How To: Non-Aerosol Temporary Adhesive Spray

How To: Non-Aerosol Temporary Adhesive Spray

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I loooooove stencils. You all know that. What I don’t like is when the stencil shifts because there are all these intricate little bits that just don’t stay in place when a blending tool goes over it. You know what I mean! Unfortunately, my basement craft space is just not the place for aerosol adhesive spray – even low-odor spray just reeks up the place. So, I have an alternative and it uses my favorite adhesive!

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supplies for making non-aerosol temporary adhesive spray

I was able to create this spray with supplies I already have on hand. I love that I can use every bit of my Tombow Mono liquid glue for this spray! Of course, if you need to do some shopping, I always have supplies linked below and at the end of the post. But, before you shop, be sure to check out my Crafty Sales page for any deals you can take advantage of at your favorite crafting haunts.

  • Tombow Multi liquid glue (I use an old bottle)
  • Pump spray bottle (mine is an empty stamp cleaner bottle)
  • Water (distilled preferred, but not required)
  • Paper cups (or other disposable cup)
  • Popsicle stick (or other disposable stir tool)
  • Stencils
  • Heat Tool (optional)
  • Ink, paper, and blending tool for testing
making non-aerosol temporary spray adhesive

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steps to make non-aerosol temporary adhesive spray

  1. Cut open used Tombow Multi glue bottle and scrape out leftover glue into a paper cup using a popsicle stick.
  2. Add distilled water in a 2:1 ratio and stir until the glue and water are thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add glue slurry to the spray bottle.
  4. Spray the back of a stencil with the glue spray. Be sure to put down paper toweling, or use a spray box to contain the mess.
  5. Allow the glue to dry. Use a heat tool on low if desired.
  6. Store the stencil on manufacturer’s packaging with the plastic sleeve still on so the stencil will stick to the plastic.


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4 thoughts on “How To: Non-Aerosol Temporary Adhesive Spray”

  1. Nicole-
    This is just a brilliant idea. Every glue container always has some glue still in it. A lot of us can’t get near aerosols, so this a great idea of using every drop of glue and doing our bit to saving the environment.

  2. Thank you so much for this! I have spray glue but am only just getting into stencils and hate aerosols. This is so much better for the environment!


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