Paper bag floor, can you use spray adhesive instead of Elmers glue?

I looked everywhere and everyone uses liquid Elmer's glue. I was wondering why not just buy Elmer's spray adhesive? Would that work? I will still stain and seal it.
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  • KatAych KatAych on Feb 02, 2016
    hhmmm...I did the paper bag method once many years ago, but my guess would be that the Elmer's Liquid Glue adds more texture and depth to the paper. If you want a smoother look, then I'm sure the spray would be fine.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 02, 2016
    heres what another home talker posted on what she did. Sometimes it is worth following others.

  • Deanna Deanna on Feb 02, 2016
    From my experience, the liquid glue adheres the bag to the floor much better, especially the edges of the paper, so the corners wont lift up. You could use any white glue that dries clear, and can dilute it with equal parts water, making you use less glue. I have done the paper bag paper to an accent wall in this manner it it turned out great!

  • MN Mom MN Mom on Feb 02, 2016
    Heidi the glue will work better. All the floors i have done I used white glue. Spray adhesive isn't as easy to move around. Take it from us, it's better to have those who have "been there done that" than to try and read a random link. That's what we're here for! Cheers!

  • Kathy Compton Kathy Compton on Feb 02, 2016
    You always have to work fast with adhesive and the smell is strong. Good luck!

  • Michelle Michelle on Feb 03, 2016
    NO. The elmers soaks into the paper creating a very tight bond. Believe me NOTHING feels worse than getting a large section to dry and the paper literally lift off the surface.Like a big piece of wall paper. Been there done it!.. I use this application on furniture pieces all the time. I also agree with other posters the smell would be horrible. The elmers is a much safer product. Also use a good sealer.

  • Andrea Robert Andrea Robert on Feb 03, 2016
    The formulation of the white glue is similar to decoupage adhesive, and that's what you are trying to accomplish with the paper bag floor....not just to adhere it, but for it to permeate the paper bag and bond with the floor. Spray adhesive isn't formulated for that.

  • Heidi Heidi on Feb 07, 2016
    I decided to experiment on a board of plywood I used 2 different stains and different techniques. Will apply top coat tomorrow. Will post pictures soon.