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How to Find the Right Sticky Stuff for Your Project

With so many different glues, glue sticks, sticky tapes and glue dots available, when it comes to choosing the right one, it’s easy to get stuck.

We thought we’d help by giving you the lowdown on what each type does best. Hopefully it’ll give you a better idea of what sticky stuff you’ll need when it comes to your next craft project.

Best Glues Reviews

Fast Tack Glue

  • Aleene's Crafting Adhesives are the most recognised and trusted crafting adhesive.
  • The gold seal promises that you are assured premium quality and performance in every bottle of Aleene's Crafting Adhesive....
  • The famous Aleene's Tacky Glue I the No.1 choice for crafters and is considered the ultimate crafting adhesive....

Glue Sticks

  • Unique performance - Thanks to the low water content
  • Inspire creativity - Help children develop their creativity through arts and crafts with our safe craft glue for kids....
  • Child-friendly - With 90% natural ingredients*
  • High efficiency - Due to the low-water formula
  • Package contents - Pritt Glue Stick

Dry clear glue

Dry clear glue

  • 50 gram bottle
  • Clear in colour
  • 100% solvent free
  • Fills gaps up to 0.25mm
  • Industrial Superglue He

PVA glue

  • Make & Create water-based PVA craft glue
  • Ideal for use on paper
  • Bonds fast and dries clear
  • Ideal for use on a variety of art and craft projects at home...
  • Bottle: 1 litre

Silicone Adhesive

Silicone Adhesive

  • Creates 100% rubber which leaves flexible at temperatures
  • Perfectly bonds to all smooth metal surfaces
  • mineral products, marble, stone
  • UV radiation, changing weather conditions

Glue Dots

Glue Dots

  • Stick photos, cuttings or other embellishments to a range of materials including paper...
  • The clever touch-free dispenser ensures fingers are kept free of glue
  • These dots are acid-free

Fabric Glue

Fabric Glue

  • A permanent bond for clothing
  • Perfect for hems, turn-ups
  • Strong flexible glue that can withstand machine washing and ironing
  • Invisible mend and remains flexible when dry

Sticky Pads

  • Dovecraft 3D double sided sticky adhesive foam square bundle
  • LARGE size
  • 1200 X 10x10mm 3D Foam Squares
  • For cardmaking and Decoupage

1. PVA glue

PVA Craft Glue - 1 Litre
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PVA glue is a great all-purpose crafting glue best used for sticking paper and card together, though it can also be used with light wood. As a water-based glue, it needs to be absorbed by a surface in order to work, so it will not stick two non-absorbent surfaces together. This makes it unsuitable for use with metal, hardwood or painted surfaces.

The glue is non-toxic, making it a popular classroom choice. Being safe, inexpensive and easy to apply, it’s the perfect glue for children to use in their crafting.

It’s also runny, so it can easily get to everywhere you want it to, and because it’s easy to spread, it goes a long way – though not if you spill it. Fortunately, it’s easy to clean up if it does run astray.

Best for: Keeping in your crafting kit as a general all-purpose glue

Dry clear glue, as you might imagine, has the benefit of drying clear. This is particularly useful for sticking small items like gems, where you don’t want the glue to squidgy out and be visible around the item after it’s dried, or for sticking fine powders like glitter or Flower Soft, where you don’t want the glue to show through. Fit this tip to the bottle, and it gives you really precise control when applying your glue – making it even more suitable for sticking small items.

The glue has the added benefit of being acid free. This is particularly important for scrapbooks and other keepsakes, since it will not damage photographs and papers over time.

Best for: Sticking small items (gems, rhinestones, etc) and powders

Strong, durable glue that is particularly good for bonding glass to glass – so good in fact, that it is used in the manufacture of aquariums.

This makes silicone adhesive the perfect glue to use for mosaics and any other stained glass projects.

The glue has the added benefit of being waterproof, and it dries flexible and clear.

Best for: Sticking glass and acrylic

4. Fabric Glue

As the name suggests, fabric glue offers a way to bond fabric to fabric, or other materials to fabric (glitter, gems, sequins, etc), without sewing. It is suitable for use on cottons, synthetics, leather and suede, and comes in machine washable and non-machine washable versions.

Non-machine washable fabric glues are intended for use in decorative fabric arts, rather than on clothing. Fabric glue is your go-to glue for customising clothes and other textile projects.

Best for: Sticking items to fabric, and fabric to fabric

5. Fast Tack Glue

Fast tack glue is a really versatile all-purpose glue specially formulated to bond and dry faster than ordinary glue.

It can be used for all paper craft applications, as well as sticking wood and even fabric. A particularly effective way to use the glue is to heat bond fabrics for a really strong hold. Just apply the glue between two fabrics, or layers of fabric, then iron.

Please note, however, that unlike fabric glue, this glue is not machine washable. Therefore, it is not suitable for use on clothing or other items that need to be washed.

The glue is safe and non-toxic.

Best for: Creating a strong, fast drying bond between most materials

Easy to apply solid adhesive in a twist-up tube, perfect for sticking paper to paper, fabric to paper, and paper to metal, with none of the mess of liquid glue. There is no risk of spillage, and you won’t get any on your fingers.

Most glue sticks are clear, so if you need to be able to see exactly where you’ve glued, choose a Disappearing Glue Stick. This goes on blue so you can see where you’ve applied it and where you still need to glue, before drying completely clear.

Glue sticks are not as strong as liquid glue, so we wouldn’t recommend using them with thicker card, but they are perfect for paper.

Best for: Sticking paper to paper and other materials

Glue dots are long-lasting double-sided sticky dots that bond instantly to virtually any surface and, unlike liquid glues, require no drying time. They are perfect for sticking lightweight craft items and paper together.

Needless to say, the dots are much safer than using hot glue guns, and unlike liquid glues, they are odourless and mess-free. They are also non-toxic, making them a great choice for children’s projects.

Glue dots are acid-free, lignin-free and archival-quality, meaning they are safe to use on photos and precious documents, since they will not degrade them over time.

Best for: Sticking small items like gems with precision

Really quick and easy to use, sticky foam pads are double sided and perfect for use in 3D cards, where they can be used to lift parts of your design away from the surface of the card. You can also layer the pads up to create more depth as required. For an illustration of how they can be used.

They aren’t quite as strong as liquid glues, so they’re not really recommended for heavier materials, but they are perfect for the requirements of paper craft. Like glue dots, they stick instantly, and you can reposition them if you stick them in the wrong place.

Best for: Making 3D cards