With all the Christmas prep going on across this wonderful country, I am sure a few of you are noticing your electronic cutting mat has lost it's stick! Am I right? Yep, I knew it. Well, let me tell you, I have a very easy solution, much cheaper than buying a new mat!!!
Aleene's Tack-It Over & Over Glue
your Cutting Mat
a Paint Brush
a Small Bowl or Cup
a Tiny Bit of Water
This goes a super long way, so if you are just doing a mat or two, start with a teaspoon....maybe even half a teaspoon of water plus an equal amount of glue. That means if you use 1 teaspoon of water, use one teaspoon of glue. 1/2 teaspoon of water, use 1/2 teaspoon of glue. Got it???
Just stir them together with your brush.
Then, brush your mat with the mixture. Trust me. It works. Read on...
Once you have the whole mat covered, let dry. This can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours so it is best to paint this on maybe before you go to bed, then use it the next day. If you are in a pinch, go ahead and brush the glue on and maybe it will be ready for you :0) No guarantees.
Once it is dry, WATCH OUT! It is SUpeR StiCKy!
You must prime your mat by touching it all over before sticking paper to it. I re-stickified Madison's cricut mat and set it out to dry. She saw it sitting there and was overcome with the insatiable desire to use it, and stuck her paper to it. It didn't come off :0) We ended up wetting the whole mess, scraping the soggy paper off, then re-gluing because the glue washes off with water. Whew. Glad that fiasco is over. So, prime!!! Just use your hand. Press your whole hand down, peel it off, and stick it to the next spot. Once Madison heard this step, no problems.
Eli on the other hand...he is full of problems. He was priming this mat and decided to ham it up a little. This picture is actually of him with the non sticky side to his face. Well, what is the natural progression for a 10 yr old boy??? Of course!
Lets put the sticky side to our face and see what happens! Don't you just love a good Cub Scout mind. We don't need to make educated guesses about outcomes we can simply test with our bodies!
Yep, it's sticky.
Yep, it's that sticky.
Eli did a great job of priming my Silhouette mat! My paper stuck when it was supposed to and came off when it was supposed to. Wahoo! Thanks Aleene's Tack-It Over & Over Glue. You just saved me some buckage! Now, where to find it. I hate to tell you, I don't remember which store I was at when I finally found this glue. I want to say it was Micheals...no, no...it was Joanns....No, Hobby Lobby...Um, really, can't tell you. I can tell you that they have it for sale on Amazon for just over $5. If you have the free shipping deal it is a steal. Get your girlfriends together and split a bottle. It will last you your entire lifetime. Maybe you can make your own post-it notes with the leftovers :0)