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How to Make Hot Glue Gun Sticks

Discover how to make hot glue sticks at home. It's easy!

By: Shake TheFuture from
Updated August 02, 2018
How to Make Hot Glue Gun Sticks
How to Make Hot Glue Gun Sticks
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If you use hot glue guns, you probably know how much leftover glue can accumulate after each craft project. With this easy DIY tutorial, you will learn how to make hot glue gun sticks with the leftovers! Collect the used glue, melt it down, and set it back in glue stick form. Once it is back in glue stick form, you can use it as you normally would by placing it into your hot glue gun.

If you’re an avid crafter, this is one of the most useful easy DIY projects you will find, so stop throwing away that used glue and start reusing it. Learn how to make hot glue sticks at home today! Plus, scroll down to find some of our best hot glue ideas.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueGeneral Crafts


Project TypeLearn a Technique

10 Surprising Uses for Hot Glue

Hot glue is a common crafting tool, but did you know how versatile it really is? There are so many uses for hot glue besides attaching felt to other pieces of felt. Hot glue can improve your life by making certain tasks quick and easy. Check out these 10 surprising hot glue ideas that you might not know about. How many of these would make your life easier?

Use hot glue to...

  1. Hem pants in a hurry.

  2. Fix loose shoe soles.

  3. Fill in a stripped screw hole in a wall to drill a new pilot hole.

  4. Emboss a project.

  5. Create small molds.

  6. Make window decorations.

  7. Install under-cabinet lighting.

  8. Make art.

  9. Repair loose or broken furniture.

  10. Waterproof wires.

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This re-use project is absolutely brilliant!! Since I live in a very remote part of the country part of the year, I do worry about running out of supplies (It is two hours to the nearest craft supply store)...I am going to start collecting "scrap" glue now and make some glue clever!!!!!

Absolutely brilliant!! I live in the boonies part of the year and worry about running out of supplies (2 hours to nearest craft supply)...I'll start collecting "scrap" glue now and make some glue sticks...clever!!!!!

Where has this idea been all my life. I can't believe I never heard of this idea before. It's simple and very creative. It would be nice to not have to buy so many glue sticks. I always find great ideas and inspiration at this site. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful ideas.


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