Why I Hate Hot Glue Guns. A Short Essay.

Why I Hate Hot Glue Guns
A Short Essay by Connie Stewart

They can burn you.

The End.

So, yesterday, I was making a beautiful project to share with you.  It was just fabulous and things were going well….until… I went to adhere a Simply Pressed Clay flower to my box with my hot glue gun.  I had tried to adhere it with Multipurpose glue and it wouldn’t hold.  Then I tried glue dots.  Nope, no luck.  HEY, why not hot glue?  That always works!  I had adhered 9 of the flowers and when I went to adhere  the last one (it’s always the last one, isn’t it?) that little flower did a somersault onto my middle finger (ironic, I know).

As I tried to shake the PAINFULLY hot flower off my finger, it catapulted on to my OTHER hand’s index finger, which then did a backwards flip on to my other middle finger.  SERIOUSLY?  How does this happen?

I probably should have go to the ER (yes, it was that bad of a burn) but I’m a “suck it up, you’ll be fine” kind of girl.

Can I just tell you… it’s REALLY hard to shoot videos with bandaids all over your fingers.  I have 2 new flash cards and a really cute little Flash Card box to share with you but until these fingers heals just a little , it will have to wait.  Anything that touches them sends unbelievable pain through my hand.

Thus the reason I wanted to share my essay with you today.

Now, here’s the cool part…. I put a bandaid on this morning and told my hubby that I needed some “cute” bandaids if I was going to shoot a video with these stupid things on my fingers.  Wanna know what he said?  “Put some Washi tape on the bandaids.”  HE IS SO STINKIN’ BRILLIANT!

Here’s what they look like.  Cute, right?

Washi tape bandaids

Washi tape bandaids

Yeah, I could have bought Hello Kitty or Snoopy bandaids, but these are so much cuter, don’t you think?

I hope you will remember  today’s essay the next time you’re using the hot glue.  Be careful and if your project decides to try for an Olympic gymnast performance, grab your Washi tape and look awesome!

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  1. Beth says:

    The man is a keeper! Genius!!

  2. Yvette Prosser says:

    Ouch! Hope you have some aloe – that always helps my burns. I don’t buy the high heat anymore because of my past burns. Hope you feel better soon!

  3. Janice B says:

    Oh Connie, this got a great chuckle out of me this morning! I’m sorry for your mishap and your now “damaged and very sore” fingers, but I’ve been in that spot many time before when trying to glue something! Including just this last weekend when my glass frame broke. Tried to glue it back until I could get to eye doc on Monday, but only succeeded in glueing my finger (with Superglue-ugh!) to the lens and the ear stem still sitting on the counter – TWICE! So I empathize and laugh with you! Hope it heals fast and I’ll have to try the washi tape on my bandaids! My granddaughter will love that idea!!

  4. This just made my day. I laugh with you as I’ve had similar attacks by my glue gun. Your husband came up with a brilliant idea. What a great idea to dress up bandaids. My kids in clinic will love it.

    • Connie says:

      Lorraine, I just went to look at my bandaids and the washi tape is lifting so be sure to burnish it down really good with a bone folder. Also, I am wondering if cloth type bandaids might work better. Just a thought!

  5. Beverly Lausen says:

    As I read your essay today I got to thinking about your neigbors in Moore. How is the town doing? Are they rebuilding? If you watch the news it’s like they just vanished off the face of the earth. We don’t hear any updates.
    TKS for all the videos you share. I’ve learned so much from them.

    • Connie says:

      Beverly, thanks for asking! Right now, everything is still in demolition. The hospital was knocked down yesterday. That was sad actually. BUT, here’s the upside…businesses have opened back up and they all have signs in their windows that say “MOORE STRONG – We are Open for Business”. I love that! Just about every business in Moore suffered because of this storm…and if businesses suffered, they lost income, and employees lost income. We are all rallying around our town and patronizing our favorite stores and restaurants again. It is hard to drive through and see all the devastation but, well, as I said, we are MOORE STRONG. 🙂

      Thank you so much for continuing to pray for us!

  6. stampwithbee says:

    Totally agree….love the bandaids

  7. Shel Anderson says:

    so sorry for the burns but oh my heavens girl you made me laugh today! It sounds like something that would happen to me. And the clincher for me was your hubbys comment about the washi on the bandaid- priceless! Thanks for the laugh out loud chuckles and I sure look forward to your video.


  8. Vicki Keyzer says:

    I hope your fingers heal quickly!!! I am so sorry, but I did have to laugh at the picture of this happening. Love the idea for the bandaids!!!!

  9. Ruth says:

    You are so funny. Sorry I couldn’t help but laugh at your misfortune. What makes this even funnier is that I can TOTALLY see myself in your situation. Your husband’s idea was priceless & so right on. Heal quickly, I get such inspiration from you.

  10. Brenda says:

    And this is why I love you so much. I recommend you put a cup of cold water near your work place when hot glue is involved. (experience talking here) But look now you have another new project so all in all a happy accident.

    • Connie says:

      But that would require “planning ahead”. lol I just PLAN to not burn myself… see how well that worked?

  11. Suzanne says:

    Oh Connie – I’m so sorry to hear about your experience with the glue gun. I learned several years ago that mustard – just your regular yellow mustard – will stop the burn and keep your skin from blistering up. The key is to put it on your burned spot immediately after you burn it. So it sounds silly, but when we use the glue gun for projects, I keep the mustard right there. Hope you are much better soon. And, thank you so much for all your wonderful inspiration!

    • Connie says:

      SHUT THE FONT DOOR!!! Seriously??? I have never thought of that. I don’t have aloe (boy, I wish I did) but I always have mustard. Hmmm, maybe I will keep some of those little packets in my desk drawer?? Thanks for this tip!

  12. norma artman says:

    Those bandaides were so cute..think you should patten them. Sorry you got burned. I always enjoy your projects and videos. Take care.

  13. Donna says:

    So sorry you got burned! I have done that. Hope it gets better quickly. But love the bandaids. My Granddaughters will love them.

  14. Pamela Danner says:

    OUCH!!!! Hope your fingers are better soon! Your bandaids are sooo cute!

  15. Jan W in TX says:

    Sorry for your mishap (that is why I use tweezers when I hot glue anything) The band-aids are adorable. Hope your fingers heal quickly. Look forward to the new projects!

  16. Just discovered your site and am so glad I did. I love your take on the hot glue and the aftermath. Have you thought about stand up comedy as another means of income? You can relate other situations with crafting the will bring down the house with laughter. Thanks for making my morning and day uplifting. 🙂

  17. Sue Robinson says:

    you have made me giggle in the nicest possible way. What a great idea for washi tape! Why don’t you use silicone glue its cold?

  18. Patti says:

    Hi Connie – I am so sorry to hear of your little accident. Burned fingers are the worst for crafters. But the upside of it is you don’t have to do dishes or peel potatoes or any of the other things we have to do in the kitchen. Maybe takeouts for a few days will help with your healing. But anyway, I hope you feel better soon. I miss your videos and your wonderful enthusiasm that goes along with it.

  19. OOOOoooo, poor Connie!
    that said, I have to say, thanks for the advice. I have some of the clay and molds coming in my shipment tomorrow. I plan to install 50 flowers on cards I am making for a convention swap. Ouch! Now I am worried about how to adhere them. Have you had trouble finding a way to adhere them on everything, or just the box? Just in case I will have the glue gun, bandaids, and some washi tape handy.

    • Connie says:

      Stampin’ Dimensionals work GREAT but on the project I was working on, that would have made it too high. Another great tip – use mini glue dots and then heat set it with the heat gun from underneath for just a few seconds. It will melt the glue dot INTO hot glue but you don’t have to touch it. I would have done this but I had already put my project together when I realized the glue dots weren’t holding. Hope this helps!

  20. Excellent Connie! You always seem to come up with something awesome. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m going to get by that way soon, I promise.

  21. Carol seeman says:

    You are funny and talented. Hope you heal quickly!

  22. Cheryl McAskill says:

    Owwwwwwwwwww! and too funny!!? Feel better soon. Oh! what a smart hubby! The bandaids are soooo stinkin’ cute!

  23. Lisa says:

    Sorry for your pain, but this makes me smile…he’s so smart and you are SO funny! =)

  24. Janene Smith says:

    I love you, girl! You can make me lol in spite of your pain and suffering. That was a truly funny essay and soooooo you! Heal quickly and cutely (is there such a word??) and share those new cards. Hugs to your hubby.

  25. Pat B says:

    Gosh – sorry you burned yourself so bad, Connie, . . . . but I truly enjoyed your story. Was laughing out loud. I’m not kidding! And I love the washi taped band-aids. Your hubby is brilliant!

  26. Betty Hondronastas says:

    What a great idea!! So sorry to hear about the burns. They are painful.

  27. Frenchie Hum says:

    ooh Connie I hope it fills better soon , yep I know how those hot glue guns hurt !! but your idea or your hubby’s .. is a real cute one !! good thinking hubby, lets keep him … lol !
    hugs frenchie

  28. Vicky says:

    Your creativity NEVER ceases to amaze me. Those bandaids are so much more lady-like (although Hello Kitty is pretty cute. Such fun getting your e-mails.

  29. Aylene Price says:

    Sending hugs and hoping you heal quickly. Must admit I am the worlds greates clutz with hot glue guns – so much so they terrify me now. Haven’t tried juggling with hot glued objects though – well done you! 🙂

    Clever hubby with the washi tape idea – your creativity must have rubbed off on to him – osmosis through your whole house I think. 🙂

  30. Maria Rodriguez. says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!! I’m so sorry you got burned, been there, done that, sheeesh!! but still, the hot glue gun is really awesome to adhere ANYTHING. I hope you get better real soon, just make sure you keep the burns dry and also, be careful about the skin on them, if you by accident peel it, you might get an infection. Please take care, here go some healing ~~~~~~~~~~~for you.

  31. Patti Willey says:

    Omgosh! ROTFL!! I shouldn’t laugh it’s just an
    Incredible story! Yes! Your husband is a genius! Sign
    That boy up!

  32. Chellie B says:

    Oh, good grief! I do apologize, Connie, but I was howling even as I read “The End”. I knew it was going to be a good Connie story. I am so very sorry about the pain involved, but man you sure have a gift for telling stories. I hope the fingers heal soon. Love the washi tape bandaid idea. And hey, I wonder why glue dots don’t get it done for you for adhering those clay flowers and buttons. We’ve got the infamous Wisconsin humidity going on right now, but it does not seem to be affecting the glue dots/clay cling action. *knock wood*

  33. Linda says:

    Sorry you had to go through so much pain, but that was a great idea your husband came up with.

  34. Gigi says:

    Sorry you had to get burned to come up with this idea. I will never look at band-aides the same and they will never look the same either!!!! Get well.

  35. Joan Norman says:

    Sorry for your painful fingers but this was hilarious to read. Thanks for sharing your blooper.

  36. Dottye Roberts says:

    Terrible, but hillarious! I too as many others have had the same experience. Love the bandaids, they look really cool. Love your projects. Get feeling better soon so we can see more awesome videos. Thanks,

  37. Mary McIver says:

    I love the band aids! I’m feel bad for your pain but by the time I finished reading I was laughing so hard! Seriously, I love your videos and ideas…I have learned so much! Thanks!

  38. Rhonda Miller says:

    I hope your fingers are feeling better soon. Your bandaids are stinkin cute though.

  39. Love your story. Just too funny. Thanks for sharing.

  40. Tina says:

    Hi Connie. Sorry to hear about your burns. But out of something bad there always comes something good….in your case the Washi bandaids! 🙂 About your burns….try lavender oil. I always keep a bottle in the fridge. It’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and will take the sting away. It’s one of the best things for burns. If its not an open wound then you can also use honey which is also anti-bacterial. Love your work! Thanks for all the videos! They always help me so much! Love from Tina in Australia!

  41. Lynne J says:

    Ouch! Talented fingers like yours should be insured. You should look into using hot glue finger protectors. There are several brands on the market.

    • Connie says:

      Lynne, those things work great… when you put them on. Yes, I have those and I totally forgot to put them on!!!

  42. Ada Lou Fry says:

    You poor poor dear,When I had my shop in Calif and taught classes twice a week I have scars from glue gun glue. I sure hope they are healing and no scars. Cute idea for band aids.I received a cute idea for a little folder to put a gift card in nd will make a few of them to go along with your card holding a gift card for Christmas. I will include it in the box of cards I am making for gifts. Your Card will go to my stamping buddies for them to buy more supplies. Going to my cabin in Oregon for a week over the 4th. You have a happy 4th of July. Abd say a prayer for our country and the world. It needs all the help it can get. Thanks for all of your ideas. Ada

  43. Tina says:

    Don`t think I`m not sympathetic – but it was probably worth it 😉 Cute bandaids, really. Love, Tina

  44. Lesley says:

    Sorry you got burnt but you know, he’s right! They look fabulous! Next time use crystal effects!

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