Polyvinyl Acetate Glue

(PVA for short) is the white glue typically sold for school use.

The information provided is general. Always refer to the use, safety and cleanup instructions included with the glue.


  • Very safe.
  • Non-toxic.
  • Easy to clean up.
  • Bonds in about one hour.


  • It is not waterproof
  • Not specifically designed for wood


  • Cleanup with damp cloth.
  • Remove from skin with soap and warm water.

How to Use

Apply a small amount of glue to wax paper (about the size of an aspirin or dime). Use a toothpick to apply a drop (or several drops depending on the size of the piece being glued) on one surface. Place pieces together and hold under pressure per manufacturer's recommendation. Refer to aliphatic glue page for pictures. The procedure is the same. Once the glue on the wax paper starts to film over the glue should not be used.