My Favorite Desk Accessory: A Hot Glue Gun Holder

April 18, 2013 | by Jocie (email) |

DIY Hot Glue Gun Holder - OPC The Better Half

Awhile ago I asked Ethan to make me a hot glue gun holder and he made it seem effortless! The glue gun holder has become, by far, my craft desk accessory. It’s not only functional, but super pretty! Be sure to check out Ethan’s original glue gun holder tutorial on the main OPC site for the full details on making your own.

Did I mention, I asked Ethan to make me a hot glue gun holder? When Ethan shared this on OPC, some guys wondered why I needed a glue gun holder. To them, maybe it seemed a little excessive…until I shared what my old glue gun looked like. *shame*

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I’m not proud of it. I know it’s out of control and a bit of a fire hazard. I probably should have used a new tile, at minimum, but was just too lazy. And yes, the glue gun comes with a metal stand, but those are flimsy and the glue gun still falls over 50% of the time.

So, my number #1 man and resident tool guru came to my rescue!

Tools & Materials

Ethan used these materials, all from stuff he had lying around the shop:

  • 3/4″ cabinet grade plywood
  • 1 x 2″ poplar
  • 1 x 4″ pine
  • Old bathroom tile
  • Wood glue
  • Wood filler


Since Ethan used materials already on hand, he started with plywood (even though it’s not the nicest) and cut to the size he wanted. In the end, the plywood measured about 4-1/2 x 8-1/2″.

He then traced an outline where the tile would be inlaid. He then drilled a hole in the center of the square so that the tile can be removed.

The inlaid tile is genius! It protects the wood from the melting hot glue and can be switched out with new tile when it starts getting yucky.



Then, starting at the push-hole, Ethan cut the tile recess using a palm router and cleaned up the corners with a chisel.


Ethan, being the thoughtful hubby he is, realized that the cut edges of the plywood would have taken paint differently than the rest so he made a picture frame border for the base out of poplar wood.


Next, Ethan used wood glue on all the pieces and held it in place with clamps while he waited for it to dry. Those are some serious clamps!


After it was dry, Ethan cleaned up the edges with a little wood filler, and then sanded the whole base down.


For the actual part that holds the glue gun, Ethan used pine for making the U-shaped holder, measuring 4-3/4 x 3-3/4″ and used a miter saw to cut about a 45 degree angle.

The groove is centered on the board and measures about 1-1/2 x 2-1/4″. He used the glue gun to test for fit and sanded it as needed.


Next, he predrilled and countersunk two holes through the base and up into the holder.


Finally, Ethan handed it over to me to paint and finish. I used some pretty light blue paint I had on hand and then sprayed it with finishing matte glaze to protect the finish.



It looks awfully pretty sitting on my new craft desk, right?!

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What do you think? What should I ask Ethan to make for me next?

Thanks so much for reading along about my hot glue gun holder dream come true!

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30 Responses
  1. Oh man, I SO need one of these! What a great invention! Pinning!

  2. This is brilliant!!! I need one asap…pinning to do!

  3. Courtenay says:

    Well, I have to admit that I didn’t think I needed one, until you showed us how your gun looks and I realized that mine is even worse. I’m sold!

    • Jocie says:

      hahahaha, i hear that, girl! I recently took my glue gun to a crafting night and it dropped on the floor like ten times! next time, i’m going to look like a big loser with my holder, but at least I won’t damage my friend’s floor! lol.

  4. Great project- I want one! I hate those built in stands on glue guns- they never work and just get in the way. What kind of glue gun do you have? It looks like the nozzle is smaller, more precise than the one I have.

    • Jocie says:

      It’s made by Ad Tech. I bought it at a local craft store (although I can’t remember which). I like that it uses full size glue sticks but the gun itself isn’t huge. It also unplugs to use remotely for several minutes (a neat little bonus), but I like that I don’t have to leave the cord attached when it sits on my desk!

  5. Gwen says:

    That is brilliant, Jocie! I have a little stand for mine, but it always falls over…this is a great idea!

  6. Laura Beth says:

    This is fabulous! I am always picking dried glue off of whatever surface I am crafting on :o)

  7. poiboybf says:

    Your desk’s organization puts my workbench to shame. Great area for working.

  8. Great Idea… I need one… It is officially on my “to make” list. Pinning!

  9. What a fantastic idea – and the end result is pretty as well as functional! 🙂 Pinning!

  10. Beverly says:

    It does look great on your new desk. Tell Ethan he should take orders.♥

  11. love this idea- I totally need to make one of these!

  12. I never understood why my hot glue gun never came with a stand… it’s just a hot mess everytime I use it! 🙂 I totally need one of these. Great tutorial and I can’t wait to have my own. Pinning this!

  13. Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Ok, I LOVE this! Hoping I can get my hubby to make one for me, too! I am your newest follower 🙂

  15. Maureen says:


    You can clean ceramic tile with a razor blade scraper. Just FYI. Love this and must have one. I really like the precision tip on your glue gun. Mine is from the early nineties (yes, it still works) but has a much larger nozzle. Found you through “House of Hepworth”.


  16. Oh my gosh this is amazing, I need one! This is really cool.

  17. Suzanne says:

    This is such a smart idea and yes, it does look pretty on your desk! It is on my to-do project list.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks

  18. OurPinterestingFamily says:

    I love this idea. Everyone needs one of these! 🙂

  19. I love creative posts like this! And to think that it’s such an easy, pretty project! Very rewarding! I’ve started using my glue gun a little more here and there, and when I start using it more often, I’m going to refer to this post 🙂

    Thrift Diving

  20. I’m in love. I can’t even count how many burns could have been avoided if I had one of these! Pinning!

  21. Genius! I hate setting my gun down on its side too. Thanks for sharing and creating!

  22. This is such a great project and something I could totally use! Love it! Pinning!

  23. Alice says:

    Does your husband make these and sale them? I would love to buy one.

  24. cassie says:

    I have got the arm of my couch messed up by hotglue gun. ima make this

  25. mom2kaelyn says:

    This is a must have! Adding this to the Honey Do list. 😀

  26. Shelley says:

    I don’t have a better half anymore (he passed away last year), and I don’t have the tools or skills to make this. I would be willing to pay for one if your husband would make one for me.

  27. MiniDee16 says:

    Would love one of these but don’t have the tools to make it. I’ve seen it loads of times on Pinterest and think it’s great.

  28. Vivian says:

    This is such a wonderful idea. I love it. Even the idea of using the ceramic tile would prevent damaging the furniture or counter top. It’s on my to-make-list. Thanks for sharing.

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