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Here at we use double stick tape which is easy to use and creates no mess.

When we print our labels we use a light table or window as a light source and apply the adhesive before we cut. I tape the complete sheet on the window wrong side out and I can see where the tape is to be applied. I apply all the tape to all of the pages and then take them to my paper cutter.  1/4 inch roll tape  can be purchased at

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As we look to the adhesive to use in crafting with paper, there are many options on the market. Each option brings pro’s and con’s when crafting with the different age groups. How the adhesive is administered is also a factor to consider when preparing for your event. When using wet glue always have a wet wipe or clean up cloth available for clean up.

You will want to use the adhesive that works best for your class, your budget and your facility.

Most lay teachers would assume the children know how to use a glue bottle to glue elements to a page. I have found that children do not know this and each event I go over the application techniques for gluing the project. Explain that using wet glue the application should be 1/2 inch from the edge of the paper, which leaves room for the glue to spread out. Do not put wet glue directly on the edge of the paper.


Let’s start with wet glue:


Elmer’s School Glue: I find this glue is to thin for kids to use straight from the bottle. It squirts too much glue on the project and becomes messy. It works better with a small hole applicator bottle. It is the least inexpensive.

Elmer’s Glue-All: A little thicker than school glue however still to thin for the application bottle. It work’s better with a small hole applicator bottle.

Aleen’s Tacky Glue: This is a preferable glue due to it’s thicker texture. This applicator bottle can be cut to a smaller hole for administration and comes in the small bottle that is perfect for little hands.

Aleen’s Fast Grab Glue: It is a fast grab so there is very little wiggle room, use this when preciseness is not necessary.

Elmer’s Rubber Cement: The fumes are too toxic to use in the classroom.

Elmer’s Clear Craft Glue:

Hot Glue: There are times when a craft may call for hot glue. If at all possible hot glue the elements together in the kit preparation stage. If it is not possible, have someone dedicated to applying the hot glue, never let the children use the hot glue guns, even the low melt guns burn very badly and it’s not worth the risk.

Delivery Method:

Direct from the bottle. The type of glue determines the size of hole you need to cut in the applicator tip. The first ridge in the bottle tip is the cut line. For Aleen’s Tacky Glue cut 1/16 of an inch from the cut line toward the tip. This allows for a smaller stream of glue. Apply this 1/4 inch from the edge of the paper or labels for a complete bond working the stream in 1/2 inch increments toward the center. For Aleen’s Fast Grab I cut a slightly larger hole.

Paper Plates with sticks or skewers or craft sticks. When using any wet glue, it is easy for the kids to use toothpicks or craft sticks to apply the glue. It does become messy when the glue drops on the table, and may adhere to some of the paper elements that are lying on the work surface. If you use this method, always have plenty of baby wipes for clean up.


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