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What type of glue sticks to corkboard?

Updated July 20, 2017

Corkboards are a handy way to display information or decorated a wall. Objects of significance can be displayed easily. There are five ways to glue things on corkboard. The types of glue are wood glue, craft glue, rubber cement, mucilage and hot glue. The type of glue depends on the material that you want to glue to the corkboard.

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Wood Glue

Wood glue bonds with wood fibres for solid adhesion. When applied to corkboard, wood glue seeps into the pores for a strong grip. It works best on wood, but you can also use it as an all-purpose glue. It is water-based and can be thinned even further with water. It dries up, too, if the cap is left off. It dries hard.

Craft Glue

Craft glue is an all-purpose white glue. Some types names for craft glue include tacky glue, school glue, and PVA, or polyvinyl acetate (its chemical compound name). Craft glue is water-based. It dries clear and rubbery. It's completely washable on skin and can be cleaned from fabrics while still wet. Craft glue is nontoxic and safe for children.

Rubber Cement

Rubber cement is a glue made from rubber. Beyond corkboard, the glue works on other surfaces including paper, wood and metal. Use rubber cement for small and temporary applications. It makes a chemical bond that's easily removed with a rubber cement eraser. If left out, the glue becomes like a solid rubber ball. For safety reasons, adults, rather than children, should use rubber cement to adhere items to the corkboard.


Mucilage is a natural glue. It comes in disposable containers. This type of glue looks like maple syrup and has a distinctive smell. Use it for small paper applications and school projects. It will made a strong and permanent bond on corkboard. For extra strength, use multiple coats. Mucilage is nontoxic and good for use around children.

Hot Glue

Hot glue can be found in craft stores. A hot glue gun needs refillable glue sticks and an electrical socket. Once the gun is warm, add a glue stick. The glue begins to melt immediately. Feed in the glue stick by squeezing the trigger. A good bond to the corkboard is created when the glue cools to room temperature. Be careful with the tip of the glue gun, as it gets very hot. The hot glue, too, may burn your skin.

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About the Author

Paul Jeter

Paul Jeter has been a writer since 1990. He tackled writing in high school and college with a focus on poetry. In 2009 he finished his first novel and screenplay. His work has been published in "Reproduce and Revolt." He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and art history.

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