How To: Gluing Glass to Wood

Forget clamgluing glass to woodps, tacks, bindings and other nonsense: using glue to attach glass to wood is easier and less likely to result in frustration, mishaps and mess ups! So whether you’re a weekend woodworking warrior installing transparent doors on your Fabergé egg display case or attempting to attach wood letter cut-outs to a mirror or pane of glass, you’ll be best served using Aleene’s Glass and Bead Adhesive. This industrial-strength glass glue works on slick, hard-to-hold surfaces, grabs items instantly, dries clear, and is water resistant.

There are just a few easy steps to follow when securing wood to glass with this industrial-strength glue.

  1. Use sandpaper to smooth any uneven or raised spots on the wood where you will be attaching glass.
  2. Clean the surfaces to be bonded together. Use a damp cloth to remove any dust from the wood pieces. Use glass cleaner and paper towels to clean the glass pieces. Make sure all pieces are dry before gluing together.
  3. Apply a small amount of glue to the surface of the glass piece and another small amount to the surface of the wood piece.
  4. Press the piece of wood to the glass and hold for a few seconds.
  5. If necessary, remove any misplaced glue on the glass surface with a damp cloth, or carefully use a razor blade if the glue has already dried.
  6. Allow the glue to cure for 24 hours.

Check out our video demonstrating how to glue glass to create simple terrariums.