I freakin’ love my hot glue gun! I know this may sound somewhat shocking coming from a woman under 30 who isn’t wearing a sweatshirt with an iron-on kitten applique, but it’s just so useful. My personal hot glue gun is on the smaller side and uses mini glue sticks. I have had the same package of glue sticks for about 2 years! I run through rubber cement in about 9 days, but a hot glue gun is super economical.
I know not every projects calls for a hot glue gun, but I usually try to stretch the limitations of mine. From fabric to ceramic, my hot glue gun handles it all. Even the negative aspects of it can be turned into a positive. I glued together a lawn ornament that my daughter dropped. In the 90-degree weather the glue melted and fell apart. But now, if I want to do something that may be only a temporary hold (like gluing rhinestones to a wooden closet door) I know I can hot glue it and hit it with a blow dryer for 5 minutes to melt it off later.
It’s a pretty self-explanatory tool, so I won’t bore you with a makeshift how-to manual. I just want you to know that if you don’t have one, you should get one. And if you do have one, you should use it more– no ugly holiday sweaters or orthopedic footwear required.