Alternatives for Adhesive Tape

Adhesive tape is a handy stationery item that can be used for a multitude of tasks in the home and the workplace, including sealing boxes and putting up posters. Despite its usefulness, however, adhesive tape does have limitations. Other adhesive products are available that are designed for specific bonding tasks that may lie beyond the scope of adhesive tape.

Adhesive tape is ideal for sealing boxes.


Glue is a compound liquid that can be used to bond parts together for repair work. Glue is usually derived from natural or synthetic foundations and is often used in construction work. Different glue types include water-based glue, which uses water as a diluting element, and thermal glue, which is applied hot for optimum bonding effect. Glue can be used for a multitude of materials, including wood, metal and ceramics, making it an ideal substance for home repair work.

Drawing Pins

Drawing pins are an effective alternative to adhesive tape, especially when sticking fabric or paper items to walls and other surfaces. Drawing pins, also known as thumb tacks, are usually constructed from brass and are often used in offices for putting up notice board messages, as well as in the home. Drawing pins are ideal for pinning down paper and soft fabrics, which can sometimes be torn when using adhesive tape.

Blu Tack

Blu Tack is a reusable putty with strong adhesive qualities. Blu Tack is manufactured by Bostik and is colored blue so it is not mistaken for candy and consumed by children. Blu Tack is ideal for sticking up posters or notices on walls, as there is little chance of tearing the paper or making holes in it, in contrast to adhesive tape or drawing pins. Blu Tack was first formulated in 1971.


Velcro strips are another alternative to using adhesive tape in the home or office. These are typically used to erect signs or framed photographs around the house, which adhesive tape cannot usually manage due to the items' weight. Velcro is normally sold in strips around 3 inches long. One strip is stuck to the wall with a suction pad, leaving the Velcro side facing outward. Another strip is then fitted to the sign or photo and pressed onto the wall.

Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins started writing professionally in 2007. She has submitted work for organizations including Venue, an arts-and-culture website for Bristol and Bath (U.K.), and "Sound and Vision," a technology magazine. Collins holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and media studies from the University of Bristol.