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Alternative Uses for Elmer's Glue

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A handy paper and wood glue that can be useful for other personal and household applications. This guide contains alternative uses for Elmer's glue.
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November 10, 20040 found this helpful

Elmer's Glue is great for removing splinters and blackheads around your nose! Just put the glue on thick without diluting it. When it's dry, just peel it off. Out comes the splinter, and out comes the blackheads. Much cheaper than those 'Biore' strips!

By Jackie S.

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November 10, 20040 found this helpful

If you have ever gotten a cactus splinter on any part of your hands, arms, etc. then you should just put some Elmer's Glue on it, let the Glue dry and peel it off and the cactus spines will come with it.

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November 10, 20040 found this helpful

Be careful using the glue on your face. It hurt badly when I pulled it off. It ripped out my tiny face hair out.

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November 11, 20040 found this helpful

This does work, but I am just curious.....how did you get those splinters around your nose in the first place? LOL

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February 8, 20050 found this helpful

I'm going to try it! Maybe I can save by not buying Nair as well as the Biore strips!

Thanks for the great idea

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February 25, 20050 found this helpful

It also works fantastically for dramatic hairstyles. When I was in college I was rockin' a rather large purple and pink mohawk. I used Elmer's glue and spray strach to hold all two feet of it up! It also worked well making spikes in friends shorter hair and was alot cheaper than gel and could be used with food coloring to make a temporary color gel.

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March 7, 20050 found this helpful

I'm going to try the elmers glue to put my hair in spikes. Does it come out easy?

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January 11, 20060 found this helpful

Hey, I wouldn't put elmers in your hair man, it will eventually make your hair fall out!

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May 14, 20080 found this helpful

Does anyone know of a british quivelant to Elmer's glue? I have a mohican and would like to save money on gel =] would PVA work for example?

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August 13, 20080 found this helpful

Where can I buy Elmer's Glue from?

Editor's Note You can find it at most every grocery, drug or variety store in the US. It is a white paper and wood glue.

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August 24, 20080 found this helpful

Elmer's glue is brillant.

It's actually much less toxic than 99.999% of hair sprays, gels, fixatives. No fumes, no freaky volatile chemicals, no flammable, cell-damaging, liver-taxing, lung-clogging particulate.

And NO, there is nothing about Elmer's Glue that would make one's "hair fall out" if used with a modicum of sense. If anything, it is so much LESS likely to damage the roots, or the hair, than pricey hair products.

Ha. This is a proletarian triumph. Only those attached to the status factor of a pink, shiny bottle of smelly hair spray or gel will miss out. Hahahaha.

I just discovered it clears pores around the nose a million times better than Biore and masques! And it does not DRY the skin! I also discovered that it can be thinned with water to tame a few little stray hairs in that point before the ears, or flyaway bangs... wow. Could it be that I can replace my $30 fixative, my $20 gel, my $29 wax... for $2.99 spent in the Back To School aisle?

And then there's color. And glitter. Just a little, not much. A streak here and there. Of course I will soak it well before washing it out.

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June 27, 20170 found this helpful

A common household paper glue can be used as a facial mask to remove dry skin. This is a guide about use Elmer's glue as a face mask.

Bottle of white glue like Elmer's Glue.

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June 26, 20170 found this helpful

While glue or school glue is a good choice for many of your craft projects. This is a guide about using white glue in crafts.

White Glue

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January 16, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about easy ways to stiffen fabric. When working on certain craft projects you will need to stiffen your fabric. There are a number of ways to do this, some expensive and some less so.

Stiff pieces of floral fabric.

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April 17, 2007

This is for folks who do puzzles and glue them when they're done. I use regular Elmers white school glue and it does a nice job and it's a lot cheaper then the special puzzle glue you have to buy.

By Joe from Inver Grove Heights, MN

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January 20, 20140 found this helpful

What is the procedure to get a crackle effect on paint using Elmer's glue, or what type of glue do you use?

By Roger G.

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April 14, 20140 found this helpful

1) Coat of glue

2) Coat of paint

3) Final coat of glue

4) After crackle effect happens, coat with krylon paint

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February 1, 20120 found this helpful

I'm sure that I read somewhere that if you mix Elmer's and water you can use it as a sealer for chipboard to seal in smells. It sounds like it would do the job, but I can't remember the mixture (glue to water ratio). Have you heard of this and if so could you give the mixture?

By Kathy W.

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February 4, 20120 found this helpful

I've used Elmer's Glue at a half-half solution to prime small pieces of luan wood cut-outs for painting (holiday decorations), and three parts glue to 1 part water to put a glaze on the finished cut-outs.

You may have to experiment with the type of wood product you're asking about here, but I would try the 3-1 ratio first if all you are doing is sealing the wood to prevent the smell from permeating whatever space you're using it in.

If you are planning on painting, start with the 1-1 mix. That doesn't leave a shiny surface that repels paint applied over the top.

If it is a piece bigger than a foot square, you might want to consider buying a commercially available primer-sealer like Kilz, though. Even cheap Elmer's Glue can be pricey for a large project.

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