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*
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.
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.