Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

Scrapbook Adhesives Add Creative Pop

May 27th, 2016
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Front Porch Treasures puts a super fun twist on scrapbook adhesives, especially if you’re into scrapbooking. And these days, who doesn’t enjoy a little scrapbooking?

Scrapbooking became a huge hit between 2001 and 2004, with over $2.5 billion in sales and 1,600 companies creating scrapbooking products for a growing number of hobbyists (or “scrappers”) who created their own social network to share their creative ideas.

Digital scrapbooking has added more functionality to the traditional scrapbook as interest in this highly involved craft remains high – across the board:

• Over 4 million women in the United States alone consider themselves to be scrapbookers.

• Over 4% of all women in U.S. have done traditional scrapbooking. Millions of others do various aspects of photo books but are not scrapbookers.

• Scrapbooking is one of the largest categories within the craft and hobby industry and now considered to be the third most popular craft in the nation. From 1996 through 2004, sales of scrapbooking products increased across the United States. In 2005, annual sales flattened for the first time after many back to back years of double growth. From 2006 through 2010 traditional scrapbooking sales have declined, while digital forms of scrapbooking have grown. Traditional scrapbooking sales for 2010 have declined to about $1.6 billion in annual sales from a peak of about $2.5 billion in 2005.

Add Pop, Punch, Depth and Dimension to Your Creative Projects

Scrapbook adhesives like the Front Porch Treasures dots are easy to handle and worry-free because all of the products are double-sided, acid-free, lignin free, photo-safe and permanent.

The mounting foam squares and dots come in a variety of sizes and they work great on invitations, pop-up books, and of course — scrapbooking.

Looking for a Few Scrapbooking Ideas?

Scrapbooking is a fun ‘craft’ to do with children of all ages. It’s a great way to round up all those old photos and share a few fond memories. If you want to try something a little different, however, try these on for size:

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36 Great Scrapbook Ideas: Martha Stewart
10 Super Cool Scrapbooking Ideas!

Front Porch Treasures Product knowledge Video

Watch the Front Porch Treasures Product Knowledge Video here. We’d love to see a short video of your finished project!

Make Scrabble Tile Coasters with Super Glue

May 9th, 2016
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Scrabble Tile Coasters Photo: Simplydarrling.com

How to Make Scrabble Tile Drink Coasters

If you have ever used the Original Super Glue, you know it dries quickly and firmly once it has cured, making it a very popular adhesive for all sorts of crafts and DIY projects.

This ‘Scrabble’ tile drink coaster set is one of our favorite craft projects because it simply demonstrates how fast and easy it is to work with Super Glue.

Not only are these drink coasters fun to make, but they also make great gifts. As decorative accent pieces, this Scrabble tile coaster set will really add character to your game room or your coffee table.

Note: We’ve also seen this done with Dominoes, Dice, Mahjong Tiles, and old-fashioned checkers. Simply substitute the game piece used in any of these games with Scrabble tiles and you’ve put a new twist on an old classic. With a little patience and creativity, most gaming pieces can be found online for pennies and easily transformed with a little Super Glue.

Scrabble Tile Drink Coasters: Here’s What You Will Need

  • A 5.5” square piece of wood or tile to use as the base for your coaster
  • ⅛” to ½” thick Flat Cork sheeting (Note, you can also use wine corks the way we did in our January 2015 blog)
  • 36 Scrabble Tiles
  • The Original Super Glue
  • Ruler
  • Fine-Tip Permanent Marker
  • Some metal foil to cover your work surface

Making Your Scrabble Tile Coasters

  1. Take your metal foil, and use it to cover your work surface. This will keep any errant glue drips from sticking to your table.
  2. Next, carefully cut a piece of the cork backing the exact size and shape of your coaster base.
  3. Apply Super Glue to the coaster base.
  4. Firmly press the cork backing down onto the glue. Be sure to align the backing appropriately, as Super Glue dries quickly and firmly.
  5. Wait a few minutes for the glue to cure a bit, then turn your coaster over
  6. Now, we could end here and you’d have a perfectly functional coaster. And that’s fine if all you want to make is a plain coaster. Instead, we’re going to add some flair to these plain coasters by adding some gaming pieces. Scrabble tiles are probably the easiest, but you can use other gaming pieces as well. With a little imagination there’s no limit to the fun things you can create. For this, lay the Scrabble tiles out how you’d like them to be arranged on the coaster. If you like, find the right Scrabble tiles to spell out your name. Other ideas: spell out a few fun drinking words or simply go with a mish-mash of letters. It’s totally up to you.
  7. Place a small amount of Super Glue on the back of your first Scrabble tile, then place it in the top left corner of the front of your coaster. Continue until you’ve placed all the tiles (or dominoes, or dice) in the order you want.
  8. Let the coasters sit overnight to allow the adhesive to fully cure and by morning you can enjoy your new set of Scrabble tile drink coasters!

Other Fun Super Glue Projects

Check out The Original Super Glue Blog! We regularly post fun new (crafty!) ideas to spark your imagination and creativity… while giving you new uses for that tube of Original Super Glue adhesive.

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Custom Bottle Cap Push Pins
Don’t Toss It Out: Repair It With Bondini

DIY Fridge Magnets with Fix-All Adhesive

May 9th, 2016
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Animal Fridge Magnets Photo: FashionLush.com

How to Make DIY Animal Fridge Magnets with Fix-All Adhesive

Fix-All Adhesive is a great all purpose glue that you can use on most at-home DIY projects. This Animal Fridge Magnet project is a great example of an inexpensive and super easy DIY home project that you can do alone or with kids.

These cute little critters can be used to mark chore charts, hold up grocery lists, or simply used to decorate a metal surface. No matter where you choose to place your animal magnets, you’re sure to have a blast making them.

Animal Fridge Magnets:
Here’s What You’ll Need

  • A few small, solid plastic animals. You can find these online or at most big-box stores. Note: If you find some hollow plastic animals that you’d like to use for this project, simply cut each animal in half and fill with air-dry clay. This will create a solid backing for your animal that you can then use to attach your magnet.
  • A box cutter or other sharp blade. As long as it has a straight edge, you should be good.
  • Magnets. You can use standard decorative ceramic magnets or you can spend a little extra on some smaller rare earth magnets.
  • Fix-All Adhesive
  • Optional: Spray paint. We like how these animals look once they’re coated with a little metallic gold or silver spray paint.
  • Optional: Plastic ‘Googly Eyes’. Make a fun project even more fun by adding a pair of ‘googly eyes’.
  • Finally, one brick of air-dry clay if you are using hollow plastic animals.

Making Your Magnets

  1. If you’re spray painting your plastic animals, now is the time to do so. Make sure they are completely dry before continuing. Note: Always work on a protected surface in a well-ventilated area when using spray paints or other aerosols.
  2. Once the animals have completely dried, carefully cut them in half using the smooth downward motions to avoid ragged edges.
  3. Clean up any rough edges with the knife.
  4. If you have hollow animal figurines, fill the insides with air-dry clay and set them out to harden up.
  5. Once you’ve done that, simply glue one of the magnets to each half of the animals and let dry.
  6. Optional: If you want to add a little touch of silliness, you can glue ‘googly eyes’ over the eyes on the figurine for an extra whimsical look.

Enjoy Your New Animal Fridge Magnets!

Be sure to place your fun animal magnets where they’ll be seen and adored! Of course, you can follow and apply the same steps using other objects that you think would make for an interesting magnet.

You can pick up a bag of extra Scrabble tiles and turn those into fridge magnets. They’re a fun way to pass the time while waiting for something on the stove to boil.

Whatever you decide to do with this ‘magnetic’ idea, the sky’s the limit!

If you’d like more ideas, be sure to check out the Original Super Glue Blog or just simply browse online for more great uses of our adhesive.

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Create Polaroid Picture Magnets Using Super Glue!

Save Your Wine Corks!

Wedding How-to: DIY Centerpieces for Personal Charm

March 25th, 2016
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Wedding decor can take a lot of time, effort, and money to assemble. Creating your own centerpieces can save you precious money, while adding personal charm to your wedding theme. With just a little bit of Future Glue, you can create beautiful centerpieces that will wow all of your guests and make your ceremony unique and memorable.

Use Flowers

Nothing is more romantic than floral centerpieces. Flowers exude an air of freshness while adding a pop of color to a white table cloth. Attach your favorite flowers together with Future Glue to create unique, handcrafted arrangements.

Custom Frames

With Future Glue, it’s easy to showcase your favorite photos by creating custom frames. Frames are simple to make and can incorporate special designs and messages to share cherished memories with your guests.

Party Favors

Little party boxes are attractive accent pieces which offer a fun gift for guests to open while drawing their eyes to the table. Boxes are easy to make with stiff paper and Future Glue: use your wedding colors or a striking hue to add contrast to your theme.

Tissue Flowers

If you are planning a winter wedding, fresh flowers may not be readily available. Fortunately, tissue flowers are easily made year-round. Through simply gathering tissue paper and gluing the ends together, you create the effect of a beautiful bouquet without worrying about freshness. Add bells in the center for Christmas spirit.

With a little creativity, you can make meaningful decorations that will add personal, handcrafted charm to your special day. For more wedding DIY inspiration, consult the crafting experts at Super Glue.

DIY Fur Ottoman: Simple Steps with Super Glue

March 18th, 2016
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Super Glue is a crafty and resourceful way to revamp your home on the cheap. Its versatility lends it to endless possibilities—even transforming your furniture.

Follow these simple steps to make your own custom DIY fur ottoman for a chic update to any room:

1. Purchase a used or plain ottoman.

If you are planning on adding fur, simple is best. Used ottomans are perfect for projects like this: not only are they cheaper, but they also add character to your design for a truly unique piece. If you’re not an antique shopper, a plain ottoman will do just fine.

2. Remove the original fabric.

Strip down the ottoman to its bare bones. Once you’ve reached the cushioning, prepare your Super Glue. If the cushioning is too damaged, it may have to be replaced in order to achieve the look and feel that you desire. Fortunately, foam is very inexpensive and easy to find.

3. Prepare the fur and the glue.

Take precise measurements before cutting the length of your chosen fabric: you’ll want a continuous strip that covers the whole ottoman. Sheepskin rugs are also a great way to achieve the same effect without spending too much time and money.

Apply glue to the frame. Place the fabric over the top and make sure that it is properly secured. Trim the edges to your liking.

4. Let dry and enjoy!

Your ottoman is almost ready! You will want to let it dry for at least three days to ensure that the fabric has properly set. Once the fabric is securely attached, your ottoman is ready to enjoy.

For more DIY home inspiration, consult the crafting experts at Super Glue.

DIY Decorative Mosaic Tray

March 11th, 2016
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A mosaic tray can add creative flair to any coffee table or desk for a personal touch. Best of all, you won’t have to break the bank to make one. With your favorite bowl, Bondini glue, and some old CDs, you can create a beautiful custom mosaic tray for your home with these simple steps.

Materials

-Plate or bowl
-Bondini glue
-Old writable DVDs
-Kitchen shears
-Gloss (optional)
-Grout

Directions

1. First, you will need to separate the layers of the DVDs. It is important to use DVDs for this project, as CDs only have one layer. Using the kitchen shears, cut from the edge of the DVDs to the center. Repeat on the other side, cutting the DVDs in half. Gently lift apart the two layers. Continue to work your way all the way around the DVD: you should be left with a thin silver layer to use for your project.

2. Once the layers are separated, cut the DVD halves into 6 or 7 equal pieces as if you were cutting a pizza—however, leave the ends attached to the inner ring of the DVD to prevent the shards from flying. Then, tear the pieces gently from the inner ring.

3. If your tray is going to be displayed outside, you will need to spray the DVD pieces with gloss in order for them to retain their reflectiveness. Otherwise, the reflective coating will wash off in the elements.

4. Adhere the DVD pieces to the edge of the tray with a dab of Bondini glue. Be careful not to get any glue on the reflective surface.

5. Carefully apply grout between the pieces, using a damp rag to wipe off the excess. The grout will protect you from being cut by the sharp edges, and will also add another layer of protection if you plan to leave the tray outside.

For more DIY inspiration using Bondini glue, check back with the crafting experts at Super Glue.

DIY Ombre Necklace Organizer

March 4th, 2016
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Disorganized necklaces are like having none at all: you can either never find the one that you want, or it’s impossible for you to untangle them all.

Create a chic DIY ombre necklace rack with a little help from Super Glue, some basic crafting materials, and these simple steps:

Materials:

-Long piece of wood
-Dowel, sawed into 1.5 inch pieces
-Super Glue
-Craft paint: one lighter and one darker hue in the color of your choice
-White craft paint
-Wood stain
-Cheesecloth
-Paintbrushes

Directions

1. Mix your paints, adding white paint as needed to create a gradient. Use scratch paper to test out each shade and mark the order. This step is key, as it is easy to mix up the colors. Once your order is decided, paint one peg in each color.

2. Stain the long piece of wood: first coat the stain on the wood, then wipe it with the cheesecloth.

3. Space the pegs out evenly, marking your desired positions with a marker. Use Super Glue to attach the painted pegs, and let the glue set.

4. Hang your handcrafted necklace rack using nails or wall adhesive.

If the wood is thick enough, you can even place photos and other decorations on top of it. Keep in mind that this is merely the simplest version: use additional colors or other creative ideas to make this project truly your own.

For more DIY home inspiration, check in with the crafting experts at Super Glue.

Right On Cue

February 12th, 2016
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If you tried to rack up all of Super Glue’s abundant amount of uses, you’d discover that, interestingly enough, the game of pool makes the list. Chocked full of skill, finesse, and strategy, pool is played, professionally and recreationally, by many people. Those who do play on a regular basis are no strangers to the issue of worn leather pool cue tips and their need for replacement. For a money-saving, D.I.Y trick, ZAP-A-GAP CA+ adhesive from Super Glue, can be used to effectively secure a new tip to the stick. That being said, let’s take a cue from the glue and dive into the step-by-step details of how this repair can be done.

Things You’ll Need

-Razor blade/knife
-2 types of sandpaper-medium grit & fine
-The new pool cue tip
-Nail polish remover
-Paper towel
-Pool cue tip clamp (optional)
-Tip shaper tool (optional)

Cue Tip Replacement

The first step to cue tip replacement, is to remove the old one. To do this, carefully use the sharp knife or razor blade to cut off the worn/broken tip. Once that is done, you will need to prepare and clean the ferrule. The ferrule is the part (typically made of metal or horn) located at the end of the cue shaft, where the tip is attached. Use your cutting tool to gently remove old glue from the top of the ferrule. Then use a piece of medium grit sandpaper on this area to make sure it is smooth and even.

Next, take your new cue tip and place the flat end on top of a piece of fine grit sandpaper. Without using too much force or pressure, briefly glide the bottom of the tip over the paper to get it smooth.

After those steps of preparation have been completed, you can move on to attaching the new cue tip. To do this, simply take the ZAP-A-GAP CA+ and apply a small amount that covers the surface end of the cue shaft. Next, attach the new tip flat side down. Press firmly, but not excessively hard, and quickly make adjustments to center the cue tip.

The glue will most likely pour out a little on the sides, but don’t worry. Using a bit of nail polish remover on a paper towel, clean off any extra glue that remains. extra care not to get the nail polish remover on top of the new tip, as that can be detrimental to its structure.
Let the newly glued cue stick sit for at least an hour before handling. For firmer and more secure tip placement, you can put on a pool tip clamp. Lastly, use the fine grit sandpaper once again to smooth the edges of the tip. And if the tip is slightly large and/or needs reshaping, you can use tip shaper tool or the sandpaper to perfect it.

What’s Your Unique Super Glue Story?

From fixing pool cue tips to repairing musical instruments, Super Glue products are constantly being used in helpful and innovative ways. Whether you’ve used them in a handy everyday repair, or in a unique application that’s way out of the left corner pocket, so to speak, we’d love for you to share your story on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!

Squeeze, drop, push or brush?: Which Type of Super Glue Should I Choose?

February 5th, 2016
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Every day that passes, things break, items require fixing, and projects get put together. Everyday, adhesives are used to repair, rescue, and work their strong-bonding magic. Due to the fact that not every break or sticky situation is created equal, the large assortment of Super Glue products makes it, perhaps, easier than ever before to tailor-fit an adhesive type product to a specific use or application.

Options like these are pretty awesome, but occasionally with so many choices, comes a possible element of confusion. And oftentimes, this is no exception when dealing with the question: Which type of glue applicator should I choose? Should I pick the brush or the squeeze tube? Does it matter?

So to help make things a bit clearer and to help you get back to the business of gluing, let’s have a quick look at the different types of applicators and discover what they do best.

Main Squeeze

Many types of adhesives such as The Original Super Glue, feature the squeeze tube applicator. Using this method, the glue is able to flow out and form a continuous stream. The length or amount of this stream is based upon the pressure applied to the tube. Squeeze applicators are extremely common, as they work for a wide range of uses such as filling in cracks.

Brush it Onwards & Upwards

If your project or repair requires either small or large surface coverage, as well as great control, then the brush on applicator may be just what you need. Products such as Future Glue Brush-On include the small brush tool that can be used to paint and coat surfaces, cover over cracks, or apply the adhesive on hard-to-reach areas.

Let it Drop

Bottles of adhesive like Bondini 2 feature the dropper tip applicator, where one drop of glue, at a time, is released. This type of applicator doesn’t works best for large surface coverage needs, but instead it better suits situations that require an small and exact application of glue, such as filling in a crevice or working with jewelry.

On Point

For excellent accuracy and a high degree of precision, the push point applicator is the one to pick. When using products like the Super Glue Pen, simply press the tip of the pen to the surface that is to be glued. With this type of applicator, an exact placement of the adhesive is best achieved and it can be the perfect tool for repairs that are delicate or detailed.

Which Glue Applicator Did You Use?

Now that the sticky facts about applicator types have been covered, we’d love to hear about which one was handy for your repair or craft. Please share your story on our Facebook page, or if you need more help with adhesive selection, check out this info on choosing the right product for your project.

Super Glue Corp Treats Team To Adventure & New Products!!

September 24th, 2013
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Recently, Super Glue Corporation treated its whole team to a picnic, and fun-filled adventure day, at Knott’s Berry Farm!  It was a great way to get together, with families as a “family”, and celebrate another successful year … We know it takes a lot of time, effort and hard work to deliver outstanding products and exceptional service to all of our customers around the world, sometimes with long hours sacrificing time away from our families … and we guarantee that no one sticks together 🙂 – get it?- better than all of us at Super Glue Corporation … but we also like to have Big Fun along the way!  

So, in the spirit of fun, we brought our sales team members and their families in from all across the country and gathered together every associate, and his/her family members,  from our headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario, California, and headed out to Buena Park for roller coaster rides, games, lunch and a day of adventure at Knott’s Berry Farm!

Prior to the fun-filled day, super glue sales team members and executives met to discuss all of the new products being developed for our many different markets. in over 60 countries …. Here’s a sneak peak at just one new product that just recently shipped out … Head’s up crafters and scrapbookers, you are going to love these … CLEAR, HIGH TACK, ACID FREE, ADHESIVE SQUARES in small, medium and large sizes under our Front Porch Treasures(R) brand:

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Remember, these are CLEAR, tacky, adhesive squares (note: they peel off individually, paper thin, from the white sheets they are on in the box) and you get hundreds of them in a box!!!  They work great for adhering embellishments to packages, gift cards, photos, vellum and many other scrapbooking and craft projects. 

Hey, here’s an idea, let’s bring you in on some of the fun!!!

Here’s a special offer for our newsletter readers:  Send us a note here (click on link) saying “SIGN ME UP ADHESIVES SQUARES OFFER” (this will mean we have permission to add you to our e-newsletter mailing list so forward this offer to your friends as well and do both them and us a favor:)  Include your name, address (for shipping), email address (for e-newsletter delivery) and phone number (in case we have questions – don’t worry we don’t sell our information) and we will ship you off a free sample box of Adhesive Squares to try out for yourself!  Do it NOW because the offer only lasts as long as supplies last or through October 31, 2013 whichever comes first!!

Have a fun-filled Autumn, Everyone!!