Glue Guide Glossary (for arts and crafts)

  • Glue Pen

What it is:
Liquid glue in a pen applicator often found with various tips.

How to use it:
Use it on small objects and details. Great for creating thin lines.

glue pen


  • Glue Dots

What it is:
This is a solid adhesive in a dot shape. Since these aren’t liquid, they are clean, quick, and easy to apply.

How to use it:
Glue dots are a great adhesive plus they can also create dimension so consider them as a design element as well.

glue dots

  • Glue Stick

What it is:
Glue in a solid form that comes in a plastic tube. You probably recognize these from your childhood.

How to use it:
Apply by rubbing glue on the surface. This is great for covering large areas. Best for use on paper.


  • Hot Glue

What it is:
A solid stick of glue that is placed in a hot glue gun which melts the glue as it’s applied. As it cools, the glue becomes solid again.

How to use it:
Use hot glue for just about any type of material (except metal) for fast setting and quick-drying adhesion.

glue sticks

  • Fabric Glue

What it is:
There are many different kinds of fabric glue available. Some are similar to white Elmer’s Glue (but made for fabric) and others come in a webbing form which melts under the heat of an iron.

How to use it:
Fabric glue is made specifically for fabrics with flexibility and wash-resistance. Since there are different types of fabric glue, make sure to read the instructions before applying.

fabric glue

  • Rubber Cement

What it is:
Rubber cement is made of elastic polymers and a solvent which gives it a rubbery texture.

How it works:
The rubber texture found in rubber cement makes removal easy without much damage to the materials. This makes it perfect for collages as well as mounting artwork.

rubber cement

  • White Glue (Elmer’s Glue)

What it is:
Liquid glue often referred to as Elmer’s glue.

How to use it:
Use for lightweight porous materials such as paper, wood, and cloth. Keep in mind that this type of craft glue takes about an hour to set and dry.



  • Super Glue

What it is:
Super Glue or Krazy Glue is a strong, powerful adhesive.

How to use it:
The glue’s durable bonds are ideal for use with metal, glass, ceramics, and other heavy materials.

super glue

  • Wood Glue

What it is:
You may find different types of wood glue but the most common is the yellow PVA glue. As it sets, wood glue becomes rubbery and durable.

How to use it:
You can use wood glue on any type of wood just remember that the dry time is a little long so you may want to use clamps to hold it in place.

wood glue

  • Spray Adhesive

What it is:
With this type of adhesive, you can spray directly on the surface like you would spray paint, which provides a thin even layer.

How to use it:
Spray adhesive is perfect for covering large surfaces. It’s recommended to be used with lightweight materials such as paper and fabric.

spray adhesive

  • Tacky Glue

What it is:
Similar to white Elmer’s glue, tacky glue works as an all purpose glue.

How to use it:
Use tacky glue as you would white Elmer’s glue. Tacky glue is also great for use on fabric.

tacky glue

  • Mod Podge

What it is:
Decopauge, often referred to as Mod Podge, is used mostly for crafts to bond and seal paper.

How to use it:
As mentioned, Mod Podge is great for bonding and sealing paper but it also gives a nice glossy finish to your work.

mod podge





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