Do you enjoy crafting? I used to craft all the time when my kids were little and I was a stay-at-home mom. When they were at school, I had all day to indulge in my favorite crafts (soap making, candle making, jewelry making and more!). Once I re-entered the work force, I didn’t have the time that I used to have for all my crafts. Sadly I had to part with a lot of my supplies because they were just “collecting dust.” I figured let someone else enjoy them who had the time to make wonderful things with them.
One of the crafting supplies I never parted with was my glue gun. Glue guns are a “must have” for many crafts. They also are great for use around the home for non-crafting needs. I have used my glue gun to repair household items including picture frames, mugs and collectibles.
I work with children, and we do crafts pretty much every day. I try to stick to crafts that use stick glue or school glue. Sadly that means that many crafts I wanted to do with the kids I couldn’t because they required a glue gun. Since our program runs in the cafeteria at school, there are not too many places to plug in glue guns.
A while back I was very fortunate to review a CORDLESS hot glue gun from Surebonder. That glue gun was a “game changer” for me, not only at school, but also at home.
The Surebonder Cordless Glue Gun has a charging stand with a built in area to collect any “drips” from the end of the glue gun. It also gives you a decent amount of time to use it before placing it back in the charger for a boost.
The times I have used this at school I plug it in and place the charger on a metal chair so the hot glue gun can charge. Then we take it off the charger, use it for what we need, and return it to the charger when not in use. This has allowed us to do even more fun crafts at work.
If you would like to check out that review, you can find it here – Love Crafting? You Need a Surebonder Ultimate Creator Kit (Great for Kids Too!).
Surebonder also offers a large variety of glues, from really long glue “ropes” to glow-in-the-dark glues and from glues in a variety of colors to glues with glitter. They have different types of glues to fit all your crafting needs.
A while back I received another amazing product from the brand to review – their Surebonder Glue Skillet. You read that right – a glue SKILLET!
I specifically received the brand’s Surebonder Glue Skillet Craft Bundle.
For DIY couples, there’s Surebonder! Get everything you need to tackle any craft or household project that would be made easier by directly dipping elements into melted glue. This convenient and complete kit includes 1 Adjustable Temperature Glue Skillet, 2 Teflon Stir Sticks, 1 – 1lb. Bag of Skillet Glue Pellets, and 1 Green 19″ x 19″ Glue Pad. The glue skillet speeds up projects that might otherwise be time-consuming — simply dip components into the inch-deep pool of glue before putting them in place. Great for group crafting, home decor, wreaths, and other floral work.
The skillet has a non-stick surface too.
To use the skillet, simply add in the glue pellets, turn it on, adjust the temperature and wait for the glue to melt (it melted very quickly). You can use the non-stick stir sticks that also come with the bundle.
When you work with a large group of children, that means there are several children who need something glued at the same time. When you have only one hot glue gun, the process can take a while.
I had a craft idea in mind that needed a lot of glue, and the glue skillet was the perfect tool for me to have.
I wanted the kids to make their own snow globes. For that craft they needed to hot glue small “critters” and trees to the lid of a jar. It had to be hot glue because school glue and stick glue would not help the pieces adhere permanently to the metal lid. I NEEDED hot glue.
Having the skillet allowed for me, my two staff and the older kids to help the younger kids to dip their pieces into the hot glue and let them place them on the lids.
You can find the directions on how to make these simply by Googling terms like “make your own snow globe,” “mason jar snow globes,” “snow globes out of a jar.”
You can find the critters (deer, rabbits, snowmen…) and trees at most craft stores.
Sadly, I cannot locate my photos of when we used the Surebonder Skillet at work. When I retrieve them (I have way too many folders on my computer), I will update this post.
The bundle came with non-stick stirring sticks which I found to be very helpful too. It helps speed up the process when melting the glue pellets. The sticks are made from a non-stick surface (Teflon).
After our craft I just left the remaining glue in the skillet. I honestly wasn’t sure what I should do with it, so I just left it there the cool then put it away at home for the next time I need it for around the house or a craft at school.
I wasn’t going to do the snow globe craft at all because I knew it would take too long with one hot glue gun and twenty-two kids. Having the skillet and the help of my staff and the older children made this craft so easy to make, and A LOT less time consuming.
I was thinking about making a wreath for my front door using pinecones (dipping the bottom of them in the skillet and placing them on a metal frame from the Dollar Store), but sadly, time go away from me and it’s too late to make it this year. I plan on getting an early start on one next holiday season.
The bundle also comes with a special mat to protect your surfaces from any glue drips.
I’m also trying to think of other crafts I can do at work with the kids that I can use the skillet with.
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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.