Hot Melt Glue Guns, Glue Sticks, and Accessories

Category: Using Hot Melt Glue

Cinco De Mayo: How To Make Handmade Paper Decorations


Cinco De Mayo is a festive holiday to celebrate!  An easy way to add festive colors to your decor is to make handmade decorations.

Supply List:

  • Color paper/cardstock
  • Hot Melt Glue Gun
  • General Purpose Clear Mini Glue Sticks
  • Non Stick Glue Pad
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Craft wood
  • Ruler/paint stick

Paper Garland

The first step is the cut out a bunch of cacti from the green paper. You can either find a template online or use your creativity to cut them free hand. We suggest cutting multiple sheets of paper at a time to be more efficient. Set aside.

To make pinwheels take one piece of paper and use a ruler or a paint stick to help lineup where to fold. Make one fold the with of the paint stick then flip the paper over to make the same fold the on the opposite side. Continue until you have done this to the entire piece of paper. This will make your paper look like an accordion. While folded, fold in half and cut into two smaller halves.


To assemble the pinwheel take the ends on the same side and match them up, crease at the middle point. Apply hot glue to one half of the paper and glue the halves together. This will fan half of your pinwheel. Repeat this process on the other side until you have a complete pinwheel. Apply small amounts of hot glue at the touching points inside of the pinwheels to secure it.



Use a different color than your pinwheel and cut out a circle. Glue this circle in the middle of your pinwheel as an accent.

Make multiple pinwheels for your paper garland alternating the colors and cacti. Use your hot glue gun to then glue the paper decorations on a piece of string. Make as many as you need to fill up the desired length of your string.

Table Centerpiece

What is a party without a table piece to match your garland? This added touch will impress your friends and family.

Choose the color you want to make a large fan with. Fold two pieces of paper just as you did when creating the pinwheels except do not cut it in half when you complete the folding. To assemble the fan, take the ends on the same side and match them up, crease at the middle point. Apply hot glue to one half of the paper and glue the halves together. Repeat this process on the other piece of paper then glue the two pieces together to create one large fan.


Take another color and create a small fan, folding the paper to resemble an accordion and cut in half like the pinwheels. Glue one side together to create a fan.

Apply hot glue to the piece of craft wood and glue the bottom of your large fan to it. The wood will act as an anchor and hold your fan down. Using the same color, glue extra pieces of paper to cover the piece of wood.


Take the small fan and glue the bottom to the face of the base on the large fan. When you set up the large fan it will look like a stage for the last step! Glue a single cactus in the middle to display on your fanned out stage and you are set!

Place your paper crafts in your party room and celebrate Cinco De Mayo in style!



Pet Safety Tips For Arts and Crafts


Pets are curious by nature. They love to get in the middle of everything their humans are doing, but, sometimes safety can become an issue. When working with a project, it is important to keep the animals of the house safe. These four tips will help your best furry-friend stay safe while you are creating a DIY masterpiece.

Keep Your Crafts Organized

There will be many times where your project contains small pieces that your pet can get hold of and chew or swallow like glues sticks.  We suggest keeping the these items that could potentially harm out of reach.  This gives your furry friend less opportunities to grab hold of something they shouldn’t have.

Divert Attention


Sometimes the best way to keep your pets safe while you are crafting is to divert their attention to something else. If you have a cat or a dog that likes to stay close by then bring them into another room with a few toys for them to play with.  Bringing a toy into another area may divert their attention long enough for you  to work on your DIY project.

Clean After Crafting

After you have completed your project, be sure to clean your work area thoroughly. Put any small items away in bins and make sure there is nothing left out for your pet to find later. A few glue gun tips we have is to make sure your glue gun is cool and unplugged before walking away from it.  Our furry best friends don’t know that it can harm them so it’s our job to make sure we protect them.

Be Aware


Lastly, it is important to always be aware of your surroundings.  Know where your pet is at all  times. If they seem to be interested in your project, keep them at a safe distance. It may not be an  easy task, however, it’s worth it.  A pet is just not an animal in your home, but it is another member of your family.


Commercial Hot Melt Dispenser – In Action


Bulk Adhesives Applicator

This machine is designed for hands-free assembly line applications. This applicator holds up to 2 pounds of hot melt adhesive. You can set the time delay relay switch to release the same amount of glue each time the foot pedal is depressed.

This machine is best suited for repeated piece work such as applying a small dab of releasable glue on credit card mailings or any assembly work which requires exact repeatability.

Needle valve nozzle for complete shut off. Adjustable flow control switch. Ideal for pressure sensitive adhesive <i>and</i> regular hot melt adhesives.

An outstanding alternative to hand held guns, this commercial grade glue dispenser will pay for itself many times over with its reliability and ease of use.





Bonding Metals With Hot Melt Glue

Metal is a shiny and non-porous surface, which can be challenging to bond.  Below are a few helpful tips to help you maximize the strength of your gluing application.
Helpful tips:
- Make sure that the hot glue is completely heated in the glue gun.
- Be sure the metal is clean, free of dirt and oils.
- Use mild soapy water to clean the metal, not solvents such as alcohol, acetone, or citrus based cleaners.
- Roughening up the bonding surface will increase adhesion, and give the bond a better “bite” into the surface.
- For metal to metal applications, both metals should be preheated to insure best possible bond. This technique can also be used at any time that the bond does not appear to be holding as well as expected. This may be more evident in colder weather or when the application room temperature is low.
- Allow at least 24 hours before checking the bond.
The three glue formulas that work well for bonding metal are Dent Pulling Glue Sticks, Dura Tac High Strength Glue Sticks, and OmniBond – For Challenging Surfaces.

How To Change A Glue Gun Nozzle



Specialty glue gun nozzles are helpful accessory tools for your hot melt glue gun.  Whether you are gluing in a tight corner or you need to lay down a wider bead of glue, there are assorted nozzles to help you get the job done right.

Changing a glue gun nozzle is easy.  Warm up your glue gun for 2 to 3 minutes.  Unplug the glue gun from the power source, and let it cool for approximately 1 minute.  The glue gun must be warmed up to allow the hardened glue in the nozzle to be melted.

Loosen the nozzle and remove it from the glue gun (if nozzle is difficult to loosen, carefully use an adjustable wrench to remove it, being careful not to damage the nozzle insulator).  To replace with a specialty nozzle, simply screw the threaded end of the nozzle adapter into the specialty nozzle you will be using.  Then take the assembled nozzle with adapter, screw it into the glue gun, and hand-tighten until secure.  A wrench may be used to tighten the nozzle to glue gun, if desired.  Do NOT tighten excessively, this could cause difficulties in changing or removing nozzle in the future.

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How Do I Get Rid Of Glue Strings Or Tails?

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Glue strings or “tails” can be a nuisance.

Here are eight ways to keep glue strings to a minimum:

1. Be sure that your hot glue gun is completely heated before pulling the trigger.

2. Use high temperature glue sticks in a high temperature glue gun.  Use low temperature glue sticks in a low temperature glue gun.  If your glue gun and glue sticks are mismatched, there may be strings.

3. Most low temperature glues will string to some extent, unless the glue formula states that it is a low stringing or non stringing glue.  The Low Stringing General Purpose Hot Melt Glue Sticks are designed for low, high, and dual temperature glue guns.

4. As you pull the glue gun away from the surface that you are gluing, turn your wrist and the glue gun in a circular motion to cut the string or “tail”.

5. Adjustable Temperature Glue Guns allow you to increase the temperature of the hot glue, which makes most glue formulas thinner in viscosity.  In many cases, thinner and hotter glue produces fewer strings.

6. Use a Non Stick Glue Pad to wipe off any excess build-up of hot glue that may accumulate on the tip of the nozzle.

7. You can also wipe the tip of the glue gun nozzle against the Non Stick Glue Pad to cut the string.

8. A ProHeater Heat Tool can be used to carefully re-melt adhesives, strings, and tails.


Glue Gun Tip #1

Keep the glue gun upright, and use the glue stand.




- If the glue gun is set on its side while it is turned on, the hot glue can spill out of the chamber, and flow into areas inside the glue gun where hot glue was not designed to be.

- The hot glue can drip into the electronics circuit and damage the glue gun.

- Always wait until your glue gun is completely cool before putting it away.

- Take care of your investment, and use the glue stand.

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Hot Melt Glue: Product Overview

Hot melt glue has become popular for many crafts and household repairs. Originally developed for commercial applications, hot melt glue has found its way into hundreds of new and innovative uses around the home, shop and in industry. It sets quickly and makes less mess than most other glues and has the unique advantage of being remelted for easy repositioning.

Hot melt glue comes in various grades, types and forms and varies greatly in price. Our least expensive General Purpose Clear Some of the hot melt glue sticks available from www.glu-stix.comis a great value and an outstanding hobby and light packaging glue. This type of glue stick is great for low demand applications, such as gluing eyes on dolls, floral display work, light duty assembly and repairs and is a great way to save money.

Be aware that many “frosty white” bargain style, ultra low cost glue sticks on the market are nothing more than melted polyethylene plastic which contains no actual adhesive. Although very inexpensive, this type of glue is such a low performance product, it’s hardly worth buying. We do not sell this type of glue stick!

As the price goes up a bit, the performance goes up a lot! Our Fast Set and Dura-Tac glues offer outstanding value and uncompromising adhesion in porous to porous surface gluing applications such as carton sealing or woodworking. You pay a little more, use half as much and are guaranteed an outstanding result. Our Fast Set is specifically formulated for carton sealing and woodworking. Our Dura-Tac glue is the strongest non-polyamide glue on the market and is probably the best all around hot melt for the money.

When most other hot melt glues won’t work, our Tuff-Tac hot melt glue product is simply outstanding. It offers unsurpassed adhesion to hard, shiny surfaces, like glass-to-metal or PVC-to-ceramics, etc.

For ultra high demand gluing projects such as high temperature environments, metal to metal, or any non-porous to non-porous requirement,Ultra-Tac polyamide glue is widely regarded as the best in all regards. There is no other glue on the market which is stronger over a wider range of conditions than Ultra-Tac. For more information about polyamide glues such as Ultra-Tac, read our Polyamide Glue Info Sheet.

We also have Colored Glue Sticks and Glitter Sticks which are useful in many creative ways. These glues are primarily for decoration and craft use as they provide only moderate bonding strength.