Whether you’re a newbie or a life-long crafter, a decent set of supplies is necessary to show off your creative side successfully. If you’re spending hours on a project, it should last when you’re finished and the right tools can keep your piece looking its best for longer.
Stocking up on crafting essentials also means you won’t have to put a pause on your project to order more supplies. With this in mind, stock up on these crafting essentials to kick off your next project the right way.
Hot glue gun
Practical and invaluable, a hot glue gun is one of the best investments you can make for your crafting projects. It’s essential for those trickier tasks that require more adhesion than your regular glue stick or sticky back plastic. Plus, it dries far quicker than your average glue, so you can continue your crafting without delay.
A multi-temperature glue gun is slightly more expensive than those with simply high or low temperatures, but choosing this option allows you to get more use out of the product. As well as assisting in your everyday projects, there are specific glue gun projects that are quirky, cool and plenty of fun. Remember to stock up on glue sticks regularly, too.
Good quality brushes
From painting canvases to upcycling furniture, paintbrushes in a selection of sizes are incredibly important. If you just buy one, you may find it tricky to keep your paintwork neat and tidy, especially if your project requires small details.
As tempting as it may be, avoid purchasing the first set you see and look into a higher quality set from a specialist craft supply store. A high-quality set of paintbrushes means you won’t have to replace them as often as you would if you opted for a cheaper, low-quality set.
Scissors and a crafting knife
As obvious as it may seem to some, sharp scissors are an important element of your crafting box – or, at least, they should be. Blunt scissors can cause rough edges and ruin the effect of your project, so remember to replace them or sharpen them yourself when they feel dull.
A crafting knife is equally as essential, especially if you’re planning on cutting lino or thick foam. Just be sure to keep it safely locked away when not in use, and use a thick mat to prevent making marks on your table.
If you like working with decoupage or adhesive vinyl, a roller is an excellent tool. It keeps the surface smooth and free of those pesky air pockets that can build up under the surface. This results in a more professional appearance, which is bound to improve your crafts and your confidence. Rollers are very cheap but make a significant difference in these types of crafts.
Clay and paints
Most crafts will require a paint job, and others may require types of clay to create the base. Stock up on both paint and clay so you can get straight into your project rather than pausing to pick up more should you run out halfway through. There are different types of clay and paint available, so consider the types of projects you want to do to ensure you’re picking up the products you need.
The above products are highly recommended due to their versatility, with a plethora of different crafts requiring them to be successful. Whether you’re creating Christmas decorations or jazzing up your home, you’ll be able to produce professional-looking crafts with these essentials.