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I recently spent an evening doing some "crafting" with my friend, in preparation for my wedding which is now just a week away! I picked up some bits and bobs on the way to her house, and thought some Pritt Stick would come in useful. This one was from Staples, and it cost less than £2 for a small stick. I didn't think we'd need more than this so I opted for the smallest size available.
In case anyone is from another planet, Pritt Stick is a glue which comes in the form of a solid adhesive stick, with a twist base. It is designed to be quick, easy, and mess-free, which makes it ideal for children to use without making too much mess or sticking themselves to things! It is mostly used for paper, cardboard and photos, and isn't designed for heavy use or anything other than domestic or craft use.
It is available in three sizes - small, medium, and large. For most people who just want to glue paper now and again, the small one is ideal. The other sizes are aimed at more frequent users, such as schools or offices. The glue stick is very distinctive, and most people will recognise the white stick with "Pritt Stick" splashed across it in black and red.
I've had a look on Amazon as I tend to find they are usually the cheapest for most things, and below are some sample prices for anyone looking to buy in bulk:
Small - Pack of 4 for £2.99 Medium - Pack of 6 for £9.07 Large - Pack of 12 for £17.85
Obviously, you may be able to find them cheaper by shopping around, but it does work out better value to bulk buy if you know you'll be using a lot of these. I paid around £1.80 for a small one in Staples, which seemed cheap enough at the time but you can get a pack of 4 online for not much more than this.
I find Pritt Stick to be very easy to use, you simply twist the base to get the glue out. A quick swipe across paper is sufficient to get it to stick, and it doesn't smell or make any mess. This particular time I used it was for gluing paper to paper (different colours), and I didn't quite trust it to glue to cardboard because I felt double sided sticky tape would hold it better.
I was a bit disappointed with the results from my Pritt Stick to be honest. Although it stuck what I needed to stick, I had the problem of little lumps appearing underneath the surface which didn't look good, and also it made the paper really crinkly and shrivelled. I had to place it under a phone book to try to flatten it, but it didn't make much difference. Luckily, in the end I decided it didn't matter too much, and that other people wouldn't notice, but in hindsight I think I would have been better off using double sided tape.
I think in future, I'd only use this for crafting that doesn't really matter, such as entertaining children. If it's for something you're bothered about how it looks, I'd recommend finding another source of sticking power.
(This review is also posted on Dooyoo under the username Holland1)