Archive for November, 2015

Rustic Holiday Tree Topper Craft

November 23rd, 2015
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Christmastime is swiftly approaching and will probably be here before you can say Old Saint Nick. All the hustle and bustle of the holiday is soon to be in full swing with loads of shopping, celebrating and decorating going on. For many people, the decorating aspect plays a major part of the merriness of the season, and it’s often even more fun when an element of creative crafting is added to the mix. If you’re looking to do a bit of DIY this year, here’s a simple tree topper craft that, with some help from Bondini Everything Gel, can spruce up your Christmas tree with a cute country flair.

What You Will Need

The rustic décor trend is still in style and going strong. Mason jars are being used in unique and surprising ways, and nature-inspired designs are beautifying many a shelf, mantel or dining room table. This rustic holiday tree topper falls right in line. Here’s what you’ll need to complete the craft:

  • Several long sticks
  • Jute twine
  • Chicken wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Bondini Everything Gel
  • Heavy duty scissors or small garden shears
  • Artificial holly or poinsettias (optional)
  • Strands of lace (optional)

Steps To Making the Star Tree Topper

Creating your rustic tree topper first involves gathering sticks/branches from your yard or the outdoors. Look for sticks that are similar in terms of thickness. Once you’ve collected several, cut them into 10 pieces of the same length using smaller garden sheers or heavy duty scissors. For a good sized star, they should all be about 5 inches long. For an even larger tree topper, make them all 6 inches long.

After all the sticks have been cut, plan out a star, creating 5 outward points. When you are ready to glue, apply some Bondini Everything Gel and adhere the points one by one. This adhesive is ideal for dealing with materials from nature because it works well on dirty surfaces. It’s also able to fill in the gaps in between the sticks.

Once all 5 points have been glued and the gel has dried, use the adhesive to connect the remaining inward points and the shape of the star should all come together. Next, take the twine and wrap it around each connecting point several times.

After the star frame is ready, you’ll need to cut the chicken wire. This should be done with care, as the wire is sharp when cut. It can also be a bit tricky to cut the wire in the star shape. Trace the outline of the star onto the chicken wire, cut it out, and then adhere the shape to the star frame. Then trim the excess edges of the wire. Once that’s finished, your rustic tree topper is ready to adorn your tree with all its simplistic beauty.

Hint: If the topper is a bit too simple for your taste, go ahead and add a splash of festive fauna by attaching artificial poinsettias or holly sprigs in the chicken wire, or weave strands of white or ivory lace through the wire holes for a shabby chic touch.

What’s Your Christmas Craft Story?

Did you also use Bondini Everything Gel or another Super Glue product to create a one-of-a-kind holiday craft? Share the details of your creation on our Facebook page. We’d be “merry” happy to hear from you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stocking Stuffers for the DIY Lover in Your Family

November 16th, 2015
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Christmas is the perfect time of year to get into the gift-giving spirit with presents and well-wishes that are straight from the heart. For you or the DIY’er in your family, this is another prime opportunity to dive into creating gifts that are built with innovation, inspiration, love and a little help from some great Super Glue products. Let’s take a look at some crafty stocking stuffer gifts that are sure to make your friends and family smile this Christmas season.

Drawer Knob Wine Stoppers – For the Wine-Lover

This clever gift idea is extremely easy to make and so cute, to top it all off. All that’s required are wine corks, new or vintage drawer knobs, and Original Super Glue. Simply apply some of the adhesive to the top of the cork and adhere the knob. Press down firmly while the glue dries. You can also use a rubber band to hold the pieces together during this time.

Plus, if you’re loving the idea, but looking for a little more sparkle, try gluing a beautiful geode onto the cork instead.

 

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Button Bookmarks – For the Reader

Ideal for that booklover you love, this simple stocking stuffer only takes minutes to make. First, you’ll need to choose several buttons to use, either ornate and unique or quaint and classic, whatever you prefer. For many DIY’ers, you’ve probably got a lot of these lying about in a jar somewhere. Other materials that will be needed are jumbo paperclips, Accutool Super Glue Gel, and some small fragments of felt.

To create, apply a small drop of the adhesive to the back of the button. In cases such as these, the Accutool provides excellent precision and control, and also minimizes the mess. Next, attach the top of the paperclip to the button and let it dry. For a sleeker finish, add a tiny piece of felt to cover the connection spot with the button and the clip.

Tip – Not only do these bookmarks make great stocking stuffers, but they also make great additions to the top of wrapped presents as gift tag holders.

Wrapped Candy Bars – For the Chocolate Lover

This stocking stuffer idea is perfect for giving to those young and old and in between, so long as they like a little something sweet. With this craft, you’ll need candy bars, a glue stick, decorative craft paper, card stock, scissors, double-sided tape and Front Porch Treasures® Foam Mounting Dots.

First, wrap your chosen holiday paper around a candy bar. Cut out the paper once you have made sure there’s enough to wrap completely around the bar, with a little extra paper at each end. Then use your double-sided tap or glue stick to connect all the edges together. Once wrapped, move on to making the face of the Christmas character of your choice, like Santa, the Grinch,or Frosty the Snowman. Use your cardstock paper to assemble different shapes that bring the character together, or draw and color the features using markers.

Next, put one or two foam mounting dots on the end of the bar where you want the face to go, then attach the face to the dots for a dimensional effect. Lastly, add ribbon and/or a gift tag, and then your wrapped candy bar character will be ready to peer out from the very top of the stocking.

Looking For Other Stocking Essentials?

Super Glue’s not only great for creating stocking stuffers, it also makes a great gift! Check out our extensive line of products and brands, from Zap for hobbyists and Pro-Seal for automotive applications, to plenty of other adhesive options for repairs, crafts and more.

Tis the Season to Tell us Your Super Glue Stories

If you’ve created some nifty DIY Christmas gifts with Super Glue products, we would love for you to share the details on our Facebook page. And last, but certainly not least, here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

How to Use Super Glue in Your Fish and Coral Tank

November 9th, 2015
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Many people enjoy the magnificent sight of an aquarium filled with vibrant fish swimming gracefully throughout it, or with a display of stunning coral. Whether in an office, restaurant or home, it’s a chance to behold and appreciate the beauty of aquatic life here on dry land. Reef builders and fish tank hobbyists put forth a great amount of time and effort in creating and maintaining these tanks, using various materials to bring it all together. It may come as a bit of a surprise, but one popular tool for aquarium use is Super Glue.

As a cyanoacrylate adhesive, Super Glue’s relationship with water is an interesting one. When exposed to even the moisture of the air, cyanoacrylates react rapidly and form extremely strong bonds. They also have the ability to resist water, which is why they are so commonly used for aquarium applications.

How It’s Used

There are several different aspects and natural components that play unique roles in a tank, like types of plant life and corals. These elements often require a fixative to set them in place.

Plants

One way Super Glue is used in aquatic tanks is to anchor plants such as java ferns to driftwood (or rocks). Java ferns are beautiful, green plants that can add an aesthetic touch to an aquarium, as well as provide an area of protection for fish. By gluing them to something like a rock or a piece of driftwood, it gives their roots a chance to attach. To do this, first use a paper towel to dry off the driftwood and the stem-like portion of the fern. After that, apply a small amount of Super Glue to the stem and connect it to the wood. When all java ferns are on the driftwood, let the glue dry for about 5 minutes or a bit longer, before putting the completed piece into the aquarium.

Coral

Cut coral parts (called frags) can also be affixed to live rock in order to colonize the coral. In this case, Super Glue Gel is a favorite. With its thick consistency, this adhesive provides for more precise application because it does not run. Connecting these elements can actually be accomplished underwater.

Once a frag has been cut and removed, it needs to be dried off with a paper towel. Then apply some of the gel to the coral, then a bit of safe underwater putty, and then another application of the gel (in essence-like a sandwich). Next, quickly and firmly attach the coral frag to the desired location on the rock and the gel will cure underwater.

What’s Your Super Glue Story?

Did Super Glue also help your aquarium project go swimmingly? Or did you use it for a unique DIY craft or a much needed repair? Tell us the details and you just may wind up winning some free Super Glue products!

Super Sticky Saves with Super Glue

November 2nd, 2015
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Fitting conveniently in drawers, tool chests and glove compartments all across the nation, Super Glue is the extra handy adhesive that’s small in size, but mighty in strength. Not only is it more than able to assist in numerous types of repairs and craft projects, but it can swiftly save the day when you’re in desperate need of a quick fix. Does it sound like this glue should be wearing a red cape? Well, it could, but it really doesn’t need one. With “super” already in its name, it adds the hero part by coming to the rescue with life’s little emergencies. Just take a look at these ones.

Examples of Sticky Saves

Fixing Footwear – Shoes experience a lot of wear and tear. Damage can occur at some of the worst possible moments, such as right before an important business meeting, in the middle of a wilderness hike or during a big date. Super Glue can step up to the repair rescue by applying a small amount to a loose or broken heel, applying pressure, and giving it a few minutes to set. You can also use the adhesive to reattach a sole or to quickly fix a separated toe on a sneaker. Some skateboarders even apply the glue to their shoelaces to keep them from fraying.

Mending Outdoor Dilemmas – Super Glue can also be a go-to repair tool when you’re out and about and on the go. When fishing, a damaged rod can often come in between a day of leisure or a meal. Using a small amount of the quick-bonding adhesive on a loose handle or reel can get your gear, well, back in gear.

For those who cycle to get around town or just for fun and exercise, the sight of a flat tire is a never a good one. Of course, this can seem especially true when you’re in a hurry. Repairing a bike tube without a patch is a quick way to get you back on the road again. After inflating the tube to locate the leak, apply a small amount of Super Glue Gel to a toothpick or tiny stick. Put the tip of the stick in the bicycle tube, and then let the air out. Next, quickly remove the stick. After a few minutes, pump up the tube again to check and make sure that the leak was repaired.

 

Did Super Glue Save the Day for You?

These are just a few ways our fast-acting adhesive can aid in the predicaments of life. We’d love to hear how it also helped you in a repair rescue, so please share all of the sticky situation details on Super Glue’s Facebook page!