How can I remove hot glue from Popsicle sticks without breaking them?

by Michelle
I made three arrows from Popsicle sticks to hang on the wall and I want to stain them. I know I should have stained them before hand, but I didn't. I need to remove the hot glue that seeped out between the sticks. I tried using a razor blade, but I end up breaking the sticks. What can I use to get this glue off?!

  5 answers
  • Roxaneg Roxaneg on Oct 28, 2017

    You can try to use a heat gun to soften the glue, or put them in the freezer and try to break the bond.

  • Lin30487935 Lin30487935 on Oct 28, 2017

    I don't know of any way to stain over hot glue. Could you get a similar affect by spray painting?

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Oct 28, 2017

    I have trimmed off hot glue with a razor blade. Just be careful to lay it flat on a steady surface before working to cut off glue. If you have an Exacto knife, it would be better.

  • Susan Susan on Oct 28, 2017

    BUY NEW popsicle sticks! The work involved to removed the glue is ridiculous!

    They're cheap and even if you get the glue off... staining might not work.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Oct 29, 2017

    you can use a blowdryer to melt the glue off too