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Art, Glue Guns and Happiness

Updated on August 28, 2012
So wonderful, so sticky.
So wonderful, so sticky. | Source

Kids Know Something We Don't

When is it that we stop creating? As children we are encouraged to colour, make things with dough and stick glitter and feathers to as many things as possible…and then one day that all stops. Why is that?

Glitter for All

At some point in childhood do we start hearing the message that art has no value? As grownups do we think creating is only worthwhile if what we make can be sold? Doesn’t it scare anyone that when we ask young children what they want to do when they grow up, they all lists jobs?Wouldn’t it be awesome if just one of them said “I want to cover the world in rhinestones and glitter?”

Glue Guns Rock!

If you’ve read my profile you’ll know I love my glue gun.(I am considering inventing a belt with a holster and carrying an extension cord like a laso so I can have it with me at all times. You never know when you will want to stick one thing to another thing.) It is my sticker of wonder and can transform any ho-hum project into a thing of beauty and has helped me jump headfirst back into the world of arts and crafts. If you don’t have a glue gun, get one or two or six. You can never have enough really.

Doesn't this painting exude joy to you?
Doesn't this painting exude joy to you? | Source

Rediscover the Joy of Creating

I credit my daughters for reigniting my passion for creating and all things sticky. Having children in your life brings so many gifts and spending time colouring, gluing and sparkling with my three wunderkinds has reminded me of just how great it feels to create. And thanks to an awesome post about the fascinating world of junk art by JY3052 I am embarking on some fun and wacky projects with my ladies to display in our garden over the summer. We are lucky enough to live in a kooky, artsy village where anything goes, so I am hoping our creations will spark some great conversations and photo ops for visitors and locals alike.

We plan on filling our front yard with as many wacky and beautiful bird houses as possible this year.
We plan on filling our front yard with as many wacky and beautiful bird houses as possible this year. | Source
Casa del worm
Casa del worm | Source

Join in and Share!

Here are just a few of the wild and wonderful things we are working on and I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read about and see anything you are creating. If you are having trouble getting started, why not start a craft night with your friends and share resources and ideas?

Consider this a call to arms oh soon to be crafty ones: rummage through your junk drawers and your garages, hit the dollar store and buy all the sparkle paint and rhinestones you can carry and get creating! Happy gluing!


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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      Thanks teaches - sparkle where you are - I love that.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love glue guns when using craft items and for those hard to hold items. They are so inexpensive to use and do the job really well. Go ahead and cover the world in rhinestones and glitter -- sparkle where you are!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I often turned my girls loose with a bunch of varie crafts items. What they could crate was amazing.

      I was told that the easiest and most inexpensive way to weatherproof items was to buy outdoor pint base and not let them add color to it. When you first put it on your item it looks milky but dries crystal clear.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 5 years ago from New England

      Okay. Thanks for the tips. I'll write down "modge podge" and acrylic spray and find out if the Michael's near me has opened yet. :0)

      Do keep me posted. :0)

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Seafarer, I found a pretty good acrylique craft spray at Micheal's that seems to be doing the trick so far. This is our first summer with our creations outside so fingers crossed. Oh and before I spray them we put two layers of modge podge on them to seal the paint. Between the modge podge and spray I think they'll last. I'll keep you posted.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 5 years ago from New England

      Voted UP, Up, Up, Thundermama! Love your ideas.

      Must buy some more of the glue sticks for my gun. Love the image of having one in a holster and lassoing the chord. :0)

      I do have a question...what do you use to weatherproof the paint on a bird house so that it lasts? I am encouraging my daughter to finish the one she started, but I want her work to not be washed away with the next Nor'easter. :0)

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      ED I think that's a great idea. If you do get him one I am expecting an awesome hub from you about all the cool things your son decides to glue together. So addictive and so much fun. Happy gluing!

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      Charles 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Was wondering what I could get as an extra for my son's birthday which is coming soon. I think this might have given me an idea. He loves to glue. But he also loves to zap everything and 'blow heads away' (got that from school I guess) with lego guns he makes. A glue gun could possibly channel zapping into something more creative... Must find a child friendly equivalent.

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Some how I knew you would Lizam. I feel really fortunate to live in a village full of artists where it is part of everyday life. And if I'm not mistaken your neck if the woods is rather artistic as well. I spent a few years in BC and loved the island. Wonderful place to call home.

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      Lizam1 5 years ago from Victoria BC

      100% agree with you. One of my pet peeves is how creativity is not valued for its own sake. Voted up!