Are those Elmer’s glue bottles starting to look a little…icky? Do you love the new Gorilla Glue you bought, but can’t stand using the tip it comes with? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may want to consider investing in a quality glue bottle—or even a full glue bottle kit!
Today, you can find any number of potential bottles for storing and dispensing your glue. From designated glue bottles that are designed with DIYers and woodworkers in mind, to condiment bottles that can serve double-duty as glue dispensers, the list is endless.
DIY Projects Using Wood Glue
Before looking at our top glue bottle picks, you can skim over these simple DIY projects that use wood glue to get your creative streak started—or to keep it that way for the remainder of winter. Most of these projects are relatively simple, though a couple of them may require some more advanced tools. Let’s take a look.
Wooden Magazine Files
Is your living room, office, or study starting to look absolutely cluttered with books or magazines? Then what you need is a quality magazine file to hold it all in place and keep your space looking organized. The good news is that you can make some yourself with minimal hassles! This project is designed to create nine files.
- 4’ X 4’ half-sheet of plywood, ¼” thick
- 1 X 4 timber length, 8’ long
- PVA glue
- Painter’s tape
- Wood finish
The first step is to prepare your wood cuts using the 4 X 4 and 1 X 4.
Cut the wood from the 4 X 4 into three 10” wide pieces and three 4” wide pieces (you will have some spare wood leftover). Now:
- Use the 4” strips to cut nine 6 ¼” long pieces (which will serve as the short front side) and nine 12” long pieces (which will serve as the long back side).
- Use the 1 X 4 to cut nine 10” long pieces.
You will also need to cut the sides of the file using a 30-degree angle.
Now, glue and nail the sides to the bottom piece (a 10” piece cut from 1 X 4). Now nail a front piece to the bottom board and glue it along the sides, and secure with painter’s tape. You can also use clamps to hold the wood pieces together, if you prefer. Finally, you’ll attach the back piece with nails and glue.
Once it’s dry and well set, you can add your choice of finish.
Wood Modern Mountain Art
Looking for a simpler DIY project to spruce up your living space or office? Then you should try your hand at this modern mountain art decoration.
- Wood scraps
- Eye protection
- Sealer or Paint
To start, you will need to cut the scraps into different lengths. Each cut should have one straight side and one side cut at a 45-degree angle.
Next, you should sand the edges and corners of each piece. If desired, you can also add stain or a paint to them.
Once the stain or paint has dried and set in, you can start arranging the pieces in mountain shapes, gluing just two pieces together at a time. Do this until all of the pieces are included in the mountain decoration.
There you have it! That wasn’t too hard, was it?
Pallet Christmas Tree
Already planning for Christmas next year? Once all of the lockdowns, quarantines, and general panic have dissolved, we’re sure you’ll enjoy having family and friends over to celebrate! Why not impress them with a handmade pallet Christmas tree hanging on your wall? This makes for a great solo project, or a fun arts & crafts activity to do with the kids.
Materials you’ll need:
- Wood pallet wood board
- Patterned paper (preferably holiday-themed)
- Hot glue gun
- Tan milk paint
The first thing you’ll do is paint the wood board (if desired). While it dries, you can start getting the Christmas tree template ready.
To make the template, you will need to cut out paper squares in the following lengths: 2”, 2.5”, 3”, 3.5”, 4”. Fold these squares diagonally in half, cut a diagonal line just above the triangles’ mid-point, unfold the pieces, and cut them where the diagonal fold line is.
Once the paint has completely dried, you can start setting up the pieces (labeled 1-5) on the board. Use this template to cut more pieces—there should be six pieces cut from the smallest shape and eight cut from each of the other shape sizes.
Arrange the pieces on the board, starting with the bottom of the tree and working from the center of the board outward. Put a dot of glue on one triangle’s center and press it down. Form the Christmas tree layers by sliding another piece partially underneath the first one, and glue it down in a similar fashion. Continue this process for each layer, from bottom to top.
DIY Hexagonal Tray
Nothing can take away from a room’s appeal like clutter. To give your home or office space a more organized or professional look, you can invest in a handy tray—or create one yourself for a more personable look. We recommend this DIY hexagonal tray for its easy-to-construct qualities and, of course, its charm!
Materials you’ll need:
- Large square of plywood
- Long plywood piece, cut to 1 X 1”
- Straight edge
- Spray paint
- Wood glue
- Hammer and nails
The first thing you’ll need to do is draw the hexagon shape on the large plywood square. Keep in mind that the shape must have all interior angles at 120 degrees and have six equal sides. Now use the long plywood piece to cut out six equally-sized pieces to serve as the tray’s sides.
Next, cut out the hexagon shape which will serve as the base. It’s recommended to use a radial arm saw for this.
Sand the edges of the hexagon shape and the sides.
Now glue and nail each side to the base, and let rest until it’s dry and well set.
Finally, you can opt to spray paint your new tray—what better way to add an extra flair of personality?
The Best Glue Bottles
To make your life just a little easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best glue bottles on the market and will now provide you with a brief overview of each product. We’ve intentionally chosen a variety of glue bottle types, so you’re sure to find just what you need for your upcoming glue projects!
This 16-ounce member of the GluBot Family is exactly what you need for large-scale wood gluing projects. Designed specifically for use in woodworking, this bottle boasts a sturdy construction and a variety of design features that make prep, gluing, and cleanup a breeze!
This glue bottle is designed to reduce the amount of drippage or spillage you experience during use, and its wide opening makes for a hassle-free filling experience. You’ll also enjoy the fact that you can use this bottle to apply glue both horizontally and vertically, making it ideal for a range of tasks and preferences. Its vacuum capability brings the glue back down into the bottle after use to ensure a clean gluing experience and to prevent the tips from clogging. Finally, it is designed with two chambers: the glue is pulled up from the bottom of the second chamber, which helps avoid spillage and clogs while offering a steadier glue flow.
When you purchase this bottle, you also get two tips, a cap, and a user guide.
This glue bottle is perfect for anyone who would like to purchase several multi-purpose bottles in one go. Whether you have several types of glue that you would like to store and label with ease, or you could use a few spare condiment or frosting squeeze bottles in the kitchen, this set has you covered. You can purchase this set in a variety of sizes and with a variety of included bottles, but we’ll focus on the 4-ounce 12-pack here.
For a very affordable price, you’ll receive twelve bottles and twelve red caps (as well as six extra caps), eighteen chalk labels, a pen, a funnel, and a cleaning brush. The bottles are constructed of a clear, BPA-free plastic material that makes it easy to see how much glue is left in the container. You’ll also appreciate their ergonomic design, portability, and easy-to-control glue flow.
For a versatile set that will make each and every project that much easier, look no further than these multi-purpose squeeze bottles!
This glue applicator set from Rockler takes user-friendliness to a whole new level. If you’re willing to spend just a little more on a superior set, then you have to give this one a try! It features four different glue applicators, as well as a centering attachment, a funnel, and a cleaning brush.
Each of its glue applicators serves a different function, so you can use this set for a range of gluing projects:
- For your run-of-the-mill gluing, it’s recommended that you use the standard spout.
- For gluing slightly wider boards, it’s recommended that you use the silicone brush.
- For gluing even wider boards, it’s recommended that you use the roller.
- For gluing mortises or biscuits, it’s recommended that you use the mortise tip.
This applicator set is not only versatile, but also made with the user and application process in mind. It features a centering attachment that keeps the glue centered, which is perfect for edge gluing in particular. It also includes a funnel for clean glue pouring and a cleaning brush to make cleanup a lot simpler for you.
Really, with features like these, what do you have to lose? Buy one for yourself today and see how much smoother your future projects become!
If you liked the overall design of the 16-ounce GluBot but don’t think you’ll need that big of a container, then you may want to check out the BabeBot. As the name suggests, this is a cute little glue bottle with a much smaller holding capacity—but don’t let its small size fool you. This little guy really takes after his pop, boasting all of the same user-friendly features in a smaller package.
In addition to its sturdy construction and no-spill design, you’ll appreciate its portable nature and more convenient sizing. This is the perfect tool to have around the workshop or kitchen for all of your glue-related needs.
Ketchup, mustard, ranch dressing, glue…is there anything these handy 16-ounce condiment bottles handle? Their versatility is complimented by a sturdy construction, long red caps that prevent leaks, and a large opening that makes filling them up easy-peasy (and mess-free). These bottles are made in the United States and come with a 30-day moneyback guarantee should they not meet your needs for any reason.
Do note that some users found the product to be a little leaky when used for thinner liquids, though glue shouldn’t cause too many leak-related issues.
Buy yours today and get your glue (or condiments) more organized right away!
Here’s a great mid-sized kit that can be used for a variety of projects. For an affordable price, you’ll receive a bottle, nine tips, a small bottle for cleaning the glue tips, and a storage tray.
Each of its nine tips is designed for a different gluing application, and its roller ensures a smooth and even glue application every time you use this product. The roller also makes larger gluing tasks a lot simpler, as it helps spread the glue across more area than the tips alone could. You’ll also appreciate its easy-to-use design and easy-to-clean attachments!
All-in-all, this set has a lot to offer: affordability, versatility, and ease of use for any project. See for yourself!
This is a set made with the serious DIYer or woodworker in mind. Included are six washable and reusable bottles, an array of precision needles, and caps for those needles to ensure the glue doesn’t freeze or leak.
This set is ideal for any type of DIY project that requires accuracy and precision, as its variety of needles are designed to release a small but sure amount of glue at a time. The attachments are also very easy to remove or attach, so you can have your needle of choice ready in no time. If a general glue bottle tip just won’t cut it for your upcoming project, make sure to give this set a try!
To end our list, let’s take a brief look at the middle ground between the GluBot and BabeBot: the 6-ounce HighBot. With all the features of its kin in a mid-range size, this is a versatile glue bottle that you’ll be glad to have on hand. Its non-drip design and replaceable tips will make your next gluing project so much more convenient, and you’ll also appreciate how easy it is to fill up with its wide mouth design. Finally, its wide base helps reduce the likelihood of knocking the bottle over and spilling glue everywhere—and you can’t put a price on that sort of peace of mind.
We hope you enjoyed this article and that you now feel more confident about purchasing your new glue bottle. We did our best to compile only the best products on the market, for a range of possible uses. But if none of these items quite did it for you, we encourage you to keep browsing until you find the glue bottle that ticks all your boxes. Glue is a messy thing—but it doesn’t have to be if you have the right glue bottle on hand.