How to Remove Glue from Cans for VBS “Build-a-Bot” Craft

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Vivian B. asks, “What is the easiest way to get the glue off the soup cans for the Build-a-Bot pencil holders? Thanks!”

Answers included:

  • Heat. Boil the cans or put them in the oven and then scrape the glue off while it’s still hot.
  • Goo-Gone. Put the Goo-Gone on the glue and place a piece of paper towel over it for about 10 minutes.
  • WD-40. Fill a shallow dish with WD-40 and lay the glue side of the can in it. Scrub the glue off with a scouring pad.
  • Don’t bother! Just incorporate decorations that will cover the glue globs.

Bonus tip: cover the can edges with duct tape to ensure no cuts or sliced fingers!

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