Sunday, July 4, 2010

Getting Creative with Glue Dots and Twittermoms

TwitterMoms and Glue Dots have partnered up to bring you their Summer Bonding Project contest. With $2000 worth in prizes up for grabs and a chance to try out Glue Dots for the first time, how could I resist? I was among the lucky bunch to try out 6 packs of Glue Dots. Here is a look at the fantastic stash that arrived at my door last week:

My Glue Dots stash could not have arrived at a more appropriate time. I taught a grade 6 class this year whose homeroom teacher is pregnant with her first child. This class was one of my favourite classes of all time and their teacher is super sweet, so I thought we should do something during our little remaining time together to make something for their teacher. I love making diaper cakes and felt it was easy enough for my grade 6 students to put together. So during our second-last French class, we secretly went to work. Within twenty minutes, one group had rolled up and assembled the diapers into a cake and another group had embossed the lettering and used the Glue Dots to adhere the green letters onto the brown letters for a shadow effect. I had used my Cricut Plantin Schoolbook cartridge for the letters and my Big Kick and Swiss Dots folder for the embossing. The problem I often find when adhering the flowers is finding a two-way glue that works well. Glue Dots solved the problem and solved the problem well! My students figured out how to use the dispenser quite easily, too. I didn't have a thick enough ribbon to wrap each tier so I cut out strips of wrapping paper that matched the lettering and the bow, which topped off the cake quite nicely. I was so proud of my students that they managed to come together so quickly and effectively to produce une pièce de résistance such as this:

Their teacher loved and hadn't seen anything quite like it before. She told me that it's sitting on her table as a centrepiece. All in all, it was lots of fun putting this diaper cake together with my students. A great way to end the year! Here's a little close-up:

This was my first time using the Glue Dots and I am thrilled at how well they work and how easy it is to use them. It was a little unfortunate to find that the dots are so spread out in the dispenser so it took some getting used to. I think perhaps they should put them closer together. But I do like how they offer different sizes and different types depending on your needs. I will definitely being using them again in the future.

If you're looking for some more creative ideas, check out the official Glue Dots Facebook Fan page. Here's some more information about Glue Dots:
Glue Dots Adhesives are a safer, easier, mess-free alternative to typical tapes and glue guns.  Glue Dots provide the strength you need in an adhesive without the mess and dry time required of liquid glues.  Glue Dots bond instantly to a wide variety of surfaces including: Paper/photos, Metal, Wood, Plastic, Textiles/Fibers, Plastic, Foam, and more!  Find Glue Dots at a retailer near you or online today!
You can visit the Summer Bonding Contest on Twittermoms for more details on how to enter. All entries must be received July 13, 2010.

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Glue Dots blogging contest to be eligible to receive a $30 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.