There is a list of craft items that anyone who wants to get creative should have! These are essential supplies you need for your crafty journey.
I have quite the “prolific” craft room. Officially I suppose that means that craft supplies are represented in large numbers, which is true. But it’s also my fancy way of saying – I’m a craft hoarder.
But the thing is, if you start crafting for a hobby . . . . it happens to the best of us. Because like any sport or activity, there are tools of the trade. And there are quite a few tools of the trade in crafting.
In fact there are so many tools of the trade that it’s easy to lose track of what you have. I try to regularly engage in some serious craft room organization on a regular basis, but sometimes it just ends up in closing the door to the room.
As Scarlett O’Hara stated in all her wisdom, “tomorrow is another day.”
Anyway, as I was sorting through my craft supplies the other day I had an interesting thought. I have a lot of supplies to make things with . . . but what are the essentials? What is that list of craft items that I would recommend to a newbie?
I decided it was time to put together a list of craft items for new crafters. If you’re just getting started, this is THE LIST of stuff you’ll want to start assembling. With the reasons listed for why you need those items.
And I didn’t come up with it myself.
I sourced this information from my Facebook page as well as my Facebook group – a total of a heck-of-a-lot of crafters were asked their essentials. So let me tell you . . . you can trust this list! I also endorse their picks from my own experience.
Keep in mind that for most craft projects, you still need to buy some additional goodies. But my friends . . . there are options. Because I don’t know about you, but keeping prices down is the name of the game for me. So I can um . . . buy more craft stuff?
Big Box Retailers
Places like Target and Walmart have craft sections. And honestly their craft supplies can be the cheapest of anywhere in some cases. Research what you want online to get an idea of what most retailers are selling the craft materials for, and have that ready during your trip so you can decide whether to purchase their or not.
Retail Craft Stores
I’m sure you’re aware of Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnn Stores. They obviously have tons of craft supplies. The secret here is waiting for sales (they always have them) and using the apps and membership programs.
USE your coupons and pay attention for the big sales (everything’s 20% off). Sign up for the emails. You can save big just by paying a little attention.
Other Places to Look
These are some great places to take your craft materials list and see what you can save on – it’s worth poking around. Trust me on this!
Are you ready for your craft materials list? Time to dig into the necessities . . . and here they are. Let me know which ones you already have in the comments – which ones you want – and if I’ve missed any of your personal essentials!
List of Craft Items
Looking for a crafter's list of essentials? Here are the materials you need, from a survey of a large group of creatives. Make sure you have everything you need to get started with these picks!
Everyone was in resounding agreement that scissors are by far the most important craft supply you need to have on hand. The recommendation was to have a pair for paper (like the standard orange handled) and a pair for fabric.
I personally swear by Fiskars Titanium scissors. I'm about to sound like an "As Seen on TV" ad, but I'm serious - these are the best scissors I've ever used. I've had my current pair for years. Nothing gets stuck to them and they are still sharp!
Continuing the scissors theme - larger scissors can cut out larger items, but when you're getting down to the nitty gritty, they struggle in small areas. If you're cutting out items with more detail, you'll be glad you have these in your craft supplies.
Yes, there are kind of a lot of adhesives in crafting! Hot glue is another one of them. Unlike liquid glue, it attaches things quickly and doesn't need dry time. I like to attach felt to things with hot glue too - it doesn't bleed through.
My favorite glue guns are Surebonder and I have the cordless. It seems to have a smaller nozzle so it doesn't string as much. Finger covers are also great to use with a glue gun to prevent finger burns.
I'm always using tools for craft projects. Sometimes you need to unscrew things, or screw things in, or hit things. I know - technical speak. A tool set has everything you need like wire cutters, and pliers, and sometimes a measuring tape!
You can decoupage with it, fold it to make cards, punch it out - paper is definitely a craft supply mentioned over and over again. Some people say cardstock, some say construction paper, and several said both.
The nice thing is that both Amazon and retail stores have variety packs which can get you started out with your paper collection quite nicely.
Just like glues, there are a variety of cutting tools in the crafting world. Besides what I've already shown you, you're going to need an X-Acto knife and mat for cutting on.
It's amazing what you'll cut with your knife - felt, details in paper, washi tape that overlaps an edge . . . there are so many things! You can also cut curves with a craft knife. Do this by moving the paper around the curve, while holding the knife in place.
Every crafter loves glitter, even when they hate it. I use glitter during the holidays, and sometimes even during the year! Whether you sprinkle it on things or mix it into Mod Podge, you'll inevitably want a good selection of glitter in your crash stash.
They come in a variety of sizes and styles, Sharpie markers do. I'm a big fan of their regular markers for drawing and coloring, and the paint markers (especially the oil based ones) are super awesome.
I have tried the generic markers and paint markers, and I find Sharpie to be superior. I don't skimp because it has cost me in the long run a few times!
It was no surprise to see Scotch tape on peoples' list of craft items! Tape is good for everything paper related, and for wrapping gifts of course. It's also good for taping patterns together. I use double stick tape all the time in cardmaking.
Crafters use painter's tape for so many different things. Obviously painting is one of them (get my guide to painting straight lines). I also use it for keeping paper together temporarily (since it's removable).
This is a craft supply that I actually don't use! But enough people said it that i put kraft notebooks on here. They use them to decorate and of course, keep ideas and plans in. And patterns. And clippings.
I use scrap paper to jot down ideas, but I should probably use a notebook. This is a great idea.
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I love getting your news letter and there is always a new idea or piece of advice that I use but I'm 8n the UK so I can't always get the things you recommend as we don't have the same stores. I don't want to stop reading your blog posts but do you know of a similar group in the UK?
Sunday 12th of December 2021
Hi Jill! Would you be able to join our Facebook group? https://www.facebook.com/groups/craftywithmodpodge Then you can ask about UK crafting groups there. I'd like to get you in touch with some people and we have a huge community there!
Wednesday 8th of December 2021
I also use a printer for printing or copying images. Plastic for smoothing my mod podge images, or an iron for doing the iron method to mod podge. I use alcohol for cleaning glass objects. I use a water pen for trimming out images on napkins. I use the different types of mod podge for different types of projects. I sometimes use stamps and/or air dry clay and molds for additional embellishments, and all sorts of other small items for embellishment.
Saturday 11th of December 2021
Dessie I love your list! Those are all great things! I absolutely love air dry clay myself.