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An Ode to the Glue Gun: 18 Projects that Use Our Favorite Craft Tool

by Grace Bonney

The humble glue gun seems to be a divisive tool in the crafting community. Some see it as a symbol of projects that lack a certain level of sophistication, but others (like me and  — who has one tattooed on his arm!) see it as a way to open up a world of possibilities in just a few quick clicks of a tool. Glue guns aren’t just for summer camp popsicle stick projects — they’re also a useful and valuable tool for getting just about any project done, from collaging and woodworking to endless decorative details. So today, I decided to round up my 18 favorite projects that show off the versatility of the everyday glue gun and all you can do with it. Squeeze away! xo, grace

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Megan Pflug's Moroccan wedding blanket-inspired pendant is one of my favorite lighting projects of all time. A hot glue gun makes adding on all the trimmings quick and easy.
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Whether you mount it on the wall as art or use it on the floor as a decorative mat, this woven sisal DIY is a fun way to focus on two main supplies: glue guns and sisal rope.
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Upgrade your art (or just celebrate your handiwork with the frame alone) with these amazing custom frames.
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Dress up your everyday pendant cord with a dramatic woven detail. All you need is rope, hot glue and a little weaving know-how. Check out the full how-to here.
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If you have a nonfunctioning fireplace, but still want to make it a focal point, pick up a piece of wallpaper (or gift wrap!) and use hot glue and foam core to create a mantel that has style for miles.
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Brenna's faux capiz shell chandelier is one of the most beloved projects we've ever run -- and it's a testament to the power of paper and hot glue. (Don't worry, this paper is safe to use around bulbs and hot glue.)
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Hot glue, feathers and a basic pendant shade turn everyday track lighting into something special and custom.
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A woven balsa lampshade is a great way to upgrade your vintage or thrift store find, and it only takes a few moments and a few supplies -- including your trusty glue gun.
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Glue guns are great for practical projects, but they're also fun for making more decorative or arts-based projects, like this DIY 3D Cube Art.
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These sculptural paper orbs use hot glue and paper tin liners to create stunning works of art for your ceiling.
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Give your home a little marquee style with this DIY lighting idea, which turns hot glue and string lights (although not touching!) into something spectacular.
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Make over a bland box-store table with patterned grass mats and hot glue. A brand new, custom look for 1/10th of the price.
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This budget-friendly modern pendant idea turns delicate sticks and hot glue into a cool sculptural statement.
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Stones, paint and hot glue turn everyday objects into DIY gilded bookends for showing off your prized tomes.
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Get your desk in gear with this spool-shaped organizer that uses paper, cord and hot glue!
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This faux stone mirror uses paper and hot glue to create 3D decorative elements.
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This sweet and simple DIY wooden heart is a great way to surprise someone you care about -- or just perk up your own home or desk space.
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Who couldn't use a little more organization on the family fridge? These quick and easy clay magnets combine colorful everyday clay and hot glue with magnets to create something fun and functional.

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