Which Craft Glue Is Best For Your Project?

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Have you ever noticed how many different glues are available for you to purchase?

It can be a bit mind boggling to figure out which one would be the best one to buy for your particular craft project.

I have used several different varieties of craft glue and have come to love a few different kinds which I now use extensively.

Here is my guide, straight from my craft room, to help you determine which craft glue to use for your next project:

1.  E6000:

E6000 craft glue

This industrial strength glue is my go to whenever I need a strong durable bond.  It works on glass, clay, rock, beads, fabric, ceramic, wood, glass and metal – really anything!  It comes out of the tube a little thick so for smaller projects I insert a toothpick and apply a smaller amount of glue that way.  I used this glue to make an outdoor sign.  I glued branches to form a word to an old paddle.  My husband thought it would never withstand the weather.  I assured him that it would work perfectly with my E6000 glue and the sign is still in great condition after hanging outside for over a year – in all kinds of storms!

2.  Loctite:

Loctite stick and seal craft glue.

I first became a fan of Loctite when I used their construction adhesive to apply thin brick to our cabin wall.  It was by far the quickest bonding and easiest to use construction adhesive that I have ever tried.  I was also not disappointed with the Stik ‘N Seal Indoor Adhesive for craft projects.  It provides a strong bond as well.  This is a high strength acrylic that is solvent free and non toxic.  I like to use this for smaller projects since it comes out of the tube a little creamier and in a smaller amount than the E6000.

3.  Aleene’s All Purpose Tacky Glue:

Aleene's all purpose craft glue

For a great all-purpose tacky glue, Aleene’s is a great quality.  I use this for a wide variety of craft projects where a strong bond is not necessary.  It holds up very well!

4.  StyroGlue:

Styro-foam Glue

I haven’t used any other kinds of styrofoam glue, but this Make It Fun: StyroGlue works really well for floral projects.  It dries clear and forms and instant tacky bond making it easy to use.

5.  Elmer’s Spray Adhesive:

Elmer's Spray Adhesive

I have been very happy with Elmer’s spray adhesive.  The glue hasn’t clumped up on me and I have gotten a nice even spray.  It has a very fast tack so you have to be a little careful when placing your photo or paper or other material.  The glue is acid free, dries clear and resists bleed through.

6.  Elmer’s Wood Glue:

Elmers Wood Glue

Another Elmer’s product that I really like is their new formula interior Wood Glue.  I found it to set very fast and provide a strong bond.  It dries clear and is sandable and paintable – just perfect for those furniture makeovers!

I hope this guide helps you with the basics.  I have relied on this set of glues for a huge variety of projects and they have done me well!

Happy Crafting!

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7 comments
  1. Great list! I use all of them except Loctite and Styroglue.

    For fabics you must try Fabri-tac. Costs an arm and leg so use your coupons but this stuff is awesome and durable. It bonds jewels to fabric and won’t let go, lol. Dries clear and it’s easy to peel off if you get oozie.

    1. That’s good to know Tee – thanks for the tip!

  2. Thank you for this list. Your descriptions are really helpful. This will probably save some of us money and frustration from using the wrong product. This is a keeper!

    1. You’re welcome Wendy! I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂

  3. merci je cherchais les meilleurs colles pour tout mes projets

  4. Thanks for all the info.!!! Really helpul:)
    Bev

    1. You’re welcome Bev – I’m glad it helped!

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