DIY is Fun: How to Find the Right Adhesives That Get the Job Done
Since DIY requires merging different parts in one nice whole, if you like projects to be strong and last long you will need something to effectively hold them together. And let’s be honest, staples and nails don’t look attractive at all. But by using adhesives, the bond between all the separate pieces will be smooth and invisible. Depending on the materials involved and whether the project is started by an adult or a child, there are different types of glues you can use.
Decoupage is an art form of using coloured paper pieces, glitter or photographs to cover the surface of an object. For this purpose there is a special type of liquid adhesives, called decoupage glues, which are applied with a brush or sponge on surfaces like paper, wood, glass, canvas or fabric. Decoupage glue comes in a matte or glossy finish, depending on your needs and desired look.
Arts and crafts is a beneficial activity for a child which engages motor skills and stimulates creativity. And because children love to glue things together, it’s important they use non-toxic adhesives such as school glue. School glue, also called white glue, is made out of PVA which poses no inhalation risks. To prevent any sticky fingers and gluey mess, a good thing would be to use a glue stick which dries clear.
Using school or decoupage glue on fabric can stiffen up the material making it hard to work with. Therefore, when gluing edges on a pillow, decorating clothing or creating crafts with textile, you need to use a flexible liquid glue for a smooth result. Specialised fabric creates a flexible bond which can be later washed by hand or in a washing machine.
Wood projects require special adhesives which can later be sanded, painted or stained without coming off. On the market you can find all sorts of wood glues that hold different types of wood together and are waterproof. Depending on your preference, you can choose between yellow or white wood glues.
Super glue is a type of adhesive which dries extremely fast and provides a very strong bond on all sorts of material like paper, wood, glass and even metal. Because it’s fast drying, there’s no room for mistake with super glue. You can use super glue to make quick fixes on already completed projects or various things around the house.
Glue Gun Adhesives
Some DIY projects require that you glue together very heavy materials such as plastic, wood, and ceramics. When that’s the case, a glue gun is the most effective solution. There are various stick form glues specialised for a glue gun. Because the gun can heat up the glue to a dangerously high temperature, you need to be extra cautious when using this tool to prevent any burns.