December 16, 2020

Use hot glue for crafting details

IOD molds are fantastic. The details in the items you are able to make are exquisite and add so much to so many crafts! That said, I am an impatient crafter and the time it takes for clay types to dry slowed me down from playing with IOD and silicone molds. You know what I found out? Hot glue works with the molds. Game. Changer.

I first tried this on a live tutorial and I have to admit...I am still amazed at how well this works!

What You’ll Need:

Here is what I used for this project:

  • IOD molds (these I purchased several years ago and believe are out of stock. You can also use any silicone molds!)
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • Floral wire (optional)
  • Craft acrylic paint
  • Rub n buff

Fill Your Mold With Glue!

Get your glue gun heated up and start filling the molds with glue!

A few notes:

  • Be ready with a good amount of glue depending on how deep your molds are!
  • Try not to overflow the mold and/or have excess glue on the edges.
  • If you do end up with excess glue, use an box cutter or exacto knife to remove the extra!

Add Floral Wire to Your Glued Mold!

I really wanted to use some of these glue forms on wreaths. Since I tend to use wire to attach many things to wreath forms, I tried folding the wire in half and inserting it into the glue while it was drying. It worked!

I suggest waiting around 30-45 seconds before inserting the wire so they stabilize a bit quicker. If you add them immediately (especially when using a high heat glue gun), you'll have to hold them in place until the glue starts to harden.

Pop Out Your Glue Structures!

This is an incredibly satisfying step! Just bend the mold and pop out your glue forms. You may need to clean up some of the edges before moving on to the painting or rub n buff steps!

Paint Your Glue!

Once you have your glue forms out of the mold, you can start to transform them. Grab some craft acrylic paint and start painting!

Add Rub n Buff!

You can also use rub n buff to add some metallic shine! It really picks up the details well and is the perfect amount of extra extra.

Dab a little on your finger (you can wear gloves if you want) and lightly rub the metallic wax over your glue form. Once it is dry, time to buff! The more you buff, the shinier the finish.

Use Your Glue Forms for Craft Projects!

The trees and the snowflakes on this project are all made of glue and I am so excited at how versatile they are! The flowers are 2.5” thelmas and the greenery is a mix of items we have carried in the shop in the past.

If you want some tips on how to create using a square grapevine wreath form, check out my Whimsical Woodland Wreath video on HTTV!

I hope you are able to give this a try!