Craft Adhesive Guide

Glue dots are a staple in my craft room. I use these to adhere just about any small item on paper crafts, school projects, kids crafts (very easy for the kids to use, too!) They come in permanent or removable and I love how you can buy them in many different sizes!

This stuff is super strong and is my go to when it comes to things with metal (jewelry, barrettes, metal embellishments, etc.) It's washable and waterproof.

Who hasn't super glued their fingers together or to a craft they were making? This is tough and I the thing I love most about super glue is that it dries lightning fast and you don't have to clamp your crafts together. Also is great if you have a deep cut and no bandaid around!

My children are the reasons I have glue sticks in the house! However, I use them for repositioning things quite a bit or if I'm doing a photo shoot and something isn't staying in place I put a little swipe of glue. Works like a charm! They are acid free and photo safe, too.

The reason I stuck (no pun intended) this baby on the list is because you can do amazing things with it. Our number one post on UCreate is the watermark tee tutorial and you use this blue gel glue...go check it out!

Okay, really what can't you do with Mod Podge right? My favorite thing about it is the way it seals and protects my projects. Over the years Mod Podge has come a long way. You can buy it in all sorts of finishes, you can use it on all sorts of mediums, and it's a cinch to use!

Sometimes I have intricate projects where I need to be specific about where I place the glue and this handy tool is perfect for that. It's not messy and it's safe for photos and acid free.

This one is self-explanatory and when I don't feel like getting the sewing machine out, I'll often grab this glue to fix something that has come unstitched or I also like to use it and turn small projects into no-sew projects.

This stuff has been around forever hasn't it? I remember my mom using this all of the time when I was a little girl.  You know how kids use white school glue for everything? Well, I like to think of this as my "big girl" school glue. It dries clean, it has a strong hold, and it's my all-purpose go to glue!

Gorilla wood glue is always next to me when I'm doing home decor projects like frames, decorative molding on my crafts, putting together shelves, basically whenever I'm creating with "wooden" projects.

I like foam tape for a couple of reasons. I cut it up in small pieces and use it on my small crafts to give it that pop or 3D dimension. I also love it when I'm doing poster displays for my church or kids' school projects!

When I'm making cards or scrapbooking this is my go-to adhesive. They come in many different sizes, brands, and you can also buy removable and permanent versions.

Hello? Duct tape crafts galore! Over the past two years you can find just about any pattern your heart desires!

My very thing about spray adhesive is how quickly you can glue a large area. This works so great on large projects, but make sure to use it in a well ventilated area! 

I really don't know where to begin on this one. I use it all of the time. This is probably my "most-used" adhesive. I use it for flower arrangements, ribbons, wreaths, hair crafts, you name it!

This just makes things look pretty. It's easily removable and is probably the most decorative adhesive out there! You won't believe all of the different things you can do with washi tape. Check out this Washi Tape Tutorial List!

I use this tape when I'm gift-wrapping, doing school projects (it's really easy for the kid's to use), invitations, and many other paper crafts!

I'm a visual person, and I wanted to share an easy guide graphic that might explain what these adhesives do more easily!

Also, I'm sure I missed some adhesive tips in this post so if you have any advice on this subject please feel free to share in the comments below!


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OLFA Cutting Mat & Rotary Costume

This month for the Michaels Makers Challenge we were asked to create a Halloween costume and share the tutorial with you!

I was trying to think of a "crafters themed" costume and decided to walk down the aisles at Michaels until something popped into my head. Well...I went down an aisle with some school supplies and found a large green display board.

It clicked. I knew I wanted to make a costume to look like two of the most-used items in any craft room (or at least any crafter that sews) and knew I had to make an Olfa Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter costume!

  • large cardboard display board (mine was already green)
  • Yellow Sharpie paint pen
  • Black and gray Felt
  • Yellow t-shirt
  • String or ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Glue gun or spray adhesive


1. Draw horizontal and vertical lines on display board with yellow Sharpie.
2. Draw numbers and ruler markings, too.
3. Trace out the cutting blade on black and gray circles (I used three different sized plates).
4. Cut felt and adhere to yellow t-shirt using glue gun or spray adhesive.

1-2. Measure the middle of the mat to your body to see where to cut holes.
3. Cut two holes in the display board and thread with ribbon or string long enough to tie to shoulders or waist.
4. Tie around shoulders or waist to secure the mat.

You're finished with your "Crafty" costume!!


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Buy It or D.I.Y. It? Floor Cushions

This week's Buy It or D.I.Y. it is all about floor cushions! These can get very expensive unless you score a great sale!

Here's the breakdown:

West Elm Pouf Cost: $249

Target Pouf Cost: $70

Average Cost to D.I.Y. using IKEA Rugs: $25
(This cost includes three $3 IKEA Rugs, thread, and bean bag filler)

Average Cost to D.I.Y. using Home Decor Fabric: $50
(This cost includes 2 yards home decor fabric, bean bag filler, thread)

Average Time to Make: 2 Hours

Here's a fabulous tutorial if you choose the DIY option...

On this one I'd have to say I would BUY IT if I found a great deal or if I went with the Target option...unless I found super cute IKEA rugs than I would definitely DIY it!

So tell us below...

Would you BUY IT or D.I.Y. IT?

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Tips for Sewing for Teens

Free Printable Thank You Gift Tag

 Hello UCreate readers, My name is Melissa Mortenson, but you might know from my blog, the Polka Dot Chair.

Today I'm excited to be a guest here at UCreate and talking about some great handmade gift ideas for Teens and Tweens this Holiday season and make sure to check out the free printable THANK YOU tags below!
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