One of the most important dollhouse materials you'll want within arm's reach is dollhouse glue. You've probably noticed there's a lot of dollhouse glues to choose from--and may have wondered which one is best for each stage or material used in your project. Get some clarity by reading on.
How to Choose a Dollhouse Glue
- For wood: You'll definitely want a high-quality wood glue like Aliphatic Resin Wood Glue when it comes time to assemble the main wooden parts of your dollhouse kit. This is especially true if you're working with 3/8" thick wood. While wood glue is best, less expensive tacky glue can do the job for thinner plywood die-cut dollhouse kits.
- For clapboard siding, trims, molding, baseboards, and shingles: Quick Grab glue is a great choice because of its strong adhesion, generous drying time, and its ability to dry clear. Tacky glue can work for shingles, too--you just need to be extra careful laying them straight.
- For wallpaper: Definitely invest in Wallpaper Gel or Wallpaper Paste. They go on walls the best and clean up with just a bit of soap and water.
- For small spaces: A Pin Point Syringe will let you get water-based glues into every nook and cranny of your wood dollhouse.
- For plastics: A specialty glue formulated for bonding plastic like Roket Plastic Glue is best.
- For multipurposes: Grandmother Stover's Glue has been around since 1948 and can be used to adhere carpet, wallpaper, ceiling paper, and flooring.
- For brick, stone, plaster, and stucco projects: A little water mixed with Dollhouse Mortar Mix is a sure bet.
- For quick assembly projects: When you need things to dry fast, try Roket Hot Adhesive Glue--it dries in just five seconds.
- For filling gaps: The dreaded glue gap is no match for Roket Powder, which flows like liquid to take the exact shape of a gap. Perfect Plastic Putty is another good choice for briding gaps.
- For dioramas: Lay the groundwork with ease by using Create and Shape Modeling Material.
- For keeping your dollhouse miniatures in place: Safeguard your favorite dollhouse miniatures from falls with Museum Gel and Museum Putty.
Dollhouse Glue Tips
- Just say no to hot glue guns. They don't form a strong bond and they leave gaps. Any dollhouse kit making pro will tell you to avoid them like the plague!
- Hold the pieces together while they dry. You can use anything from Scotch tape to cloth pins to rubber bands to hold everything together while it dries.
- Keep paper towels on hand. You'll need them to clean up excess glue.
- Use water-free glue when adhering shingles. Any glue with water in it can curl the wood shingles.
- Dry fit each component first. Doing this lets you know if any part needs to be sanded down before gluing takes place.
Do you have any tips for choosing a dollhouse glue and gluing together a wooden dollhouse kit? If so, share them in the comments below!