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Glue Guide: Types & Applications

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 would include white glue (such as [easyazon_link identifier=”B000Q3KHCM” locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Elmer’s[/easyazon_link]) 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!
[easyazon_link identifier=”B001NN5T22″ locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Wood glue[/easyazon_link] 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.
Hot glue is a craft glue that comes in a solid form. It is heated in a [easyazon_link identifier=”B01MFB17FK” locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]glue gun[/easyazon_link] and can range from high to low temperature glue settings. Hot glue is good for lightweight materials such as fabric and temporary glue applications.
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000LGPD64″ locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Super glue[/easyazon_link] 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 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. [easyazon_link identifier=”B004E2Q2FM” locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Rubber cement[/easyazon_link] use to be the scrapbookers go to glue but now not so much with acid free options.
Fabric glue is similar to white glue but provides flexibility and wash resistance. Because [easyazon_link identifier=”B00178QSE6″ locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]fabric glue[/easyazon_link] is like white glue it can also be used on paper. You can find fabric glue in glue, spray, and webbing form.
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000PCWRMC” locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Spray adhesive[/easyazon_link] 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.
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00178QQJ8″ locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]Mod podge[/easyazon_link] 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.
[easyazon_link identifier=”B004BPHQWU” locale=”US” tag=”thgisli03-20″]CRAFT EPOXY[/easyazon_link] (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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Tuesday 18th of March 2014

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

Melissa Coleman

Tuesday 18th of March 2014

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.

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

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.


Monday 25th of February 2013

I agree it stinks but it works wonders!



Tuesday 19th of February 2013

I love my E6000 as well! It fixes everything!


Tuesday 19th of February 2013

I adore my glue gun!

Melissa @ This Girls Life

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

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