How to Use Aleene's Tacky Glue

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Aleene's Tacky Glue is a polyvinyl acetate, or PVA, glue sold in most craft stores. Its strong bond is ideal for a variety of craft projects, from scrapbooking to bookbinding to bejewelling your cell phone. According to, the thick consistency of Aleene's Tacky Glue makes it a viable alternative to hot glue for those who have suffered one too many burns from a glue gun. Aleene's Tacky Glue comes in a variety of sizes, including sample packs of multiple formulations suited to different applications.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Rag
  • Clamps (optional)

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  1. 1

    Spread a thin coat of Aleene's Tacky Glue onto cloth, paper or other porous materials with your fingers.

  2. 2

    Apply a thick coat of Tacky Glue to wood, pottery or other non- or semi-porous surfaces.

  3. 3

    Press the objects you wish to attach to the surface into the coat of glue. In the case of wood crafts, you may choose to apply wood clamps.

  4. 4

    Wipe away any excess Aleene's Tacky Glue from around the glued objects with a clean, damp cloth.

  5. 5

    Allow the glue to dry for 40 minutes.

Tips and warnings

  • Aleene's Tacky Glue is not suitable for washable clothing.

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