When it comes to building dollhouses, glue is probably the most important tool you will ever need. A lot of steps in the process rely on glue, and it also helps to have some glue if you have broken any dollhouse components. However, before you go ahead and buy the first glue that you see in your local crafts store, you need to understand that building and finishing dollhouses require different kinds of glues. Each of the glues given below has its own function.
1. Wood/tacky glue
This is used a lot while making a dollhouse. Wood types are predominantly used for top to medium grade dollhouse kits, while tacky glue is reserved for low-cost die-cut houses. Excess glue can be a problem with either type of glue, but you can wipe it up with a pinch-dried paintbrush that has been immersed in a cup of water.
2. Siding and shingle
Sticking clapboard siding and shingles require a different kind of glue. Most people tend to use ‘Quick Grab’ glue, but tacky glue can be used to so long as your shingles do not slip or droop.
3. Wallpaper glue
Wallpapers and floor covering need different glue types as well. You need to be very careful about the way you apply the glue. It has to be used across the surface for the best look, and this can be done best with foam brushes.
A glue gun can be very useful while building dollhouses for holding pieces to dry. Hot glue should always be avoided when assembling a dollhouse and wood glue is preferred the most. However, if you cannot avoid using hot without a glue gun, make sure you use the least possible amount. All you need is a little hot glue to hold the pieces together and wait for the wood to dry.
Another reason to avoid hot glue is that it is a crafting tool and not meant for permanent results. Heat, cold, and time will make it lose its adhesiveness, and eventually, the components glued together will come apart. Most importantly, the components used in dollhouses are so small that there is a good chance of your burning your hand when handling hot glue. In this situation, wood glue is the better option.
No matter what glue you use, it is always a good idea to try out a dry run before using it on the final assembly. Doing so will help you understand how the parts go together and how you can apply it best.