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Fall Decorative Pumpkin

Fall Pumpkin

With Autumn just around the corner, here’s a simple way to spice up the classic pumpkin!

You will need:

- a pumpkin (real or fake)

- some leaves (real or fake)

- white spray paint

Dual Temperature Glue Gun

- General Purpose Hot Melt Glue Sticks

Directions:

- First spray paint the pumpkin white.

White Pumpkin

- Glue assorted leaves around the pumpkin.

White Pumpkin Glue Fall Leaves

-  Super easy! Super simply way to spice up your Autumn decor!

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Hot Melt Glue Mardi Gras Masks

Mask

Mardi Gras is February 17, 2015

Kathy Cano-Murrllo at the Arizona Republic wrote this great article for us about making Halloween and Mardi Gras masks.  Kathy is also known as the CraftyChica at CraftyChica.com.

 

Hot glue art is one of those things that make you go, “Hmm, how in the world do they do that?” – and the answer is easier than you think. It all comes down to a non-stick hot glue pad.

The primary purpose of the pad is to serve as a tidy place to rest your glue gun during crafting sessions. When it’s time to clean up, you simply peel off the glue guck.

I recently bought one and had an “aha” moment. The pad is clear, which means you can slip any kind of pattern underneath and trace out the design with the hot glue. Let it cool, peel it off and you have one very cool result. This application can be used for everything from wrist cuffs and chokers to ornaments and art embellishments. But seeing that it’s the Halloween season, I went with spider webs and eye masks. And just like M&Ms, glue sticks come in assorted colors and solid or glittered textures. You can pick up the non-stick pad and multicolored packages of glue sticks at a craft store or visit www.glu-stix.com.

 

Mardi Gras or Halloween Eye Mask Supplies:

1 Hot Glue Gun

2 Hot Glue Sticks, contrasting colors

1 eye mask pattern

1 Non Stick Glue Gun Pad

Gems, plastic spiders, bats (optional)

Ribbon

DIRECTIONS: Heat up the glue gun and insert both glue sticks. To create a two-tone effect, put the base color in the gun first, followed by the top color. Cut out the pattern and place it under the pad so the design shows through. Using the glue gun on the pad, trace over the outer lines and eye holes of the pattern by squeezing the glue in thick even lines. Now fill in the mask by squeezing the glue in swirls and squiggles throughout the mask. Make sure not to cover the eye holes. The second color will eventually come through; at that point add gems or plastic spiders if desired. Squeeze out two “rings” at each side of the mask so you can tie ribbon on later. Let cool for 15 minutes. Carefully peel the mask off the pad. Remove any hanging glue strings. Cut off two 10-inch pieces of ribbon and tie to each end of the mask.

TIPS AND VARIATIONS: Don’t try to remove the mask before it is fully cooled, otherwise it will pull apart. Heat up a second glue gun if you want to make several masks with different colors at the same time. Use a mini gun for thinner lines. Instead of masks, you can make personalized spider webs with short words or names of family members. A spider web choker would be fun.

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Three Craft Projects for Beginners

You don’t have to be an expert crafter to pull off professional-level decorations for your home and office. Floral arrangements, wood carvings, sculptures and many other projects can be rendered flawless with a few dabs of glue from a crafting gun like the easily-handled Light Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun.

Seasonal Wreaths: Whether you want a holiday wreath adorned with holly and fake snow, a harvest wreath with colored leaves and corn or simply an all-occasion welcome wreath to hang from your front door, if you simply heat up the Light Duty Hot Melt Glue Gun or even the Detailer Mini Glue Gun, you can attach any decorations to your base without leaving a trace of messy glue showing.

Do It Yourself Bedazzling: If you have small children, they may want to dress up their clothes for special occasions, or just for playing in the dirt. With the Mini Hot Melt Glue Gun, you can easily attach plastic jewels, buttons, fabric and more to their clothing, giving them a unique look. Let them help pick out their own! Make sure to use the Jewelry Hot Melt Glue Sticks for a look that lasts.

Collages: Hot melt glue isn’t just for sticking things together anymore. The glue itself can help bring a collage or scrapbook together. Attach your pictures, movie stubs, and memories to the sheets and enhance them with Colored Hot Melt Glue Sticks or Glitter Hot Melt Glue Sticks. Why paint around your glue when you could use your glue as paint?

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Faux Wax Seals

Getting a letter in the mail is fun for kids and adults alike, especially since emails and social networking have overtaken the personal message market. When you’re sending something special like a wedding invitation or a thank you card, it’s easy to dress it up even more by making your own wax seal.

Traditional wax seals require melting wax over an open flame, which can be dangerous and messy. It also takes time, patience and perfectionism.

With a crafty glue gun, a colored glue stick and mere seconds of your time, you can create an authentic-looking faux wax seal with hot melt glue. It’s so simple and safe, you can even let your kids help.

You’ll Need:

To make a professional-looking seal, heat up the glue gun and insert the glue stick. Stamp the seal in the clear ink. Squeeze a thin glob of glue onto the stationery where you’d like to seal. It should be about the size of a dime. Press the stamp into the glue and hold steady for five seconds. You should see a small ridge of glue squish out from the outer rim of the stamp. Remove the stamp and send off your letter.

You can easily create a marbled effect by slicing two different glue sticks. Insert the partial sticks, alternating the colors. Keep the sections of glue stick thin because seals only require a small bit of faux wax.

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Using Hot Melt Glue for Flower Arranging

Making floral arrangements is a simple and rewarding craft. Whether you’re sprucing up your home to your tastes or preparing a heartfelt, personalized gift for a loved one, these arrangements add a focal point of life anywhere they’re set.

Using glue guns to permanently fix the pieces in place is the traditional way to go, but that requires a steady hand and an expert ability. With a hot glue skillet, you can easily apply glue to your pieces without glue stick strings or precision work.

Using the Floral-Craft Skillet Set from www.glu-stix.com

You’ll Need:

  • A hot glue skillet**
  • Cubed glue (like Diamond Cubes Glue)**
  • Artificial flowers, pinecones and greenery
  • Ribbons and any other add-ons you’d like
  • A base – such as a wreath, flower pot, or vase

**You can get the skillet and glue cubes together in a complete set when you buy the Floral-Craft Skillet Set.

Plug in the skillet and melt the cubed glue until the separate cubes have dissolved. Put your base on a level surface, so that the work is steady and secure. Dip the areas of your flowers and extras that will be attached to the base into the skillet one at a time. Firmly press the glued ends against the base where you’d like the flowers to set and hold for a few seconds. The flowers will be permanently attached within moments. Once you have gone through all of your pieces, your arrangement will be home-ready immediately.

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