7 Clever Hot Glue Gun Projects
It’s so nice when something that we already own can be used for other reasons. Especially if those “other reasons” can make our lives so much simpler! Over the years I’ve found some really clever hot glue gun projects, and I wanted to share them with you. That little tool can come in really handy around your house! So instead of thinking to use a hot glue gun for just crafting, think again for clever hacks for other areas of the home.
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Non-Slip Rugs –
If you have a beautiful rug you want to use, but hate stepping on it and finding yourself slipping. Grab your glue gun and add some glue to the bottom part of the rug that touches the floor. Do dots or zig-zags and this will help grip the rug against the floor and prevent it from moving around. This seems to be particularly helpful in the kitchen or anywhere else around your home that has wooden floors.
Homemade Tap Shoes –
Have a child that seems interested in tap dancing? Before you invest in tap shoes, make your own! Take an old pair of shoes, and glue a 3-4 pennies at the top and bottom soles of the shoes. This will create a fun tap dance sound while your child dances around! A very affordable option and even if your little one doesn’t end up with a tapping talent, at least they had fun for a while!
Non-Slip Hangers –
Ever go to hang up a beautiful top only to have it slip right back off the hanger? So frustrating to go and get an outfit out of the closet to wear, and find it on the floor in a crumpled, wrinkly pile. Here’s what to do… using your hot glue gun, on the top side of the hanger where the clothes hang, create a zig-zag pattern with the glue. Once it dries, slip the clothes on, and it will not slip off. You can also do dots if you don’t want a zig-zag pattern. (Uses less glue)
Keep Pictures From Slipping out of Place –
If you go to hang a picture on the wall, you might notice over time it can get a little crooked. So, on the two bottom corners place little dots of hot glue. Let them cool completely and then hang the picture on the nail. The glue will be a nice barrier and prevent it from moving around as easily. This is a great trick to remember if you have pictures that always seem to be moving around from the movement of the little ones in your home!
Add Texture to Painted Jars and Vases –
If you have some mason jars laying around, you can use your hot glue gun to create a design or words. Just write or draw on the jar with the glue. Then once it is fully dried, spray paint your jars. This will add a neat design to the jar or vase, and you can add flowers, cooking utensils, makeup brushes or whatever else and put it on display. If you want another fun mason jar craft, you will love this Tinted Mason Jar Craft.
Slipper Grip Bottoms –
This is a great one, especially for children. You put on your slippers to keep your feet warm, walk on the hardwood floor only to find yourself sliding. (My kids have days when they just go “ice skating” on the floor when it’s particularly cold!) Take your hot glue and add dots or a pattern on the bottom of the slippers. This will give you a good grip on those hard floors. floors. Just add some grips on the bottom of those slippers and you won’t have any more problems with that. You can get creative and write your child’s name, or simply just make some lines on the bottom. Either way, it will still work the same.
Plug Bathroom Water Toys –
Did you know that water can stay inside bath toys and start to mold? I’m sure you’ve seen it happen in your own tub toys. They can be very unsanitary (especially when your little one won’t stop drinking the bathwater!), but with a little hot glue you can seal up those toys, and prevent water from going inside. This will be a safer option for your child to play with the toy and don’t have to worry about harmful bacteria growing inside of the toy. They will last longer and you won’t have the cost of replacing the toys as often.
Isn’t this fun? You can see, that old hot glue gun can be looked at in a totally new light now! It has so many neat uses, like you see above. Plus I am sure there are so many more uses you might come up with!
If you have a neat hot glue gun project, leave a comment below and let me know!