Why I Never Use a Glue Gun [+ the BEST glues for different DIY materials!]

Why I Never Use a Glue Gun [+ the BEST glues for different DIY materials!]

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you can’t believe the that I’m a DIY blogger that doesn’t use a glue gun. I have a Cricut Explore that cuts a TON of different materials, but I don’t use a glue gun on any of them? I know it sounds crazy. Totally nuts. Yes, I have  used a glue gun, but I rarely use one anymore. Why, you ask? Let me tell you!

Can any of you honestly tell me you like using one?! I burn myself every. single. time. I use one. Maybe I’m just not patient enough.. lol. But if I wait until the glue isn’t hot, then its dry and I have to peel it off, taking my work surface with it. Can’t win. And then there’s the glue strings… ugh. How can you possibly get a DIY project to look good with those strings? And the clumps? It’s impossible to flatten the glue before it dries, and then I end up with lumps and clumps all over my project… I’m too much of a perfectionist to work with a glue gun!

Why I Never Use a Glue Gun [+ the BEST glues for different DIY materials!]

So I have a glue stash. A few different glues that I use for EVERYTHING from crafts with my daughters, to DIYs with my Cricut Explore, to woodworking. And I promise that NONE of these glues burn you, leave clumps, or strings!

So here’s what I use instead:
[in alphabetical order]

Buttons – 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue <– Still dries super fast!

Burlap –  Fabri-Tac & Stop Fraying

Ceramics – Two part epoxy

Copper – Two part epoxy

Cork – Power-Tac <– Super string and still dries really fast!

Craft Metal – Power-Tac

Denim – Fabri-Tac

Embellishments (Rhinestones, glitter, pearls, etc.) – Gem-Tac

Fabric – Fabri-Tac

Fur (faux) – 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

Felt – Fabri-Tac

Jute string – 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue


LeatherPower-Tac (I used to use E6000, but this stuff doesn’t smell)

Leather (faux) –3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

Paper (tissue paper, cardstock, regular) – Any glue stick, or Mod Podge for decoupage

Pipe cleaners3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

PlasticTwo part epoxy

Pom poms3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

RaffiaSpray Adhesive (on surface)


RopePL Premium

Tissue Paper – Spray Adhesive

Twine – 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

Vellum – Spray Adhesive

Wire (floral) – 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue

WoodWood glue

If you think of something that should be on the list, let me know! I’d love to update it!

My Cricut Explore lets me cut and experiment with a TON of different materials! This week I did a Faux Leather Woodgrain project on the Cricut Blog, which was a brand new material for me! Can you guess what glue I used? Spoiler… it wasn’t a glue gun!

See my new Faux Wood Home Sign here:

Why I Never Use a Glue Gun [+ the BEST glues for different DIY materials!]

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28 thoughts on “Why I Never Use a Glue Gun [+ the BEST glues for different DIY materials!]

  1. This is great! Thank you for sharing. I find it a coincidence that I stumbled across this post on Pinterest today. I have used glue guns and put up with the mess you mentioned since before my adult children were born. Just last night I started using a low watt glue gun and popped the circuit! I was so upset because I turned all of the circuits on and off again and couldn’t get the circuit affected back on. That meant no TV while crocheting. I was so bummed out and so mad at my glue gun that I threw it away. Finding your post brightened my day a little.

  2. That’s a lot of glue!! I have to admit I love my glue gun … but, the little flyaway strings and constant finger burns are something I could do without!! I need to get a Cricut!

    1. Haha, I used to use it all the time too! Until I was given some of these glues for free – once I tried them, I threw my glue gun back in the box, lol. And YES you do need to get a Cricut!

  3. I love glue. I do not sniff it or anything like that… but I have stash myself. But my favorite glue of all… is…..Aileens Fast Grab. It is so thick that you cant get it out the hole in the lid. I use a popcycle stick to get it out and spread it. if I need it in a tiny place I use a toothpick. It sticks immediately so the object doesn’t slide around or move before it dries. I use rubber cement for all paper products but I let the air evaporate out of it so that it is a little thicker. Leave the lid off and stir it every once in a while. Did you know that spray adhesive can get into your lungs really easily and glue your air sacs together? I will have to look for some you mentioned because I have never seen or heard of them.

    1. Thanks for the advice! I’ll have to try that one out! And no, I’ve never hear that about spray adhesive – scary! Luckily I’ve only used it a couple of times, inside a box, for a couple of quick sprays :)

  4. I agree, hardly ever use my glue gun these days….I’ll have to see if I can find the power tac…bought the e6000, but too smelly and the cap was glued on next time I wanted to use it…argh! However if you are using glue sticks on cardstock, toss them out ( the glue doesn’t hold well and project may fall apart later) use tombow mono multi adhesive instead, dries quick and very strong, my favorite!

    1. Another one I use instead of tomboy is Art Glitter Designer Adhesive. I bought the 2 Oz bottle with needle precision tip to try it when someone recommended it. I won’t use anything else on paper/cardstock ever again! Only use a small amount and dries fast! With the needle tip you can use it for tiny projects. Now I buy the 8 Oz bottle to refill the smaller 2 Oz one that fits perfectly in my hand.

  5. Thanks for sharing. I am not going to lie, I am a fan of the glue gun but I do not think it sticks well to certain things. I am not into crafts that much so it is really not a problem for me.

    1. Totally agree with this! If I wasn’t doing crafts often, I think the glue gun would work great. I’m just glad there are a few other options out there for this frequent crafter! lol.

  6. Such a useful post Lindi! I just used two different types of glue for the same craft project, not knowing which one would be the most useful. It occurred to me that I really needed to diversify my choice of glue. And THEN I saw your post! So timely! Thanks for sharing :) Pinning!

      1. Are all of these glues good if you would use them on a wreath that would be good hanging be behind the glass door in the sun. I used a glue gun and Elmers glue. Both glues melted.

  7. Using a blow dryer on those little strings eliminates them. They just melt away and disappears. Am going to try your ideas though, thank you

  8. Thank you so much for the glue list!! I tried several glues for my button art with poor results. I will try your suggestion, thanks again. Connie

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