If you don’t have a school-age child or grandchild, there isn’t much of a reason to keep a bottle of white glue around, right? That’s what I thought too, until I started seeing some brilliant ideas involving white glue popping up around the web. As it turns out, simple white school glue can not only help you create unique and beautiful projects, it also provides a simple solution to several of life’s everyday annoyances.
The key to the versatility of white glue is in how it behaves in different states. As a liquid, it’s thin, easy to work with, and easily cleaned up. And when it dries, it’s provides a moderate amount of hold while still being quite malleable. All of these behaviors combine to make white glue an unsung hero of versatility!
Here are 10 of my favorite uses for white glue, but I should note that this is far from an exhaustive list. If you have a favorite use for white glue that isn’t listed here, we’d love to hear about it! Leave your tip in a comment on this post, and your idea could be featured in a future blog post!
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10 Uncommon Uses for White Glue
1. Removing Splinters
To remove a pesky splinter or sliver from your finger, coat the area in a layer of white glue. Let the glue dry completely, then peel the dried glue away from your skin. The glue should pull the splinter out as it is removed.
2. Securing Shirt Buttons
Dab a bit of white glue on the threads of the buttons on your shirts. This will help prevent the threads from fraying, and will keep your buttons on longer.
3. Repairing Screw Holes
If a screw hole has gotten a bit too big to securely hold your screw, saturate a cotton ball with white glue and stuff it in the hole. Leave the cotton ball to dry overnight, and in the morning, it will have hardened and will anchor your screw, no problem!
4. Crafting Homemade Pinatas
Though a traditional paper mache mixture uses flour, we used a mixture containing white glue to create these adorable custom pinatas. Get the full details and instructions at Make Your Own Customized Pinatas.
5. Filling Nail Holes
If redecorating or moving has exposed unsightly nail and tack holes in your walls, you can fill them with a bit of white glue. Simply squeeze a bit of glue into the hole, and smooth it down so it’s flush with the wall using a bit of plastic wrap on your finger. Let it dry, then paint over it if necessary.
6. Stop Fraying
Keep shoelaces, string, and rope from fraying and unraveling by coating the ends in a bit of white glue.
7. Emergency First Aid
If you get a paper cut, hangnail, cracked nail, or other small injury, but don’t have any bandages handy, grab your bottle of white glue! Smooth a thin layer of glue over the injury and let it dry. The glue will seal out dirt and help dull the pain until you can clean it properly.
8. Pore Strips
Fashion your own pore-clearing strips out of white glue. Just smooth a layer over your nose or chin, let it dry, then carefully peel it off to peel away blackheads.
9. Making Flubber
You can make a gooey, slimy toy for kids using white glue. They’ll love grossing each other out with this homemade flubber! Get the recipe at Live Craft Eat.
10. Creating a “Crackle” Finish
Achieving that perfect vintage appearance with a DIY project is tricky, but using white glue makes it easy! The white glue helps create a “crackled” finish that looks great, without spending a fortune on special supplies. Get full instructions at White Lace Cottage.