Pammy D. May 21, 2017

Every project has tools that are needed to get the work done. For example, handcrafters often surround themselves with tools that are readily available when an idea sparks in their minds. When this moment of inspiration happens, it’s great to have an organized cupboard or toolbox to go to.

I often get asked about the various tools that I use for my projects. To be honest, even though some people think that I have pricey and fancy tools, I try to find inexpensive ones that could get me the same results.  You’ll be surprised that I bought each of my tools one at a time as my projects progressed.  

Here is a list of my most useful tools:

Tools for crafting
  1. Super glue - quick fix and quick dry.
  2. Gem-Tac - best to use for gluing bedazzles and buttons to fabric.
  3. Staples glue - works best for paper, cards and boards.
  4. Mod Podge – I usually use these for glossing.
  5. Disposable wipes – for cleaning blades, surfaces, etc.
  6. Fiskars Self-healing two sided Mat – cutting felt, fabric and paper.
  7. E6000 glue – permanent adhesive that I use for clay, glass and metal items
  8. Tweezers – applicator for my teeny-tiny beads and gems
  9. Grip binder– my 3rd, 4th and 5th extended hands
  10. Flexible Hobby wires – soft and flexible, good for fastening art projects
  11. Cookie cutters – round cut out for claying
  12. Plastic round ruler – circle drawing template
  13. Sewing pins – for quilting and holds fabric
  14. Pen and paper – note taking like measurements notes etc.
  15. Acrylic clay roller – used to roll out polymer clay
  16. Beading pliers – to string beads, etc.
  17. Hole punch and eyelet setter – punches 1/8” x 3/16” holes and sets eyelets
  18. Seam ripper – for unpicking stitches
  19. Drafting compass – great for marking circles
  20. Fiskars Paper Trimmer - Scrapbooking fave etc.
  21. Office one hole puncher - create holes 1/4" in diameter
  22. Clay Extruder – creates variety of extrusions for clay decorations
  23. Scissors – cutting cloth, paper and any other materials
  24. Rotary cutter – fabric cutter, super easy and fast.
  25. Hand blade – great for slicing clay bars
  26. X-Acto Knife –non-slip textured grip sharp blade for precise cutting paper, clay, plastic etc.
  27. Paint brushes – multi-purpose paint brush for decorating
  28. Glue gun – heating adhesive for bonding
  29. Rotary hammer drill – useful for drilling holes to jewelries, shells, clay, etc.
  30. Stainless ruler - Always useful for straight lines and shorter measurements

It's great to work when you have all the tools that you need. You don’t necessarily need to purchase everything on my list since you may not need them depending on your projects.  Also, my list isn’t complete; there are still other tools that I want to purchase, but will do so when I need them. I am more than happy with what I have now. Most of the tools might already be in your house…you just need to put everything in one crafting cupboard or toolbox to keep organized.

These go-to tools have made my projects more manageable and easy during the creative process.  They are incredibly useful in allowing me to make both homemade and handmade projects.  I purchased most of them online and in stores from Jo-Ann, Amazon, Shopify, and Dollar Tree.



Note: Sewing and cutting machine, camera, computer and mobile phone were not included.

 

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15 thoughts on “30 Incredibly Useful Must-Haves for Craftaholics Cupboard

  1. Gosh I’m not a crafty person. I’m a homeschool mom who needs to get out the craft books for the kids to enjoy this summer. This is a good list for someone like me who wouldn’t know what to keep on hand for crafts.

  2. Nice overview! Super glue is always useful 😀 I really like the way you put these little arrows in the picture, makes it really clear to read what description refers to what tool 🙂

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