Choosing the Best Glue for a Craft Project

I have two great Styrofoam torso mannequins I want to turn into art pieces. My vision is cover them collage style with colored tissue and embellish with gems, beads, and found objects. What adhesive is best to use for tissue? What adhesives can I use for the embellishments?


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March 16, 20180 found this helpful

Aileen's makes many types of glues. Go to a craft store like Michael's to see the different kinds.

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March 16, 20180 found this helpful

I've not tried gluing Styrofoam, but I did just read how Styrofoam may need a special glue, one without any solvent in it, or that ingredient, the solvent, will melt the Styrofoam. It was also noted that a glue gun would melt the foam too.
They do sell glue for that is specifically for Styrofoam, which that's what I wanted to let you know, but as for gluing the tissue to the Styrofoam, that is something that hopefully will be on the label of what that particular glue, will glue.

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March 16, 20181 found this helpful

The best glue for any Styrofoam is contact cement. This won't harm the Styrofoam and it will glue any object to the Styrofoam that you need.


You can also use All-purpose adhesive, Spray adhesive to glue your object to Styrofoam.

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March 16, 20180 found this helpful

I have always used "Gorilla" glue for all my craft projects. There are many different types to use for what ever you are trying to glue. Be sure and read the label on the bottle to find what is best to use.

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March 16, 20180 found this helpful

Since tissue is in the mix, use fabric glue

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March 18, 20180 found this helpful

you can use different sorts of glues for the different elements of your project.

for the hard, solid things you can get away with using a glue gun, though it is advised you use it at low temperature with styrofoam. As well you can use something like Liquid Nails. Here is a guide to glue with styrofoam:


as for the tissue and other elements, my favorite product is something called Matte Medium. it is great as a glue, dries clear, and is particularly suited for decoupage type products. It is strong enough to hold just about anything you want to in place. I've had paintings with buttons, coins, tree branches, every kind of paper, tin foil, etc all remain affixed for a long time jst with matte medium. It is a very liquid medium, though dries quickly.

Modge Podge is another good glue, very Elmer's like - rather thick, dries a bit opaque but solid. Excellent for paper too.

for the more solid bits I'd still want to use a glue gun or other thing though just for the added support.

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March 21, 20180 found this helpful

There are a lot of glues that will work but it seems there are some glues especially for using with Styrofoam.


  • JoAnn's and Michael's craft Stores both have several glues for using on Styrofoam but most sites are recommending just plain ole white glue for gluing your tissue paper to the mannequins.
  • You may want a stronger glue for your embellishments. Gorilla glue or E-6000 will work on the Styrofoam/tissue but these items may get "knocked off" real easy no matter the glue.
  • It might be good if you were to use some type of embellishment that has a hole that you could glue and strengthen with a straight pin.
  • Here is a site that shows how to glue tissue to Styrofoam.
  • Check out this site for more information.
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