Altered Helmar “Glue Daddy” Caddy

Caution: This post is photo heavy!

I was so excited when I came home from picking the kids up from school on Friday to find my Glue Daddy Caddy waiting on my doorstep! It didn’t take long for me to tear open the box and take it for test spin. Here’s the naked caddy decked out with my fave Helmar glues:

I knew this would be something I wanted easily accessible on my craft table and would be used frequently, so I had to make sure I created something that would really last. I started by applying Acid Free glue to one face of the caddy at a time and adhering tissue paper by 7 Gypsies. To remove the excess, I simply let the glue dry then sanded the edges, then moved onto the next side. Once all sides were covered, I inked the edges with distress ink. I then applied the 2 step crackle. Since this was my first project using this product, I was a little nervous, but let me tell you…it was soooo easy to use and the results are fantastic! I could readily see the crackle affect, but to accentuate them, I lightly buffed the piece with a papertowel dipped in a bit of brown acrylic paint. Working it into the cracks, I wiped the excess off with another part of the papertowel as I went, then sealed with Helmar’s Acrlic Sealer.

I LOVED the affect so much I didn’t want to cover the tissue paper design or crackle too much, so I only embellished one end of the holder with a couple 7 Gypsies sprocket gears, a Graphic 45 chipboard button and flower.

Here’s the finished piece with the fabulous Helmar products that helped make it happen:

Here are my happy glues in their new home:


To order your own Glue Daddy Caddy from Tracy (Pres of Helmar USA), CLICK HERE. There are 2 models to pick from…mine, pictured above, is the deluxe model. The difference between this one and the standard model? The Deluxe model has pockets on the sides as shown. 😀


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carisa Zglobicki
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 11:52:44

    oh wow, this is gorgeous!!! Great job altering – and love that g45 paper!

  2. ConnieM
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 12:07:46

    Awesome Doris!!! I got mine and can’t wait to alter it!! have it all planned out!!!

  3. Vanessa W
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 13:32:36

    Great job, Doris! I love your style:)

    ~Vanessa W

  4. Nicolle Kramer
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 19:50:20

    Amazing work! Love the paper and gears and sprockets…:)

  5. Pearl Maple
    Sep 07, 2011 @ 05:03:49

    Nice! like what you did with the glue daddy, am thinking I need to get one of those glue racks

  6. Emma
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 00:28:58

    I love the altered glue caddy, but where did you get your caddy???

  7. Beck Beattie
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 01:30:46

    Love it Doris, amazing how they can be transformed and yours is now amazing xxx

  8. Jean McNulty
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 14:20:22

    WOW, what a gorgeous Glue Daddy Caddy:)

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