HandiTAK: The Perfect Craft Companion

November 7, 2016 by Leave a reply »
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Green christmas candles and decoration

Green christmas candles and decoration

Have you been looking for an adhesive that will make crafting easier? Are you looking for something that will allow you to stick the pieces of your project together, while still allowing you the freedom of moving the pieces around? Then HandiTAK might be the solution you’ve been looking for.

 What is HandiTAK?

HandiTAK is a reusable adhesive that replaces tape, pushpins, and tacks. It works on most surfaces and is great for securing pictures, keys, pens, and lots of other items. HandiTAK is also non-toxic, and acid and lignin free. Simply knead a small piece of HandiTAK into a ball, place it between surfaces to be fastened and press firmly.

HandiTAK works best on/for:

  • China
  • Greeting cards
  • Party decorations
  • Straightening pictures
  • Vases
  • Crystal
  • Notes
  • Posters
  • Telephone pads

HandiTAK Craft Ideas


Perfect Bridesmaid
This folksy and quirky bridal-shower belle is constructed from household tools that a young couple will appreciate. Build one for a party centerpiece—it just takes a little creativity and a trip to a home store. This creation comes from the folks over at Woman’s Day.

What you’ll need:

  • Ironing board
  • Wire
  • Heavy-duty tape
  • Mop
  • Apron
  • 2 wooden spoons
  • Gloves
  • Tissue
  • Round baking pan
  • HandiTAK
  • 2 tart pans
  • 2 bars of soap
  • A cork
  • Bath beads
  • Fake pearl necklace
  • Brushes
  • Net sponges
  • Ribbon
  • Trash can or bucket
  • Rocks or canned goods


  1. Lay ironing board face down. Use wire or heavy-duty tape to attach a dust mop to the back of the board, with mop “hair” at the board’s narrow end.
  2. Turn board over and tie apron around it, ending with the strings hanging in the front.
  3. Attach wooden spoons for arms to the ironing-board cover with wire (poke wire through cover and twist around spoons).
  4. Stuff gloves with tissue, and place one over the end of each spoon. Use straight pins to fasten gloves to the apron.
  5. Attach a pan for a face by tightly taping it from side to side around the back of the ironing board and under the dust mop hair.
  6. Use HandiTAK to secure tart pan eyes to the face, then to hold soap inside each eye. Also use HandiTAK to secure a cork nose and a bath bead mouth.
  7. Make a bouquet of brushes, net sponge, and ribbon. Secure the bouquet with rubber bands. Attach the bouquet to the front of the doll, using the apron strings to hold it in place.
  8. Place laundry bag over the hair as a veil, and add fake pearls under the head. Finished doll can be propped upright in a bucket or trash can weighted with rocks or canned goods.

Candle Decoration
A super easy and fun craft project is decorating pillar candles. A great way to decorate pillar candles in the summer is to use starfish, as was chosen by the original crafter, Deb, over at The Inspired Trader’s Vintage Voice. This adult craft idea makes an upscale table decoration for evening dinning or wedding décor, and, when your event is done, you can use these candles around the house. While Deb suggests using miniature starfish in the original post (they’re available on her website), feel free to use an alternative decoration if starfish aren’t a personal favorite of yours.

What you’ll need:

  • Candle or candles
  • Starfish (or other decorations)
  • Glue Gun
  • Multi temp glue sticks
  • HandiTAK
  • Pencil with eraser end


  1. Take a two- or three-inch strip of the HandiTAK and roll it into a thin, round rope form. Remove bits and roll into tiny balls.
  2. Apply the tiny balls to the center of the starfish (or your chosen decoration) and create a pattern on your candle. The advantage of the HandiTAK is, if you don’t like your design, you can move the starfish around until it’s just the way you want it.
  3. Plug in your glue gun and insert a glue stick a couple of minutes before you are ready to glue so that it has a chance to preheat.
  4. One by one, remove the starfish from the candle so that you can easily glue it back in place and keep your lovely design.
  5. Remove the HandiTAK from the starfish and place a tiny amount of hot glue to the center of the starfish. Allow it to cool just for a moment and then carefully pick up the starfish by the legs and place it on the candle, pressing the center with the eraser end of a pencil to avoid burning your fingers.
  6. Repeat until all your starfish are attached to the candle.

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