Introduction: Pocket-Size Portable Hot Glue

It's easy to take a tube of glue with you (in case you need it), but it's not the same with a hot glue.

If you want to use a hot glue, you will need a glue gun.

Unless you use a lighter to heat up the glue.

In this Instructable, I demonstrate 2 ways to make a pocket-size portable hot glue.

It's great for emergencies or for times when you have to glue something, but there is nowhere to plug IN a glue gun.

Step 1: Key-chain Glue Stick

You can make a glue stick key-chain.

Drill a hole in the stick and slide it onto the ring.

If you ever need to glue something on the go, just heat up the stick with a lighter.

It's much faster than a glue gun.

Step 2: Glue Stick in the Lipstick's Shell

I used a lipstick's shell for the glue stick.

Open the shell and take out the lipstick holder.

Remove the lipstick from the holder and wash it out.

Step 3:

Heat up a glue stick and insert it into the holder.

Cut the stick shorter and put it all back together.

Now you have a fancy pocket-size hot glue.

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pjerz made it! (author)2016-03-22

Hi ShakeThe Future,

I really appreciate your articles -- good job!

The keychain glue stick is a great idea -- I would like to suggest an alternative to fix it to the keychain without drilling that also may last longer without breaking: Just heat a short u-shaped piece of wire (from paper clip) and insert into glue stick -- presto! What do you think about it?

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jillcatt made it! (author)jillcatt2016-06-15

Don't know about Shake the Future, but I like it and am going to use it.

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pjerz made it! (author)pjerz2016-06-15

Nice! :)

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juliadee made it! (author)2015-10-17

Many hot-melt glues lose effectiveness with prolonged exposure to air, so the lipstick tube is a great idea.

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avalonbear made it! (author)2015-10-08

using a Zippo Lighter in this fashion. works well.

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-10-09

Yes, Zippo is perfect for the job. I got one of those flint match lighters. It also does the job and is small enough to attach it to the keys.

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avalonbear made it! (author)2015-10-01

Prision Inmates have been using this heat up method for years.

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JuddL made it! (author)JuddL2015-10-08

A lighter?

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avalonbear made it! (author)avalonbear2015-10-08

like a Zippo or a Bic .even a match will work. you just have to get the glue stick lit/ burning and it melts.

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blakeghx made it! (author)2015-10-03

What kind of drill is that? Where did you get it?

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MarPok made it! (author)2015-09-17

Brilliant! I will make one. Thanks.

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PeterR17 made it! (author)2015-08-20

Nice simple idea for jobs so small it isn't worth fetching and plugging in the glue gun. And handy for travel. Thank you!

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MAMABHUFF made it! (author)2015-08-19

oh my gosh you are a genius.

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KirillM1 made it! (author)2015-08-18

Thank You!

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RebeccaElle made it! (author)2015-08-08

What a great idea! You're so creative!

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-09

Thank You Rebecca!

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jeanniel1 made it! (author)2015-08-07

So simple. However, the glue sticks tend to break so the keychain one won't last quite as long - at least not the way I handle my keychain! Ha ha! Love the lipstick one.

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-09

Thanks!

For now they keychain seems to be fine, but you're right. It depends how you handle it :)

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Yonatan24 made it! (author)2015-08-04

Or... You could buy this 10 WATT battery powered hot glue gun

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2A-Battery-Power-Heating-Hot-Melt-Cordless-Glue-Gun-Craft-Repair-Tools-10W-S-608-/111365050231?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item19eddfcf77

But If I had to guess its way to weak to do anything...

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batonas made it! (author)batonas2015-08-07

maybe it would give more power with rechargeable 3,7v batterys, or it would burn :D

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Yonatan24 made it! (author)Yonatan242015-08-07

That's also true, it would be possible to make a 18650 battery case

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-05

I did not know there is a battery powered glue gun.

Nice!

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ringai made it! (author)ringai2015-08-05

Me, either. I am amazed at some of the tools/devices I see on Instructables. I don't associate battery power with things that get really hot. I've had many less than pleasant episodes with various battery powered soldering irons.

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Battlespeed made it! (author)Battlespeed2015-08-07

You should see how hot the coils in e-cigarettes get. With nichrome and other such wire available, you can generate a lot of heat on battery voltages.

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Yonatan24 made it! (author)Yonatan242015-08-05

Same here, The hot glue gun is 7.5 Watts and works on 6 volts, which means it draws more than one amp from the batteries which isn't that good if they are weak batteries

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ringai made it! (author)ringai2015-08-05

I guess with a pocket full of NiMH rechargeable batteries it would be okay. Battery tech has advanced quite a bit from my practical experience. I only had Uncle Sams crappy green batteries.

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Yonatan24 made it! (author)Yonatan242015-08-05

You would need to put 4 batteries in series than a lot of those groups in parallel to higher the amperage, which would make it very heavy

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ringai made it! (author)ringai2015-08-05

The glue gun in the link runs on 4 aa cells.

http://chinajoer.en.alibaba.com/product/1595687308...

It may be a little heavy, but it would still be better than other alternatives if you don't have access to AC. Glue and tape aren't always practical.

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Battlespeed made it! (author)2015-08-07

The Eagle Jet micro-torch/lighter can be purchased for under $5 on eBay, holds a lot of butane, nice hot flame, lights reliably, has a flame lock (so you don't have to keep the ignition switch depressed), and would work fabulously with glue sticks.

I'd never thought about putting glue sticks in my go-bags before. You could cut them to appropriate length and include them in one of those ubiquitous Altoids kits too. Glue can be mighty handy in survival situations.

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Łukasz made it! (author)2015-08-04

Wow this is absolutely mind blowing amazing, I had no idea I could just have a stick of hot glue and a lighter.. Great instructable!

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-04

Thanks!

Sometimes It makes more sense to use a lighter, even if you have a glue gun.

For small projects, lighter is faster than a glue gun :)

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Sanderguy777 made it! (author)Sanderguy7772015-08-07

In addition to being faster, a lighter is MUCH cleaner. I have always wondered how people get glue guns so... gluey. Harbor Freight has a little pocket torch that would probably be great for this.

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-07

Indeed!

I guess the glue guns get gluey if they are left in a strange position.

I have done it myself :)

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evacooper made it! (author)2015-08-07

this is cool!

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-07

Thank You!

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buildandsewandstuff made it! (author)2015-08-06

Did you use the low-temperature glue or regular?

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-07

I did not know there are different temperature hot glue sticks. I have no idea. It does not say anything on the packagind.

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Matt2 Silver made it! (author)2015-08-06

This is a really smart project. Quick and easy access to hot glue seems like it could be a real life save in all sorts of situations. Thanks for the tip!!

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-06

Thank You!

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Onyoxa made it! (author)2015-08-05

I'd try this, but i don't have a lighter. D:

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-05

Matches will also work :)

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Onyoxa made it! (author)Onyoxa2015-08-06

Thanks! A lighter just seems more practical though.

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Konstantin Dimitrov made it! (author)2015-08-06

I was thinking to make same thing. Thanks for sharing it !! :)

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Yonatan24 made it! (author)2015-08-05

You could also buy a fancy gas powered glue gun like this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hot-Glue-Gun-Cordless-Gas-powered-T-E-Tools-HG872B-New-1-Hour-nonstop-operation-/331300914411?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item4d2312c4eb

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-05

Turns out there are many options :)

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Kozmicblues69 made it! (author)2015-08-05

YES! With this I can bring hot glue everywhere I go! I'll start to beg a lipstick shell to someone... :p Thanks for sharing this cool idea!

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ShakeTheFuture made it! (author)ShakeTheFuture2015-08-05

Cheers :)

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