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This post is sponsored by Surebonder.
It's rare, but sometimes a project idea comes together just as the idea was imagined. This little mini ladder "tree" was that kind of project!
I find a lot of inspiration from the products and materials we use. When tasked with the question, "How can I use this," the ideas just seem to flow. That was the case when we were contacted by Surebonder to try out their hot glue gun and adhesive products for this post.
Actually, what really intrigued me while going through their catalogue of products on their website, were the various adhesives they offer. I, perhaps like many of you, thought glue sticks were kind of like "one size fits all."
Well, when I discovered the Wood Stik product, it got me to thinking about making a woodworking project with nothing but glue, rather than nails and screws. One thing led to another and we decided to make a "nail free" mini version of our ladder, alternative Christmas tree.
If you've ever wanted to take a step into working with wood, this is the perfect beginner project. Take a look at how our mini tree came together!
You can also check out our project on the Surebonder blog here.
The materials used are readily available wood from The Home Depot. You can see the exact wood we used in the materials list below. We are using the Surebonder battery powered glue gun, with two types of adhesive sticks as well as multi-tool to cut the wood (but a hand saw and miter box would easily work). That green thing is a 19" x 19" Surebonder silicone pad. Hot glue does not stick to it. I would totally recommend picking one up for hot glue as well as standard glueing projects.
This is a cutting tool that is really handy for small pieces of wood like we are using. It's a mini miter box. If you search Exacto miter box, you'll be able to see a variety that are sold by different brands. With this handy tool, no power cutting tools are necessary. It's a bit more work, but very doable.
To attach the hinge, I used Surebonder Tough Stik. Note: I ended up taking this hinge off and using a different one. To help it stick, I lightly sanded the back of the hinge with 60 grit paper to help it adhere well. So far it is holding, but if it doesn't, I will use the screws provided with the hinge to secure it more fully.
Like us, you're probably never heard of Surebonder or have even thought about the differences in glue guns and the glue sticks you are using. I invite you to explore their website to spark your imagination with all the various adhesive and products they offer.
Not only are we happy with their products, but there's an actual family that owns the company! We LOVE that! Products are made in the USA in Illinois.
Please note: This post is sponsored by Surebonder. We received product and compensation for this project. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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12/6/2018 03:28:43 pm
Oh, how I love the mini ladder tree! It reminds me of the many what-not shelves my grandmother and mother had, often in a half moon shape. I’m thrilled you did this all with hot glue. But I can’t wait to try the colored glue on the silicone mat! So many ideas! So many exclamation points! I’m carried away. Thank you. ☺️
12/7/2018 08:00:37 am
Hi Jewell- so glad you like it! We love when our projects spark new ideas :)
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