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12 Hot Glue Decor Projects

Create hot glue decor projects and crafts in minutes. The things you can make with hot glue guns are endless. I’m not sharing tips or tricks here; just projects I’ve created with hot glue guns.


how to make a Spring wreath with flowers using a glue gun

Putting together a wreath using a grapevine for the base is easy when you use hot glue. Select seashells for a beach or nautical-themed wreath or flowers for a seasonal wreath and adhere them to the grapevine using hot glue.

A grapevine wreath base isn’t always necessary. Glue compact discs together in a circle to create a fun wreath, or glue wood thread spools end to end in a circle. I bet you can think of other ideas.


how to make an enamelware magnet board with miniature tea cup magnets

Making refrigerator magnets at home is fun and much cheaper than buying decorative ones at the store. I go through my junk drawer and workshop drawers to find unique items to hot glue to the magnets.

Just put a drop of hot glue on the magnet and adhere to the item. You can make 10 or 12 magnets in less than 5 minutes. Magnets make great gifts when personalized to the recipient.


use belts to decorate a glasss vase

If you have old belts at home, hot glue them to a clear vase and add flowers. You can also glue miniature flowers, seashells, ribbons, etc, to vases.

Decorative Bottles

Make decorative flower vases using small vintage bottles

Gather clear or vintage colored bottles and glue jute twine, or jewelry to the bottles. These also make great gifts. 

Faux Succulent Displays

make succulent displays using hot glue and old movie reels

Buy faux succulents at your local dollar store and display them in fun ways. Hot glue them to wood Billiard racks, old movie reels, or even an old rake to create a wreath. 

Wall Decor

wall decor made with hot glue

Glue sticks can be used in high and low-temperature glue guns. The use of different temperature glue guns means you can use hot glue on paper, wood, metal, glass, plastics, etc.

Glue decorative wood appliques to wood panels to make home decor or add decorative glass beads to a window. There are many ideas for making wall decor using glue guns.

Holiday Decor

recycle repurpose upcycle

Decorating for any holiday is expensive. Instead of buying Christmas or other holiday decor, make it home using hot glue. Glue beads and small unfinished wood pieces together to make a decorative Christmas tree. Display your Christmas cards by cutting them into tree shapes and hot-gluing a wooden star to the top. 

Make Valentine’s Day wall decor with reclaimed wood and old hardware. Search this website or Google for more ideas.

Flower Planters

unique succulent planter idea
unique succulent planter idea

Belt upcycle projects are endless. Wrap a belt around any flower pot to make a fun planter.

Nautical Decor

use a hot glue gun to make nautical decor

Glue gun projects are a great way to repurpose and upcycle items repeatedly. Usually, you can pop the glue off the items without damaging them and then make new projects. 

Junk Art

Salvaged Junk Art Angel

A combination of hot glue and screws works well. Pieces that are hard to hold in place while being attached with screws work well when glued in place before the screw goes in. 

Gift Bags

decorate burlap bags with lace and jewelry using hot glue

Hot glue rarely damages an item, but burlap bags and fabric are pieces from which the glue is difficult to remove once it has dried. 

Make inexpensive wine bags by attaching ribbons, lace, and jewelry to burlap or similar fabric bags.

Candle Holders

red white and blue candle holders made with a hot glue gun

Use hot glue over spray painted items and add rickrack, pompom fringe, or ribbon to glass vases or ceramic flower pots.

glue gun projects

Which of the hot glue decor projects are you going to try? Leave a note if you have time, and thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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