There are so many great projects you can craft once you have the power of a glue gun in your hands! The great plus with hot glue is it dries quickly to give you a solid clear hold, and having a trigger application on your gun makes it so convenient to have to hand when you are crafting. Here are 7 great projects to try out using your glue gun.
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Glue gun crafts desk buddies
- Die-cut two eggs from white felt and glue to the front of your lampshade, approximately 20mm apart. Add a black pompom to the centre of each.
- Cut a 40mm wide strip of purple felt to fit around the bottom edge of your lampshade and snip a wiggly pattern along the bottom edge. Glue into place as shown.
Rip sheets of purple tissue paper into 30mm wide strips, in varying lengths and then glue individually to the bottom of the lampshade, on the inside edge.
- Bend six green chenille stems into wavy shapes and glue amongst the strips of tissue paper, towards the front of the lampshade as shown.
- Take a single purple chenille stem and trim to 75mm. Bend into a smile and then glue just below the eyes to finish.
Shark memo holder
Paint giant wooden peg grey by mixing white and black paint together. Leave to dry. Using template, cut two mouth pieces from red card. Open peg and glue a mouth piece to the top and the bottom.
- Cut two bodies, side fins and a top fin from grey card using template. Fold top fin where shown and stick together above the fold. Slip fin through the slit in the body. Press out folds and glue in place. Stick fins to sides.
Cut two sets of teeth from white Funky Foam using the template; glue around top and bottom of peg. Glue body with fins to top of peg and plain body to bottom, folding the sides over slightly to add shape. Glue tails together. Add wiggle eyes.
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Octopus pencil holder
- Cut a sheet of orange tissue paper into four and then place each piece one on top of the other to create a stack. Wrap around a polystyrene ball, twist at the bottom and glue in place. Trim off the excess tissue.
- Lay four orange chenille stems in rows, pinch together at the centre and then with adult supervision, glue to the base of the octopus head using a hot glue gun to form the legs. Add pony beads along each leg and a pair of wiggle eyes to the head.
- Trim a black chenille stem to 40mm, bend and attach to head as shown. Cut two 25mm pieces of black chenille stems for eyebrows; attach.
Cover tin with purple Funky Foam. Hot glue octopus head to back of tin. Bend the legs into shape and glue into place as shown. Add foam letters to spell out ‘Pens’. Decorate tin with marine stickers to finish.
Glue gun crafts castle desk tidy
1 Cut a mailing tube into four 140mm lengths. Using one tube, draw around the end on a sheet of cardboard four times. Cut out the cardboard circles and attach one to the end of each tube.
2.Paint the tubes with two coats of pink acrylic paint. Remove one box from the set, paint the inside with pink acrylic paint and leave to touch dry. Apply a second coat. Repeat on the outside and allow to dry.
3 .Trace the glue gun crafts castle template onto pastel yellow paper eight times and cut out the crenellated borders. Attach the borders around the tops of the tubes and along the top of each side of the box.
4.Embellish your walls with die-cut foliage flourishes if you’d like to. Measure and cut out a double door shape from pink paper. Cut in half, and attach it to the front of the castle. Add a pink pearl to each half of the door to act as handles.
5. Assemble the castle by attaching a tube to each corner of the box using a hot glue gun. Press gently for a few minutes to fix in place, and leave each tube to cool before attaching the next.
6.Decorate your castle with paper flowers if you want to. Cut two paper straws in half. Wrap a strip of pastel yellow washi tape around one end of each straw, then snip to create a pennant shape. Attach a flag to the top of each tower with hot glue.
Glue gun crafts treat box
This cool make is an upcycling treat, too – using the inserts inside toilet or kitchen rolls
- For each box, wrap a toilet roll tube with grey patterned paper. Adhere using a line of hot glue to start and then wet glue for the rest.
Flatten each end of the tube in opposite directions, fill with treats and then secure the flattened ends into position with staples.
Wrap the ends twice, using two different coordinating washi tapes. Tie a ribbon bow around the centre of the box to finish.
Glue gun crafts easel display stand
Make a decorative easel in minutes using just four paper straws and a hot glue gun! The hot glue dries quickly, so it’s easy to build. Use it to display for cards and photos or as a place setting on a party table.
Glue gun crafts snowglobe
Get creative and use the glue gun crafts snowglobe templates to produce your own frosty winter wonderland scenes – you could even design your own characters to replace the snowman. A little Father Christmas would be just as festive!
1.Measure the inside of the neck of the jar, then cut out several discs from a sheet of mount card. This will make a platform for your snowy scene to stand on. Give the lid a couple of coats of paint for a neutral finish.
2.Stick the discs together, and once dry, check they fit the neck of the jar and the lid will close over it. Use sandpaper to smooth the sides if necessary. Decorate the top disc with glue and glitter.
3.Use the glue gun crafts snowglobe templates to make the slot-together trees and snowman. Draw in the snowman’s face and add more glitter!
4. Assemble the scene and stick to the mountboard base with a glue gun. Decorate the lid before gluing the base into the lid and twisting the jar in place over the top.
Glue gun crafts upcycled book vase
1.Place your glue gun crafts book vase template on the first page of an open book and push it up against the spine. Don’t remove the cover. Cut along the edge of the template using a craft knife.
2. Work your way through the book, trimming around the template. Take a second book that’s the same size as the first and repeat steps 1 and 2. Remove the covers.
3. Use a craft knife to tidy up any rough edges along the spine, then glue the two books together back to back using a glue gun. Fill up your vase with paper flowers! To use the vase for a living stem, insert a test tube into the hole in the middle of the vase.
Glue gun crafts tissue paper party tassels
1.Fold a piece of coloured tissue paper in half along the long edge as shown, then fold the paper in half again. Create a top fold by folding the tissue paper in half at the middle.
2.Turn the paper so that the folded top edge is farthest from you. With a craft knife, cut the tissue into 1cm strips, leaving a 4cm border at the top. Unfold the paper and cut it in half lengthways.
3. Open out one of the tissue paper pieces and detangle the cut ends. Twist the centre of the paper to create a loop. Stick the loop together using a glue gun to secure the twisted sections.
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