Hot glue guns are really a game changer when it comes to DIY projects and crafts. You can do all sorts of cool things with them and if you’re on the fence whether to invest in one or not, we’ve prepared a bunch of ideas to inspire you. After checking them out it would be virtually impossible to resist trying some of these projects for yourself. Of course, if you already have a hot gun glue, these projects will hopefully give you some ideas as to what to use it for next.
Hot glue guns are obviously great for gluing things together but a creative mind can always find other uses for it. With that in mind, check out these lovely vases featured on homeheartcraft. They were decorated using a hot glue gun and they look really cute.
On a similar note, here’s another cool way in which you can use your hot glue gun for decorations. This is a welcome sign made out of wood and with a friendly “hello” written on it using colored glue. You can find colored glue sticks at your local hardware store and some hoe glue guns even include them as part of a starter kit. Check out modpodgerocksblog for details about this project.
There’s more intricate projects that you can use your hot glue gun for, like 3D sculptures. These corals featured on ohohdeco are actually made of glue. As you can imagine, you need time and patience to create something like this but in the end it looks amazing. You don’t really need a lot of supplies for this project apart from the glue gun and the sticks, just some wire, pliers, a piece of wood for the base, tweezers and potentially some acrylic paint as well.
Here’s another interesting idea of how you can use your hot glue gun to decorate something. The idea comes from thebudgetdecorator and it involves a glass vase that has lines of glue applied in a spiral pattern all over its exterior surface. The lines are applied by hand and thus not perfectly straight but that actually gives the vase an organic look and lots of character.
Glass candle votives can also be decorated using a hot glue gun. They’re very similar to vases, just smaller in size. You can use clear as well as colored glue sticks and you can play around with all sorts of patterns. Perhaps you’d like a floral motif on your votives or something seasonal. In any case, creativity and originality always make projects better. Check out curbly for details and ideas.
You can also use a hot glue gun to make various decorations like leaves for example which you can then incorporate into various projects. It’s really simple actually. Just take a teflon sheet, apply hot glue to it in any shape or pattern you like, let it cool off and then peel it off carefully. You can also sprinkle glitter on top before it gets cool if you want to. Use clear or colored glue sticks based on your preference. Check out craftyourhappiness for instructions.
Stencils can be really useful for a lot of different projects but finding the right one can often be impossible. Luckily, you can make your own stencils using nothing but a hot glue gun and some parchment paper (of teflon sheet). Think of a pattern or design that you’d like for your stencil, then create it using hot glue onto the sheet. When the glue is nice and cool, peel off the stencil. Check out this project on smilingcolors for more details.
There’s a lot of projects where the hot glue gun is user to actually glue things together, as intended. For example, whenever you’re making a wreath like this lovely Valentine’s Day one from lifefamilyfun you can use the gun to glue decorations onto it and to add more character to the design.
We mentioned earlier that a hot glue gun can be used to make custom stencils. You might be wondering what use you could have for such a stencil. One idea is to customized some of your shirts. You could use the stencil and a bleach spray to create a cool effect if you have a colored shirt with a plain design. Check out thestudio to find out all the details.
A hot glue gun is also super useful for wrapping gifts. Not only that you can use it to make sure the box stays nice and flat but also to adhere decorations onto it and even to make cute custom tags. For example, check out this adorable cactus tag made out of glue. You can find out all about it on akailochiclife.
Gift tags are a lovely and easy way to add a special twist to something simple like a wrapped present. You can make beautiful tags at home from scratch using cardboard and little decorations that you can make out of glue. If you have some silicone molds you can put hot glue into them to make little ornaments like the ones featured on lilblueboo.
Decorative letters are a nice way to add some style to a space. You can display them on shelves or on walls and you can customize them in all sorts of ways and even make them from scratch. Check out these sequin xoxo letters if you’re looking for an inspiring project to do next. All you need is paper mache letters, sequin trim and a hot glue gun.
Something that you can make from scratch is a rope basket. You could make one using nothing but rope and hot glue gun. Make a small one to hold your hair ties or some of your jewelry, keys and various other things or a bigger one to store various other items into. You can also decorate your rope basket using a bit of spray paint if you want to.
Here’s something super cute that you can do before Christmas: a bunch of homemade decorations that you can put up in the tree. You can use things like pinecones, nuts, berries, cinnamon sticks and dried citrus slices to make natural and charming decorations that look marvelous and smell great at the same time. You can also use similar things and a hot glue gun to make table decorations and centerpieces.
On a similar note, you can also repurpose mason jar rings to make miniature wreaths that you can hang in your Christmas tree or display around the house. Just take some twine and wrap it around the ring, adding dabs of hot glue from place to place to hold the twine in place.
Perhaps you’ve seen something like this before and thought it looked really nice. There are these planters shaped like letters with succulents in them and they look lovely. You can make your own version of that but with faux succulents instead. It’s really easy and you only need a paper mache letter, a hot glue gun, some mini succulents and some paint and ribbon. Using these you can make a beautiful monogram planter.
If you’re not a fan of traditional Christmas tree or you want to do something special and different for this occasion, perhaps something like this could work out. It’s a pallet Christmas tree made with patterned paper with Christmassy patterns arranged into the shape of a tree and attached to the boards with hot glue.
Don’t let your old Christmas tree ornaments go to waste. If you want to wrap them out for some new ones there’s a way to repurpose them by using them to make a floral table decor. You could turn each ornament into a cute little vase with faux flowers and a mirror base. For each one you’ll need an ornament, a small round mirror, flowers, a drill and a hot glue gun or some other kind of adhesive.
Wreaths make great decorations for all sorts of occasions. There’s plenty of styles and designs to choose from if you want to craft one yourself. One of our favorites is this felt ball wreath. It’s made using a basic straw wreath, a bunch of colored felt balls, some thread and a hot glue gun. It’s easy to make, it looks festive and it adds a cozy feel to your home.
Homemade candles could make a lovely gift and they’re just nice to have around the house. Contrary to what you might believe, they’re not that difficult to make and they don’t require a lot of supplies. You can even make the votives yourself out of glass bottles. Attach the candle wicks to the bottom of the votives using hot glue, pour the wax over and make sure the wicks stand up straight until the wax hardens. You can use skewers to hold them up.
This heart-shaped pebble trivet is something cute that you can make fror your kitchen. It’s super easy to put together and you can make multiple ones and offer them as gifts if you want to. You can also make coasters using a similar technique. Start with a cork sheet and cut it into the desired shape, then add the pebbles on top using a hot glue gun. Check out the project on diys for more details.
Speaking of pebbles and hearts, here’s something cute that you can make as a decoration for your home. The supplies needed for this little project include a wood board, a few pebbles, ribbon, some red acrylic paint and a hot glue gun. You can customize the design in all sorts of different ways. For more details check out the tutorial on diys.
Right about now you’re probably thinking that this is a lot of corks and you’re right. This project required about 115 corks. They’re all glued together to form the letter M and the result is a cute monogram decoration that you can display somewhere special like the nursery room, your office or the living room. Check out diys to find out what it takes to make something similar.