If you and your kids are crafters, then you're definitely going to want to invest in some quality tools.
As you surely know, you can't glue googly eyes, foam, fabric and felt with Elmer's! That's why we took an up-close look at the best hot glue guns for crafts.
If you're in the market for a good glue gun, there are several qualities you should look for.
You're going to want something that's lightweight, compact, easy to use, and which doesn't leak. You probably also want something with a narrow nozzle, which will give you more precision when glueing.
We took a look at 6 of the best craft glue guns with a view to bringing you all the information you need to make an informed decision and pick the right one for you and your kids.
Features we love
Buy it now
- Heats up in 3-5 min.
Surebonder H-195 Mini Detailed
- Comes with detachable stand
- Can be used without cord for 5 min.
Stanley Tools Trigger Feed Hot-Melt
- Great for the price
Attican Black Iron Hot Glue Gun
- Melts glue fast and saves time
Surebonder HE-750 High Temperature Professional Glue Gun
- Ergonomic trigger
Maybe you want a mini hot glue gun, maybe you want a versatile gun with two different temperatures, or maybe you want a cordless model.
Whatever best fits your crafting style, we've got something for you.
Keep reading for all the details!
CCbetter Mini Hot Glue Gun
If you're not ready to invest in a heavy duty hot glue gun, or if you're just looking for something quite basic for the occasional project and small crafts, then this is a great option.
This mini gun from CCbetter is an inexpensive model that may meet all your crafting needs.
Surebonder H-195 Mini Detailed Glue Gun
This is another simple but trustworthy mini hot glue gun that's a good option for doing those crafts at home with your kids.
It's an excellent glue gun if you do a lot of detail work (think beads, rhinestones, etc.), and for the price, you get a simple but reliable little glue gun.
Adhesive Technologies Two-Temp Cordless Glue Gun
This is one of the best craft glue guns out there and we love it for two main reasons.
First, it's got a thin nozzle, which gives you more accuracy when crafting, and second, it's got two different temperatures, which means you can adapt the heat perfectly to the specific type of craft you're working on.
This is an inexpensive, basic hot glue gun that's also very popular. It's a no-frills option, but the general consensus is that it will reliably get the job done. People especially love that it comes with a silicone mat to protect your workspace, it bonds with just about anything, it;s perfect for arts and crafts, and it's a very safe glue gun.
Here's another option for you, by Attican.
This hot glue gun comes with 15 glue sticks, and previous buyers all note that the gun is versatile and very easy to hold and use.
You can expect minimal leaks, and it's especially popular among crafters and the DIY crowd.
Here's an option for the hardcore crafting family. This model by Surebonder is a sure thing and comes with all the 'fixins, from a wire stand and an ergonomic trigger to interchangeable nozzles (sold separately).
Use it on just about anything: fabric, magnets, leather, ceramic, plastic, wood and paper.
There are some best practices you should keep in mind when using your gun. This includes the following:
1. If glue isn't coming out when you pull the trigger, it might be because it's not hot enough. Turn up the temperature for just a few minutes, and then reduce the heat.
2. Set out paper or aluminum foil in your workspace to catch any glue drippings.
3. Don't lay the gun on its side when not in use, try to keep it upright.
4. If you get burned, use cool water and an antibiotic or burn cream.
5. Always let the glue cool for a few minutes before touching it, or you could burn yourself.
6. Always use the right heat depending on the materials you're working with, and use low heat on more delicate ones like felt, fabric, paper and florals.
7. To prevent those strands of glue to trail from the gun after you use it, rub the nozzle near where you dispensed the glue.
And there you have it! Now you can confidently buy a good glue gun and keep on crafting!
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