Looking to stash your craft room with supplies but not sure where to start? Don’t worry, you don’t have to have an arsenal of supplies if you want to get busy crafting. While it’s great to have a stockpile of craft supplies, these are the top ten useful tools for the avid crafter. They are the perfect supplies to get you started on your crafting adventures. These top ten items are tools most craft divas like me use regularly and wouldn’t want to live without. This post contains some affiliate links. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
When I first bought a paper trimmer I wasn’t sure I would even use it, but I confess it’s become a staple in my craft room. I have used it so many times for so many different projects I’ve lost count. If you want a straight cut in the right measurement a paper trimmer is the way to go. There are many to choose from, but I recommend the Fiskars SureCut.
Although my sewing machine sat in the box in my closet for two years after I received it as a gift, once I pulled it out of the box it’s become one of my favorite past times. While you can get by with a basic model, if you seriously want to learn how to sew I recommend you upgrade. I got frustrated a lot with projects only to find out it wasn’t my ability but the quality of my machine that caused problems with my stitches. There are many models to choose from but I’m on my second Brother sewing machine and I’ve had no issues with the quality of the machine.
Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter
When I first started sewing none of my projects lined up. Once I purchased this Fiskars rotary cutting set everything changed. It makes cutting out patterns oh so easy!
Electronic Die Cutting Machine
While an electronic die cutting machine isn’t a small purchase, trust me when I tell you it’s worth the money spent. I love the ability to cut out letters for my projects with my machine. It simply makes my projects easier and there are so many things you can learn to do with tutorials online. The two most popular choices are the Cricut and Silhouette. I personally own the Cricut and I’ve been very happy with it. I don’t think you can go wrong with either of these choices, though.
A laminator is handy for preserving paper items so they’ll last. You can also laminate items so they will become dry-erase. How cool is that?
While there are plenty of cheap glue guns out there, I recommend investing in a high quality glue gun if you’re serious about crafting. It seems like I’m always grabbing my glue gun when I’m crafting! I got tired of purchasing cheap glue gun after another so I invested in a good model a few years ago. I purchased Aleene’s Ultimate Glue Gun Kit and I have been very pleased with it. It includes 3 interchangeable nozzles which has really come in handy for me. In addition, the cord can be removed for up to 5 minutes of cordless work.
A good pair of scissors is a must-have if you’re a crafter. Fiskars is my brand of choice and you can never have too many of these around the house if you ask me.
Paint Brush Set
You’ll need a good paint brush for painting, decoupaging, etc. I personally like the Martha Stewart Crafts brush sets.
A good printer is essential for printing out patterns for projects, printables from the internet, photos for scrapbooking and more. I would suggest an all-in-one printer with scanning capabilities so you can scan pictures, too. While there are many great brands of printers to choose from out there, I’m loyal to Canon. I love the print quality and I don’t have to replace the ink cartridges as often as I’ve had to with other printers in the past.
An Xacto knife comes in handy for cutting cardboard, foam and other thicker materials while crafting.