Best Glue for Professional Pocket Invitations

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Avoid Wrinkly, Lumpy Pocket Invitations – Use the Right Glue for Job!

various glues for pocket invitations

If you are making your own pocket invitations, you want them to have a polished, professional look – a look that says “I spent hours on these and thank you, they do look fantastic” – not a look that says, “I spent hours on these, but oops, I used the wrong glue and now my invitations are lumpy. darn.”

We’ve all been there – we’ve all used the wrong glue, we’ve all experienced that “oh darn” feeling, and we want to help you avoid it! To find out which adhesive is best for polished, professional, wrinkle free pocket invitations, we put four different adhesives to the test:

  1. Standard Glue Stick
  2. Double Sided Tape DOTS
  3. Glue Marker
  4. ZipDry Paper Glue

We tested each adhesive by adhering an 80 lb ecru card to a Curious Galvanised pocket, weighing the pros and cons of each, focusing closely on the following areas:

  • Strength
  • Drying time
  • Ease and convenience of use
  • Presence (wrinkles & bumps) after drying

We found that all four adhesives held quite strong (and no one will peel your invitation card from your pocket to prove us wrong, we promise). Below, find out how they performed in the other areas, and which one we deemed “best overall pocket adhesive”!


1. Standard Glue Stick

Description
Your average glue stick – you know the one. You pop off the cap, twist the bottom to get the glue out, spread it across the back of the paper. You’ve been using them since kindergarten. They’re sold everywhere – yeah, that one.

pocket invitation glued with glue stick

Testing Method
To test, we ran the glue stick along the outer edge of the invitation panel and made an “X” in the center. We then left it to fully dry. Here’s what happened:

The Results
Overall, not so hot. Though glue sticks are readily available and convenient to use, they are probably better for adhering colorful macaroni to construction paper than for making professional pocket invitations.

Pros:

  • Available everywhere from craft stores to supermarkets
  • Easy, smooth, non-runny application
  • Easy to peel and re-stick misplaced cards before dry

Cons:

  • Fair amount of drying time
  • Glue curls paper and pocket even in small amounts
  • Glue presence to the eye and touch after drying (bumps, wrinkles, and air pockets beneath card)

2. Double Sided Tape (DOTS)

Description
DOTS are clear, thin 3/4″ round pieces of double sided tape. To use DOTS, peel them off their base sheet, place them on paper, and press firmly. To expose the other adhesive side of the DOT, remove the top layer by pulling the peel-away tab. Once your paper is covered with the desired amount of DOTS, press it firmly on the surface you wish to adhere it to.

 

pocket invitation glued with double sided tape dots

Testing Method
5 DOTS were placed on the center panel of the pocket – 1 in each corner and 1 in the center.

The Results
Thumbs up in all categories!

Pros

  • Clean – no sticky glue in sight!
  • Easy – just peel and stick
  • Instantly dry!
  • Lies completely flat – no adhesive presence or wrinkles whatsoever!

Cons

  • A bit cumbersome to peel all those tabs, especially if you have short fingernails
  • No drying time = permanent placement – if you misplace your card, you can not move it without ripping the card

3. Glue Marker

Description
A glue marker is best described as your classic white liquid school glue in a marker format. To use, just press the marker tip on the paper until glue appears, then spread around.

pocket invitation glued with glue marker

Testing Method
To test, we spread glue around the edge of the center panel and made an “X” in the center as well.

The Results
The results? Not too shabby!

Pros

  • Easy to apply (like writing with a marker)
  • Quick drying time
  • Can peel and move the card if misplaced
  • Very little glue presence to the touch after drying
  • Doesn’t wrinkle paper

Cons

  • Glue is a bit runny, problematic if placed too close to the edge of the card
  • Very slight glue presence to the touch (though we were looking for flaws)

4. ZipDry Paper Glue

Description
You can find lots of information on this great adhesive in our ZipDry product review, but in a nutshell, zip dry is a paper glue specifically designed not to wrinkle paper and to dry super fast (hence the “zip”). It’s a clear, thick glue that is squeezed out of a thin applicator.

pocket invitation glued with Zip Dry paper glue

 

Testing Method
You know the drill – we traced the perimeter of the panel with glue, and threw an “X” in the middle for good measure.

The Results
Being a “paper glue” and all, we were not surprised to find the results were great!

Pros

  • Quick (zippy) drying
  • Can pick up and move the card (if you do it fast) if misplaced
  • Doesn’t wrinkle paper!
  • No glue presence to the eye or touch

Cons

  • Can get a little hard to squeeze after a while
  • A little smelly
  • Glue is a bit stringy and runny (don’t get too close to the edge of the card)

And the Winner of Best Overall Pocket Adhesive Is. . .

This was a tough decision! ZipDry and DOTS were neck and neck, but in the end, DOTS took the prize for Best Overall Pocket Adhesive. Though both adhesives dry flat, strong, and with no lumps, bumps, and wrinkles whatsoever, we feel DOTS are the best choice for making professional pocket invitations for the following reasons:

  • Not a liquid, they’re not sticky, runny, or messy
  • No drying time
  • No worries about them drying out like glue
  • No worries about using too much double sided tape, or tape running off the sides of the card like glue

But as we listed above above, DOTS have a couple cons of their own. Take our recommendation with a grain of salt and always keep your own personal preferences and invitations in mind. ZipDry and Glue Markers are great products too, and if you find they work better for you, by all means, use them!

For more tips of assembling great pocket invitations, view the following article!
Designer Secrets to Professional Pocket Invitations

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3 Comments

  1. Carol says:

    Is the zip dry glue akin to rubber cement? I’m surprised rubber cement wasn’t in your test, since it is specifically designed for paper. It can be a bit runny & smelly, but it’s my personal favorite. The proper way to apply rubber cement is to do both surfaces lightly, and then you can slide the paper around until it is in the exact right position. Any excess glue can be rubbed off very simply without leaving any residue or smudge or damaging the paper. It doesn’t wrinkle or bulge. The only other con is that it really doesn’t work for anything besides paper, so if there are pressed flowers or ribbons or anything else to glue, you’ll need a different glue.

  2. Lee Lee says:

    Thanks for the tip!
    If I’m making my own Pocket Invitation. What’s the best glue to hold the pockets together?
    My Tape runner adhesive keeps coming apar 🙁

  3. Jackie says:

    I personally love the Scotch Advanced Tape Glider for my pockets, the strongest adhesive I have found yet!