Papercrafting is the art of making 3D images out of paper by cutting and gluing together pieces. Using the right paper and glue makes all the difference. I have been experimenting with different glues with my papercrafting models and I wanted to share my results with other papercrafting fans. Here is my look at the best glues for papercrafting.
At the very end I’ll tell you my favorite gluing product.
Mod Podge has always been my go-to craft glue, so of course I used it for my first and next few papercraft projects. It, of course, works awesome. You need to use a tiny brush and dip it into the glue. It will spread easily. The best thing about Mod Podge is that it dries quickly, but not so quick that you can’t manipulate the paper.
Good ol’ Elmer’s glue. This is a good option for people that want to save money on their first papercraft project. That way, if you hate the process, you didn’t spend too much on glue you won’t use again. Go ahead and use a generic brand of Elmer’s glue, if you want. The only real problem with Elmer’s is that it is runnier than Mod Podge.
Do not use the squeeze bottle with the Elmer’s glue. The opening is way too big and you’ll end up with too much glue. Use a tiny brush instead just like with the Mod Podge.
You should not use superglue for the major gluing of your papercraft. Ever. Superglue dries too quickly and makes it impossible to manipulate the paper. Why is it on this list of best glues for papercrafting? It’s on the list because it does have one good use and that’s for really difficult gluing spots required to help the papercraft keep it’s shape. Especially if you decide to use a heavy paper, like card stock, and need the extra strength to hold small areas together. Use superglue very sparingly.
I don’t like using clear glue too much because it’s difficult to see. I do like clear glue because it’s so smooth and thin and doesn’t clump up like white glue. Sometimes, though, white glue doesn’t try completely clear if you’ve accidentally used too much. If you don’t think you can control your overgluing at first, then try clear glue.
My Favorite Glue: Scotch 2-in-1 Applicator Clear Glue Bottle with Mod Podge
Scotch has this tiny bottle of clear glue that has a pinpoint tip on one end and dabber on the other. I love this bottle. Once I finished up the clear glue, I opened up the bottom of the bottle, cleaned it, and filled it with Mod Podge. The tiny tip is perfect for papercrafting and gluing small areas.