Over the holidays, I did some crafting projects with my nieces, and we had a really good time. The only issue I had was that they had a free-for-all with the wet glue. In addition to using way too much on their popsicle sticks, they had a blast squeezing out glue puddles on their silicone placemats. Glue was wasted, but they had huge smiles on their faces, so for me it was a decent trade-off.
All this gluing fun took place at my mom and dad's house, and Grandma and Grandpa couldn't have cared less about the mess as long as the girls were having fun!
However, I knew that if I wanted to keep crafting with the girls once they got back home I would need a better adhesive solution, because their mother don't play that! 😆 My sister-in-love is meticulous about keeping her house neat and clean, so…
I really wanted Industrial-Strength Glue Sticks to be a thing, and I was pretty sure they weren't a thing, but I did a search anyway.
I found that there are Industrial-Strength Glue Sticks made under the Aleene's brand. I bought them from Walmart for (at the time I created this post) $2.47 for a two-stick pack.
Even though I had what I was looking for, I wasn't expecting the results I got.
They work terrifically great!
I used the glue stick to glue two wooden blocks together, and the adhesive held no matter how hard I tried to pull the blocks apart.
If you're in the market for Industrial-Strength Glue Sticks, grab a pack of
Aleene’s DIY Craft Industrial Strength Glue Sticks from Walmart
https://svgtuts.com/aleenes-industrial-strength-glue-sticks [referral link]
Here are links to other glue sticks that I HAVE NOT tried, but I saw the product listings and thought it was a good idea to share them so you have some options:
Elmer's Extra Strength Office Glue Sticks, 24 Count
https://svgtuts.com/elmers-extra-strength-office-glue-sticks [referral link]
Elmer's Craft Bond Extra Strength Glue Stick, 4 Count
https://svgtuts.com/elmers-craft-bond-extra-strength-glue-stick [referral link]