Spray Glue Tutorial

Glue Spray
Adhesives are mostly just " glue" for a normal person but for a die hard crafter its so much more and I think only a fellow crafter can empathize with the anguish we crafters experience when we dont have the right adhesive for a crafty project and I think only a crafter will understand a whole post lauding a new "glue" !

Spray adhesive
I was sent this bottle of E 6000 Spray Glue  as part of my DT work for Crafters Corner and here is my review and a couple of quick technique tutorials using this glue spray.
What is a spray adhesive...?
Simply put  its a glue you can spray on real quick and easy! If you are like me and love spray painting you will understand my excitement when Shalini got spray adhesives  to Crafters Corner !
What is especially cool about E6000 Spray adhesive?
Not all spray adhesives are the same. Many spray adhesives are toxic and I even saw one in the local market which even had a scary label saying it was inflammable!
The E6000 spray  is non toxic ,has no smell [ unlike the E6000 tube glue],and you dont have to use it outdoors [since most crafters work indoors this is especially advantageous!].And the big plus point for me is you can use it with children around and yeah even little crafter can have a go at spray gluing as its nontoxic and so easy to use!
Tips to use E6000 Spray
It is super easy to use the E6000 spray adhesive but here are a few tips I would like to share

  • Keep your project to be sprayed on a  plastic sheet to protect the surrounding area from the glue spray - the spray is like a fine mist and yes it will fall on adjacent areas but it can be easily cleaned with plain water if needed.
    Spray Adhesive
    • Keep a glass of water at hand while using the spray. Once you finish using the spray.....unscrew the cap, dip the nozzle with the tubing into the glass of water and spray...the water will spray out of the spray mechanism and it will clean it so that your glue spray bottle nozzle does not get clogged.
       Nozzle cleaning
    • Drying time depends on the material you are using it on...metal and plastic can take hours to dry while paper dries in minutes.
    Materials you can use it on
    The E 6000 spray can be used on a huge range of materials : Paper, Wood, Cardboard, foil,Fabric,Foam, Thermocol[styrofoam], Glass, Plastic,Metals etc
    Special Properties 
    • Photo-safe 
    • Dries clear
    • Fairly strong adhesive
    • Does not Yellow
    • Non toxic
    Sharing a few of my experiments with this awesome Spray Glue
    1. Gluing Glitter and Sequins
    The first thing that came to mind on thinking of a spray glue was trying it with glitter and sequins

    My little girl is ever ready to try out new products and she is the one who eagerly inspects all the DT goodies Shalini keeps sending us!
    Spray glue
    Spray the glue from a distance of 8- 10 inches from the surface. Here we chose the super slippery CD to glitterify![yeah there is no such word as glitterify...but I am sure there will be in a few years time!!]I originally wanted to stick on a circle of felt on to the CD but the felt seemed to slip off and we didnt have the patience to put a weight on it or allow it time to dry.
    Add sequins and glitter
    So on went a generous sprinkling of glitter and sequins.
    gorgeous glitter - sequin  covering
    Dont you just love the thick shimmery coating! But if you poke at it some sequins will fall off! 
    Verdict- avoid sequin- glitter combination while spray gluing or alternatively spray between the layers.And glitter sticks better to paper and plastic than a CD.
    Sospeso Trasparente 
    I added Sospeso Trasparente blooms and a few heat embossed parchment flowers and pearls  to my glittery red background .
    Sospeso Trasparente 
    My kiddo was quite critical of how this altered CD looked and kept suggesting how to improve it but try as I might it didnt quite reach her standards!
    Sospeso Trasparente 
    2. Altering curved and odd shaped objects
    Many of us love beautifying objects we buy or have at home. Covering with pattern paper and painting are the most popular ways to alter something but if the object had lots of curves regular gluing can be quite tricky .

    Altered art
    Here is the boring cello-tape cutter and pen-stand my kiddo and I altered using E6000 spray and good old glitter.
    Spray glue
    Here is my little crafter using the spray glue .When I spray paint I usually dont allow her anywhere in the vicinity so that she wont inhale toxic paint fumes but since the spray glue was non toxic I allowed her to use it to her hearts content!
    Put glitter
    The glue dries pretty fast so you have be ready to sprinkle on your glitter on the sprayed surface!
    See uniform cover of glue and glitter
    I love how the spray glue leaves a thin uniform layer of glue on the object it is sprayed on [ as you can see by the white film of glue in the picture above] and this helps to get a beautiful uniform covering of glitter.
    Glittered Stationary set
    We used silver and blue glitter to get a 2 toned effect.
    Heartfelt creations flowers
    The heat embossed parchment[vellum] flowers were made using the heart felt creations sun kissed fleur stamp and die set.
    Heart felt creations flowers
    I inked the embossed flowers with distress inks to match the glittery blue background !
    Pen Stand Set
    3.Using with Stencils
    If you are a seasoned crafter you will be well versed with different ways to use stencils but if you are a novice here are 2 simple tutorials showing how to use Stencils: Stencil Art tutorial Stencil Glitter Art tutorial 
    What is especially wonderful about using spray glues with stencils is its super quick and easy
    Though I have shown 2 small sized projects here , you can hand-cut / die cut or use store bought stencils to quickly decorate large surfaces for eg a birthday party. Wouldnt it be fun to stencil a child's name  in glitter on balloons or banners for a fun birthday party...the ideas are unlimited!
    Stencil + Glitter
    Tape the stencil to paper/ cardboard/ thermocol/ balloon or whatever it is you want to add glitter to . You can use any kind of glitter.....sophisticated glitters such as the yummy distress glitter I have shown above or local glitters for your first experiments.
    Spray stencil
    Place the Paper- stencil on a plastic sheet and spray from a distance of 8- 10 inches. I gave just 2 squirts and got a nice even coverage as shown below.
    Sprayed stencil
    Pour glitter on the stencil
    You can smear the glitter on gently with your fingers to help improve adhesion.
    Tap off glitter
    Tap off excess glitter and remove the stencil from the paper.
    Stencilled Lord Ganapathi
    I was surprised myself at how beautiful it looked
    Stencilled Glittered Ganapathi
    Here you can see the neat stenciling...no mess unlike liquid glue and it was so quick too!
    Spray Glue Art
    Since it was my first experiment and frankly I hadnt expected such good results I hadnt taken much care to mask off areas of the die cut , so if you look closely you can see glitter on the edges of my die cut where the spray glue had fallen and glitter adhered!
    And since my first try turned out so good , here is another one using a Christmas tree stencil.
    Stencil + Spray glue
    Tape stencil to paper
    Stencil + Spray glue + Glitter
    Add glitter generously and even smear gently with your fingers[ yeah maybe you dont need to touch and get your fingers glittery... its just an obsessive compulsive habit of mine!]
    Glitter + Spray Glue
    Tap off the excess glitter, whip off the stencil and "Ooh and Aah " at the beauty you created!
    Glitter + Spray Glue
    Now a super important tip: Dont forget to wash your stencils quickly. In my excitement at the gorgeous results of my experiment I forgot about cleaning my stencils and found that the glitter had stuck on quite fast and strongly to the plastic surface of the stencil! I had to actually use a brush and vigorously scrub for several minutes before I could get the glitter off! Goes to show that the glue spray is pretty strong!
    Glitter stuck on stencil
    4.Gluing something extremely thin 
    Plastic sheets
    Spray glue is the ideal adhesive if you want to glue something super thin and flimsy such a plastic wrapping material or foil quickly and easily.
    You could use red tacky tape too for that but red tacky tape gives you no leeway..once you stick something on it...you cant change your mind and try and re-position it! With glue spray you do get a little margin of time to fiddle around with your positioning [ very handy for the perfectionist trait in all of us!]as it does not create an instant bonding but takes a little time like other wet glues.
    Spray glue and stick
    I had this roll of wood grain design plastic sheet which was so thin I really couldnt use it for anything apart from wrapping gifts[ a waste to use such a pretty design to wrap gifts!]Sprayed the E 6000 glue on the plastic and  gently stuck it on a sheet of card.
    Super adhesion
    I was thrilled at how easy and mess free it was and I didnt even get wrinkles! This one is yet to be turned into a crafty project.
    5.Gluing Metal and Foam
    Metal Cans
    Metal and foam are both especially tough materials to stick things on. Normal PVA glue is messy and takes a lot of patience and time. Red Tacky tape is perfect to glue metal and foam and I have shared projects in this post : 12 Red Tacky Tape Projects but I wanted to see how well the glue spray worked so
    I tried to alter the tin cans shown above by spraying glue and sticking textured foam sheets

    Foam on Metal
    In a review I like to share exactly what a product does so that when you use it you know exactly what to expect.In the picture above you can see the foam sheet lifting up at the edges and if you pull it at this point it will lift right off the metal tin.....well does that mean the spray glue wont work on metal...well NO...it works beautifully on metal...but you have to actually hold the surfaces together to allow it to bond! I was expecting a super quick adhesion like the red tacky tape forgetting that the spray glue is actually a mist of liquid glue.
    Metal + foam
    I used masking tape to hold the edges together in the yellow tin and just plain finger pressure on the orange tin and within minutes I got perfect adhesion.
    Heartfelt creations Flowers
    Added Parchment flowers made using my current favorite Heartfelt creations sun kissed fleur stamp- die set.
    Parchment flowers
    6.Gluing intricate punch outs and die cuts
    Nowadays die designs are becoming more and more intricate and beautiful  but gluing them to your projects with normal white PVA liquid glue can be tricky especially if your die cut is white!

    Intricate die cuts
               Gluing delicate Martha Stewart punch outs and lacy die cuts  using regular glue can be so time consuming...you end up either missing lots of those delicate curves or end up squishing too much liquid glue which oozes out and leaves marks on your project when you stick it. I am sure you have wished like me that there was an easier way to firmly glue down those delicate paper cut outs we all love.
    Delicate Die cuts
            The spray glue comes in quite handy here as you can get a gentle mist of glue on your delicate die cut/punched out paper with just one or 2 squirts and stick it on easily . When I read some of the online reviews on the spray glue this particular use of the spray adhesive seems to be quite popular among crafters     7.Decoupaging
    When you hear decoupage...the ever popular adhesive -sealant "modpodge" or other specialzed decoupage liquid glues come to mind! But successful decoupaging with Modpodge is a process requiring patience and finesse!

    Decoupaging Plastic
    Well how about if you are in a mood for a quick decoupage session with minimal mess, no brushes and little fuss....get out your  glue spray and spray it on!!
    Decoupaged Box
    In this altered project I sprayed both the paper and the plastic box with glue spray and while I sprayed the paper I made  sure I had a glue mist on all the edges so that it wouldn't lift off at the edges in future .
    Decoupaged Box
    I used only my hands to firmly adhere the paper on to the plastic surface as unlike Mod podge there  is not much liquid glue to squeeze out or wrinkle your paper.
    Decoupaged Box
    Kept the embellishment simple with just a handmade rose and some Sue Wilson faux quilled die cut leafy branches
    Spellbinders Rose
    The little shimmery white flowers are again embossed parchment flowers made using the same Heartfelt creations sun kissed fleur set I have been using in many of the projects in this post
    Decoupaged Box Set
    And here is the glue spray decoupaged box with matching penstand and paper holder decoupaged using modpodge...you actually cant make out any difference!

    Yeah that's it for now folks...7 ways to use the Glue Spray E 6000.
    I do hope you enjoyed this lengthy write-up...do tell me how it is.

    Supplies : Adhesives:E6000 Spray Adhesive,Mod Podge,Stamps:Heartfelt Creations Sun kissed fleur and leaf Stamps,Distress Ink - Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Peacock feathers,wild honey,Dies:Heartfelt Creations Sun kissed fleur Dies,Sue Wilson Faux Quilled LeafSpellbinders Rose creations, Heartfelt creations leaf ,Nesting Circles, Marianne Anja Leaf


    1. Thanks for the lengthy tutorial with so much information and so many beautiful projects! I love how your daughter enjoys crafting too :) I've never heard of this type of glue before, so thanks for all the information!

      1. Thank you so much Carol...I had read up about spray glue on many sites but the ones I saw in my local shops had toxic warnings and had to be used outdoors , so I was thrilled when I was sent this one which is non toxic and safe to use indoors

    2. What a great review...and I love that you tried this glue in so many different ways. Very cool! I always love a new adhesive...especially one that comes with a good recommendation!

      Lovely projects, too...and loved seeing the photos of your cute little one. She is growing up though!


      1. Hehe Susan glad you liked my write up

    3. I just saw this glue in the store the other day and wondered how well it worked. I've used E6000 before and know it's a good glue so I figured this was probably good ad well. I love how all your projects turned out and it's nice to hear your tips and suggestions

      1. Ann even though the name is E6000...they are entirely different. As you know E6000 tube glue is an industrial strength strong glue which is toxic, has to cure for 24 hrs etc. The spray glue is non toxic , to be used for any craft requiring not much adhesive strength ...for eg it would be a failure to use the spray in jewelry making!

    4. Thank you for showing and sharing all the project you and your daughter have made with this spray glue.

      1. Thank you so much for dropping in Wies

    5. Thanks for showing so many beautiful creations.

      1. Thank you so much for always dropping in with kind words Elly

    6. Oh, wow! So many great ideas and techniques. I keep hearing about E6000, but they don't sell it where I live.

      1. Glad you liked the write up Nancy

    7. I truly enjoyed this tutorial! Learned so much about using E6000 spray adhesive. I am a novice when it comes to paper crafting but I do enjoy working with some of the materials. I love the look of the textured foam sheets you used on the altered cans. I've never seen that in stores - can you tell me where you can get it?

      1. Gail...I got the textured foam from a local stationary shop. I think it was imported to India from China

    8. Wonderful glue & projects. Especially liked the fact that you can spray it inside. Will have to ck out if the glue is available here in the U.S.
      "Sunshine HoneyBee"

      1. It will be available in the US Melissa as it is exported to India and other countries from there

    9. WOW!! Love all your projects! thanks for all the fun tips and wonderful tutorials!

      1. Thank you so much for the kind words Sherrie

    10. Googled the glue and it indicated that WalMart has it & that a JoAnns here has it also. I'll be going to get some soon.
      "Sunshine HoneyBee"

      1. Am glad you liked it enough to try buying it Melissa

    11. Great projects as usual! I have loved working with e6000 in the past but it dries up too fast in the tube. maybe the spray bottle wont dry up so fast. Also while gluing stones/metal on to metal we tend to use a generous amount of e6000 (liquid) should that be the case for the spray as well?

      1. Divya even though the name is the same...E6000 tube glue is a super srong glue. The spray is for casual use...it wont be good for jewelry making as it wont take heavy weight bearing...as you can see in my project the sequins tended to fall off but the thin paper and thin plastic held on super well.

      2. And about drying...the trick I showed you about the spray glue keeps the nozzle unclogged. Have you tried vaseline on the cap with E 6000 tube glue?

    12. My dear friend, how lovely to hear from you... and such perfect timing! This weekend I have been making the rounds after a few long months off of crafting! My mom is recovering well and I will be returning to crafty Blogger fun this week! I have missed you dearly. I LOVE this tutorial! I foolishly thought I never had need for spray adhesive, but after reading through this, I see otherwise. Using them for intricate cuts is brilliant! And each project is gorgeous. What an amazing showcase... this glue looks fantastic. Thank you for taking the time to show us so many examples. :o) Have a beautiful day, my beautiful friend!

      Hugs and blessings,

      1. So good to hear from you Karen...you were missed!

    13. Fantastic and informative post. I don't tend to use spray glues as you need to be outside to use them. Might have to look into this. Your daughter did a wonderful job help you out. Terrific projects too. :-)

      1. Yes Merry...for that very reason I had also hesitated to buy spray adhesives but this particular one has no toxic fumes and so can safely be used indoors

    14. Very informative along with a great tutorial doing and showing all the projects you had done.
      I use a lot of the E6000 glue but sure didn't know it came in spray action as well. Super Cool~ I'm going have to look for it here.
      Thank you for all the valuable information you provided.
      Next time your daughter would like to glitter a CD; use a little sand paper and lightly rough up the CD first before spraying and adding glitter. The glitter may be more apt to stick better.

      1. Thank you so much Colleen...though the name is E6000 and both the tube and the spray glue are manufactured by the same company...the adhesive propertives are not comparable. E 6000 tube is very strong. The spray is for everyday casual crafting! And Thank you so much for the Cd sand paper tip...we will surely try it next time

    15. Superb creations Doc, brilliant colours and love everything about all of these.xx...xx{aNNie My Personal Blog}

    16. Anonymous20/4/15

      Thanks for the information on this glue. Now I know I need this one.

    17. Such lovely projects!!

    18. Wonderful projects and tips! Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

    19. Hi Sonia ...all of them are wonderful but I loved the last one ..what a transformation and that sweet rose with embellishment ..so lovely!

    20. I had never used spray glue though I had been doing huge glittering projects but always used water glue and then sprinkled glittered as I did not know about this .It seem to be so convenient and the result is much better.Thanks for sharing .Each project you've done is gorgeous. Welcome back .....happy healthy and creative .....your absence was felt

    21. Fabulous tutorial and projects Sonia.. I will have to look for this glue.Loz

    22. Great tutorial Sonia, very detailed and informative, great! love your creations too, wonderful work.
      hugs Jacee
      Simply Paper Card Design

    23. Great amount of information and very handy, thank you, the projects are beautiful.

    24. Thanks Dr Sonia for the notice and the detailed tutorial of this glue, it seems really fabulous on so many surface! I'll look around to see if in Italy there is the E6000.
      Your doughter is very lucky :) You made so much fabulous project and gave me some inspirations, thanks a lot to both!

    25. wowow! WOW! Sonia, this is absolutely fantastic - I want it now. Thank you for showing all the amazing ways it can be used - esp since it can be used indoors - and on delicate things, AND GLITTER! LOL Your projects are wonderful, by the way, and I love each one of them. Thank you very much for educating me today! hugs, de

    26. Such beautiful projects and good info! So nice that your daughter can create with you! :^)
      Hugs, Penny

    27. Thank you so much Penny

    28. Wow, you certainly test things to destruction! It's a brilliant resource for anyone who can get this glue and will now know what can and can't be done with it. You and your able assistant have made some fabulous creations. Your daughter is your quality control manager I see, lol. Debra x

    29. All the projects are wonderful. Thanks for doing the tutorial and showing how this wonderful glue works and sharing all the information about the glue.
      Hugs, Pat♥

    30. Seriously, you are amazing!! Wow, all of these projects are stunning!! Your tutorial as always is so informative and fabulous!! I need this glue after seeing the gorgeous projects you and your sweet daughter created!! I am always so inspired when I visit you!! Have a great day :)

      A Mermaid's Crafts

    31. I do not think I have ever seen this spray adhesive- but love your detailed tutorial and will have to pick some up and give it a try. Even your beautiful daughter makes fab projects!


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