Glue Guide: Types & Applications

by Melissa

 
There are all sorts of craft adhesives. Sometimes it can get quite overwhelming trying to figure out what to use for which project.
 
Glue is glue right? Well, not really! Keep reading to find out what sticks to what and my pick for the best glue for most projects.
 
There are so many types and applications of glue that it can be overwhelming. This glue guide shows you how to pick the right glue for the right job.
 
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CRAFT GLUE
Craft glue would include white glue (such as Elmer’s) and glue sticks. This type of glue is good for porous and semi-porous surfaces such as paper, plastic, styrofoam and fabric. This type of glue is good for light projects. Kid-friendly!
 
WOOD GLUE
Wood glue is a craft glue similar to white glue but specifically created to adhere to wood. It penetrates the wood in order to create a strong bond. This type of glue is good for wood projects.
 
GLUE GUN
Hot glue is a craft glue that comes in a solid form. It is heated in a glue gun and can range from high to low temperature glue settings. Hot glue is good for lightweight materials such as fabric and temporary glue applications.
 
SUPER GLUE
Super glue creates an instant bond between two non-porous materials. This type of glue is good for metal, plastic and rubber. This glue is toxic and should be used with care, keep away from children.
 
RUBBER CEMENT
Rubber cement is an adhesive made from latex polymers mixed with acetone or other solvents. It is a liquid used to mainly adhere paper that is easily wrinkled. Rubber cement use to be the scrapbookers go to glue but now not so much with acid free options.
 
FABRIC GLUE
Fabric glue is similar to white glue but provides flexibility and wash resistance. Because fabric glue is like white glue it can also be used on paper. You can find fabric glue in glue, spray, and webbing form.
 
SPRAY ADHESIVE
Spray adhesive is dispersed from a aerosol can and sprays droplets of glue. This type of glue is best for lightweight projects and materials such as paper and fabric.
 
MOD PODGE
Mod podge is a glue made for collaging and decoupaging. It is great for bonding and sealing. It is very similar to white glue but can be used specifically as a protective sealer. This product comes in various finishes such as matte, gloss, and satin.
 
CRAFT EPOXY (best glue for most projects)
Epoxies are extremely durable and waterproof. They work great for surfaces such as metal, ceramics and plastics. For crafters who need something glued this is the product I would recommend simply because it can hold together so many things (wood, leather, rubber, plastic, glass, metal, even concrete!). This glue is toxic, keep away from children.
 
 

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Lisa February 19, 2013 - 12:38 PM

I adore my glue gun!

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Melissa @ This Girls Life February 19, 2013 - 4:16 PM

Glue guns are fun, though I don’t find I use mine on many projects.

xoxo,
Melissa

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Jasmine February 19, 2013 - 4:31 PM

I love my E6000 as well! It fixes everything!

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Gina @ MoneywiseMoms February 20, 2013 - 3:27 PM

I love E6000 too, but not the smell! I am always trying to find a good way to organize all my adhesives to keep them hidden from the kids but be able to find what I need for projects.

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Melissa February 25, 2013 - 4:36 PM

I agree it stinks but it works wonders!

xoxo,
Melissa

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Sheila March 18, 2014 - 3:57 PM

Can anyone advise the best glue to use with felt, haven’t found one that adheres permanently yet – very frustrating!

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Melissa Coleman March 18, 2014 - 6:16 PM

Depending on what you are gluing it to I would suggest fabric glue or a low setting hot glue gun. You have to be careful with felt because glue can soak through and then when it dries it will leave spots.

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