Glue Dots provided samples free to facilitate this review and giveaway, any opinions are my own.
Being a pediatric occupational therapist, my daily work life revolves around color, cut, glue, rinse and repeat. I couldn’t work without a good pair of scissors, some crayons, mechanical pencils and glue sticks. So every year in August I robotically head to the sale bin and stock up on these back to school supplies.
Before Gavin I briefly scrapbooked and since my husband is a photographer we did a fair share of matting and framing photos for our home. Since Gavin was born though all my creative energy was filtered into work and the blog. Now that he’s 4 I finally feel like we are emerging from what I call “The 4 year fog.” Life is more routine, he’s more predictable and independent and I’m finding a little more time to be creative at home.
I recently was contacted about reviewing Glue Dots. My mind immediately thought of projects with my students. What I didn’t anticipate was finding an awesome use for these amazing double sided dots, when traditional super strength glue kept failing me day after day.
Glue dots come in sheets or dispensers. There are a few different varieties which include poster, removable and permanent options. They are non-toxic, acid-free, archival safe and mess-free.
Here’s how I enjoyed using them:
As I suspected, the older middle school aged kids loved the permanent dots for their art projects. Glue sticks can get wet and gooey and over time the paper doesn’t stick, these were easy to use, less messy more professional and “grown-up.”
Then it came time for Gavin’s Valentine’s Day cards. We made 20 homemade cards, so for this activity I decided to use the permanent Glue Dots in the dispenser. Can we say life saver? Gavin was really interested in them because of the dispenser. He likes anything mechanical and couldn’t wait to try it himself, so I held the dispenser and we used it together. I first started using way to many of them though. They are so strong you’ll be surprised how few of them you will actually need to secure paper. There are 200 dots in the dispenser and we had enough to make most of the cards pictured above.
However, here’s my favorite use and ironically or not, it’s toy related. Gavin is obsessed with his die-cast toys from the movie Planes. However, for some reason small pieces like the propellers and accessories keep breaking off. For weeks I used super glue, standing there holding it together while spilling some on my counter and getting it stuck to my fingertips. Then the moment he touched his toy, it would instantly break again. So then we gave Glue Dots a whirl. They easily fit in small spaces, and though they are sticky, they aren’t wet so there is NO dry time, which means no impatient wait time. Though he could still pull pieces apart if he wanted to because they are a little “flexible” when you touch them, they are a much more successful solution. Plus he’s not asking me to fix propellers every day, which allows me to focus more on some creativity.
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Glue Dots provided samples free to facilitate this review, any opinions are my own.