How to Use a Hot Glue Gun and NOT GET BURNED
- Hot Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Gun Helpers (optional, but come highly recommended...see bloggers raving below)
Now before we get started with the nitty gritty, let's talk about WHY hot glue is fabulous, shall we? First of all, it can attach almost anything to almost anything else. Wood to metal to paper to cork. Brilliant.
Hot glue is also magical in that it causes less damage than your average adhesive. In college, we used to attach photos and such to our cement block walls with hot glue because you could simply pull the whole thing off, hot glue and all, at the end of the year. Of course, hot glue won't come off paper or drywall without ripping, but you get my point, right? That same quality applies to those little "accidents" -- the strings of glue that hang off your projects and the "overflow" that sometimes occurs when you use too much? Those are easy to pull off and away when dry, making projects look seamless.
Moving on, I am going to take you through a couple projects that show off the basics of the hot glue gun. First off? Easter Egg Checkers. I had to attach the little wooden eggs to the bottlecaps with hot glue, making sure they were attached perfectly straight up and down before the glue dried.
Beginner's Tip: Remember, put that gun right next to the object and use a small amount of glue. Lay off the trigger, pull the tip sideways just a bit to "cap" the glue and pull away.
Beginner's Tip: Let the glue gun warm up fully before attempting to use it. The hotter the glue is, the better the glue will work!
This tiered aluminum stand required very hot glue and a steady hand. I had to attach the pans to both wood coins and broken candles, as well as attaching the wooden coins together for the complete bottom tier. The most difficult part of the project was making sure the glue was hot enough to attach the candles to the metal without completely melting the candles. I tested the glue gun out on scrap pieces of the candle until it just starting to melt the wax, then worked fast! In this case, I added more glue than I thought I needed because it was easier to go back and troubleshoot glue strings and overflow than it was to work slowly and risk melting candles.
Now I didn't want you to simply hear my advice on the subject, so I rounded up a few of the best crafters in blogland to give you their best tips and tricks! Hold onto your hats because they are coming at you fast and furious! Let's go!