Confessions of an Adhesive & Sealant Junkie


Maybe junkie isn’t the best word.  I just think that sticking stuff to other stuff feels good.  Why is that?  I don’t know.  I have tried many different adhesives and sealants in my day, and these are my faves that make up the contents of my shelf/crafting kit. There is nothing worse than being so ready to finish a project, then not having the right glue or spray, so I keep these in stock at all time.  Please if you have one I’ve overlooked or you think I need to try, share it in the comments!  Get the full low down on the Best Crafting Adhesives and Sealants after the jump…

World’s Best Crafty Adhesives and Sealants That Should Be In Your Kit
*in my humble opinion*

Glue
Aleene’s is one of those brands that you just know makes good stuff.  If you’re ever in doubt just get Aleene’s and you’ll be fine.  No, they don’t pay us to say things like that.  But if you work for Aleene’s and you want to send me a giant box of magical glues and sprays, please go right ahead.  The ones I can’t live without:

Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue, $1.72 for four ounces.  The fall back glue for when you don’t know what to use.  Super strong and it’s very useful that it is clear when your attention to detail is poor like mine.

Aleene’s Crystal Clear Tacky Spray, $4.49.  Spray Adhesive is one of those things you don’t think you need until you use it, then you’re like, oh i should have always had this.  It allows you to glue paper to paper (or other non-pourous stuff) with no lumps and bumps, and dries almost instantly.  I like this one the best because you also have a few seconds to lift the item and re-position it before it dries.

Aleene’s Stop Fraying, $2.88 for four ounces. This is a white glue that dries clear that you use for fabric edges to keep them from fraying.  It is handy if you serge to place a dot where two stitch lines meet.  Also useful if you have a tiny hole in something and you want to keep it from getting bigger.  I also use it on the edges of cotton webbing (like when I made the replacement Doll Stroller seat).  It’s just a great thing to have if you sew.

Aleene’s Fabric Stiffening and Draping Liquid, $5.70.  This isn’t something you MUST HAVE but it’s pretty fun.  It hardens fabric, from a little hard to hard-as-a-rock depending on how you use it.  You can make firm bows and doily bowls and snowflakes, which make lovely gifts and cost so little.  Just a fun thing to have!

Best Test Rubber Cement – $7.19.  Honestly I just love this because it reminds me of being a kid in school and getting it on my fingers and peeling it off into a little ball.

And of course a Hot Glue Gun, $4.85.  I’ve had a super cheap mini one for over six years and it’s all I’ve ever needed – from little paper projects to my king size headboard.

Sealants
Krylon Clear Polyurethane, $4.79. This sealer basically puts a plastic coating on top of whatever you spray it on.  It’s very thin but it protects your finished project from moisture and the elements.  I have noticed over time that it turns a slight shade of yellow, possibly only visible to me, but I have stopped using it for mod podge projects that are white or bright.  I think it is best for wood projects and things meant to go outdoors and get rained on, in which case it is invaluable.  I just picked up the can and it says “adds a warm luster” so I think that means “turns it slightly yellow” ha.

Aleene’s Spray Acrylic Sealer, $7.02.  This is what I now use to seal all those Mod Podge coasters and vases and step stools any other decoupage project.  Dries quickly, easy to apply, keeps the moisture out and retains the original color.  If you decoupage you NEED THIS.  If you don’t use it your decoupaged items can suffer water damage, or worst of all, melt.
Mod Podge.  I’m not going to bore you by explaining why you need this again.  Just get some in glossy and matte and make some stuff!  Search “mod podge” in our search box for projects.
So, do you agree with my selections?  And what am i missing??

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214 Comments

Warren

For those of you who have asked about adhesive for glass to glass, metal to glass, etc. There is only one great answer – Loctite 349 Impruv. It dries glass clear and it is phenomenally strong.

One word of warning. It is a UV adhesive so it cures with a UV light. They can be expensive, but I purchased mine used on Ebay. Another caution. If you do purchase a used light, you may need to replace the bulb as they do lose their effectiveness over time of usage.

This stuff is incredibly easy to use if you are willing to purchase the light and the cure is 5 sec. to 5 minutes depending on the wattage of your UV light. But once cured, your worries about whether it will hold are over!

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stephanie m holm

Hi, what do you suggest to add fabric decoration overlay to wood, to harden and seal it (glue it, i guess) on there, but this would be for toys that the parents want to be all natural and non toxic, and may get put in their mouths. I would use mod podge or basic decoupage medium normally to harden and glue the fabric to the wood but for toys advertised to be non toxic…i need something.

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Tracie

Hello, I take your typical glass or plastic Xmas balls and create a new look, using fabric,paints,gift wrappings etc.. I have tried adding a spray on clear sealant/glaze. I would like a more clear shiny glass hard look. Some tell me to use Ceramic glaze or shalaque but is there product you suggest and is there a product that I could dip the ornament or brush on, I do not have the much luck with spray on. Any suggestions is very much appreciated.

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Dianne

Do you know of a sealer I can use over a painted picture on plastic covered csrdboard. Hope you have an answer Dianne

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Breana Weatherford

Hi i modpodged an old pleather futon with pages out of magazines. Now i need a sealant so t h at the futon can still be sat on and function normally . Cann u tell me what u think is best . Thank u .
Breana

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Virginia

I have some vinyl type boots and the top layer is starting to peel – what sealer can i use to stop this from continuing? Someth Ng that would be flexible?

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Amanda

I am looking for a food safe and waterproof sealer for a stainless steel tumbler. I would like a spray or something real to use, not mixing. Any suggestions?

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GARY Kohl

Polyurethane is actually food safe after it has completely cured (at least 30 days). It is not however dishwadher safe as the water, detergent and heat will break it down.

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Katr

I have some outdoor wooden Christmas decor that we added glitter to. What do you suggest I deal it with so that the glitter is not washed away if it rains?

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Jennifer

I paint plastic 55 gallon drums & i used a sticker on one (not good drawing or writing) & I sprayed sticker with polyurethane thinking it would seal it but it’s not! What can I use to seal sticker & protect it from the weather!

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Terri T.

Hello, I found a project where you apply a vinyl letter (or lettering) to a plate purchased from the Dollar Store. Easy. Then it said to apply a sealant to seal it. Well….once it dries, you can see the brush strokes. And…after awhile I could easily lift up the letter along with the dry sealant (it peeled off in strips). If I’m going to give these plates as gifts, I need a sealant that won’t peel off and won’t show brush strokes. Any suggestions? The sealant I am using is the one the crafter recommended but I am sure she had brush strokes too but maybe they didn’t bother her (like they do me!).

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GARY Kohl

Once you apply vinyl to a plate it becomes decorative only and is no longer food safe. There are no sealers that you can apply that are food safe and dishwasher safe. NOTE: Polyurethane is food safe after it cures (at least 30 days) but is not really waterproof so is not really a good option for plates.

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Karen Scott

I’m VERY new to crafting and have hot glued glass beads to glass bowls …but they tend to pop off here and there after flue dries. Sometimes a day later. Im teying to sell in a craft show but am afraid they will all come apart. Is there some type of sealant spray I can use to prevent this ?

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