Wednesday, May 16, 2012

My 10 Essential Craft Supplies

While I am not a hardcore crafter, I still find myself dipping into my craft box on a regular basis for a few of the same supplies I use time and again. Whether you consider yourself a crafter or not, starting to gather these 10 craft supplies will have you prepared for any crafty situation. ;)  So find a pretty box (hopefully more organized than mine) and start building your go-to craft kit:

Craft supplies box

Must have craft tools

1. Letter Stickers: I find myself using these a lot for handmade cards, place cards, really anything that requires words and you want it to look a little nicer than your handwriting

2. Scrap Papers: I love having a variety of scrap papers on hand... you can never have too many!  To start off, I would recommend buying a book of different scrapbook papers.  I happen to love the ones by Martha Stewart Crafts such as this.  I have even used my paper scraps to decorate a book rack.

3. Foam Sheets: I discovered these relatively recently.  They are easy to cut and the thickness and texture makes them really fun to work with.  I've used them for a Happy Birthday banner and other holiday decorations.

4. Twine:  there are endless uses for this... and it is cheap.  Buy some right away.

5. Ribbon and Ric Rac: any time you get a present with some pretty ribbon, save it in a plastic baggie.  Pretty soon you'll have a collection to turn to for crafting projects like this ribbon chandelier (or of course for wrapping presents!).

6. Labels / Tags: I have a mix of basic office supply stickers and fancier labels

Must have craft tools

7. Craft Paint - I like having metallic gold paint on hand.  Something else metallic I love to use are metallic gold and silver gel pens like these.

8. Hole Punch - I just got this recently (mine happens to make heart-shaped punches!) and have already used when making a garland and bunting.

9. Variety of Adhesives - a glue gun is a must have.  Other favorites of mine include spray adhesive, tacky glue, and double sided tape.  I would add Mod Podge as well... while I don't use it a lot, it sure is fun to use!

10.  Edging Scissors - I think these are mainly used for scrapbooking, but I love to use them for any paper craft that needs to be jazzed up with a fancy border.  They cut a zig zag, scalloped, or wavy edge.

So that is my Top 10. What are your must-have craft supplies that you would add to the list?

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