It’s easy to get lost for hours on Pinterest, browsing page after page of arts and crafts projects that make you eager to pick up your scissors, thread, and beads to try them yourself. If you really want to tackle some of these craft projects, it’s a great idea to pull together a crafting toolbox of the most commonly used items. You may already have many of them on hand in your home, but if you don’t, now is the perfect time to do some shopping. Here are some of the most essential crafting supplies you’ll want to own.
You need a good pair of scissors. Since craft projects could have you cutting anything from ribbon to paper to heavy fabric, you want to invest in a high quality pair. Don’t make do with the old dull ones you have sitting around in the junk drawer.
2. Hot Glue Gun
While some craft projects require you to sew things together, a lot of them just use a glue gun to help hold everything in place. This is another instance where you want to make sure what you’re buying is quality. A cheap glue gun or glue sticks will fall apart quickly, so if you want your crafts to last, splurge on a good hot glue gun product.
3. Measuring Tools
A straight ruler is the most common option here, but you’ll probably also want to have a measuring tape. You don’t need to spend tons of money on these. As long as they’re accurate, these don’t need to be especially durable or fancy.
Most craft projects that are pretty rather than functional involve ribbon of some kind, so it’s always good to have a few different colors on hand. Keep an eye on your local craft store for sales on ribbons, or visit garage sales, especially around holidays when people are most likely to be selling old decorating supplies.
5. Letter Stamps
If you’re not happy with how your handwriting looks, it’s well worth the cost for letter stamps so you can add fancy lettering if you want. Craft stores frequently have discounts or sales on old sets, so you can pick some up without breaking the bank.
6. Fabric Paint
Regular paint isn’t going to show up well on any fabric-related craft, so you’ll want to pick up a black and a white fabric paint at a craft store. You can pick up extra colors too, of course, but these are the ones you’re likely to use the most.