DIY Hot Glue Gun Holder

DIY glue gun holder

I’ve been crafting for about 5 years now, and it’s about time that I make some sort of holder for my hot glue gun. It’s fair to say that I use my glue gun in about 40% of my craft projects. In 100% of those, my glue gun falls over and drops glue on my table.

I used my sketchbook to design a holder, then went to Pat Catan’s to pick up supplies. It only took about 15 minutes to put everything together, excluding drying time for the super glue.

Want to make one? Keep reading!

 

DIY glue gun holder supplies

Hot glue gun holder supplies

  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge brush
  • wooden plank
  • wooden letter I
  • scrapbook paper
  • super glue
  • small mirror

You can find all of these supplies at your local craft or hobby shop.

 

scrapbook paper cut outs

Step 1: measure and cut the scrapbook paper

Measure (or trace) your wood plank and your letter I. You’ll want two pieces for the letter I, one for the front and one for the back. Cut out the scrapbook paper to meet those measurements.

 

glue gun holder in progress

Step 2: glue the scrapbook paper to the wood pieces

brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the wood pieces and press the scrapbook paper in place. Press down firmly to ensure that all edges are sealed.

Let it dry for a few minutes.

Add another layer of Mod Podge over top to protect the paper.

 

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Step 3: superglue the wood pieces and mirror together

Super glue the mirror to one end of the wood plank. The mirror will be used to catch the hot glue when it drops.

Then, super glue the wood letter right in front of it. This will be the prop for the glue gun.

Let the glue dry. There will be drying directions on the tube.

 

DIY glue gun holder

When you’re finished, you’ll have your very own glue gun holder! I’m so excited to start using mine. I can’t tell you how much glue i clean off of my table. And now, I’ll just have to peel the drops off of the mirror.

I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

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Holiday Gift Ideas 2013

Its about that time again! Christmas is about a month away and people are starting to look for gifts to buy for friends and family. Like many of you, I like to save money, so I use my crafty ability to make gifts when I can.

I’ve gone through my list of DIYs in the past two years and have compiled my favorite tutorials for some great gift ideas for the holidays. Let me know what you think!

DIY Gift Card Holder

DIY Gift Card HolderHow many gift cards do you buy around the holidays? I buy quite a few. And the designs are usually pretty wretched, so I made my own.

DIY Purse From A Scarf

DIY Knotty Purse

If you have a friend who likes scarves, this is a great gift. Find a scarf that is square, with a cute pattern. Add a gift tag with a link to my tutorial (or just show her how to make the purse) and she will thank you. 2 gifts in 1!

DIY Bookmarks

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I love these bookmarks. It is one of my favorite tutorials as well. All you need are some paper clips, patterned paper or fabric and some diamond glaze. Oh, and a few hours of waiting time.

DIY Coasters

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I know this is a common DIY gift on many craft blogs, but it is always a good one. Believe me, you can make better coasters than you will find anywhere else.

wedding gift photo coasters

You can also make photo coasters for a more sentimental gift. If you know a couple who have just gotten married, or just had a baby, and you can get ahold of those pictures, these are awesome gifts!

DIY Glitter Pendant

DIY Glitter Pendant via Make Something Mondays

This is a quick and easy DIY craft. It is a great last-minute gift as well.

DIY Missing Sock Station

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I know this is a weird gift idea. Honestly though, this is the most useful DIY project I have ever made. I use it ALL the time. If someone would have made this for me before I thought of it, I would’ve been thrilled! So, if you know someone who has everything, this is probably that something they don’t have.

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses

DIY Redneck Wine Glasses | Make Something Mondays

Don’t judge. People LOVE these. AND they are so easy to make. You need a jar, a candlestick holder, and some waterproof glue. You can also turn these into cute “baskets”. You’ve seen the hot chocolate kits and the manicure sets that people give. There are plenty of others on Pinerest as well, if you need some inspiration. Just remember, you want them to be able to use these jars for their wine! Or beer. Whatever.

If these aren’t enough and you need some more DIY ideas, feel free to search my site. Do a search for DIY or check out my Pinterest board Craft Projects with Tutorials.

If you have more ideas, please feel free to post them in the comments! Readers will thank you 🙂 And I thank you, in advance.

DIY Nail Polish

Yes, it is possible to make your own nail polish. It isn’t hard and only takes a few minutes.  Most likely, you will already have everything you need.

I rarely use eye shadow. Usually I drop it and break it before I get to use it and thankfully, this is what you are going to use to make your nail polish. For the first attempt I would go to the Dollar Store and buy clear polish in case you don’t get the results you want. Once you produce something you are happy with then, go get some good clear polish and repeat. The results are much better with quality polish but I’m sure you could’ve figured that out.

 

 

 

Things You Will Need:
Paper
Glitter
Eye Shadow
Clear polish
Old paint brush

 

 

 

Step 1:

Set your eye shadow on the paper. This can be messy and it will be a lot easier to clean up with paper.

If it isn’t already broken, break up the eye shadow and put it in the lid.

 

 

 

Step 2:

Pour some clear polish into the lid with the eye shadow.

 

 

 

Step 3:

Use your paint brush to mix it all together.

 

 

 

Step 4 (optional):

The color you have will be a matte color meaning, it will not be glossy. It is a flat color. Maybe that is what you are going for but I wanted something a bit more vibrant so I am adding some craft glitter. Make sure to mix well. Test it out on the paper to see if you like the way it turned out.

If not repeat steps 1-4 until you get a color you like.

If so, move on to step 5.

 

 

 

Step 5:

Make a funnel out of paper. to stick in your bottle of clear nail polish.

Crush up some more of your eye shadow and pour it into the funnel so it falls into the clear polish.

Add glitter if you wish.

Shake the bottle well!

 

 

 

Step 5:

And paint! Lovely!

I added a protective clear coat over top and the glitter popped out so much more than without it. So pretty! Who needs Sally Hansen anyway?

Happy painting!