How to Glue Paper to Glass

If you’re looking for a way to display your favorite photos without the hassle of framing them, then this is the perfect solution. This blog post will instruct you on how to glue paper to glass and frame it elegantly and affordably.

For your project not to turn out sloppy, ensure that you have all of the materials needed ahead of time, so there are no delays or other problems down the line. It would be best to take care when applying glue so read through this step-by-step blog post before starting anything else. In addition, if you want your design to look more symmetrical, feel free to use a protractor.

How to Glue Paper to Glass

Supplies and Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Plain white document paper or regular printer paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Ruler
  4. White school glue
  5. A glass vase or picture frame
  6. Straight edge (pencil, pen, marker)
  7. Clear contact paper

Steps To Follow: How to Glue Paper to Glass

Step 1:

To prepare your glass piece for gluing, wash it with soap and water to remove any dirt or oil. This will help the glue stick better and prevent any residue from being left behind. Allow the piece to dry completely before proceeding.

Step 2:

Use a ruler to measure out where you will be gluing your paper, and then use painter’s tape to secure the sheet in place on the glass. Leave an excess of a few inches around each edge. This is important for removing the tape after the glue has dried since it will leave a light and tape to place over your lines to create your pattern.

If the colors in the paper you are using are not straight, use a ruler and sharpie to trace out where exactly you will be placing your tape to line up with the real design in your paper when complete.

Step 3:

Once all of your pieces of tape are in place, use a craft knife to carefully cut through your paper and tape on the glass. Make sure you are only cutting the paper and not the tape and not scratching up your piece of glass.

Step 4:

Once all of the lines have been cut out, remove the tape from both sides of your project and clean it off with soap and water to get rid of any stuck-on pieces of paper or extra glue.

Steps to Glue Paper to Glass

Step 5:

Use a few more pieces of tape to mark where you will apply your glue for your project. Make sure it is the same size as the piece of glass to which you are trying to attach it. If you are using an already cut image with white on it for this portion, make sure you line the tape up with the part of the image that has white in it, or else your paper will not be centered.

Step 6:

Flip the glue around after all your pieces are lined so the white side is facing up. Carefully remove an inch or two of the blue protective sheet, exposing the glue. Make sure you peel it off slowly to avoid ripping your glued paper.

Step 7:

Carefully place the glass on top of the glued paper and secure it with a few pieces of tape around each edge. Then, flip it over and place something heavy on top, like books or canned goods, until it has dried.

Step 8:

Once the glue has dried, carefully remove the tape from around the edges of your project. Then, use a craft knife to trace where your paper meets the glass so you can easily go back over it with paint for an extra polished look.

What Type of Glue to Use?

To attach the paper to glass, you will want glue that dries clear and is flexible. Super Glue or Crazy Glue is unsuitable for this project because they dry hard and brittle, which would cause the paper to crack over time.

Hot glue has a chemical makeup similar to rubber cement which is flexible enough to hold the paper to glass. You can purchase a small hot glue gun from any craft or hardware store for under $10 that conveniently heats and applies the glue for you.

Some Tips and Tricks:

1. When you are ready to glue the glass, put a strip of tape around the rim, the paper side facing outward. This will prevent any excess glue from getting on your counter or tabletop.

2. Use very little glue! The less you use, the easier it is to peel off later. Of course, you can always reapply more if needed.

3. Use a toothpick to sweep away the excess glue that seeped out from under the paper.

4. If you are reusing glass jars, it’s best to clean them before gluing down the new paper. Not only will this make for an easier peel-off later, but cleaning off any dust or dirt particles makes for a nicer-looking jar.

5. Wait until the glue is completely dry before peeling off the tape and paper.

6. If you are covering a light-colored glass jar or bottle, black ink designed for rubber stamping will work well as it will absorb into the paper instead of lying on top, showing through once it’s peeled away.

Can You Hot Glue Paper to Glass?

If you want to attach paper to glass, you can use hot glue. This will let you make cool designs on lots of different flat, see-through surfaces, like windows, mirrors, and picture frames. But the surface you’re using the glue on has to be smooth and not have any tiny holes.

Using hot glue to attach the paper to glass is a viable option.

The glue is typically applied to the back of the paper and spread evenly over a small surface area. Then, hold it in place for several seconds until the glue begins to dry and form a more secure bond. It also dries clear so that any designs or words will not be visible from the front side of your project.


If you’re looking for a way to attach the paper to glass, we recommend using an acrylic adhesive such as Mod Podge. This is the best type of glue because it won’t warp or ruin your paper as water-based adhesives can. It also dries quickly and will not leave any residue on the surface once dry.

The post has provided you with clear instructions on how to glue paper to glass. Remember, the key is patience and understanding your materials before starting. If you have any questions about doing this project or need more information on the supplies needed, feel free to contact us.

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth is a creative writer and digital editor based in the United States. She has a passion for the arts and crafts, which she developed from a young age. Elizabeth has always loved experimenting with new mediums and sharing her work with others. When she started blogging, she knew that DIYquickly would be the perfect platform to share her tutorials and tips. She's been writing for the blog from the beginning, and her readers love her helpful advice and easy-to-follow instructions. When she's not writing or editing, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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