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Alternative Uses for Elmer's Glue

A handy paper and wood glue that can be useful for other personal and household applications. This page 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!

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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.


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.


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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June 27, 20170 found this helpful

Although Elmer's Glue is non-toxic, it is probably not the best ingredient to use as a face mask. Dermatologists generally discourage this beauty treatment and recommend purchasing something formulated for delicate facial skin.

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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 page about using white glue in crafts.

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January 16, 20170 found this helpful

This is a page 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.

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