I didn’t have a hot glue gun for the longest time. I never wanted to buy one just for that one project, so I made do without. But once I finally got one I realized it was so worth the small investment because I’ve used it literally dozens of times since. I use hot glue like other people use duct tape. Here are some of the projects I’ve used it for just in the last few months: gathered burlap flower, burlap pennant banner, dresser hardware repair, brown paper gift wrap, diy canvas and felt Christmas stockings, book page poinsettias, fabric covered box. I even once used it for upholstery. There are many, many more links to my hot glue adventures on the How To page.
Chalkboard paint is the same way. I can’t remember exactly how much it cost, but I remember thinking it was kind of pricey for just a quart. But so far I’ve used it to paint the side of an armoire, turn vintage silver trays into message boards, make cute storage bins out of cardboard boxes, and create cute little menu boards for my sister’s wedding (there was no catering staff, so little signs identifying everything on the buffet were super helpful). I’ve still got at least half a can left.
And this third one may surprise you. This can of spray adhesive was $7 at Hobby Lobby (though you could get it cheaper if it was on sale or with a coupon–if you’ve got an iPhone you can pull up the coupon anytime with their app). I don’t remember what I first bought it for but I use it all the time. Here are a few projects made possible by Elmer’s + aerosol: punched paper garland, acorn silhouette art, embellished fabric box, paper doily embellished gift bag, upholstered rocking chair seat, doily + embroidery hoop art, glittered pinecones, doily patched Toms (though admittedly I later had to come back with my friend Mr. Hot Glue to make those more sturdy). It seems from this list like I am really into doilies. I am.
There are definitely plenty of craft supplies I’ve wasted money on (hello, yarn collection. You tempt me with your beautiful colors and then sit unused for years), so it’s nice to look around and realize that a couple of things I may have thought I was buying for just one project have actually stuck around through many an inspired moment. And if you’ve been thinking about getting a glue gun but putting it off maybe this will inspire you to invest ten dollars or so into making it a reality.