An Ode to the Glue Gun: 18 Projects that Use Our Favorite Craft Tool

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The humble glue gun seems to be a divisive tool in the crafting community. Some see it as a symbol of projects that lack a certain level of sophistication, but others (like me and Paul Lowe — who has one tattooed on his arm!) see it as a way to open up a world of possibilities in just a few quick clicks of a tool. Glue guns aren’t just for summer camp popsicle stick projects — they’re also a useful and valuable tool for getting just about any project done, from collaging and woodworking to endless decorative details. So today, I decided to round up my 18 favorite projects that show off the versatility of the everyday glue gun and all you can do with it. Squeeze away! xo, grace

  1. judy lake says:

    Glue guns are great and boy they sure stick well. Be careful with glue guns and lighting heat. I work in lighting and had a fun idea to make a finial with lots of cool beads. Fortunately I brought it home and watch the beads drop off one by one with the heat of the light bulb! oh gosh, it was funny! Glad I didn’t sell any!!! Hi Paul!

  2. Pat Schwab says:

    This is a great round-up. I love all the chandeliers.

  3. Eva Rose says:

    I have used the same mini glue gun for more than 20 years! My grandma was the manager of a craft store and as a little kid I’d help her make the display models of floral arrangements, bears in frilly outfits on wicker chairs, and abaca angels (now THERE’S a fad just waiting to come back). I wrote a tiny essay about how the glue gun was my favorite toy, and took umbrage at Girl Scouts that only the adults were allowed to glue the backs onto our SWAPs.

    The trigger doesn’t work all the time and it’s still covered in early 90s craft detritus but I’ll never buy another.

  4. Ursula Koenig says:

    What a very fun post. It gives me hope. One of my top pics is the Moroccan Wedding Blanket themed chandelier. I suppose it might be almost “too neat” as the charm of the blankets are entirely handmade and imperfect. I suppose I could try this sometime. Inspired! Thanks!


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