Using Cardboard as a crafts medium is becoming more and more popular in the last few years and that is not surprising when you consider, that it doesn´t cost anything, is easy to use, and surprisingly versatile. I myself use it a lot for quickly testing concepts, more complex designs, and smaller builds or when I just want to test a simple mechanism. There is even furniture that is built from cardboard. I tested a lot of different glues and methods for glueing Cardboard and here is what I found out and consider being the best way to glue any kind of Cardboard.
So the best types of glue for gluing Cardboard is either PVA Glue or Contact Cement. Both of these glues are very strong and perfect for permanently bonding any type of Cardboard. Contact Cement is a little more precise but also a little more expensive while PVA Glue is cheaper but not as precise and it takes a bit longer to dry completely.
Most cardboard crafters use PVA Glue or quick-dry Wood Glue for gluing Cardboard. And for good reason. PVA Glue is easy to come by, cheap, and it drys quite quickly.
When you are new to crafting in general, then I would highly recommend using PVA Glue. It is the easiest glue to use on cardboard. All you have to do is apply a thin layer of the glue to one side of the cardboard and then press both parts together for a few seconds.
The glue should hold the pieces together instantly, however, it will take about an hour before the glue is completely dry.
My personal favorite glue for crafting with cardboard is contact cement. This glue is a little more expensive than PVA Glue but it is very precise and strong.
If you want to glue cardboard to other materials, then contact cement is the best glue to do so.
To glue cardboard with contact cement simply apply a thin layer of the glue to both parts. Then let the glue dry until it is no longer liquid but still slightly tacky. This will normally only take one or two minutes.
Then carefully line both pieces up and press them together for one or two seconds. Both pieces will now be glued together permanently.
The reason why I love contact cement is its ease of use and the amount of precision you have with it. You can glue only a very small area or a small line if you want to. And it is almost instant. After pressing the two parts together both parts will already be bonded quite strongly. The glue will be completely dry after another hour but the initial bond is already very strong.
And you can glue cardboard to a lot of different materials with contact cement. I tried it on wood, EVA-foam, Plastic, Metal, and even on Plexiglas. I have to say though, it does not hold perfectly on every material. I had some problems with a few Plastics and it only held on metal after I roughed up the surface of the metal a bit.
Does Gorilla Glue Work on Cardboard?
I hear this question a lot simply because Gorilla Glue is such a popular brand of glue to use. I personally didn´t use Gorilla Glue on cardboard before but I tried it just for you. So without further ado, here is what I found out when I used Gorilla Glue on Cardboard.
Gorilla Glue does work on Cardboard, however, it is way more expensive than regular PVA Glue or Contact Cement. So while it can be used it is a little overkill for just gluing Cardboard. Gorilla Glue has a wood glue variant, which is way better and cheaper for gluing Cardboard.
So while it is possible to glue cardboard with gorilla glue I personally would not use it. Gorilla Glue is awesome, don´t get me wrong, but for gluing cardboard it simply is a little overkill.
PVA Glue or Contact Cement is simply cheaper and both are more than enough for Gorilla Glue. So in the end it comes down to your personal preference. If you have Gorilla Glue laying around then you can use it for Cardboard without any problems but if you don´t have any glue around, then I would recommend simply getting some PVA Glue for your Cardboard Project.
Can You Super Glue Cardboard?
Super Glue is another very popular glue. Almost everyone has some at home, it easy to get and to work with. I personally don´t use too much superglue but I tested it on cardboard just to see how well it works and if it is a solid alternative to PVA Glue.
Cardboard can be Super Glued. Super Glue is a very solid alternative to PVA Glue especially if the cardboard is very thin. Super Glue creates a strong Bond and works on regular Cardboard as well as on Sealed Cardboard with a very smooth surface.
I was actually really surprised how well Super Glue works on Cardboard. Especially the thinner types of Cardboard, that are normally a little bit harder to glue with PVA Glue.
Super Glue is strong enough for all kinds of cardboard, it drys quick and is not that much more expensive than PVA Glue.
I personally still prefer using Contact Cement over Superglue but I have to admit, that Super gue is so much easier to use and especially for beginners much better than contact cement.