We’ve all been there.

You’re in the craft store, where you swore you were just going to pick up that one thing for your next project.

The next thing you know, you’re at the checkout with $60 worth of who knows what in your cart.

No judgment; I’ve been there many times.

We crafters are notorious supply hoarders.

But I’ve been on a mission lately to declutter my stash and make my supplies multitask.

Yet, the one place I just can’t cut down on is my glue.

Sometimes you just need different kinds for different jobs.

Now I’m sharing the 4 types of glue every quilling artist needs to have in their toolbox and when to use them!

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4 Types of Glue Every Quilling Artist Needs (and when to use them!) ~ The only glues you need for every quilling craft! || www.ThePaperyCraftery.com

White Glue

White glue is going to be what most quillers will use most often.

All the regular coils, shapes and edging will work just fine with this.

White glue is also useful for strengthing the inside of paper domes and adhering quilling to cards or the backings of your choosing.

I prefer Elmer’s Extra Strong Glue applied with a needle-nosed bottle.

If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ve heard me go on and on about how much I recommend grabbing one of these bottles.

They are extremely helpful in dispensing just the smallest amount of glue and preventing gluey, sticky messes.

4 Types of Glue Every Quilling Artist Needs (and when to use them!) ~ The only glues you need for every quilling craft! || www.ThePaperyCraftery.com




Tacky Glue

If you’re ready to expand your quilling into 3-dimensional creations, Aileen’s Tacky Glue will be your new best friend.

Tacky Glue is quite a bit thicker than regular glue, but it dries clear.

As the name implies, it comes out of the bottle tacky.

This is perfect for any work with heavier pieces that you don’t want to have to hold in place for a long time waiting for glue to dry.

I couldn’t have made these paper succulents without it!

One drawback of Tacky Glue is how slowly it comes out of the tube.

There is a bottle design that allows it to sit upside down, so the glue is ready when you need it!

I’ve also played with a Tacky Glue dispensing pen. I find this a little more difficult to work with, as it’s harder to squeeze but that’s a personal preference thing.

4 Types of Glue Every Quilling Artist Needs (and when to use them!) ~ The only glues you need for every quilling craft! || www.ThePaperyCraftery.com

Clear Glue

If you’re working a lot with dark colored strips and you’ve noticed a problem with visible glue on your paper, try using clear glue.

I’ve found that no matter how hard I try, I always get some dried glue on the outside of any black shape I make.

Clear glue has saved me a lot of frustration and clean up!

4 Types of Glue Every Quilling Artist Needs (and when to use them!) ~ The only glues you need for every quilling craft! || www.ThePaperyCraftery.com

Hot Glue

Some quilling crafts need just a little more oomph.

That’s where a hot glue gun will come into play.

I pull out my favorite hot glue gun when I’m adding quilling to some sort of decor items, like wreaths or plaques.

The tough glue helps the quilling stay put on uneven surfaces.

It will also keep everything in place if its some type of seasonal decorations that are going to be packed away for most of the year.

Just watch those fingers, please!

4 Types of Glue Every Quilling Artist Needs (and when to use them!) ~ The only glues you need for every quilling craft! || www.ThePaperyCraftery.com

The great thing about this list of my the 4 types of glue every quilling artist needs is that none of them are expensive at all.

Of course, some types of glue can be used for all purposes, but why not experiment and see what works best for you?

Maybe you’ve found something else that you prefer to use?

Feel free to leave any recommendations below!


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