Make Your Own Glue Dots

Alrighty everyone, since you liked my ink dauber tutorial so well, I thought I would post another crafty thing I have done to save money.  Here I am bogarting all the cheap ways I have of crafting, not thinking to share with my fellow penny pincher’s.  I humbly apologize.  ^__^   Paper crafting is a very expensive hobby and I try to save some money where I can.  While I like all the new gadgets, I just can’t always justify the purchase.Now, some of these are definitely not new.  I know there are plenty of others around the ‘net who have similar tutorials but I guess everyone brings there own spin to things.   So if you already know about this, indulge me.  If not, I hope I have helped in some way.  As always, it also has to be pretty easy and not too time consuming.  Otherwise, I might as well purchase the product instead.  That said, these homemade glue dots do take a little more time than the daubers but I still think they are in the realm of a DIY project.  Let me know what you think!

Once again, we only need two things for this – Aleene’s Tack It Over and Over (also good for re-sticking mats and the back of unmounted rubber stamps) and two 4X6 pieces of wax paper.  Edited to add:  A kind fellow crafter (thanks, Lenae!) let me know I keep saying wax paper but have a picture of freezer paper.  Both have a slick side and plain side.  I have tried both and I would recommend the WAX PAPER not freezer paper.  While the freezer works good in a pinch, I would definitely used the wax.  I have a little harder time getting them off the freezer whereas I had no problem getting them off the wax. 

Take one sheet of your waxed paper shiny side up.  Start squeezing out glue globs to the size you want your dots to be.  I usually make a few rows of small, medium, large dots and a few lines for ribbons and such.

Let dry till they are clear.  That will depend on the moisture conditions of your home.  My craft room is in the basement so it takes a little longer, about a day/day and a half.  Sometimes before they are completely dry, I will add another glob on top of existing ones to add more dimension.  So I can get a real good lift if I need it.

When dry, add the second piece of waxed paper shiny side down and enjoy!  Since I am still on the same bottle of Aleene’s, I can’t tell you what the cost savings are.  I know a bottle is about $5.99 at Michaels and if you have a coupon, that brings it down to $3.59.  You can make a whole heck of a lot of glue dots for that price, I guarantee!

Here they are almost dry.  As you can see the bigger ones take a little longer obviously.  One thing I would not recommend is using your heat tool.  I did that one time and they bubbled up.  Should have known.  It’s best to make them a few days before you really need them.  Hope this helps all you crafters save some money.  If you have any questions, feel free to leave it in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Have a good day and happy crafting!



  1. That’s a nifty (and thrify) idea! I will have to find that stuff! As far as the re-sticking mats goes, do you think it works better than the Slice re-sticking spray?

  2. I never used the Slice spray. I did hear that it was pretty good. I know I like the Aleene’s better than some of the re-sticking sprays I have used in the past.

  3. This is great. OK stupid question…. Is freezer paper the same as wax paper?

  4. This is a great idea, my almost 8yr old goes insane with the glue dots so this way she could make her own and I wouldn’t be obsessive about her taking all of my packaged ones :)

  5. Oops, I just saw where I wrote wax paper instead of freezer paper. For this application, there is no difference. You would use the shiny side on both types. Sorry, all.

  6. Very interesting … I want to try this :-)
    Hugs, Judy

  7. Love this Becki! I tried the tack it over for mat resticking, the instructions I received said 1/2 water 1/2 glue but I would really reduce the glue…it was WAY too sticky. I’m so going to use this technique for diamond makers such as myself:)

  8. That’s a great idea! Do you cover the small ones once they’re dry and you are waiting for the big ones to dry out or it doesn’t matter if they stay uncovered for a while?

  9. I would leave them uncovered till the big ones dry. I would be worried about sticking.

  10. I save the backing sheet from postage stamps and other label type items to put my dots on (fold the sheet in half and only put dots on one half so you’ll have the other half to close when dry). Can’t tell you how many dots I’ve gotten all over stuff when I didn’t cover them. Invariably set something down on them. Elaine

  11. Elaine, that’s a good idea. I also can’t tell you how many dots have bit the dust due to me not looking and placing my paper stacks everywhere. LOL

  12. Thanks for all the great tips Becki. I’m pinning this one and now I’m a happy new follower.

    Hope you’ll stop by and visit me @ Cotton Pickin Cute

    Hugs…Tracy :)

  13. You’re welcome, Tracy. Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower!

  14. Fromm the heart says:

    I am so excited about this idea!! I was going to order glue dots and they were more than a bottle of the glue you use here and that was for not many of them. I love how you can make different sizes of the dots too! I had been saving the dots I had for fear of buying more. Iam on a budget too. I still have some left, I’ll save the wrapper they are on and reuse it when making more!

  15. BOBBIEJEAN says:

    useing Aleens Tak it over and over would make me think that the hold would not be permanant. Id worry that the pieces would soon fall apart. Ive seen this happen with a few cheap snail runners. Love the idea Ill have to try it. I have Aleens tack it over&over for the mat stickyness, I was gonna try that too but My kids bought me new mats as a gift before I needed to do it. Thanks for everything!

  16. Glad you guys liked it! BobbieJean, I would not use these for anything 3D like a box. You are right, the hold would not be enough to keep it together for long periods of time. However, if its a card or LO that will go into a book, I think they are fine.

  17. This may be a stupid question but what do you use these for?

  18. Wow! What a clever idea! TFS!

  19. I pinned this post earlier, but I think I might try these out today! Thanks for the tips! I have everything I need on hand.

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