Updated July 01, 2020 by Allean Phelps

The 10 Best Craft Glues

video play icon

This wiki has been updated 3 times since it was first published in May of 2020. There are a variety of craft glues that you can use to bind things together, and you have to select the right formula for the specific materials you are working with, if you want your handiwork to last. The following list offers an assortment of adhesives to keep on hand for all sorts of different projects, and we've included formulas in stick, pen, and liquid form for convenient application. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Bearly Art Precision

2. Tombow Mono

3. Elmer's Craft Bond Set

Editor's Notes

June 28, 2020:

Before applying any of the glues listed here, read the manufacturers' recommendations for safety and use. For example, the 3M General Purpose 45 Spray is highly flammable and require careful handling. In the same vein, E6000 Adhesive emits a strong odor and can cause skin or eye irritation with prolonged exposure. Therefore, it is best to use it in a well-ventilated area.

When working with small objects like gems and beads, you need a tacky glue like Aleene's Orginal that allows you to place items quickly, but still allows a little wiggle room before it hardens. It is suitable for a variety of materials, including fabric, ceramics, styrofoam, and wood.

For cardmaking and other projects that require precise control, the Sakura Quickie Pen is a handy tool that allows you to make perfect letters, straight, curvy, and squiggly lines before applying glitter or confetti. Also, Bearly Art Precision glue comes with a set of tips of varying sizes, so you can alternate line sizes to make your project more appealing.

When working on kids' crafts, opt for non-toxic formulas like the ones found inside the Elmer's Craft Bond Set.

Special Honors

This to That Searching for the right glue for a project can be a daunting task. If you're not sure which type of glue to use to get two types of materials to stick together, check out This to That. You just use the drop-down menu to select the materials that you want to bind together, and a list of product suggestions and tips to achieve satisfactory results will appear. thistothat.com

Reptile Premium Adhesive Reptile Premium delivers a consistent flow of tacky liquid so you can complete ceramic and wood projects with ease. It comes in an easy-to-squeeze bottle and is child-friendly, non-toxic. It also cleans up quickly with warm water before hardening. reptileadhesive.com

UHU Stic With a twist-up applicator, the UHU Stic offers swift and convenient access with just one stroke. It sticks firmly to cardboard and fabric and features a screw-on cap to prevent drying. Also, it dries clear without wrinkles and withdraws easily for no-mess storage. uhu.com

4. Plaid Modge Podge

5. Aleene's Original

6. Craft Dots

7. E6000 Adhesive

8. Gorilla Mini Sticks

9. 3M General Purpose 45 Spray

10. Sakura Quickie Pen


Allean Phelps
Last updated on July 01, 2020 by Allean Phelps

Allean Phelps is a B2B and B2C copywriter with a bachelor’s degree in media communications. Her career has included stints as a journalist, PR guru, marketing specialist, and ghostwriter. When she’s not writing copy, you’ll find her working on DIY projects or looking for images in the clouds with her grandson.


Thanks for reading the fine print. About the Wiki: We don't accept sponsorships, free goods, samples, promotional products, or other benefits from any of the product brands featured on this page, except in cases where those brands are manufactured by the retailer to which we are linking. For more information on our rankings, please read about us, linked below. The Wiki is a participant in associate programs from Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and others, and may earn advertising fees when you use our links to these websites. These fees will not increase your purchase price, which will be the same as any direct visitor to the merchant’s website. If you believe that your product should be included in this review, you may contact us, but we cannot guarantee a response, even if you send us flowers.