Top 10 Essential Craft Supplies

Whether you're an experienced crafter, a newbie or a wannabe - the world of craft products is endless and to be honest it can be a bit of a minefield. It's hard to know where to start!

As a self-proclaimed craftaholic (and shopaholic...) I have spent hours researching products and tools so thought it would be helpful to share my top 10 essential pieces of kit!

Obviously what you need (or in most cases 'want'), will totally depend on what type of craft you're planning, but there are a list of essentials that span pretty much every medium. So to help you out I've made a list of my top 10 general tools and supplies that I use most often.

1. Scissors

It might sound a little obvious or even a bit mad but scissors are so important for almost every craft (sewing, embroidery, paper cuts, decoupage... the list is endless). Not only that, you'll probably find you need several different ones.

My absolute essentials include:

  • everyday scissors (a large and a smaller pair)

  • Fabric scissors (only for fabric!!!)

  • Scissors just for cutting sticky things

  • stork or precision scissors for detail and intricate cutting

  • I also have a whole set just for using in the kitchen (more to stop others using my craft scissors for food and packaging!)

  • Not scissors but having a craft knife/scalpel is another really useful tool to have in your cutting collection. But make sure to always put the safety catch back on!

2. Glue Gun

A glue gun is really a key piece of kit, I use it on a daily basis whether I’m making cards, personalising gift boxes, making hair accessories or decorating items. What is also awesome is that you can put coloured or glittery glue cartridges in it and use it for creating wax seals! Amazing for wedding invites or beautiful packaging.

If you're thinking about getting one for craft I would generally advise getting a mini size one as the nozzle is smaller and better for precision work. If you're doing wood work crafts you might want a bigger more powerful one. In fact make sure you check what the voltage is. If it's low the glue won't won't get as hot which means the glue cools more quickly and you may find that things fall off. I always make sure that they are at least 20V but be careful because it means they can get pretty hot! I would recommend getting a silicone heat mat for it too it will keep your table top protected.

3. Craft Mats

I am constantly taking my craft mats in and out of rotation and I keep different ones for different crafts. I like to use a tempered glass or self-healing mat for cutting a variety of materials. They stay smooth for longer and of course it protects your actual table top from being scored by a blade. It's one of those things that you only find yourself buying after you've caused some major damage to a table.... I use a silicone mat for the glue gun which comes off so easily once the bits try. I also like to have a separate messy mat for when I paint - this one is permanently covered in paint.

4. Double Sided Tape

This is such a cheap and simple piece of kit that can be so easily overlooked. Glue can be so messy and can leave marks. You can basically turn any paper or card into a self adhesive sticker. So I often back my card with the tape before I put it in the die cutter. It makes intricate cuts so easy to stick down which otherwise would be super fiddly.

5. Craft Tweezers