Ten Genius Things You Can Do with a Glue Gun
Make Glue Gun Art
1. Hem Pants
You're in a rush and just realized your hem has gone down for the count. Get out that glue gun and go to town. Later on, just peel the dots of glue off or leave it on while you sew. Use only small dabs and not full lines of glue: This makes removing the glue easier, and it won't stain the clothing. When I have done this in the past, I usually forget, and the glue just remains unseen. Washing the clothing has no effect on the glue's adhesion.
2. Fix Buttons
You're running out the door and notice you have a button that is about to fall off. No time to sew it? Just run some hot glue over the threads and go. Your button will stay in place, and when you have time to sew it, the glue will just pop off the plastic. Unlike clear nail polish, the hot glue won't damage the button.
3. Emboss Cards
The glue gun is perfect for embossing just about anything: In other words, it adds a decorative raised ridge to any surface. Once you are happy with how it looks, just apply nail polish over it for a high gloss lacquer finish or use a colored stick. You can also use a glitter stick.
Embossing can be done in several ways. You can write words or draw a design on a flat, nonporous surface, let it dry, and peel it up. You can then attach your design to a card with a little bit of glue. This way you can trim it to perfection.
Another way is just to write directly on the card itself. The only problem with this is that hot glue on paper doesn't clean off well if you make a mistake. It usually takes some of the paper with it if you remove it.
4. Make Expensive-Looking Christmas Ornaments
Glue guns are great on glass and if you make a mistake, just peel it off. Apply it to the outside of plain glass Christmas ornaments to give them a 3-D effect. I usually use colored or glitter glue.
If you don't have the right colors, you can use clear glue and then apply nail polish over it. You can apply glitter while the glue is wet or afterward using some gloss mod podge glue.
5. Halloween Spider Webbing
Most crafters hate those threads you get using low temp guns, but even high temp guns will spin webs for you, so why not use it to your advantage at Halloween? Apply a dab of hot glue to anchor the web and while blowing on the glue, pull it to a different anchor point. Keep repeating it until your web is done. When Halloween is over, just run your hand through the glue, and it cleans up fast.
6. Create Scrapbook Embellishments
I bought a silicone mold, and it was so delicate that I was never able to make anything from it. That was until I used the glue gun. No matter how delicate the mold, the glue gun captured the design perfectly. Apply nail polish as a final step and you have the perfect embellishment in just minutes.
If you want, you can use two different colors of hot glue in the mold, just be careful not to overfill it. (I have put in too much glue, and the embellishment didn't sit right on the paper.) It's best to underfill rather than overfill. Make sure the glue gets into all the corners. You can do this by taping the mold against the table surface.
Another trick is to dip the tip of the glue gun into the flow of the glue and not above it. If the glue is allowed to drip, it cools slightly and doesn't flow as well. I use the tip of my hot gun to keep it flowing. Test your mold material first before you do this. If the gun is too hot, it can melt the plastic on some molds.
It is fine to use plastic candy molds. You may want to use a drop of mold-release such as cooking spray: It won't effect the embellishment, and it prevents the glue from sticking to the plastic of the candy mold.
7. Create a Mold in Seconds
Do you like to use polymer clay? Or maybe you do cake decorating? Did you know that instead of buying expensive molds, you can make them with hot glue for only pennies? Squirt out a large dollop of hot glue and then push whatever it is that you want to mold into it. Wait for it to harden and you have your mold. This works best with smaller objects because the glue cools quickly.
If you're going to make molds, use high temp glue. It flows easier than low temp and stays liquid longer, so you have time to make a larger dollop and set your object.
You can also make the mold but color in the area where the object was with a sharpie marker for a different-looking embellishment.
8. Decorate Windows for Holidays
9. Make Jewelry
Hot glue makes wonderful jewelry. We made a bracelet entirely of hot glue. Kids love it!
10. Kill Bugs!
I know this sounds crazy, but it's the best way to kill bugs. I live in the desert and we have some of the fastest and most venomous spiders and bugs in the country. In the summer, I find black widows almost everywhere and we just found a brown desert recluse sitting on our toilet paper roll. Get that glue gun. You can render the bug harmless in seconds. It works on lines of ants, too.
How to Create a Gingerbread or Fairy House from Only Glue Sticks
- How To Create A Gingerbread or Fairy House Out Of Glue Sticks
This came out so cute I am making them for my friends, too. You don't need much in the way of supplies. I highly recommend using your largest glue gun. I set up my high temp gun for this project and used large All Temperature glue sticks.
Step-by-Step Tutorial How to Make a Glue Stick Christmas Tree
- How to Make a Mini Christmas Tree with Only a Glue Gun
I created this little tree for my fairy garden.
Do You Own A Glue Gun?
Stanley Brand Is One of the Best Glue Guns on the Market
I highly recommend the Stanley Trigger Feed gun. It's a high-quality, low-price gun that does not fall apart. The heat element is excellent quality and it doesn't overheat and burn out. You can use high temp or multi temp sticks.
What Is the Difference between Hot and Low Temp Glue Guns?
Use a high heat gun when you are working with metal and wood. High heat glue sticks are harder and a little stronger. Low temp can be used on paper and plastics.
A note on glue gun burns: I have been working with glue guns since I was a young teen and even though I use them all the time, I still get burned. The temp of a high temp gun is over 300 degrees while a low temp is around 170 degrees. There is a huge difference between being burned by a high temp gun and a low temp one. When I work with a high temp gun, I keep ice water next to me. The burns can be severe and will continue to burn until the glue hardens. If you try to pull it off, it doesn't work, and you get burned on the hand you use to pull the glue off with as well. But if you dunk the hand immediately in the ice water, you can halt the burn and remove the glue faster. Keep ice water on hand at all times.
Children should not work alone with high temp guns.
Don't Forget the Glitter
Glitter glue sticks are great for creating embossed greeting cards. They can also add sparkle to fabric without the mess of paint.
Glow-in-the-Dark Hot Glue
Use the glow-in-the-dark glue sticks to make a glowing web for added Halloween horror. I can add this stuff to anything to make it glow. The sticks are a bit small, so keep that in mind. It's a specialty item so it's harder to find. Around Halloween, I stock up and use it throughout the year.