Bring the heat! 10 Cool Projects to Make with Hot Glue

With a little creativity and a healthy glob of hot glue, you can create all kinds of incredible things! Bring a fire-breathing dragon to life, build a racecar out of bottle caps and rubber bands, or make a motorized launcher to send your paper planes soaring to new heights! While some parental supervision may be required, this list contains fun, educational projects for kids of all ages.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Making a Rocket
    Making a Rocket

    (Ages 5-8)

    Use a mailing tube to create a rocket that "blasts off!"

  • Visual aid of how to complete Planting Felt Flowers

    Plant this beautiful felt flower garden with your little ones!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars

    With a few toilet paper rolls, some stickers and string, this recycled project lends itself to all sorts of fun. With these binoculars, your little explorers can go on an exciting expedition to wherever their imaginations take them.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Fire-breathing Dragon Bellows

    Celebrate Chinese New Year with this fire-breathing dragon and learn about chambers that can produce strong currents of air just by squeezing them together!

    Download the printable here.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Conveyor Belt Cinema

    Use a small-scale conveyor belt to create a cinematic experience! Download the printables here: background image & still image.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Airplane Launcher

    Take your paper airplanes to new heights by making a motorized launcher for them.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Balloon Hovercraft

    You don't need high-tech gadgets to make your own hovercraft! This balloon-powered toy is easy to make with household materials and is a ton of fun to send zooming around! We had so much fun passing the hovercraft across a long table. A light push sends it gliding along in a straight path. And, the balloon had enough air in it for a few pushes, which means you can involve a few friends. Keep blowing the balloon up for more and more fun!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Rolled Paper Picture Frame

    Have fun collaging a colorful picture frame out of rolled up magazine pages or construction paper. Makes a great homemade gift for family!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Rubber Band Racer

    I’m a huge race car fan, so when we started experimenting with wheeled vehicles in our kid testing lab, I knew just what I wanted to create! Using simple household materials and tools, it was super easy to create a rubber band-powered racer. The steps below require some adult assistance as we used an electric drill and a hot glue gun, but our kid testers were happy to help with the other steps -- and of course experiment with wheels, rubber bands, and different surfaces to see how fast their racers could go!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pom Pom Watering Can

    Make a colorful and fun pom pom watering can in just a few minutes!

Get inspired!