Since I’ve discussed wet glues and ATG, I thought I should also work with glue sticks and glue pens. I added a category that a viewer asked for and that is whether they make the paper warped once dry. The prices I provide are the best prices I found for them online and I’m sure you can find them cheaper in stores.
Here are my findings:
Elmer’s Washable School Glue Gel .28 oz 2 for $1.79 at Office Depot online. Invisible when dry and glues well. Didn’t warp the paper. No warping, glues well and not visible.
RoseArt Washable Glue Stick .21 oz 3 pack is $4.78 on ebay. It is really gummy and might have been old when I bought it, so I can’t hold that against it. Very shiny when dry and the small lumps of glue didn’t flatten with time.
Paper Studio Glue Stick (for photos) .28 oz at Hobby Lobby $4.99 for a 6 pack (with no discounts.) Laid down well, not as sticky initially. Sticky initially, warps the paper, but glues well.
Scotch Wrinkle Free Glue Stick .27 oz 2 pack $1.27 at Target.com.
Strings like a glue gun, but sticks really well initially. Warps and shiny.
Elmer’s Craft Bond Memory Book Glue Pen 1.0 oz $1.77 at classroomdirect.com .. Has a dual tip and is a wet glue and not as great initial stick. Glues well and didn’t warp but is shiny when dry.
Zig 2 way Glue Pen $2.39 Winkofstella.com 2 mm tip $2.39 wet bond is permanent. dry bond is temporary. Very sticky initially and ripped the paper. Shiny when dry, didn’t glue well but no warping. Glue felt like a temporary glue instead of a permanent glue.
Big Lots Glue Stick 12 pack $2 at back to school .317 oz. Sticks well initially. Warps, didn’t glue well.
Elmer’s Washable School Glue Stick jumbo 1.4 oz 3 for $7.50 dealmtn.com with free shipping or the smaller one .24 oz 2 for 99 cents at Target.com
Best Glue Sticks
Elmer’s Washable School Glue Stick–no warping, invisible glue and glues well. The gel was almost as good, but left a small amount of shine once dry. Check the prices on the jumbo vs the regular size glue sticks as I found the jumbo to be less expensive than the normal size sticks.
Glue Pen–Neither of them were exceptional.