Glue Gun Instructions

Updated February 21, 2017

When crafting, it can be difficult to choose a type of glue for projects. From rubber cement to white glue and tacky glue, there are several choices for all types of crafts. Hot glue can be an inexpensive and efficient way to complete projects. Hot glue guns and the refills are widely available at several retail stores including craft stores. Using a hot glue gun is easy but caution must be taken especially when working around children.

Plug in the glue gun. Be sure the glue gun is sitting in an upright position and is over a nonburnable surface. Have something under the glue gun so that if glue drips from it, you aren't ruining your work surface with hot glue.

Place a hot glue stick into the back of the gun where indicated. Only put in sticks that will fit inside the glue gun and only use sticks designed for the gun

Turn the switch of the glue gun to "On" if there is one. Otherwise, wait for the gun to heat up. This may take a few minutes.

Take the glue gun in your hand, by holding the handle and having you finger on the trigger. On a scrap piece of cardboard, or other thick craft material, push down on the trigger to test the glue gun. If glue isn't coming out, put more pressure on the trigger. If glue still isn't coming out, it may need to sit for a few more minutes.

Test the glue gun until you're comfortable with the flow of the glue. Then get started on what you need to glue.

Refill the glue gun as necessary.

Turn off the glue gun and return to an upright position over a nonburnable surface. Let the glue gun cool completely before putting it away.


You can leave a glue stick in the glue gun once done with the project. The stick will just heat up the next time you plug in the glue gun.


Do not touch the tip of the glue gun, or the glue coming out of the gun until it's completely cool. This may cause skin burns.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue gun refills
  • Craft project
  • Scrap cardboard
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Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.