Gluing and Taping

Here are some of my favorite ways to get good results when gluing or taping my project. I use mainly white glue for these projects. It is easy to apply to small surfaces and gives a good, permanent bond. However, if you simply pour glue from the bottle, you usually get too much glue in one spot and not enough in another. The paper gets warped and looks ugly. The trick is to get a thin, uniform coating that has good coverage.


  1. Use a small artists' paintbrush about half a centimeter wide to apply glue. I pour a little glue onto a scrap of paper, or, if I have a lot of gluing to do, into an old plastic bottle cap.
  2. Use glue sparingly. If you use too much glue the paper will warp, the glue will take longer to set, and it will be messy.
  3. Focus on getting glue to the crease line of the tab or the edge it will connect to.
  4. Use paper clips to hold the parts together for couple of minutes while the glue dries.
  5. Use a glue stick only where you can rub the joined pieces together on a hard surface with your fingernail or some tool. Otherwise, I have found that the bond is too weak.
  6. Try double-sided tape instead of glue for tricky spots. Apply the tape onto the tab on the pattern before you cut out the piece.