I find myself thinking about Elmer constantly. Every time I bind a book, Elmer is there with me. When I break a beloved knickknack, I hope that Elmer is near to help me recover. As long as I craft, I will always reach for Elmer first. It isn’t Elmer Fudd that gets my stuff stickin’, it is the good old-fashioned Elmer’s school glue I grew up with that I love. It was my first adhesive, my very first craft crush. I can still recall when we first met, in kindergarden when my teacher taught me to press one piece of paper onto another and hold it for thirty seconds to make it stick. That thirty seconds was all it took for me to consider all of the possibilities. I now had the power to stick one thing onto another thing.
Since those heady elementary school days, I’ve met other adhesives. In middle school I laid my hands on my first glue gun, and I won’t pretend that it wasn’t wonderful. When I was introduced to epoxy I felt light-headed (or it might have just been the fumes). But a dense fog of nostalgia colors all my thoughts of Elmer’s glue. Here are a few Elmer’s crafts to salivate over and perhaps make myself, some day soon.