No mess, no cost
I do lots of crafts which require the use of glue, but spreading the glue evenly often makes a mess on the table. My solution: Outdated magazines!
When the first item is spread with glue, attach it according to your current craft project. Now simply turn the magazine's page, and you can instantly keep on glueing.
When your project is finished, simply throw away your old magazine in your waste paper bin.