Not all craft glues are created equal. 

In the spirit of full transparency, even I’ve had my fair share of craft project fails. You spend all that time and effort on a beautiful project and then the glue doesn’t stick or the excess doesn’t come off easily. I feel your pain. 

So what kind of glue do you need to make sure your next DIY project is a success?

Let’s break down the different types and where they should be used. 

Hot Glue 

Hot glue guns are a craft room staple. Hot glue isn’t typically a good option for high-strength applications but is great for a variety of crafts and is a great option for uneven surfaces.  It can be used on porous and non-porous surfaces.

White Craft Glue

White craft glue, such as Elmer’s Glue, is commonly used for crafts with lightweight materials like paper, cloth, and cardboard. The glue dries clear but does require full drying before it is effective. 


There are several different variations of E6000 glue. It comes as a spray adhesive, tacky glue, and a fabric fuse. Select which one will work best for your project, the spray adhesive works on a variety of surfaces including leather, fabric, rubber, foam, and paper. Depending on the variety the glue dries clear or translucent white. 

Tacky Glue

Tacky Glue is an all-purpose glue that works on just about any surface. The thick formula adheres to surfaces immediately and dries clear for a strong bond. Perfect for paper, wood, metal, glass, and ceramics. 

Super Glue

Be careful with this one! Super glue bonds very quickly and can be finicky if you use too little or too much. Often, once you’ve applied the glue the pieces can’t be repositioned. Super glue will dry clear. 

So, before you begin your next project…

Determine the details and materials of your project and use these guidelines to decide what type of craft glue is best for what you are working on.