20 Craft Supplies Every Crafter Should Have
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How many of these 20 craft items do you have on hand?
Having been a crafter for at least 30 years now, I know a little bit about craft supplies, and I definitely have my fair share of them. In fact I have more supplies than I'll probably ever use, much to my husband's chagrin.
I've noticed that in recent years there has been a boom in crafting. In every large shopping center you can usually find a big store devoted solely to crafts. Even many of the "big box" stores have a dedicated craft department.
I'm like a kid in a candy shop when I go into one of these places. With their rows and rows of enticing baubles, and the newest thing in crafting technology, I just can't resist bringing something home.
But no matter what new supplies or gadgets I buy, I always rely on a few indispensable tools. I'd be lost without them.
Seasoned crafters probably have most of these things, but the list is a good refresher for them and, for crafting newbies, it's a good guideline to follow.
20 Must-Have Craft Supplies
Rotary Cutter/X Acto Knife
Gridded Cutting Mat
Single Hole Punch
Rotary Cutter/X Acto Knife
If you plan on working with fabric, then a rotary cutter is a must. The nice thing about it is that it can be used to cut other things, like paper and ribbon.
An x acto knife is useful for cutting thicker items, like cardboard or foam board.
Depending on what you work with, either one or the other is necessary.
A good craft ruler is a definite must-have. It can give you a perfect measurement and figure out how to get that perfect corner.
They sometimes come in sets with a cutting surface and rotary cutter.
Gridded cutting mat
Perfect for accurate measuring and cutting, a gridded cutting mat is a must, and also serves as a protective surface cover. You can find these with the rotary cutters and many times the two are sold in sets.
There are so many different types of glue available, but every crafter should at least have clear drying craft glue. You'll use it more than you ever think you will.
Types of glue
Mod Podge, Aleene's
Krazy Glue, Super Glue
Glue Dots, Dot Shot
Gorilla Glue, Loctite
E6000, Super Glue
Quilter's Choice, Roxanne
One of the best investments I've ever made was my glue gun. I've had it for years and it has helped me make crafts, fix broken drawers, and even hemmed up a skirt in a pinch. It's probably my favorite craft tool and it was a fairly inexpensive.
Remember to have lots of glue sticks on hand so you don't run out in the middle of a project.
Great for a last minute birthday card, or to add decoration to a project, always have some nice craft paper on hand. Craft paper can include scrapbook paper, cardstock and tissue paper. Honestly, any paper can be used as craft paper.
Single Hole Punch
I got a hole punch from my Dad's old desk and I never really thought I'd use it. Well I was wrong. Not only does it come in handy for crafts, but my daughter often uses it for school work papers.
As a quilter, I like to have a dedicated pair of really good fabric scissors, as well as other pairs for cutting paper. Everyone in my family knows that they can't touch my fabric scissors. Any others are ok to use.
For basic crafting needs, one good pair of scissors is fine.
Types of scissors include:
I use tweezers to pick up beads or small pieces of paper. I also use them to pick out threads and hold things together while the glue is drying.
Needles and pins
A variety pack of sewing needles is a must, along with pins. Even if you don't work with fabric, you may need to embellish something or sew on a button.
Brushes aren't just for painting, they are good for applying glue and cleaning up messy projects too.
You can buy a cheap set of brushes and sponge brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes and always have them on hand.
If you have floss, you can sew a button on, hem a pant leg, make a bracelet or just about anything else.
Among other things, yarn can be used to make an embellishment, wrap a package, or knit a scarf. It's a definite crafting must-have.
Even if you've never done a craft in your life, a roll of tape is something you ought to have in your home. Crafters can use it to hold down a project while it is being worked on, or even to remove lint from a fabric project. Double-sided tape is good for applying various embellishments.
Even if it's just a shoe box or two, storage is a must. Without it, all of these craft supplies will end up in different rooms and closets around the house, and you'll spend more time looking for them than you will on the craft you are doing.
You don't need fancy oils or expensive acrylics, but it's good to always have some paint on hand for a fun project.
Pick up an inexpensive set of basic colors to begin with.
A good set of markers should be in every crafter's closet. Permanent markers come in every color of the rainbow. Pencils are great marking tools and pens can put beautiful words down on paper.
Most craft projects need an embellishment of some kind. Always have an assortment of embellishments on hand.
Beads, buttons, glitter, ribbons, lace, and other fun things are always good to have on hand.
I'm a quilter so I have loads of fabric, but even if you don't sew fabric is great to have.
Felt can be used to create all sorts of things and can double as a holder for needles, or as a design tool for a sewing project.
My craft space happens to be in the basement and when I spill something I don't have time to run upstairs, find a roll of paper towels and run back down. By the time I do that, whatever I've spilled has probably already ruined my project or carpet.
You'll be surprised how often you need a paper plate or cup to help out while crafting. They make great glue and paint holders, or bead sorters. They can also be used to make a fun craft. Next time you have a picnic, save a few of the plates for your craft closet.
Now that you know the 20 things you need....
Start crafting! Once you have all of these supplies, or even most of them, you are ready to go.
- Create something beautiful for your home or a friend.
- Surprise your spouse with a little something made especially for him or her.
- Make a craft with your child.
Whatever you decide to do, have fun.
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