The uses of tacky glue

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The uses of tacky glue
Tacky glue is inexpensive and easy to find. (glue bottle image by Bruce MacQueen from

Tacky glue is one of the best all-purpose adhesives for crafting. The term "tacky glue" refers to an adhesive that is usually a PVA-based white glue. Tacky glues are usually designed for crafting and are generally non-toxic. Tacky glue can be used to make many different projects.


Use tacky glue to create collages. Cut images from magazines or cut out shapes from coloured paper and glue them to a background to make pictures. Many craft stores sell bags of foam shapes which can be glued to a background to make scenes or patterns. You can also use tacky glue to make collages from brightly-coloured fabric scraps.

Coloured Glue Pictures

Draw pictures or patterns with tubes of tacky glue, then sprinkle with glitter. When the glue is dry, shake off the excess to reveal the glittering image. Alternatively, use this technique with coloured play sand, paper scraps or even salt mixed with powdered poster paints.

Textured Glue Pictures

Mix tacky glues with pigments such as powdered poster paint, acrylic paint or food colouring. This will create thick, flexible paints which can be used to make raised images. Shake coloured flock over tacky glue designs to create fuzzy pictures. Make raised designs in tacky glue on a piece of cardstock or construction paper, then cover with foil or metallic paints to create an embossed metal effect.


Use a plastic Halloween mask as a mould, and cover with a light film of petroleum jelly. Cover with a layer of tacky glue, allow the glue to reach the tacky stage, and then lay strips of tissue or crepe paper over this. Repeat for three or four layers and allow to dry. Peel away the paper from the mould, and you've got a flexible mask you can decorate any way you like. Use tacky glue to attach decorations to your mask, such as glitter, beads and sequins.


Sew a basic doll body out of plain fabric and then use tacky glue to attach facial features. Tacky glue buttons or beads to the doll for the eyes, and then glue on a nose and mouth cut from felt or other fabrics. Glue strands of yarn to the head to make the hair. Make up simple doll clothes and use tacky glue to attach ribbon, rickrack braid, plastic gems, sequins or other decorative touches. Make the doll's hair into bunches, and then tacky glue hair bows onto the yarn.


Paint tacky glue mixed with colour onto glass or tiles to make a raised design. When dried, your picture can be peeled away from the smooth surface and become a reusable sticker that you can place on tiled walls, the refrigerator or even windows. Use transparent colours to create reusable window stickers with a stained-glass effect.

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