much into crafting until I had kids so need to look into these.

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