Pistol Packin’

by Stefani on 6-January-2009

The boys got low heat glue guns in their stockings.

Need I tell you that my countertops will never be the same? 


It's crazy addictive though, the wielding of the glue gun. We've all gotten sucked in. 


On New Year's Eve, I had six kids lined up at the counter just gluin' their little hearts out. Pretty soon the kids had to fight off the adults though. 

Even my big ol' rifle totin', diesel drivin' burly brother is a mean glue gun slinger. Just look what he made!

Stick Bouquet

So save up all your  bottle caps, wine corks, twisty ties, toilet paper tubes and what not, and bring on the glue!

****edited to add***

Okay, so there's been some questions about the glue guns, and so I thought I'd better clarify things. 
I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one out there who hadn't heard of the Low Temp Glue Gun!

I first saw one while standing at a monumentally long line at Hobby Lobby. Ever since, I've seen them ALL OVER THE PLACE – Walmart, the grocery stores, everywhere. So really, I thought this must be something the rest of the world already knew about, and I was just slow to catch on. 

Anyhoo… Low heat glue guns are CHEAP (like $3-4) and small, so they're great for small hands. You have to be sure to get a bunch of the "low heat" glue sticks too. 

Be warned, although they are low heat, they do pack a decent sting if you get some glue on you. It's nothing a little shake and a quick run under cold water won't fix. Each of my boys has been stung once… that's all it takes to make them real careful. Even the just-turned-four year old can handle the guns just fine. 

Also… if you have a teacher supply store near you, take a look… ours had fancy glittery glue sticks and the crazy colored popsicle sticks. Our Hobby Lobby has TONS of cool wooden spools, sticks, picks and what nots too, but no glittery glue sticks. Of course. 

Hope that helps!

Now get to gluin'!
heather jane January 6, 2009 at 9:35 am

I think I may *need* one of them there low heaten’ glue guns! That looks like fun for the whole family!!

Janice January 6, 2009 at 9:37 am

Awesome!!! Where does one get a LOW HEAT glue gun? I’m thinking my little man might have fun with one of those too!

waldorfmama January 6, 2009 at 10:52 am

oh glue guns – the joy! what a great stocking stuffer idea. 🙂 and one more typepad question – how did you add that little google search box at the top of the right hand column? 🙂

elissa Finger January 6, 2009 at 11:49 am

i LOVE the flowers! oh, you are SUCH a good mama. i mean, really good.

Caroline January 6, 2009 at 11:54 am

I love all the creativity they are enjoying with their glue guns. Next year’s stocking stuffer will surely need to be ample quantities of glue stick refills!

Hannah January 6, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Are Low Heat glue guns available “wherever glue guns are sold?” (JoAnn, HL, Michael’s, etc.?) I’m always paranoid getting mine out to use around the kids. I don’t think it’s low heat.

Bernadette Noll January 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Fantastic! I never even heard of such a tool but it sure looks fun.

Myrnie January 6, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Your boys have put me to shame- I have a stack of crafts waiting to be glued together…and I’m afraid of the glue gun! Maybe tonight is the night I get my fears out in the open and get gluin’! Adorable projects 🙂

Leanna January 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm

What fun! I stumbled across your blog…maybe through Soulemama? I really enjoy your creativity and your joy of motherhood.

Amber January 6, 2009 at 1:48 pm

We *love* our low-heat glue gun. I’m not sure the result is quite as sturdy as regular glue guns, but they’re much more kid-friendly. I first learned about them back in my Brownie leader days, and of course I had to go get one for myself.

Abby January 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm

wat a great gift idea!!

Julie (Knitsational) January 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Looks like fun! My #1 is almost four so this would be a great for her.

Valarie Budayr January 6, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Hi Stefani….yes the low heat glue gun is the way to go. My eldest daughter,Zaina, who is now in art school started out with a low heat glue gun. Our counters do not look the same but unique and every child in this house glues extensively. I just love the colored sticks. Now there is some great crafting!!!

Baba January 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Looks like everyone had fun! Craft kids!

Katie January 6, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Your boys are very good at crafts – I especially love those flowers on the window sill!

kristin at prairie daze January 6, 2009 at 6:03 pm

my kids are avid glue gunners too.

and i should check…i wonder if they are using high heat ones?


Casey January 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Oooh, bring ’em down here and we can have a glue-gun shootout. The great thing about gluing those popsicle sticks is that when they get tired of whatever they made, you can pop the glue off with a scraper or your thumbnail and they can build something else.

Julie Alvarez January 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm

This sounds extremely fun!

Linn January 7, 2009 at 7:21 am

Well, Liz, you’ve given me the perfect birthday idea for my little guys!

erin January 7, 2009 at 7:47 am

Ah, great idea!! Just what we need to get us through our long winter days.
I’m on my way to Hobby Lobby right now!

monique January 12, 2009 at 9:40 am

Try the dollar store for glitter glue sticks for you glue guns!

I found them there………

Kez January 14, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Oooh you brave, brave woman!! I can just imagine what would be glued together around here!! Seriously though I know a little boy here who would love that – I’ll have to look for one!!

emily January 18, 2009 at 7:09 pm

have i mentioned that you’re so good?

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