Introduction: Tree Sap Glue for a Glue Gun

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have you ever been stuck without glue sticks?

this will show you how to make tree sap glue sticks!

Step 1: Things You Need

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  1. a pine tree (i used an austrian pine)
  2. a glue stick(to push stuff out of a length of pipe)
  3. a piece of pipe (about as big as the glue stick)
  4. a glue gun
  5. OPTIONAL: gloves

Step 2: Get Some Tree Sap!

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find a tree that has some sap coming off of it and just grab a chunk (make sure to leave enough for the tree to heal)

the tree that i got my sap from had holes from a wood pecker and was just covered in sap

Step 3: Heat It Up and Squish It in to the Pipe

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using hot water or a microwave heat it up until it is plyable and squish it into the pipe

Step 4: Cool It Down!

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using water or a freezer cool the pipe with the sap in it for a few minutes

Step 5: Push It Out

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using the glue stick push the sap out of the pipe

Step 6: Use It!

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put it in your glue gun and use it!

NOTE: depending on how hard the sap is you may have to push it with a regular glue stick


ArticAkita (author)2015-11-17

if tree sap holds much but on the short hand it might get the house smelling good!

JON-A-TRON (author)2015-11-02

Dude, more pictures! This is an awesome idea, I'd love to know how your tests came out. You're onto something really cool here...

thanks! I'll try this again in a bit (I have quite a few instructables I'm working on (that on top of school!) so it might be awhile)

Wow, this is certainly creative! What have you used it for?

well i thought it looked a little like the jurassic park mosquito thing so i encased a dead bee in it

Could you please add photo of result?

sorry I didn't take a picture

Haha, that's awesome!

epotter307 (author)2015-07-15

If I'm not mistaken the native americans used sap as glue, specifically when building such implements as arrows and other tools. I think it can be hardened like epoxy with extreme heat, but I'm not positive. It's called "Pitch glue"


i didn't know that!

seamster (author)2015-04-27

How does the sap work as glue? (Have you glued anything together with it?)

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