You will find that glue is a major component of many DIY craft projects. There are several types of glue required for DIY crafts. Types of glue used for DIY include wood glue, super glue, rubber cement glue, fabric glue and plain old white Elmer’s® glue.
We have our own set of tips on how to use glue in your DIY and craft projects. Glue can be a big mess or lead to a big mistake. Avoid issues while using glue with our tips below:
PREPARATION & CLEANING
You should clean the surfaces and materials you plan to apply glue to. You do not want dust or moisture or any kind of debris on the materials you use to apply the glue or on the surface itself. These elements can weaken the adhesive bond the glue creates.
You will also want to have one or two damp rags nearby. You will need the rags to wipe glue from your hands or excess glue from the surface and around the project.
Also have a clamp or two available. A clamp can help to secure and tighten the bond immediately after the two materials are joined together.
SAND & SCORE
Some types of materials will react better to the glue if sanded or scored prior to the application of the glue. You should sand or score various woods, ceramics or metal before applying glue for a stronger adhesive bond.
There are some types of glue that contain toxins and harsh chemicals you do not want to breathe in for long periods of time. You should complete projects that require these types of glue in a well-ventilated area and avoid letting the glue enter your eyes or your mouth.
Follow the manufacturer’s instruction on the jar or container the glue is in. There should be safety tips available on the container as well as step-by-step instructions for properly using the glue for your project.
We hope our DIY glue tips help you avoid any setbacks or issues during projects that require glue for adhesive purposes. For questions about our glue tips, please fill out our contact form here.