Whether you’re a beginner crafter or an experienced one with years behind you, this list of my must-have craft tools and supplies is sure to help you.
I’m breaking down my top MUST-HAVE craft tools and supplies that I use on a weekly basis for craft, DIY, and home projects.
This craft tool and supply list might be different from what you’re already seeing online. As someone who crafts (A LOT) and mostly on home projects, these are the essential craft tools I use again and again and again.
So buckle up! This is going to be a bumpy ride.
Just kidding, it’s not. I just always wanted to say that. 🙂
Essential Craft Tools and Supplies
High-quality scissors are a must for any crafter.
I also really love the vintage-looking bonsai scissors. These are wicked sharp and look so cute on your desk.
2. Mod Podge
Is there anything this little miracle craft supply can’t do?
I use it to decoupage plastic eggs, make coasters, magnets, photo prints, and more.
3. Craft Knife / X-acto Knife
A good x-acto knife is worth its weight…in…x-acto knives? Not sure where I was going there but this is definitely a craft tool you need in your craft belt.
A set of high-quality paintbrushes will take you far in your crafting career.
Don’t forget to grab these stencil brushes too!
This one might confuse you but hear me out.
Clothesline happens to be incredibly inexpensive and there are SO MANY other things you can do with it.
6. All Weather Adhesive
This stuff is so handy – it’s a must! All-Weather Adhesive (like Goop) is flexible, paintable, and even withstands nasty weather.
I’ve used it on home decor projects, like this Target pedestal bowl hack and upcycling home decor items. Try it on leather, ceramics, and even some plastics. Perfect for little crafting projects.
7. Hot Glue Gun
Sometimes you don’t need an all-weather adhesive. You just need some hot glue.
It’s cheap, it sticks to almost anything and it dries pretty quickly. Aside from the occasionally burned fingertip – this tool will never let you down. I use mine mostly for crafting wreaths but again, the sky is the limit with a hot glue gun.
8. Wire Cutters
Speaking of wreaths and other wire-y crafty things, a good set of wire cutters will take you far.
An essential crafting tool in my opinion. You really can’t make a good wreath without one, but I also use them to create faux potted plants.
9. High-Quality Cardstock/Paper
Again, this list might be a bit different from some of the others you read online. Why does no one mention good quality cardstock? For me, this is a must-have.
You definitely need it for papercrafts, like making paper garlands, and also for making greeting cards and gift tags.
However – I use it just as much for printing Printable Wall Art! Cardstock or aged cardstock will really take your printable art to the next level. Even Printable Cotton. Definitely keep a stash of GOOD paper in your craft closet.
10. Hole Punch
(I’m starting to sound like Ina Garten with all the “good”, i.e. good olive oil, good vanilla, etc. – please tell me you know what I’m talking about.)
11. Pom Pom Maker
Since I mostly craft things for the home, the Clover pom-pom maker has become a must-have tool.
Yes, you can use a fork or a Magna tile to make pom-poms, but I like the idea of making pom-poms all uniform in size, super fluffy, and even multicolored. I show you how to use it right here.
Pom poms make everything a little bit happier.
12. Self Healing Mat and Rotary Cutter
I really don’t like how these are called self-healing mats but oh well. You should get one!
They help you cut straight lines without ruining all your floors and tables. For me, I use them like heavy-duty craft mats.
Super useful for a variety of craft projects.
13. Floral Tape and Wire
14. Jute Twine
Last but not least, jute twine. If I had a nickel for every time I pulled out my trusty jute twine, well, I’d have a nice little baggie of nickels right now.
That sums up this craft tools and supplies list for now. If I think of more essential items, I’ll add them to the list. Have any you want to add? Let me know, I’m all ears!
Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting!
Karen Sloan is the founder, editor and syndicated content writer of www.decorhint.com. She offers hints of inspiration for everyday living, including home ideas, DIY projects and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared on Google News, MSN, Pioneer Woman, Apartment Therapy, and Bustle, among others.