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Sewing Room Organization with Jars

   
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Jar Organization

Supplies Needed for Strawberry Coasters:

  • Elmer’s Pro Bond Advanced
  • Wide Mouth Jars
  • Mini Wooden Spools (usually available in craft store’s wood section)
  • Pins (with ball top)
  • Spray paint in a variety of colors
  • Drop cloth
  • Wax paper

Project Tutorial Steps:

  1. Glue – use the Elmer’s Pro Bond Advanced to secure the wooden spool and pin to the seal lid of the jar. I suggest a small amount on the bottom of the spool, place it, and then fill the center hole with glue and insert the pin. Allow it to dry completely for an hour.
  2. Paint – take your lids, paints and drop cloth, to a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) and paint. I suggest two to three light coats. Allow lids to dry for at least an hour.
  3. Sort – sort your threads and display them in your pretty mason jars!

Project designed for Elmer’s by Kim Byers at The Celebration Shoppe.

DIY Baby Gate

   
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Baby Gate Project

Supplies Needed:

  • 6″ Wood Car Siding
  • 1″ x 2″ boards for the posts, the baby gate frame and the post clamps
  • (2) 5/16″ x 1 1/4″ Carriage Bolts
  • (2) 5/16″ x 1 1/2″ Carriage Bolts
  • (4) 5/16″ Hex Nuts
  • (2) Wall Anchors with Screws or Bolts long enough to go through your post and into the anchor sufficiently to work properly
  • (1) Gate Latch
  • (2) 6″ Strap Hinges
  • (2) Hinge Pins
  • (2) U-Bolts
  • (2) 3″ Door Hinges
  • 1/8″ x 2″ Flat Iron
  • Kreg Jig
  • Kreg Jig Screws
  • Kreg Plugs
  • Drill and Driver
  • Compound Miter Saw with a fine tooth blade and a metal cut off blade
  • Table Saw
  • Nail Gun
  • Sander, plus 80 grit and 120 (or higher) grit sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Elmer’s Wood Glue Max
  • Stain
  • Spray Clean Coat, satin finish
  • Rustoleum Hammered Metal Pewter Spray Paint
  • Rags for staining
  • Gloves for staining
  • Tack Cloth

Project Tutorial Steps:

  1. Cut four (4) 1″x2″ boards to about 28″ long. These boards become posts on either side of the baby gate.
  2. Use Elmer’s Wood Glue Max and stick the two boards together for an approximately 2″ x 2″ square post. Do this for both sets of boards for 2 posts total.
  3. Use your Nail Gun to add a couple brad nails to hold the post boards together. Then, set these (2) posts aside.
  4. Next, use a compound miter saw to cut the 6″ car siding boards and the 1″x2″ boards for the frame. The overall height of the DIY baby gate is 28″, so, cut the car siding boards to 25″ lengths (you’ll need (7) 25″ lengths of 6″ car siding boards total). Rip one of the car siding boards down the middle and cut the other along the tongue, directly in the center of all of the boards to turn this into a folding baby gate.
  5. Cut your 1″x2″ boards into the following lengths: (2) 25″ lengths (for the sides) and (4) 18.5″ lengths (for the top and bottom).
  6. After all of the pieces of wood are cut, lay the boards out to see what they would look like all together. Then, use the Kreg Jig to create pocket holes around the outside of the boards to secure the frame and the inside boards together.
  7. Use Elmer’s Wood Glue Max to glue the car siding boards together. And then, use the pocket holes to attach the car siding boards to the outer 1″x2″ frame.
  8. Use Elmer’s Wood Glue Max to add wood plugs into the pock holes to keep the finished baby gate looking as clean as possible. This is a good point to note that you will also want to cut your 1″x2″ boards into (4) 5″ lengths as well. Then drill holes into them for where the U-bolt will go through the boards. These will become your clamps. At this point you will have your door completed, but still in two pieces.
  9. Use 80 grit and then 120 grit sandpaper (and 220 for extra good measure) to sand the doors, posts and clamps down. Hammer (both ends) to the boards to add a little bit of distressing to the boards. Use a Tack Cloth to remove all of the sawdust from all of the wood.
  10. Using gloves and a rag, stain all of the pieces of wood.
  11. While waiting for the stain to dry, use Rustoleum Hammered Metal Spray Paint in Pewter to paint all of your hardware.
  12. Begin the installation with your posts. Into one post, screw the hinge pins (note this angle on the bottom of this post eventually was cut off so it was flat on the bottom). And into the other post, secure two (2) of your clamp boards.
  13. Turn your doors upside down and install the hinges into the back of the board so that the door will fold.
  14. Cut your flat iron to (4) 18.25″-18.5″ lengths using a cut off blade on your compound miter saw. Then, drill holes in the flat iron for the screws and screwed the flat iron pieces into the doors using self-taping screws.
  15. Using the U-Bolts, attach the clamps and the banister post to your baby-gate post. Install the gate latch onto the top of the baby-gate post. Install the other baby-gate post onto the wall using wall anchors and extra long bolts.
  16. Add the latch onto the door. Then, attach strap hinges to the door where they would sit on the hinge pins using carriage bolts and hex nuts.

Project designed for Elmer’s by Ashley Phipps at Simply Designing.

5 Reasons to Use Rubber Cement

   
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Picking the right glue is an important decision when selecting materials for a paper craft project. If you use the wrong type of glue you’re likely to be disappointed in the outcome of your scrapbooks, cards, collages, or other similar craft. Rubber cement is one of the best glue choices for just about any paper-crafting project. Although most people have used it for projects while they were in school, many people don’t think about it as an option for their crafts as adults. Here are five reasons rubber cement is the perfect choice for all of your paper crafting needs.

  1. Easy-to-Use Brush

    Although they are convenient, squeeze bottles of glue can sometimes be tricky to work with. It is hard to place the glue precisely where you need it. Controlling the flow can also be a challenge, meaning you’re left with globs of glue in some places and not enough glue in others. Rubber cement comes with a brush attached to the lid. With this easy-to-use brush, you can place a thin, even layer exactly where you need it.

  2. Fast Drying

    Rubber cement dries extremely quickly– within just a few minutes. This makes it possible to move directly onto the next step of your project. Who wants to wait hours for glue to dry when you could be crafting instead?

  3. No Wrinkles

    Using traditional glue when making paper crafts is almost guaranteed to lead to one thing– wrinkles. This simple mistake can detract from the appearance of your finished product. That’s why you should use rubber cement for these types of projects. Rubber cement dries completely flat– no more wrinkles. You’ll be amazed at how two papers can bond together so smoothly that they look like one.

  4. No Stains

    It is easy to overestimate how much glue you need to secure a picture to your background. This leads to little bits of glue seeping out around the edges. But even if the glue dries clear, there is almost always a textural difference that makes it obvious. Attempts to remove it are likely to destroy the entire project. Excess rubber cement can be gently rubbed away with your finger and it leaves behind no telltale stains or residue.

  5. Removable

    Sometimes creative visions change in the middle of a project. Maybe you’re dissatisfied with the way something turned out. Or maybe you want to deviate from your original plan. If you used traditional glues, you’re stuck– literally. Your only options are to throw it out and restart or ignore your new idea. One of the best things about rubber cement is that it is completely and easily removable. Don’t like where you placed that picture in your collage? No problem! Just gently lift it up and re-position it with a fresh layer of rubber cement.

  6. So whether you like to scrapbook, design cards, or create collage crafts, pick up Elmer’s Rubber Cement in stores for all your paper-crafting needs.

4 DIY Clothing Hacks Using Spray Adhesive

   
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There’s nothing worse than having a good idea for a new project, but finding yourself without the right supplies on hand. This is true whether you’re an overall home improvement DIY-er, or you prefer things more specialized like clothing hacks. Keeping a DIY toolbox stocked full of the supplies you need allows you to be ready for whenever inspiration (or frustration) hits. One of these key, must-have supplies is spray adhesive. Feeling skeptical? Here’s a look at just a few of our favorite clothing DIY hacks possible with spray adhesive:

  1. Glitter up your wardrobe. If you want to glam up your outfit on the cheap, then there’s no better way than with a bit of spray adhesive. Simply splay the article of clothing across a flat surface, such as an ironing board, in a well-ventilated space, spray the adhesive evenly on the fabric, and add on all of your glitter.
  2. Stop a sudden fray. About to step out the door when you see an unwanted fray? Fast drying spray adhesive helps prevent against further unraveling and keeps your threads in place. This is an especially useful hack for scenarios like fixing a run in your tights where the sheer fabric isn’t very forgiving. Simply lay them out (again, it’s important to find something flat like a tabletop), spray on adhesive, and allow drying.
  3. Customize your shoes. If you love the look of boutique heels and slip-ons but hate their price tags, then a little customization with spray adhesive might be the thing for you. With very little effort (and just a bit of glue), blasé shoes can become your creative canvas. Simply start by grabbing your shoes, spray adhesive, and any glitter, buttons, bangles, or other small decorations. Block out any areas you don’t want decorated with masking tape before spraying the adhesive and attaching your decorative items.
  4. No sew jean patch. Everyone has a favorite pair of jeans they aren’t quite ready to throw away. If you have a pair of jeans with holes but hate sewing, then you can do a quick and effective DIY fix with a strong adhesive. Begin by taking your to-be-fixed jeans inside out and clean the area around the hole and/or tears so that the spray adhesives will keep a strong hold. Next, insert a DVD or CD case into the leg to keep the area as flat as possible. Then grab the scissors and cut a rough patch out of another pair of throwaway jeans or other fabric. The patch should have at least a 1/4-inch overlap around the entire edge of where the patch will go. Spray the adhesive on the jeans and firmly press the patch against the hole. Take care to ensure both the patch and jeans stay wrinkle free.

Ready to stock your DIY toolbox and prepare yourself for these clothing hacks? Grab a bottle of Elmer’s All Purpose Spray Adhesive. This specially formulated glue works great on paper, fabric, leather, and more. Enjoy your spray adhesive!

More Simple Home Repairs, and a Fun Project

   

Miss the first part of our home repairs?

Successful home repairs are built on Elmer’s adhesives.

  • Rickety wooden tables and chairs are annoying, but easily fixed. The wobble is often due to the fact that the legs have become loose from the sockets, not because of uneven legs. First, find the loose table or chair leg. Pull it from its socket and clean the leg and socket hole of wood debris. Apply a liberal amount of Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue to the socket hole. Fit the leg back into the socket and wipe away excess glue with a damp cloth. It’s important to use a clamp to make certain the leg and socket remain tight while the glue dries. Don’t neglect this step! Sand and paint or stain the bond if you wish.
  • Peeling wallpaper can be tricky to repair. Yanking wallpaper at the seam is a common DIY mistake. Instead, moisten a sponge with warm water and hold over the peeling area for a couple of minutes, and slowly pull the paper from the wall. Place Elmer’s Glue-All behind the paper and press it into place with the sponge. Run a roller over the repaired area for a smooth look and wipe away excess glue.
  • Using Elmer’s Glue-All to achieve a crackle finish on furniture is a popular way to give pieces a custom look. To achieve: Coat the object with acrylic craft paint. Once the paint is dry, cover the painted surface completely with Elmer’s Glue-All. This may take a lot of glue, but the results are worth it. Apply a second coat of paint to the object while the glue is still wet. As the paint dries, the surface appears to become “crackled.” Let dry and apply a second coat of Elmer’s Glue-All to seal.

If you have a home repair or project to complete, find the perfect adhesive for the job
by visiting Elmer’s Home Repairs.

Home Repairs Are Quick and Easy with Elmer’s

   

Warmer weather motivates many homeowners to tackle home repairs. Elmer’s can help you complete that to-do list and get your home ready for the busy summer months.Here are a few quick fixes to common household problems. Prepare to be amazed at how little effort it takes to make life at home much easier.

  • Wobbly drawers are a real nuisance. They can be difficult to open and seem to become more fragile with every use. Stop the wobble by first removing the drawer from the cabinet. Attach a piece of quarter-round trim at least an inch high to two or more of the inside corners, using Elmer’s Wood Glue to keep it in place. For extra stability, drill a screw through the quarter-round from the inside, taking care not to penetrate to the outside of the drawer.

  • Nail holes in walls seem to proliferate like weeds, especially if you have children who like to hang posters or other objects. Elmer’s has a product specifically to fill nail holes – appropriately called Elmer’s Nail Hole Filler. The filler is easy to use and dries hard after only 15 minutes. Then sand and paint and no one will guess where the hole was.

Elmer’s has a product for virtually every type of home repair. Minor fixes, such as scratches to the back deck or wood furniture, take minutes with Elmer’s ProBond Max or any of our other wood fillers. Just sand and stain for a look that’s good as new.Visit our home repair products to check out all of our products and stayed tuned for our Home Repairs Part 2.

Teacher Appreciation Gifts

   
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Teacher appreciation gifts range from a simple “thank you” to expensive store-bought items. But most teachers cherish a gift from the heart. Homemade items demonstrating thoughtfulness and effort are the ideal gift for the educator who has helped your student open new windows on life. Elmer’s can help you create them.

A few suggestions on how to choose teacher appreciation gifts that will be long remembered:

  • Make a gift that reflects the personal connection you and your child have with your teacher. Little things often mean the most.
  • Low maintenance is good. Not every teacher has a green thumb or is handy with a hammer. Keep your gift simple.
  • Have fun making it! This gift is a token of your appreciation; enjoy the time you put in so it’s not just another chore to mark off your to-do list.

Teacher appreciation gifts made with Elmer’s products fit each of these recommendations. They are simple, inexpensive and tasteful.

Practical Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Gifts

  • Popsicle sled ornament. Popsicle sticks are among the most versatile craft material. And who doesn’t love personalizing a Christmas tree with homemade ornaments?
  • Wine cork bath mat. Teachers who are wine drinkers will be particularly delighted with this gift. No need to take the time to save used corks, either. Corks can be in purchased in bulk at craft stores or other specialty stores. Note: this project requires a hot glue gun for best results.
  • Patterned office containers. Teachers like to be organized at home as well as in the classroom. This project uses paint and brushes to add colour to office containers that can help categorize supplies.
  • DIY Market Tote Bag. Another opportunity to use Elmer’s painted paint markers, which work on canvas just as well as on plastic, metal, wood or glass.
  • DIY Donut pillows. No sewing skills are required on this fun project. A hot glue gun will bond the fabrics instead of thread. These distinctive pillows are great for a den.

We know the holidays can be stressful so we hope these ideas ease some of the burden!

Holiday Crafting With Elmer’s

   
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At Elmer’s, we love the idea of holiday crafting; you can make some terrific gifts for the special people in your life.

Too often, the holidays revolves around repeated trips to the mall for store-bought gifts that don’t always seem as if they come from the heart. Holiday crafting with Elmer’s products is the ultimate expression of sincerity. Who doesn’t love a specially made gift that took time and effort?

Another bonus: Elmer’s holiday craft materials are inexpensive and easily found.

Gifts don’t require any themes. The goal is for the recipient to find uses for your gift all year long.

Ideas for Easy-to-Make Holiday Crafts

To make these holiday crafts, have Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue and Elmer’s ProBond Max Wood Glue on hand.

  • Custom shim-framed mirror. This practical piece also doubles as handsome decor for that bare space on the wall. The number of shims depends on the size of your mirror – 40 at the minimum. The mirror should be round, although a square mirror also works. The shims should be stained, glued together, then attached to the plywood backing. Our adhesive provides a strong bond to hold the mirror in place.

  • Frame turned tray. How easy is this? Attach metal cabinet pulls to a picture frame, then add a photo, artwork or piece of wallpaper. You’ll be surprised how often this tray gets used.
  • House numbers sign. The pieces of crushed glass and mirror reflect light to make the numbers visible at night. When attaching the glass and mirror pieces, use plenty of glue. Don’t worry – Elmer’s dries clear.
  • Numbered table. Follow the painting instructions, or get creative and paint an old coffee table any way you wish. Remember to sand the table first. Make it interesting by attaching metal house numbers of varying sizes and shapes.

What are your holiday crafting plans? Stop by our Facebook page and share your ideas!

Holiday Crafts, Made with Love and Foam Glue

   
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Slow down the hectic time before the holidays with a day of building holiday crafts with Elmer’s Foam Glue.

Your children or students will enjoy the chance to spend time with you on a creative project, and you’ll appreciate the restful change of pace.

Elmer’s Foam Glue is ideal for holiday crafts, which can require bonding foam to a variety of materials such as wood, sequins, glitter and beads. The glue is undetectable because it dries clear.

As with all our adhesives, Elmer’s Foam Glue is safe for children because it is non-toxic. It also cleans up easily and comes out of hair and clothing.

The materials you need for any Elmer’s craft project are inexpensive and available at local craft, grocery, home improvement, and hardware stores.

 

Try These Colourful Holiday Crafts

Below are a few easy-to-make holiday crafts that are sure to get you and the kids in a festive mood. On crafts that require the use of foam, Elmer’s Foam Glue gets the best results.

  • Glitter Magnetic Wreath. This is slightly more complicated than the other crafts but is worth the effort. An adult needs to help with using the utility knife.
  • Foam Ornaments. Fun with foam sheets and glitter. If you want to place these ornaments in a window, attach suction cups to the back. To put them on the refrigerator, glue small, lightweight magnets on the back.

Decorating with holiday crafts lends a distinctive, personal touch to your classroom or home during the end of the year. For more craft ideas, stop by our Facebook page on Friday to see a new crafting video!

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Marking Remembrance Day, 2015

   
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For generations who have not known war, it’s easy to forget the sacrifice military members have made for Canada.

That’s why we commemorate Remembrance Day on Nov. 11. Although it is not an official holiday everywhere in our country, take a moment during Remembrance Day to appreciate what veteran men and women have endured in armed conflicts since the early 20th century.

Since World War 1, nearly 100,000 Canadians have died fighting for our country. Many more were wounded or came home with life-changing injuries. These brave people should not be forgotten.

Remembrance Day was originally named Armistice Day to memorialize the signing of the document that ended World War I. The war, which was the bloodiest conflict in history until that time, officially ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Or, 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

Many Canadians still refer to the day as Armistice Day. In other countries, Remembrance Day is known by other names and held on dates other than Nov. 11.

The prime minister and other dignitaries mark the day with a ceremony at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Schools also may have informal observances.

In your own city or town, you may notice flags at half-staff or the sale of poppies.

Poppies are the symbol of Remembrance Day. These flowers grow in fields throughout Europe, their red colour a metaphor for the bloodshed that occurred on many of those fields during World War I.

A Special Craft for Remembrance Day

Building a Remembrance Day wreath is a way to honour these veterans and show you have not forgotten their sacrifice.

You’ll need Elmer’s Tacky Glue and some basic materials from the store. Your wreath looks best if about a dozen students cut the shape of their hand in green foam, although fewer cutouts also work. The red pom-poms are reminiscent of poppies.

Have everyone sign the wreath. This craft makes a touching gift for a veteran.

How do you observe Remembrance Day?

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Create Memories with Fun Halloween Crafts

   
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Much of the excitement of Halloween is the anticipation of the event. Coming up with costume ideas, carving jack-o-lanterns and decorating the house to look spooky are activities children remember far into adulthood.

With What the help of Elmer’s products, you can add to those memories with Halloween crafts. All it takes are a few inexpensive items, a large table and a room full of children who are ready for fun. Every Elmer’s product used in building our crafts or featured on the website can be found in mass retail outlets throughout Canada, including hardware, grocery, and drug stores as well as craft and hobby centers.

In so many ways, building crafts is the perfect way to enjoy the day leading up to the night of trick-or-treating. Images of witches, skeletons, goblins, spiders and ghosts are familiar to little ones and lend themselves to imaginative projects.

For added fun, have the kids wear their costumes while they make their crafts.

Halloween Craft Ideas

Below are a few popular, yet simple, craft ideas from Elmer’s. Along with the listed materials, you’ll need Elmer’s Tacky Glue.

  • Pumpkin decorating. There’s something about pumpkins that inspires great creativity. Use these directions as a guide, then try out some of your own ideas. This project works well for young children because it requires no carving.
  • Yard and garden ghosts. No need to go to the store for decorations. Make your own, then dress up the house and yard. Remember to keep your creations in storage for next year.
  • Crazy hanging spider. This project comes in two parts, the body and the face, and may require a little help from an adult to finish.
  • Spook-tacular cats. When everyone is finished building their cats, snap a photo of the creations and post it on social media, to share with your friends.

To see more Halloween crafts, visit our craft projects page.

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Keep Carpenter’s Glue Around the House

   
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You don’t need to be an experienced woodworker to appreciate Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue.

This glue is the favourite of professionals and homeowners alike. Today’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue is easier than ever to work with, setting quickly for a super-strong bond.

Millions of people use our wood glue everyday for:

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  • Wood repairs. Anything made of wood or wood-like products can be repaired, including furniture, musical instruments, or items found around the house or office. Need to glue a wobbly chair? Our glue works so well the wood would break before the bond.
  • Complex craft projects. Carpenter’s Wood Glue is the ideal choice for business or school projects that need to stand up to lots of handling. No need to worry about your project falling apart. Our glue creates a bond stronger than the wood itself.
  • Woodworking. Our glue is a staple in shops of both professional and non-professional woodworkers. It’s common for woodworkers to first add glue to a joint, then nail the joint to ensure a double-strength bond.

Some Tips on Using Carpenter’s Wood Glue

When working with Carpenter’s Wood Glue by Elmer’s:

  • Make certain the surface is clean. Dust and dirt affect the ability of the glue to bond.
  • Uniformly cover large surfaces by applying glue in a wave pattern, then spread the glue with a wooden stick or roller.
  • Apply more glue in the middle of the joint, less around the edges. This minimizes glue “ooze” when two surfaces are joined.
  • Clamping is helpful, especially when two large objects are being joined. A joint is typically fully set in an hour or two, although for larger projects it may require more time.
  • Excess glue is easily scraped, planed or sanded off, so a glued joint is virtually undetectable. Elmer’s Carpenter’s Glue can be painted over, so brush right over the glued joint.

Elmer’s Carpenter’s Glue is intended for interior use. Check out our other home repair products for help around the house!

Versatile ProBond Wood Fillers Bond Strong

   
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You just may be surprised at the many everyday uses of Elmer’s ProBond Max wood filler and ProBond Advanced adhesive.

ProBond Max is paintable, stainable, and waterproof. It creates a super-strong bond – stronger than the wood itself. With a longer drying/setting time, it’s easier to readjust a piece you have glued if needed.

Use Elmer’s ProBond Max wood filler to repair:

  • Indoor or outdoor furniture. Because it is waterproof, our wood filler is the ideal adhesive for repairing teak patio furniture. Repair non load-bearing elements on tables, chairs, and plant stands and watch them easily withstand heat, humidity, cold, rain or snow.
  • Flooring. Fix damaged wood floors by sanding a bit, applying filler, then staining and sealing once dried. ProBond Max can handle the punishment of heavy traffic.
  • Holes in molding, trim, or woodworking projects. Use ProBond Max to fill depressions left by nails for a hole-free, smooth surface that can then be painted.

ProBond Advanced is the solution for repairs to all kinds of surfaces, including wood, plastic, stone, or metal.

One of our most versatile adhesives, ProBond Advanced is formulated to bond without foaming or expanding, so there is no messy cleanup. It dries clear for virtually undetectable repairs to:

  • Ceramic pots and knick-knacks. This adhesive is also great for art projects that implement several types of materials.
  • Concrete. Fix chipped or damaged steps, pavers, countertops, or cinder block.
  • Plastic toys. Children’s damaged toys are a challenge for most glues, but ProBond Advanced sets solidly and is safe for little ones because it’s non-toxic and washable.

When working with either Elmer’s ProBond Max wood filler or ProBond Advanced, prepare surfaces before applying. In some cases that may require removing substances such as old glue and filing or sanding the surface until it’s smooth.

Elmer’s ProBond Max wood filler and ProBond Advanced adhesive is available at your local hardware, home improvement, or craft store. To learn more about all Elmer’s products, visit elmers.ca.

Terrific Ideas for Kids’ Thanksgiving Crafts

   
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Before the year-end holidays begin to take up large chunks of your time, spare a few creative minutes with the little ones and check out Elmer’s kids’ Thanksgiving crafts.

Here are some project ideas from Elmer’s for you and the children to enjoy. Each one is simple to make but leaves room for each child’s imagination. Stock up on Elmer’s Tacky Glue or Glue All, and be certain to supervise if you choose to use a glue gun:

  • Thankful Turkey – An artistic reminder of all for which we have to be thankful for. Take a short hike and find a few decent-sized pine cones. Glue a pom pom to the back of the pine cone, then glue jiggly eyes to the pom pom. Using multi-coloured foam sheets, cut out shapes for the beak and feathers and attach. Write on pieces of paper a few things for which you are thankful and glue each piece onto the foam feathers.
  • Turkey Napkin Holder – Glue jiggly eyes to the front and feathers to the back of a craft stick. Cut a diamond shape from foam and fold in half for the beak, then attach it to the stick. Paper napkins are adhered on with a chenille stem.
  • Turkey Cup Name Tags – Fit a foam band around a plastic cup. Cut a round shape from foam and glue it to the band. Cut and glue shapes for the beak, wattle and feathers. The name may be displayed on the largest feather in any number of creative ways.
  • Harvest Helper – Make a colorful scarecrow decoration! Cut hat and collar shapes from foam. To create the face, glue six craft sticks to the back of the hat brim and attach the collar. Glue chenille stems below the hat and collar. On the craft sticks, add jiggly eyes and a foam nose and draw a mouth.

Kids’ Thanksgiving Crafts Bring the Family Closer

There is a lot to like about kids’ Thanksgiving crafts. How many activities can you enjoy that are so satisfying yet inexpensive? For the cost of a few basic materials that are easily found at your local craft or hardware store, you can spend precious time with your children that you and they will always treasure.

The children will have memories of creating crafts with the family around the holidays. Those memories will be even more vivid if they can save a few of the crafts they made and display them, year after year, around the corresponding holiday.

For more craft ideas throughout the holiday season, browse our Craft Project Ideas!

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Adhesive Glue

   
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Uses for Adhesive Glue: It’s Up to You

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There are so many uses for Elmer’s adhesive glue, it’s hard to imagine a home or workplace without it.

Most of us use adhesive glue for school projects, work presentations, simple repairs around the house, and arts and crafts. But others have gone well beyond those conventional uses, applying Elmer’s products in creative and, in some cases, spectacular ways.

One of the most impressive outside-the-box examples we’ve encountered of our customers using adhesive glue is a ginormous popsicle stick castle built by a man from Connecticut recently.

It took one-and-a-half years for him to build a 12-foot by 17-foot replica of a castle. The project, which required 10 gallons of Elmer’s glue and nearly 400,000 wooden sticks, was so big it had to be delivered by truck for display in a museum. The model arrived intact.

There are other, more pedestrian applications for adhesive glue, as well. Elmer’s doesn’t necessarily endorse the following examples, but it’s fun to see how imaginative people can be when using our products:

  • To remove splinters, the affected area is coated with glue, which is dried, then peeled off. The splinter comes up easily.
  • Tight holes for driving screws into vertical surfaces are created by soaking a bit of cotton in glue, then stuffing the cotton in a pre-drilled hole. After waiting 24 hours, a screw can be securely driven into the hole.
  • Dipping the end of shoelaces in glue keeps them from fraying.
  • Adding water to glue and applying to fingernails or toenails creates a nail polish base coat. When you want to remove the polish, simply peel the base coat off.
  • A dot of glue on each piece keeps a completed jigsaw puzzle in place.
  • Elmer’s adhesive glue and some water keeps hair in place for hours. Our products are safe, water soluble and wash out of hair completely.

Any additional uses for our adhesive glue that we’ve missed?

School Glue

   
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Got a Project? Get Our School Glue and Glue Stick

For students preparing for another academic year, Elmer’s School Glue is as indispensable as pencils and backpacks.

For decades, Elmer’s School Glue and Glue Stick has helped students create all types of projects that earn high marks from teachers. Elmer’s quality products have been a staple in the classroom for generations of students the world over.

 

 

 

All of our school glues are designed to be kid- and parent-friendly:

  • Elmer’s school adhesives are water soluble, so accidents are easily washed off hands and out of clothes, hair, or wherever they occur. Our school glue is washable days, even weeks later.
  • Your child or student can safely use any Elmer’s products – they’re all non-toxic. Also, animal by-products are never used in the manufacturing of our adhesive.
  • Elmer’s School Glue is also affordable. As long as the bottle is capped tightly, the glue lasts a couple of years – although it may be used up way before that.

School Glue or Glue Stick for Everyone

Elmer’s has developed a variety of school adhesives for use on school projects in the classroom and at home:

  • Earth Friendly School Glue. Made largely from plants, this glue comes in both pourable and stick forms and works just as well as other Elmer’s adhesives. The containers and labels are made of recycled materials.
  • X-treme School Glue Stick. Ideal for tough projects that require a super-strong adhesive. Use it to bond materials to wood, fabric, foam board, or any rough surface.
  • School Glue Gel. When you need an adhesive that dries clear.
  • No-Run School Glue. Made for children, this glue remains where you put it but is still washable.
  • Early Learners Glue Stick. The no-roll design is ideal for little ones and makes application easy. The cap easily opens and closes, even after repeated use. The adhesive goes on purple and dries clear, so it’s easy to tell where you are gluing and when a project is done. Like all our glue sticks, this product is used like a pencil and encourages proper writing grip.

Purchase Elmer’s School Glue and Glue Stick online or at craft and home improvement stores. What’s your favorite Elmer’s glue?

How to Stay Organized

   
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Learn How to Stay Organized With Elmer’s

Everyone wants to learn how to stay organized, especially with back to school season. Elmer’s, with its line of super-handy Freestyle products, can help.

With classes starting again, making sure there is a place for everything school-related is more important than ever. Just as important: making it easy to stay organized after the novelty of the concept has worn off after a few weeks.

Being well-organized helps promote more efficient studying habits by cutting down on time that is wasted trying to locate materials, supplies and information. Students who learn how to stay organized at a young age are also developing habits that will remain with them into adulthood.

Elmer’s Freestyle products are easy to use, tested for durability and performance, and designed to provide a variety of solutions based on your organizational needs.

How to Stay Organized for the Whole School Year

Here is a sampling of Elmer’s Freestyle products that will enable your child or student to get organized and stay that way for the entire school year:

  • Repositionable Stick’ems. Label virtually anything with these glueless, erasable mini-boards that come in a variety of styles, sizes and colours. Superior to adhesive paper notes, Stick’ems attach to surfaces such as tile, wood, glass, metal or plastic. Easily reposition an item with no adhesive residue left behind.
  • Repositionable Stationery Clips. Another glueless product that leaves behind no adhesive. Hang reminders, assignments or charts that need to be easily seen and within reach. Attach to tile, plastic, glass or other surfaces for a sturdy hold that won’t cause damage when removed.
  • Repositionable Hooks. When hanging an item by a nail or screw won’t do, these hooks are a great solution. They hold up to 10 pounds and don’t require tools to hang. Perfect for organizing small spaces.

You can purchase Freestyle products online or at craft stores, supermarkets, and home improvement stores. Have a question? Contact us.

Keep Them Learning With Crafts for Kids

   
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Summer crafting is fun, especially when siblings or a group of friends gather to take on a project. Building crafts together also brings families and friends closer and teaches young people how to behave in a social setting.

But in addition to enjoyment and camaraderie, summer crafting offers another benefit. Creating crafts also keep children’s minds active. This is especially important when they are out of the classroom.

Testing has long showed that when students take a prolonged break from school, they often forget lessons they were taught earlier. As a result, part of the following academic year is spent refreshing memories instead of moving on to new topics.

Keeping young minds engaged is the best way to help children retain and expand their knowledge. Crafts for kids are particularly helpful in boosting brain function. As the children master certain skills, you can continue to challenge them with crafts that are increasingly difficult to make.

You can also choose projects that appeal to the interests of individual kids.

Summer crafting is a convenient and affordable way to keep idle hands busy during those long days that otherwise may be spent in front of the computer or television.

Elmer’s wants to help young people spend time away from school more productively. Parents and teachers, check out our crafts for kids projects.

Try This Craft With a Plastic Bug!

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Here is a simple craft project that appeals to kids’ senses.

You’ll need a newspaper, some plastic bugs, a plastic lid from any type of jar and Elmer’s Clear Washable School Glue Gel.

Spread the newspaper on a table or the floor, then place the lid on the paper. Put a plastic bug in the center of the lid, then fill to the top with the Clear Washable School Glue Gel.

It may take a couple days for the glue to dry. You may need to add more glue if the glue level gets low.

Pull the glue from the lid. The bug will appear to be encased in sap or “amber.”

Use this craft to decorate a bedroom or save it for Halloween season to decorate your house. Have you made one? Visit our Facebook page and share!

Break Summer Boredom With Summer Crafts for Kids

   
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Fun summer crafts for kids are one of the best ways to prevent that age-old whine of school holidays: “I’m bored!”

Craft projects channel untapped creativity in children while providing a social atmosphere of cooperation and enjoyment. They’re also a wholesome alternative to texting or television and, with Elmer’s Crafting Club, offer unlimited ideas to keep kids busy for hours at a time.

Via easy-to-understand videos, Elmer’s Crafting Club shows kids and supervising adults how to create fun and interesting new projects. Some videos of terrific and inexpensive summer crafts for kids available on Elmer’s Crafting Club right now:

  • Funky summer flip flops. Transform a pair of ordinary flip flops into one-of-kind footwear with just a few simple materials.
  • Back to school picture frame. Your school portrait, or the portrait of a friend or pet, now has a home!
  • Fun bookmarks. One more reason to reach for a book. You’ll never lose your place now.
  • T-shirt painting. Who needs a T-shirt from a store with a design everyone else will be wearing? Customize your clothes using any design you want with the help of Elmer’s Gel Glue.
  • Happy birthday card. A personally made card is one that is so much more meaningful to the recipient, and helps teach children about caring for others.
  • Backpack tag. No more rifling through a backpack to figure out whose it is. This tag identifies its owner immediately.

By subscribing to Elmer’s Crafting Club on YouTube, you’ll always be notified when a new video is available. It’s easy – just click on the red “Subscribe” button below the screen on any YouTube page.

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Summer Decor Crafting for Your Home

   
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Craft projects are not just for kids – summer decor crafting can help beautify homes and provide hours of enjoyment for creative adults.

With the help of Elmer’s products, adults can easily build practical items for around the house that are eye-catching. As with many craft projects, these items require little money to make but add fun to your household.

A summer decor crafting project is also an enjoyable way to spend idle hours during the warm months with a spouse or friend and the perfect opportunity to exercise your creativity away from the cell phone or laptop.

Here are a couple of Elmer’s-approved projects to get you started:

  • Bicycle shelf with handlebar rack. A great summer decor crafting project for the cycling enthusiast. Required supplies include a piece of lumber, bicycle handlebars and gears, star nut, rod, nut and washer, and Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue. Some experience using a drill, hacksaw and jigsaw is helpful – remember, not all craft projects are meant for children. The office or den is an ideal place for this shelf, but be certain to screw it into wall studs or by using anchor bolts for a secure mount.
  • House numbers sign. Materials needed for this craft are crushed glass, a crushed mirror, wood dowel, painter’s tape, Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue and ProBond Max Wood Glue, and house numbers. When this sign is positioned in the front of your home, the crushed glass and mirror pieces reflect light and make identifying your address easy. You can buy crushed glass and mirror pieces at local craft stores or building supply outlets.

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Get Ready for Camp with Art Projects for Kids

   
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Help your children get ready for camp and a summer of swimming, hiking, campfires, and story-telling with Elmer’s art projects for kids.

Building these special crafts serves to bring families closer before children depart for camp. Is your child anxious about going? Discussing all the wonderful camp activities during crafting sessions and the prospect of bringing a completed project or two along with them may help them to anticipate the fun times ahead with a little more excitement and less nervousness.

The art projects for kids below are fairly simple and don’t require much experience in creating crafts. Elmer’s Tacky Glue, or a glue gun, is required for each. Make sure an adult is around when the glue gun is being used.

  • Chenille Stem Flip Flops. These are the perfect footwear after a long hike or in the tent or bunkhouse before snuggling into bed or the sleeping bag. Materials include flip flops, pony beads, and chenille stems. Vary the design a little for a unique look.
     
  • Craft Stick Frame. Elmer’s Jumbo Craft Sticks and Shimmer’n Shine, paint, magnets, Pom-Poms and clothespins are needed for this project. Paint the clothespins and seven craft sticks any colour you wish, keeping in mind the overall look of the frame when it’s finished. Glaze the sticks with Shimmer’n Shine. Construct the frame, glue magnets on the back for hanging, and decorate with the Pom-Poms, or any kind of glitter or jewels you want.
     
  • Paper Maché Box. This craft project requires a square or round box, paint and paintbrush, and Pom-Poms. It’s another project that is easily customized by selecting different paint colours and Pom-Pom patterns, and it’s perfect for storing hair accessories and small toiletries while at camp.
     

These art projects for kids also serve as a comforting reminder of home when the campers take them with them for the summer. What are you doing to help your child prepare for camp? Visit our Facebook page and share your tips!

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Inspire Creativity With Crafts for Toddlers

   
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Elmer’s Early Learners Products help build children’s confidence for success and spark the creative streak everyone has within themselves.

Inspire a love of crafting with Elmer’s products that are made designed for children ages 2 to 5. This product line was created with the early learning experts at Ohio State University’s Schoebaum Family Center and moms to design glue bottles and sticks that promote fine motor skill development. Early Learners Glue Pen and Glue Stick, both disappearing purple glue, are washable, easy to use, non-toxic, and encourages proper writing grip.

Other Elmer’s products include our No-Run School Glue and School Glue Gel, both of which stay where they are applied without dripping.

Overseeing crafts for toddlers may seem challenging, but the benefits are far-reaching:

  • Young minds and little hands are occupied in a safe and fun exploratory activity
  • Thinking and motor skills are promoted
  • Social skills develop when several children make crafts together while cooperating with adults

It’s best to let your toddler take the lead for any craft project, but a parent or adult should always be available to offer guidance. Let them experiment while trying to keep children focused on completing the project, even if that means the child becomes disinterested and abandons it for a few hours or even a couple days.

Building a particular craft isn’t always necessary. Many children prefer to simply colour and glue materials together in the beginning. Making a mess may be what your toddler enjoys most about crafting.

We’d love to see the art you and your toddler create. Visit our Facebook page and share your latest creation!

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Canada Day

   
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Celebrating Canada Day 2015

Canada Day marks the birth of our country in 1867. Although Canada technically did not became independent of England until 1982, many citizens and non-citizens have long considered July 1 an independence day.

In spite of the fact they didn’t fight a war to break away from England, Canadians are just as patriotic about July 1 as Americans are about July 4. In fact, Canada Day celebrations are growing in size and enthusiasm every year, a true demonstration of the unity of our vast, incredibly diverse nation.

Some tidbits about Canada and Canada Day to discuss while enjoying the holiday barbecue, neighbourhood party, or the day off:

  • Just as it took nearly 100 years for our independence to become official, “O Canada” wasn’t designated the national anthem until 1980. The first version of the song, in French, was written a century earlier, in 1880.
  • Canada Day was originally known as Dominion Day. The name changed after the act that separated Canada from England was passed in 1982.
  • Insulin was discovered by Frederick Banting at the University of Toronto in 1921.
  • Beavers, the national animal, belie the reputation of Canadians as “nice.” They are territorial creatures who will hiss, slap water with their tails, and even attack is you get too close.
  • Filipinos are the largest foreign-born population in Canada’s north. This is one diverse country.

Be a Canada Day Fan. And Make One, Too

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Now you can be a Canada Day fan and make an actual Canada Day fan. It’s a simple craft to build and is handy to wave during a barbecue or any type of celebration you may be attending on July 1.

Here’s how to make your Canada Day fan:

You’ll need Elmer’s Craft Sticks, a red and a white sheet of foam, glitter, gems, and Elmer’s Tacky Glue. You may also use a Glue Gun, but if you are a youngster, be certain an adult is around to supervise the use of the gun.

Glue the stick to the bottom middle of the red foam sheet. Place the white sheet on top of the red one and glue together. Take care to glue the bottom of the sheets only.

Now cut maple leaf patterns in both the red and white sheets. Decorate with glitter, gems, or whatever you wish.

Happy Canada Day 2015 from Elmer’s!

Contact Cement

   
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Quick and Permanent Contact Cement

Elmer’s Contact Cement, inexpensive and with a bond that is both fast and permanent, is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

Due to its neoprene nature, our Contact Cement adheres to wood, laminate, metal, and difficult-to-bond plastic with an ultra flexible bond. Elmer’s Contact Cement is also formulated to resist extreme temperatures and is particularly suited for hot weather.

Because it’s water resistant, it’s tough enough to apply to items that will be outside, such as flower pots or lawn furniture. As with all Elmer’s adhesives, our Contact Cement dries quickly and clearly. Your bond is undetectable.

In some cases, you may wish to allow a glued object to set overnight to be certain the bond is dry and strong.

Some examples of how Elmer’s Contact Cement excels in everyday instances:

  • It’s the ideal adhesive for plastic toys.
  • Contact Cement is able to bond rubber to plastic, two difficult materials to bond. If your raincoat needs repair, Elmer’s Contact Cement was made for you. The bond will hold up in wet weather and rough usage.
  • Laminate countertops that have begun to lift from a subsurface can easily be reattached. No need to clamp, either.
  • Furniture or cabinets with wood veneers, even thin tiles, can also be repaired to look good as new.

When making repairs, be sure to apply Elmer’s Contact Cement to both surfaces that will be bonded, not just one. This enables the glue to attach to itself and ensures a strong hold.

It’s also solvent-free and low-odor, but Elmer’s recommends contact cement be used in well-ventilated areas.

Clamp tape

   
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Elmer’s Clamp Tape, for a Sturdy Bond

Clamp tape by Elmer’s is the solution when a conventional clamp can’t handle the job.

Heavy, conventional clamps are perfect for use in the carpentry shop or construction purposes, but often home repairs to household items require a lighter touch.

Whether you need to glue together an oddly shaped table leg or broken cups or plates, or build intricate school or office projects, specially formulated Elmer’s clamp tape is the answer.

When used in conjunction with Elmer’s adhesives such as Fix-All Cement or Household Cement, our clamp tape ensures a bond that is sturdy and restores the repaired item to original functionality.

Elmer’s Clamp Tape is made for use on:

  • Irregularly shaped items. Broken furniture can be difficult to repair.
  • Delicate items. A conventional clamp may crack or even destroy the fragile item you’re trying to repair. Lamps, ornaments, or other objects need careful handling.

Some items need to be clamped lightly, others a bit more snugly. With items that need a firm hold, you can easily adjust the pressure by wrapping Elmer’s clamp tape more tightly.

Elmer’s has also formulated its clamp tape to leave behind no adhesive residue or otherwise damage the materials being bonded. You may paint, varnish or refinish any item that has been glued and clamped and be assured of a clean look. Your repaired item will look as good as new!

Buy Our Clamp Tape at Many Retail Outlets

Elmer’s clamp tape is only one of several products for use around the house or workplace.

Elmer’s offers a variety of specialty home repair products that can be used indoors but are also tough enough for outdoors. All our products are available at hardware, home improvement, craft and grocery stores throughout North America.

Plastic Glue

   
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Plastic Glue: Your Go-To Tool for Difficult Bonds

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Bonding plastic to wood, paper, ceramic, metal, even more plastic, calls for a plastic glue made specifically for the job.

The most common types of plastic are polypropylene, polyethylene, or PVC, also known as polyvinyl chloride. Regardless of makeup, plastics are well-known for being difficult to glue because their non-porous, smooth nature doesn’t allow glues to “grab”.

Elmer’s has solved the problem. We manufacture a variety of plastic glues for the home repair DIYer, hobby enthusiast, student, employee, parent, and child.

Some of Elmer’s most popular glues made for bonding plastic are:

  • Fix All Cement. Ideal for bonding objects that are placed outdoors or that may be subject to temperature extremes or moisture. It is solvent-free, so Fix All may also be used indoors.
  • ProBond Advanced. A multipurpose glue that is a breeze to use and cleans up with just soap and water. The most interesting characteristic about ProBond Advanced is that it has the same bond strength and similar attributes of a polyurethane without the foaming. It dries without a trace and is paintable. Use it to bond plastic to materials such as stone, wood or ceramic.
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  • Glue All. A staple of both home and the workplace, Elmer’s has formulated this all-purpose glue for a variety of uses. Ideal for quick fixes on common repairs.
  • Model + Hobby Cement. Created particularly for use on models and for crafting, this adhesive dries clear and is practically undetectable after painting. Excellent for use on polysterene plastic, the material of many model kits.

Questions About Plastic Glue? Ask Us

When it comes to adhesives, we know what we’re talking about. Elmer’s has produced the industry’s finest adhesives for more than 60 years.

So if you have a question about our plastic glue, any other adhesive we manufacture, or about adhesives in general, just ask. Check out our website for information on all our products, including our FAQ page.

If you still don’t find an answer, message us. Be certain to include your email address so we can respond in a timely fashion.

Spray Adhesive

   
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Spray Adhesive – Tacky, in a Good Way

Mosaics, collages, posters, stencils, scrapbooks, embroidery appliques, even transferring images to wood – the uses of Elmer’s spray adhesives are limited only by the imagination.

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Elmer’s All-Purpose Spray Adhesive is a popular way to bond objects because it is so versatile. For household projects, the office, or school, it works well with any type of material: paper, fabric, foam, cork, and even metal, plastics or leather. It is ideal for uneven or rough surfaces.

People who love creating crafts may wonder: what did we do before spray adhesive?

In many instances it’s preferable to glue because it can be sprayed over a large area quickly and evenly. With a little practice, controlling the amount applied is easy and Elmer’s Spray Adhesive dries quickly and completely invisibly.

Another benefit of using spray adhesive: objects and materials can be repositioned or removed after being bonded. Creating the perfect wallpaper stencil, which requires some finessing, is nearly impossible without it.

A few tips when using Elmer’s spray adhesive:

  • Spray in a well-ventilated area. If possible, spray outside to avoid breathing in odors, but avoid windy conditions. Elmer’s recommends using latex gloves and a face mask to prevent inhaling the fumes.
  • Apply the adhesive as you would spray paint. First shake the canister, hold the can roughly eight inches from surface, and spray as much as you wish. Wait about a half-minute before bonding the material.
  • If you’ve never used Elmer’s All-Purpose Spray Adhesive before, practice on materials or objects that aren’t part of your project. You’ll find it takes just one or two attempts to get the hang of using the spray. A certain amount of overspraying is unavoidable, but with practice you can keep the amount to a minimum.

A Practical Elmer’s Project

If you are concerned a houseguest may fall on an area rug slipping out of position, Elmer’s All-Purpose Spray Adhesive and a slip-resistant mat are the solution.

First, choose the type of spray adhesive you want. Elmer’s makes Extra Strength, Repositionable and All-Purpose formulas.

Spray the underside of the rug and one side of the mat. Within 15 seconds, attach the sprayed surfaces together, making certain the mat lies smoothly.

Wait about an hour before placing the rug on the floor. You’ll find that bonding the slip-resistant mat beneath your area rugs helps to keep the rug in place and is an improvement over the loose mat and rug combination.

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Repositionable Glue

   
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Repositionable Glue is Freedom!

Repositionable glue enables you to build any type of project while giving you the flexibility of removing items after they are glued.

Elmer’s Craftbond Repositionable Glue Stick is the perfect adhesive for:

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  • Crafting. Sometimes it’s fun to try different versions of a craft, and repositionable glue enables you to stick and re-stick to your heart’s content until you have everything positioned just the way you want. This is especially handy when creativity is involved.
  • Household projects such as stenciling or photo framing. Experiment with photo arrangements by gluing images to mat boards before framing. Our tacky glue is flexible, allowing you to move photos until you’re satisfied. Elmer’s glue also holds stencils in place securely for a crisp look after spray painting.
  • Work or school. Create your own “stickies” for notes on a chart, poster, graph or business presentation.

Our repositionable glue is for those who want the freedom to change their minds. Remember to wait about a minute after applying glue to any surface, or until glue is dry, before attaching another object or materials such as cardboard or paper to it.

A tip on how to remove materials cleanly:

To reposition material such as cardboard or paper, begin at a corner and slowly pull. It may take a little practice, but soon you’ll find you can easily remove anything that has been bonded with Elmer’s repositionable glue.

Once an object has been moved, simply rub off the excess glue for a clean, smooth surface.

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Our Foam Glue, a Craft Favorite

   
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Elmer’s foam glue is a favorite when it’s time to create crafts. Here’s why:

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  • It helps you build crafts with no unsightly glue lines. The best crafts look as if they were built with no glue at all. Our foam glue dries clear, so even if you are a bit messy in applying it, no one will know.
  • It sets up fast. No need to hold or secure pieces together. Elmer’s foam glue bonds within seconds so you can quickly move on to the next step while you set aside for the glue to dry. This is the perfect glue to take on complex projects that are made up of lots of materials.
  • Elmer’s foam glue was made specifically for gluing foam to beads, paper, wood, almost anything, without soaking through or otherwise damaging the foam.
  • Your craft item will have a long, sturdy life because our foam glue holds fast and doesn’t become brittle over time. Materials remain stuck together with our foam glue, even in the hands of curious little ones.

Want to try Elmer’s foam glue for yourself?

Check out these craft ideas that use Elmer’s colourful, pliable foam which adds texture to projects. Our foam comes in easy-to-cut sheets, all types of shapes, and stickers.

Other adhesives made by Elmer’s, such as our all-purpose Tacky Glue, work well on all types of crafts. But if you have an afternoon of projects ahead of you that use lots of foam, we recommend our foam glue.

A Bit More About Our Glues

Like all our adhesives, Elmer’s foam glue is non-toxic and perfectly safe for children of all ages to use. It never damages surfaces and cleans up easily, so kids can use it without adult supervision.

Elmer’s adhesives are made with chemicals drawn from raw materials found in nature. Animals or animal parts are never used in making our glues.

Our FAQ page has additional facts on Elmer’s glues.

Visit elmers.ca for more information on all our products and ideas on how to use them.

Father’s Day Crafts, From the Heart

   
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Father’s Day crafts, created with the help of Elmer’s products, show Dad that you care enough to build something for him from the heart.

If the kids have had practice making crafts for Mother’s Day, these simple projects should be easy and fun. A little supervision from an adult is helpful, especially when it’s time to use the glue gun.

Here are a few Father’s Day craft ideas from Elmer’s. Feel free to use your imagination in adding anything you wish. Make each craft really special by personalizing them with a message and by choosing materials in his favorite colours:

  • Father’s Day Rocks. This project starts outside. Maybe friends can help pick rocks that will make the perfect keepsake. The images give some ideas but you can transform stones into almost anything! Take a minute to think about what you would like to make for dad and search for stones that are the right size, shape and texture for your creation.
  • Dad’s Tie/Bookmark Card. Decorate your foam tie with stars. Or perhaps take a hint from a real tie that Dad owns and try to duplicate the design in this little project.
  • Father’s Day Notepad. As with other projects, this one calls for using either Elmer’s Tacky Glue or a glue gun. An adult is recommended to help with the glue gun.

While it’s great to surprise father with a hand-made gift, consider inviting dad to help with his own project. This time he spends with family makes any craft even more memorable.

Remember Father’s Day Crafts for Others

Stepfathers and grandfathers are also fathers, so don’t forget to give them something in appreciation for all the hard work they’ve done and the love they’ve given. The Elmer’s Father’s Day crafts on our website are simple, so go ahead and make several so there are enough to go around.

Every Elmer’s product used in building our crafts or featured on the website can be found in mass retail outlets throughout Canada and North America, including hardware, grocery, and drug stores as well as craft and hobby centers.

Wood Filler | Exterior Wood Fillers

   
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Spring is here, meaning crafting enthusiasts or DIYers can move outside and begin working on repairing or improving your home. Elmer’s ProBond Max exterior wood fillers has a fit for virtually any task you would want to take up around the house. Here we will walk you through how to restore an antique door.

Steps to help restore your door

First you should remove the door along with any hardware, leaving only the wooden body. Inspect the door for any damaged areas, including dry rot. As many older doors are covered in several layers of notoriously-hard-to-remove latex paint, you may want to consider using a paint-stripping product coupled with a scraper to remove the paint from the bare wood.

For a complete finish, sand until every bit of paint is gone. You may wish to plug the door’s old peephole. If you do, be sure to use a plug of the same material as the door, allowing the wood to contract and expand at the same rate. Wood glue can be used to bond the plughole, but you can also use wood filler to ensure a strong bond.

Don’t forget the wood filler

While you can apply wood stabilizer on any areas of dry rot to strengthen damaged areas of the door, excessively rotted or soft areas, along with any old wood filler still present, should be removed using a chisel.

Now you can apply fresh wood filler to fill in these areas, along with any voids from the newly covered peephole, and the original doorknob opening. Once the filler has dried, you will then sand the door first using a flat rasp, then rough-grade sandpaper, and finally finish-grade sandpaper to completely prepare the door for paint. Be sure to use tack-cloth or soft cloth to remove all sanding dust before applying primer.

After one to two coats of primer, sand once more using finishing-grade sandpaper. Now your new door will be ready for paint and hardware, bringing a fresh look to your home!

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Why use interior wood filler?

   
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Interior wood fillers are products that can help you put the finishing touches on your project. Sometimes when working with wood, there are parts that need to be filled in to make it look more polished or even.

A good example of this is seen when connecting two pieces of wood together. By using interior wood filler, you can cover the gap where you connected the two pieces and they will always look as if they were one continuous piece. If you use nails to connect your pieces of wood, the wood filler can be used to cover the nail head. Applying interior wood filler and then sanding it to be level with the wood will help you to achieve a smooth, refined look, taking your wood project to the next level.

A variety of options

Tinted interior wood fillers come in different colours, allowing you to match the colours of your project. There are also fillers that can be painted or stained to match your project colour. The fillers are easy to use and easy to clean up after project completion. These durable fillers have been designed to last the entire life of your project.

You don’t have to worry about defects in the filler, such as shrinking or cracking. The fresh look offered by these fillers will keep your project looking brand new for years to come.

Product choices

Some products available for use on your next indoor project include Elmer’s Carpenter’s Tinted Wood Filler. This specific product comes in a variety of colours including white, natural, golden oak, walnut, red oak and mahogany.

Another great Elmer’s product to consider for your project is the Colour Change Wood Filler. This fast-drying filler changes colours as it dries white or natural. Once dried, it can be sanded down and painted to match the colour of your project. There are several different Elmer’s interior wood filler products to help you put the finishing touches on your next project. Visit us on Facebook and tell us about your latest project!

Homemade Mothers Day Gifts | Craft Ideas for Kids

   
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Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 10th. One of the best ways to show love this Mother’s Day is by giving a special gift made just for Mom or another female in your child’s life. Here are two easy and fun ideas for homemade Mother’s Day gifts that children can make with adult supervision.

Butterfly Bookmark for Mother’s Day

If your mom enjoys reading, she will love this Butterfly Bookmark made by you. To complete this project, you only need a few materials – Elmer’s Foam Bookmarks, foam sheets, chenille stems, and Elmer’s Tacky Glue.

Simply cut out butterfly shapes from paper and adhere them to an Elmer’s Foam Bookmark. If you do not have a foam bookmark, you can also use a rectangular piece cut from a larger foam sheet. After gluing the butterflies onto the bookmark, don’t forget to allow plenty of time for the glue to dry completely.

The chenille stems can be curled and glued onto the butterflies to create the antennas. Add decorations to the bookmark with Elmer’s Glitter Glue, paint, or sticky jewels in assorted colours and shapes. Be creative with the decorations to personalize your bookmark for your mother. On the back, you can use a permanent marker to write your name, the date, and a special Mother’s Day message. Your mom is sure to love it.

Mother’s Day Photo Pencil Holder

This Mother’s Day Photo Pencil Holder is another great idea for homemade Mother’s Day gifts. Your mom can use this pencil holder to store pencils and pens on her desk at work or at home.

The Mother’s Day photo pencil holder is built by stacking craft sticks and mini craft sticks to create a rectangular box. Use tacky glue to secure the sticks firmly in place, keeping the pencil holder in its original shape when moved.

Collect some of your mom’s favorite family pictures to decorate the outside of the box. You’ll need to cut the pictures to approximately 4 cm x 4 cm or 4 cm x 8 cm to fit the pencil holder. You can use foam pieces or Elmer’s Glitter Glue to decorate the pencil holder and frame the pictures.

When you and your child create homemade Mother’s Day gifts, you make something special. Remember to take the time to show love and appreciation for your mother this Mother’s Day with a little help from Elmer’s.

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Wood Fillers | Exterior Wood Fillers

   

Spring is here, meaning crafting enthusiasts or DIYers can move outside and begin working on repairing or improving your home. Elmer’s ProBond Max line of exterior wood fillers has a fit for virtually any task you would want to take up around the house. Here we will walk you through how to restore an antique door.

Steps to help restore your door

First you should remove the door along with any hardware, leaving only the wooden body. Inspect the door for any damaged areas, including dry rot. As many older doors are covered in several layers of notoriously-hard-to-remove latex paint, you may want to consider using a paint-stripping product coupled with a scraper to remove the paint from the bare wood.

For a complete finish, sand until every bit of paint is gone. You may wish to plug the door’s old peephole. If you do, be sure to use a plug of the same material as the door, allowing the wood to contract and expand at the same rate. Wood glue can be used to bond the plughole, but you can also use wood filler to ensure a strong bond.

Don’t forget the wood filler

While you can apply wood stabilizer on any areas of dry rot to strengthen damaged areas of the door, excessively rotted or soft areas, along with any old wood filler still present, should be removed using a chisel.

Now you can apply fresh wood filler to fill in these areas, along with any voids from the newly covered peephole, and the original doorknob opening. Once the filler has dried, you will then sand the door first using a flat rasp, then rough-grade sandpaper, and finally finish-grade sandpaper to completely prepare the door for paint. Be sure to use tack-cloth or soft cloth to remove all sanding dust before applying primer.

After one to two coats of primer, sand once more using finishing-grade sandpaper. Now your new door will be ready for paint and hardware, bringing a fresh look to your home!

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Peel and Stick Dry Erase Sheets

   
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Quick and Easy, with Peel and Stick Dry Erase Sheets!

The convenience of dry erase and the flexibility of reusable adhesive combine to make our new peel and stick dry erase sheet a very handy product. There are countless uses around the house as well as when you’re out and about. Here are some of our top picks:

  • Quick Last-Minute Notes – Hang a 4” x 4” sheet by the door to jot down things you need to remember to take with you on your way out. Place another near the pantry and fridge to note items that need to be added to your main shopping list.
  • Label It! – There are so many options for organizing today, with bins and totes high on the list. While they can be attractive, if you can’t see what’s in them, they have to be taken out to find needed items. Use one of our 2.5″ round notes to label small bins and our 4″ peel and stick on larger ones and the whole family will know just where things go. The best part is that you can change them on the fly as your needs change.
  • Teenage Clutter Solved! – The trendy colours and attractive design make these a perfect solution for the teen that won’t clean. Help them organize with plastic bins and use a peel and stick dry erase sheet as a fun and stylish label.
  • Fun for the Little Ones – Anyone who has a toddler knows it pays to have fun things for them to do while out. Take a couple of peel and stick dry erase sheets along… toddlers love to create, erase, then create again; and keeping them occupied makes errands go smoothly!
  • Mobile Notes – Keep a peel and stick dry erase sheet in your car for those on-the-go reminders. When you get to your destination you can remove it and take it with you if needed. Or, make a note of an errand or item you don’t want to forget so that you see it the next time you go out.
  • These are just a few of the many ways the new Freestyle Peel and Stick Dry Erase Sheet help people stay organized and get things done. What other ways are you using them? Please share with us in the comments below!

Easter Projects

   
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Spring is finally here, and that means Easter is only a couple of days away. And with the kids celebrating the holiday, it’s the opportune time to get them creative and having fun at the same time. While this year’s Easter may find you by surprise, it’s OK! All you will need is a few simple items and a little motivation to make some stunning Easter-themed creations. Here are some easy Easter craft ideas for you and your kids to enjoy.

Note: Some of the Easter craft ideas may require adult supervision.

Easter Bunny Treat Holder

You will require a large foam sheet (white, red, and pink), jiggly eyes, chenille stems, one large red pom pom, three small pink pom poms, a pencil, a pair of scissors, a plain paper, and glue.

Using your pencil, draw the bunny face shape on a piece of paper (a heart shape for this case). Cut out the heart shape, trace it onto a white foam paper, and then cut two faces out. Using glue, stick the two faces together beginning halfway down and along the bottom. Do it on both sides. This creates the treat pocket.

For the bunny ears, make one large outside ear and a slightly smaller inner ear. Trace the outer and the inner ear on the white and pink foam sheet respectively, and then cut them out. Using the glue stick the pink ear onto the white ear and glue the bottom of both ears inside the treat pocket. Glue the jiggly eyes, the whiskers, and the red pom pom for the nose.

Foam Easter Eggs

You will need foam sheets, a range of assorted colours (pastel colors work best), glue, a pair of scissors, plain paper, and a pencil.

Draw an egg shape on the paper and cut the out. Using your template, trace the outline onto the foam sheet and cut out the shape. Using the different foam sheet colors, cutout an assortment of shapes and glue them onto your egg for decoration.

Need other Easter craft ideas? Check out our Project Ideas for more inspiration!

Craft Ideas for National Craft Month

   
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National Craft Month takes place every year in March. This celebration was started in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association to help people learn more about crafting and find inspiration for new projects.

Elmer’s is proud to have partnered with Walmart Canada to celebrate National Craft Month 2015. This month when you visit select Walmart stores in Canada, you can view our display featuring various Elmer’s products.

Crafting is something that people of all ages can enjoy. No matter what type of crafting you and your child enjoy, National Craft Month is the perfect opportunity for your family to spend time together being creative. Celebrate National Craft Month with your child this March and help them express their creativity by attempting some of these fun and easy craft ideas from Elmer’s.

Craft Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Crafts are a fun way to help toddlers and preschoolers explore, learn, and play all at once. While this age group will require a lot of supervision and assistance to successfully complete their craft project, the effort is definitely worthwhile. Here are some fun craft ideas for the youngest crafters in your family:

Chenille Bead Butterflies – Your child can practice their fine motor skills by stringing beads on chenille stems to create these adorable Chenille Bead Butterflies. This project requires close supervision, as beads can be a choking hazard.

Easter Bunny Treat Holder – Easter is around the corner. Help your child celebrate by making this Easter Bunny Treat Holder. Most young children love little bags like this that they can store their “treasures” in.

Letter Foam Frame – Use your child’s first initial to make this Letter Foam Frame. When complete, you can hang it on the wall in their room. While you work, you can practice letter names and sounds.

My Bug Pals – Your child can make an assortment of bugs in many colors with this easy craft. They will love using My Bug Pals to tell stories or put on a puppet show.

Craft Ideas for Young Elementary Students

Young elementary students typically love making crafts. Children at this age are learning to be independent, so they will probably want to complete as much of the craft by themselves as possible. Just make sure you’re around to help whenever they need it. Here are some craft ideas children this age will love:

Foam Easter Eggs – Tracing and cutting foam pieces to make these Foam Easter Eggs allows children to practice their scissors skills. You can place a magnet on the back to make fridge decorations.

Fishy Tic Tac Toe – Young elementary aged children will love making this easy Fishy Tic Tac Toe craft. They will enjoy playing this game that they made themselves over and over again with family and friends.

Critter Bookmarks – Children this age are just starting to learn how to read. Encourage a lifelong love of reading by helping them make their own handmade bookmark of their favorite animal like these Critter Bookmarks.

Tissue Box Monkey – Teach good hygiene and personal care by encouraging your child to use tissues from this cute tissue box decoration when they sneeze or blow their nose. You can use this idea for a Tissue Box Monkey to make more tissue box animals, such as an elephant with paper towel roll trunk or a purple hungry hippo.

Craft Ideas for Older Elementary Students

Older elementary students may be more self conscious about their crafting abilities. Some may even be hesitant to try at first, worried that their project won’t come out “right”. Remind them that every craft is beautiful because it is a one of a kind piece. Here are a few craft ideas ideal for children in upper elementary school:

Photo Pencil Holder – Your child can create their own Photo Pencil Holder to keep their pencils on their homework desk. This also is an excellent craft they can make as a gift for family members on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Grandparent’s Day.

Clothespin Biplane – This Clothespin Biplane is an easy project, but provides older elementary students with an opportunity to be creative with how they choose to paint their plane. Enhance the experience by researching how planes work online.

Butterfly Bookmark – Your child can keep their spot in the latest book they are reading with these Butterfly Bookmarks. Encourage them to make extra to share with friends. This idea can also be used with other decorations based on your child’s likes and interests – bugs, sports, stars, and anything else you can imagine.

Earth Day Plant Container – Put recycling into practice by transforming a used container into an Earth Day Plant Container, just in time for Earth Day in April. Place the finished product in your child’s bedroom window, so your child can observe the plant growth cycle from seed to mature plant. They will also learn responsibility by watering the plant regularly.

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Try Our Easy Crafts for Kids, Ages 2 to 5

   
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Out of the handy Craftacular Jar comes many easy crafts for kids.

One of our favorites at Elmer’s is the Pom Pom Chick. The Craftacular Jar comes with everything you need to make this nutty little guy, including pom poms, chenille stems, Elmer’s Tacky Glue, even jiggly eyes.

Just follow the instructions, your little one can make an instant mascot, conversation piece, or a new craft friend. It’s just one of the simple crafts that are ideal for youngsters 2-5 who are just beginning to enjoy building their own crafts.

Elmer’s recommends easy crafts for kids at home or school as an affordable and fun way to develop skills that become invaluable for children as they grow older.

Under the supervision of adults, children learn how to follow directions, problem-solve, and express creativity while building crafts. In a group environment, the benefits of craft-making extend to enhancing cooperative skills and strengthening relationships with other children.

Elmer’s Craftacular, as well as a full line of Elmer’s products, is available at major retailers.

Easy Crafts for Kids Start With Kid-Friendly Elmer’s Glue

Parents and teachers agree: Craft-making is a process that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy.

Elmer’s wants to make certain that happens. We know that every easy craft for kids begins with our products, so Elmer’s developed Early Learners products. They are carefully designed to enable young children to use Elmer’s Glue to build bookmarks, picture frames, masks, gift boxes – virtually any type of craft.

Elmer’s Early Learners Glue Pen and Glue Stick are manufactured with the input of child experts and parents. Both have a no-roll design that facilitates the proper grip for little hands.

The glue’s purple hue, which changes to clear as it dries, makes it easy to see where it has been applied. It’s also easy for children to open and close.

As always, Elmer’s Glue is non-toxic and removes from clothing, skin, and hair easily.

Check elmers.ca regularly for updated ideas on easy crafts for kids, at home and in the classroom.

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