OK, so I look at a lot of DIY ideas… I look at thousands a month and these are officially some of the most genius and lovely creations I have seen. I love my trusty glue gun but I had no idea you could make all these incredibly creative things with it. After all, glue sticks are really just plastic, and hot melted plastic is a perfect sculpting and crafting material. Be careful not to burn yourself when you make these, which I know you are going to want to do after you see all these brilliant craft projects made with hot glue and a lot of ingenuity. From seasonal and inexpensive home decor ideas to the most clever itty bitty DIY gift ideas, ever, we have lots of projects and crafts to try this weekend. Have fun with these awesome tutorials!
DIY Hot Glue Gun Crafts
1. DIY Glue Gun Snow Flakes
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. Every fan of winter and snowflake crafts has to see this one. Sparkly homemade snowflake decor is easy with these DIY glue gun snowflakes. These fun DIYs mimic enamel ones that cost a ton of money, but these are super cheap and look amazing.
2. Custom Pattern DIY Glue Gun Bottle
Write words and draw patterns before you paint to personalize the message on a DIY gift and make your vases and home decor extra creative. Patterns can easily be drawn with a glue gun, then painted for a super cool 3D effect. Learn how in this fun step by step tutorial.
3. DIY Glue Gun Cabochons
When it comes to hot glue crafts, this fun DIY idea is a favorite. Use a mold and learn how to make tiny little glue cabochons to decorate jewelry, hairpins and other small craft items. Your trusty glue gun can be used to make lots of cool DIYs like this, and all you have to do with the glue once it cools is paint it.
4. Harry Potter Party DIY Wands
Ooooh Magic. I must admit that most all Harry Potter DIY ideas make me smile, but these handmade glue gun wands definitely do. If you are looking for a cool birthday party idea for kids, these will make the most adorable DIY party favors. For this hot glue gun craft idea, simply use hot glue on chopsticks to create patterns, then paint when cool. How is that for an easy idea to make with glue gun?
Glue Gun Art Ideas
5. Glue Gun DIY Coral Home Decor
I could not believe it when I found out this cool coral art was made from hot glue. One of the most impressive glue gun crafts I’ve seen, these pretty home decor accessories would make a super DIY Christmas gift idea. Simply make the coral patterns with your glue gun and paint. Fun and easy craft idea that is practically free.
6. Candy Dot Earrings
This DIY candy dot earring project is really a fun, cheap and easy DIY for teens. Your only expense will be going to Michael’s craft store to get earring posts, and there is always a 40% off coupon on the app. Then just follow this simple tutorial, finishing with the nail polish of your choice. They really look darling, this will keep those teens busy all day long!
7. Hot Glue Rings
I was walking through the craft aisles at Michael’s with my nephews when I happened to see colored glue sticks. I’m not sure if these are a new thing or something I just never noticed before, but the second I did see them, I kept thinking of this DIY necklace I saw earlier. Now when I first saw the necklace I thought it was genius even if it was not exactly to my taste. But I guess some part of my brain filed it away as an awesome concept to play with later. When I got home I loaded up my hot glue gun with my metallic gold, bronze and silver specialty sticks and soon realized that I was having the most difficult darn time drawing with the hot glue gun. The pressure it takes to push the trigger for an extended period of time was making my handshake, badly. So drawing anything was totally out of the realm of decent looking ideas for me. So I started swirling the glue and came up with these cool DIY glue gun rings!
Hot Glue Gun Decor Ideas
8. No-Sew Rope Coil Basket
I have been swooning over all of the simple yet gorgeous rope baskets. I knew I had to figure out an easy way to make one. I went to my local fabric warehouse and found the perfect “rope” – natural cotton piping. I spent $6 on cording for this good sized basket. This piping is used for making cording for sofas and pillows! Traditional rope baskets are made using a sewing machine, but I opted for the easy method – hot glue gun. Using glue will not make the basket as secure and heavy duty as a rope basket that has been sewn. Our basket makes a perfect place to hold your knitting projects or stuffed animals for blankets. I dressed up the basket by adding leather handles.
9. Spin Vase Design
I love Crate & Barrel and I recently had a yearning for their Spin Hurricane Vases from the catalog. However, even the small one retails for $24.95, so here is The Budget Decorator’s hack of the Crate and Barrel Spin Vase that only cost a little over a dollar to make. This DIY hack is so great, it definitely qualifies for the DIY Hack Hall Of Fame! All you need is a glue gun and a steady hand!
10. Glue Gun and Chalk Paint Witchcraft Bottles Art
I saw this idea for DIY Halloween chalk paint bottles on Pinterest and I knew they were perfect for the mini haunted house I made in my dining room. I got some mini plastic skulls from Michael’s craft store and used some terracotta plant saucers as stabilizing pedestals at each end. I glued all of them together and used some grey metal colored spray paint I had from painting the railing on my new deck and it gave them a very rich polished look. I arranged them on what I called Dracula’s dining table with some other Halloween decorations and lovely treats that thrilled and chilled my guests, all for under the ten dollar mark. So if you are into spooky DIY crafts, this might be a good fit for you. These DIY chalk paint bottles could always be fun at Halloween, or all year if you like the spooky look.
11. Hot Glue Drop Earrings
12. DIY Colorful Votive Candles with Hot Glue