Whether you’re an experienced crafter or a beginner, there are some tried and true craft tools that are must-haves. You know, the ones you’re constantly pulling out of their storage space, no matter what type of project you’re completing.
Read below for our list of, in no particular order, top 10 basic craft tools to keep handy.
1. Hot Glue Gun
No matter what type of crafting you’re doing, chances are you’ve run into a situation where you need an adhesive that’s a little stronger than your average glue stick. If you’re like us, you fire up that hot glue gun more often than you would think.
Having a nice pair of scissors on hand that can cut through a wide variety of items isn’t a must-have just for crafting. Think of all the times you use your craft scissors in everyday life, too! Keep several pairs on hand for a variety of craft projects and everyday uses.
3. Writing Utensils: Markers, Pens, Crayons and Colored Pencils
You take the time to create beautiful crafts, so when it comes time to use writing utensils on them, don’t just grab any old pen from the junk drawer. Invest in a wide variety of colors and styles of markers, pens, crayons and more. These also double as great tools for kids crafting or school projects.
4. Craft Cord, Thread and Wire
Craft cord, thread and wire can be used on a wide variety of craft projects, from beading to floral, jewelry making and more. Keep a variety of styles on hand for quick household fixes and crafting uses.
Maybe it’s just us, but glitter is one of our crafting essentials. It’s an easy way to add sparkle and shine to a wide variety of projects, making them sure to catch the eye of many. Glitter can be used for large projects or in small doses.
From finger paint to general craft paint and everything in between, there’s rarely a craft that wouldn’t benefit from the added dimension paint provides. Paint doesn’t have to only be used to add color, either. Use gloss and stain finishes to add shine or matte paints to take away shine and hide imperfections.
7. Paint Brushes
What else could follow paint?? Paint brushes and other craft applicators make applying painting techniques easy and mess-free and can be used in a variety of other ways, too.
8. Chenille Stems, Craft Pipe Cleaners and Pom Poms
These basic craft supplies are especially helpful to have on hand if you have kids. Chenille stems, pom poms and pipe cleaners are a common craft item found in many projects and can have a variety of uses.
Cardstock, patterned paper, construction paper, the list could go on and on. Just make sure you have your preferred craft paper on hand for whenever inspiration strikes – even if it’s just for coloring or sketching!
10. Crafting Organizers
Of course, you need something to keep all of these craft tools organized! A good craft organizer is essential to keep all of your items safe and in their rightful place.