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5 Reasons to Use Rubber Cement

   

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

   

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

   

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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.

Holiday Crafts, Made with Love and Foam Glue

   

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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Keep Carpenter’s Glue Around the House

   
Carpenters Wood Glue

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:

Carpenter's Wood Glue

  • 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

   

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.

Adhesive Glue

   

Uses for Adhesive Glue: It’s Up to You

Adhesive Products

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

   

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?

Summer Decor Crafting for Your Home

   

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

   

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

   

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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Contact Cement

   
Contact Cement

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

   
Clamp Tape

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

   
Fix All

Plastic Glue: Your Go-To Tool for Difficult Bonds

Elmer's Fix All

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.
  • Elmer's Fix All

  • 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

   
Spray Adhesive

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.

Spray Adhesive

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

   

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:

Craftbond Repositionable Glue Stick

  • 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

   

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

Elmer's Foam Glue

  • 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.

Wood Filler | 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 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!

How are you using exterior wood filler this spring? Stop by our Facebook page and share your projects!

Why use interior wood filler?

   

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

   

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!

How are you using exterior wood filler this spring? Stop by our Facebook page and share your projects!

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