What’s the Best Types of Paper Glue for Your Projects?

Its no surprise that I love doing lots and lots of crafting. Do you ever have a project that falls completely apart on you and turns out to be nothing like you planned? Truthfully this happens a lot in a crafter’s life. Many DIY projects take several attempts to get just right, but with the right knowledge that doesn’t have to happen to you! I’m excited to share from my own mistakes, and arm you with the the best adhesives for paper crafts.

Explore four of the best glues for paper projects:

The best glue for paper projects

1. Glue sticks

The first of our types of paper glue is probably the most fun to use: a glue stick! Glue sticks are water based and come in a tube very similar to chapstick. This type of paper glue works best on cards and crafts that require small details on a bigger canvas (think lots of little polka dots on a card). The great thing about glue sticks is that the glue dries clear so if you make a mistake placing the glue, no harm done! These sticks are great for kids projects and are usually non-toxic and washable (whew, that’s always a relief). Most of the glue sticks are acid-free too which always makes them great for scrapbooking as well, but I would still always check the packaging as this is still a newer thing. It’s also important to note that glue sticks will not adhere to plastic.

2. Glue dots

Have you ever gotten the freebies in the magazines and wondered what the sticky adhesive was? Those are glue dots! Glue dots are kind of becoming a new craze in the crafting world. They are small circular adhesives that come on  a roll and really adhere well to paper, plastic, glass, metal and vinyl. This type of paper glue works well with attaching embellishments (like jewels, lace, scrapbooking pieces, etc). They come in several different types of adhesives such as; removable, semi-removable and permanent. These are perfect for adding those finishing touches on your handmade greeting cards.

The best glue for paper projects

3. Tacky PVA glue

“Tacky glue” as its commonly referred to as is perfect for card making and especially great for gluing any embellishments on like ribbon, lace or lettering. The best part? This type of paper glue will wash off with soap and water. A quick tip for this type of glue is that you must wait until it’s completely dry before its bonded. The bond is very strong once it is completely dried. Tacky glue is perfect for creating quick handmade party hats and making a photo collage of all your closest friends.

The best glue for paper projects

4. Glue guns

These have been around for as long as I can remember, which is a great because it means that they really work! Glue guns warm the glue up so its consistency is more malleable. The point on the gun will be able to get into those tiny cracks and crevices when you need it. Be careful with this hot substance, I would (obviously!) not recommend this for kids. This gluing method is known to be kind of sticky and stringy, so have something to clean your hands off with. Glue guns work great on any paper craft and do really well gluing any accessories on to your paper. The glue gun is my go-to form of adhesive for paper!

These are just a few glues that really work well with paper crafts. It’s really important to know a little more about crafting glues before starting a project, because it can save you from that dreaded one more attempt at your project!

What’s your favorite glue to use when crafting with paper and why?

5 Comments

Claudia Petrilli

Well, I have to say that while this post is very visually pleasing and well organized, it is quite disappointing. I came to it by a google search because I am having trouble with my projects. Yes, I have had ” projects that falls completely apart on you and turns out to be nothing like you planned? I’m excited to share from my own mistakes, and arm you with the the best adhesives for paper crafts.” So after reading the first paragraph, I got really excited thinking I had found the holy grail of glue for paper crafting. But in the end, all you say is that all glues are great. You say glue sticks “great for scrapbooking”. Well no. They are not. project start falling apart after a while. The glue is not strong enough. I have also tried the glue dots but they are not very good for thin or tiny embellishments in my cards. And I got assistance from a Michael’s employee to choose the best one.

You say that glue dots “are perfect for adding those finishing touches on your handmade greeting cards.” and that “Tacky glue is perfect for card making and especially great for gluing any embellishments on like ribbon, lace or lettering.” So basically, all glues are perfect according to you. That doesn’t really help at all.

I find that wet or liquid glues ruin the paper as they add moisture to it and it takes on well, a wet paper look. I also find that dry glues don’t have the strength or stickiness necessary for card making. What’s the point of giving someone a gorgeous card if the embellishments are going to fall apart shortly?

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Deb

I’m having the same issue Claudia. Liquid glue warps and hardens the paper, and glue sticks don’t adhere strong enough and my card comes apart. I’ve used tacky glue and craft bond glue stick and both aren’t giving me the result I want. I may try the glue dots.

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Leigh

I find double sided tape excellent for paper/card craft. It is strong enough to bond heavy papers and light card and doesn’t warp or mark the papers in anyway. Also no need for leaving to dry. I have used this method for a long time with my card making and highly recommend it. For heavier embellishments I use dovecraft acrylic glue. This is strong enough to hold any embellishment no matter how heavy. Hope this helps.

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Cherie Stark

I agree that liquid glues warp the paper or alter it in a disappointing way. I don’t mind dots if they don’t gum up on me. Lately I made a card using sticky photo squares. They seemed to work well but of course I mailed it and may never know the longevity of the work.

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Barb Gatto

I just finished reading your page and I think it is great. I have used several types of adhesive for all my projects, but the one I prefer best comes in an 81′ (feet) roll, which I purchase at ACMoore. It is called CRAFTY POWER TAPE.

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