Hot glue gun crafts are surprisingly easy to make – and anyone can master this simple tool! Learn how to make over 40 cool ideas here.
If there’s one craft tool most of us have in our arsenal, it’s a hot glue gun. Love it or hate it (those dang burns!), it’s really a useful device. I have like 200 glue guns . . . okay, that’s an exaggeration. I have about ten though. And I love using them to make “stuff.”
You might be shocked to know that you can make a lot of crafts with a glue gun as your main tool. I’m excited to share a big list of those with you today.
Hot Glue Crafts
If you love wielding a glue gun (who doesn’t?) I’d like to share some glue gun crafts I think you’re going to love. All of these crafts use a hot glue gun of course, and most of them don’t require many more tools. Before we dive into the list, I’d like to share some tips with you. If you’re ready to roll, skip past this section and down to the list. Otherwise, I hope these help.
Tips for Using a Hot Glue Gun
A glue gun uses hot melt adhesive, also known as glue sticks, which are glue in solid form (learn more here). The gun melts the sticks and it is applied as a liquid. After it’s applied, the glue bonds as it becomes solid. Hot glue has a more permanent bond than a lot of other types of adhesives you could use when crafting. Here are my tips.
Let your glue gun warm up before using, about 10 – 15 minutes. I warm mine up on a silicone mat so that any drips won’t be on my table top. The glue gun will be hot to the touch.
Keep your glue gun upright when not in use to keep it from making a mess everywhere. Either use a stand or prop it up on the built in stand. This will keep it from burning surfaces as well.
Want to know what helps glue sticks from stringing as much? Keeping them in the freezer before using! Take them out and put them right into your glue gun (tip from Mod Podge Rocks).
If you make a mistake, don’t try to correct it while the glue is hot. You’ll burn yourself. It’s better to let the glue cool and then try to remove it. Usually you can peel it or scrape it away while it’s warm but not hot.
Clean surfaces like glass before using glue. Clean with rubbing alcohol or mild soap and water. If you’re having trouble bonding items, lightly sand to rough up the surface.
Use a lower temperature when working with delicate materials, like lace or nylon, to prevent melting or burning.
My Burn Prevention Secret
In addition to the tips above, I also wanted to share a little secret with you. Because I think we all know that hot glue gun burns are a real issue. May I present hot glue finger caps:
If you’ve never tried these little silicone covers before, I can’t recommend them enough. They are heat resistant up to 600 degrees, and they protect your fingers from getting scorched while using a glue gun. You can also press into the hot glue while it’s still cooling. Seriously . . . get a pair. Get five. You’re going to love these!
Best Glue Gun for Crafts
There are a lot out there, so I wanted to share my glue gun picks with you so you would have an idea of what to choose. You’ll find a variety based on your needs. One of these four should cover you:
1. Best for Kids – AdTech Ultra Low-Temp Cool Tool. If you’re going to let your kids wield a glue gun, this one doesn’t get as hot as a regular glue gun (75 degrees cooler than average). It’s great for delicate items, so adults can go for this one if that’s all you intend to use it for.