As a crafter I use A LOT of glue. Like, so so sooo much.
After awhile you start to have favorites, and realize that not all glues, are created equal. Sometimes certain projects require a certain type of glue, and not all substitutions will work.
Over the years, I have gathered my favorite glues, tried and tested and true. It’s sort of silly to me, to write a blog post about glue, but I get asked so often what type of glue I use for each project, that I figured I’d share with everyone.
This type of glue can come in all sorts of brands and stick sizes. I use an old Surebonder that I got from my mom, years ago. When it comes to the sticks themselves, I am not picky. I prefer non-yellowing sticks that dry as “clear” as possible, with little white residue left behind. I also prefer the longest stick I can purchase, because reloading the glue gun with sticks is super annoying. Currently I am using Multi Temp Full Size sticks from Ad Tech.
Hot glue is great for quick projects, and I often use hot glue to bond multiple mediums together when making headbands, clips, or bows. It can be very hot, but it bonds quickly and lets me move on to other things without a huge wait time. I typically use hot glue on silk flowers, felt or fabric, but on occasion I’ve used it with wood and glass too. It’s a great multi craft glue and the only downside is the heat element, making it not so kid friendly.
This glue is my favorite glue when it comes to bonding felt and fabric. It’s very easy to find and sold in most craft stores. It sticks really well and dries clear, leaving very little residue behind. Not only does it dry very quickly, but it’s washable, making it ideal for appliques on clothing or accessories. This is the ultimate glue for felt, as it is not bulky, like hot glue, and is great for making busy book pages and other flat crafts. It also bonds together wood, but I’ve never used it that way. It is extremely flammable and has a very strong odor, as it contains acetone. Older kid friendly.
Although used primarily as a temporary fabric adhesive, for appliques, bead work and sequins, I use it differently. I like to mix this with a little water and use it as a “refresh” for my Cricut cutting mats. When my mats start to lose their stickiness, I brush the mixture on them and let them dry overnight. When dry, I “de-sticky” them with the palm of my hand a few times and the mats are ready to be used again!
This glue, in the 2 oz bottle, is perfect for glittering pretty much anything. The tip allows for precise lines and decorations. I’ve also used it with a small paint brush to cover entire sections and shapes. It grabs the glitter very well and causes very little flaking and fallout. A must have for glitter enthusiasts. Very kid friendly, just be careful with the whole “glittering” part, that stuff gets everywhere! It’s the STD of craft supplies.
The most kid friendly of all the glues on my list, Elmer’s is a MUST have for moms and kids who craft. It very easily bonds paper, and is non-toxic and safe for little fingers. It’s washable, dries clear and doesn’t get everywhere. I rarely chose this when crafting because I don’t feel it bonds anything but construction paper very well, but if that’s all you’re doing, it’s a definite must have.
I love this glue as a sealer for any type of college project, on almost any surface. I’ve “mod podged” clay pots, poster board and wood all very easily. It’s very kid and craft friendly, and great for saving puzzles or adding texture to projects. An entire tub of Mod Podge will last you forever! In fact, I usually only have to buy more because my old one dried up.
Of all the E-6000 glues, Quick Hold is my favorite! It’s the best stuff to use to bond metals and plastics together, cabochon appliques and any type of jewelry making. It dries fast and clear and works incredibly well. It’s acid free, waterproof and isn’t gloopy and thick. It isn’t very kid friendly, and is flammable with a harsh smell, but it’s a good thing to have if you make jewelry.
Feel free to share your favorite glues in the comments below, with what projects you use them with! I am always open to expanding my glue family! Haha!