How to Choose the Right Glue

Glue is one of the most important items in any crafter’s kit. Adhesives go a long way to ensuring a durable and successful result, so it’s worth taking the time to choose the right glue for your project.

Some glues, such as PVA and glue guns, are suitable for a wide range of crafting uses, while other glues are more specialised to particular craft types or materials. We’ll introduce the main types of glue available from Hobbycraft and tell you the best reasons to use each one.

PVA Glue

The most versatile adhesive! PVA can be used on a wide range of surfaces: paper, card, fabric, wood, plaster and much more. It's ideal for most basic crafts, and is safe for children. You can also mix it with water to make a sealer for paper mache and other crafts - but be careful how you use it as most types of PVA are not waterproof.

There are several formulations of PVA glue available from Hobbycraft:

School PVA A washable, clear-drying glue which is great for school projects.
Craft PVA A slightly stronger formulation which dries faster –use when you need a firmer bond.
Clear Glue Unlike most PVA, it’s clear even in liquid form.Helpful if you need to see a pattern underneath theglue. It’s also great for making clear slime!
Fabric Glue This version of PVA glue is waterproof once dry. Fabric glue is ideal for sticking together fabrics where the finished product will require washing.
Tacky Glue Our strongest and fastest drying formulation, ideal for more precise craft projects.

Glue Gun

For heavy duty projects: hot melt glue guns and sticks are one of the strongest and most durable gluing methods available. They operate at high temperatures so they require a lot care and concentration to stay safe. Once you've mastered the technique, they give a fast-tack, strong bond that is ideal for heavier objects.

Best For: Model Making, Home Decoration

Glue Stick

Great for papercraft - a glue stick allows you to apply the glue in thin layers which won't crinkle the paper. Most types are repositionable until dry, which is ideal for scrapbooking. Safe, clean and quick adhesive - ideal for children's craft projects!

Best For: Scrapbooking , Kids Crafts

Super Glue

Instant setting glue for a strong, permanent bond on just about anything. Great for houshold repairs, especially fixing broken plates! If you use lots of unconventional materials in your crafting, it's good to have a tube of Super Glue for when nothing else will do the trick.

Best For: Model Making, Ceramic Crafts

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Glue Dots

These little circles of jelly-like glue are an absolute must for all papercrafters. They're easy to apply and give a super-strong, instant bond. Great for paper and card, they are even strong enough to hold small wooden or plastic shapes. Simple, precise and mess free!

Best For: Scrapbooking , Card Making

Double Sided Tape

Sometimes you don't even need glue! Double sided tape is fantastic for card making and children's craft projects, as it gives an instant result and leaves no mess. It sticks to a wide variety of surfaces, including paper, card and foam.

Best For: Card Making, coating in glitter!

Mod Podge

All-in-one sealer, glue and finish that can be used on a variety of surfaces and is quick-drying for a multiple coat build up. Perfect for decoupage and other crafting activities. A truly great all-rounder - whatever you want to make, you can probably use Mod Podge!

Best For: Paper Mache, Fabric Decorations

Decopatch Glue

A specially blended glue and varnish that will get the very best out of your paper mache projects. Decopatch glue creates a transparent, shiny, non-sticky and water resistant film when dry. A perfect match for Decopatch papers: it adheres the paper and finishes with a protective varnish coating

Best For: Paper Mache, Wood Crafts

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