"Hello, Alyssa." (I imagine a group of sequins covered, glue gun wielding characters mumble as they pick glitter and super glue out of their nails)
Thanks for that welcome, crafters anonymous! Yep, I'm an addict, and it's become a full fledged obsession for several years! I took a minute to compile a list of my all-time favorite, must have "tool kit" for DIYing!
Oh and don't worry, nobody paid me for a shout out for spraypaint,
and nobody at 3M knows I'm a rabid fan of Command Strips. This is just stuff I truly luuuuuuurve! :)
My list of all time fav crafting supplies!
This list consists of stuff I love, stuff I've discovered along the way (over a year now of projects logged on this blog!), and stuff I wish I could have, so, so badly.
How many of these do you have in your arsenal??
#1. Big Girl Glue Gun (with a stand!)
Yeah, I'll be the first to admit to being too cheap to invest in a good glue gun.
I had one of those cheapie $2.99 mini guns for too long! So much time wasted refilling itty bitty glue sticks, trying to get the gun to stand upright, giving up and letting it fall over, only to have it melt into the paper plate I used to rest it on, etc, etc. Enough is enough!! I finally guiltily splurged on a $29.99 "big girl" quality gun for projects like my fabric flower bow, and what a difference!
I mean a pair of high quality, mightily SHARP scissors.
That means not sharing them with anyone under the age of 10, not also using them for gardening, cooking, or car repair. It will change your life! Oh, and once you own them, write something ominous on the handle so everyone else in the family will know never to go near your scissors!
#3. Paper Cutter
These are cheap enough, $10-13, and hands down the fastest and easiest way to make straight cuts. Just say no to uneven eyeballing! A scrapbook paper cutter or professional "office" cutter is so helpful to have around for projects like the nautical inspired banner I made for Andrew's first birthday.
#4. 3M Command Strips
I freely volunteer to be the Command Strip Girl, throwing these little beauties from a paper mache float. These things are.freaking.amazing.
hanging plates, gallery walls, art, bulletin boards, and seasonal decorations. They have hangers for wire back frames, and hangers with velcro-like strips so you can remove and reposition an item over and over! It takes all the stress out of deciding how high to hang my stuff for this OCD lady!
#5. High Quality Spray Paint
I tried it. It does make a difference.
It makes all the difference what brand of spray paint you use. srsly. I learned in why it's so worth it to "splurge" for the $6 cans of paint vs. buying the cheapie brand. One coat of a good brand can do the job of 3 coats of a bargain brand. My faves are Rustoleum, American, and Krylon.
#6. A Level
Gotta have one for hanging mirrors, wall arrangements, curtain rods, mounting TVs, marking wall heights of munchkins, and painting stripes! Thankfully Jason has one that I am allowed to "borrow" all the time.
#7. Scrapbooking PaperOh man this stuff is good for everything!
- matting frames
- photo backgrounds
- mod podging
- all kinds of paper crafts
#8. Mod Podge
I was a Mod Podge virgin for way.too.long. This stuff really does rock! I love it now! An awesome tool for decoupaging, varnishing, sealing, gluing, and jewelry making.
And as I found out in my experiment, it really does beat any homemade version on Pinterest.
#9. Clear Nail Polish
I always keep a bottle handy. Add a dab on knots to make them stay put, seal or glaze small items, fix chips in wood, keep the ends of ribbons and string from fraying, coating metal to prevent rust, keep nylons from fraying, prevent cheap jewelry from turning colors. That's just the short list!
#10. Clear Storage Boxes
This is my personal preference. Some people may love the look of opaque boxes, but I like to be able to see where my stuff is without having to do a lot of digging.
A set of clear plastic bins with lids will work wonders for craft room organization!
#11. Super Glue
It works so well, almost too well. I'm always a little freaked out when using it. I'm thinking, "Ok, ok you got this. Just squeeze gently, and... Oh, oh, nooo! Omg!! omg!! My fingers are stuck! My fingers are going to be stuck together for life! Somebody call 911!"
I'm sure you'll be fine. Just craft responsibly.
Helpful for preschoolers and hardcore DIYers alike. They've got restickable, permanent, washable, and color changing. I'm a sucker for the purple kind that fades to clear. It's great when I'm in a hurry and need to see where my glue is going. You know, for all that speed gluing that I need to do.
#13. Assortment of Brushes
Sponge brushes, large and small art brushes, rollers, a good "painting the house" type brush, and even eye shadow brushes. You'll always have the right brush handy for the right job :)
#14. Scrapbook Adhesive Strips
My life savers for matting pictures in frames, and working with paper in general. I usually cut one tab in half and that makes the roll go super far.
Never go to the craft store unarmed! Retail, shmetail. Craft stores like JoAnn and Michael's have apps you can download to get coupons right on your smart phone. When you're in the store, ask to sign up for their mailing list to receive even more coupons! Society of Stampaholics has a fantastic post about how to save even more when using coupons.
p.s. did you know that Michael's accepts competitor's coupons??
#16. Exacto Knife
Box cutter, utility knife. Tomato, tumahto. My husband and I can't agree what the proper name of this thing is. Whatever it's called, it's my best friend when cutting shapes out of cardboard or foam core, like for my sparkly stick wreath.
#17. Cordless Screw Driver
So much easier than using one with a cord! We're always busting it out for hanging items, installing curtain rods, or putting furniture together. And they come in pink too!
This is on my wish list. I can't tell you how many times I'm stuck cutting out a bazillion little fishy shapes, and thinking, why don't I have a Silhouette machine yet? why?
True, they're a bit on the pricy side, $200-$300 depending what extras come are offered with it. I'm still dreaming about owning one someday. And if you have a used one that's gathering dust in your closet, drop me a line! I would like to take it off your hands! :D
#19. Sewing Machine
Even if you don't consider yourself a pro sewer, you should still consider owning one. They have real simple, inexpensive models these days that would be worth the purchase. If you find yourself using the no-sew iron on strips all.the.time, it probably means you could use a sewing machine!
I love mine for quickly hemming curtains, making simple bedding, lite clothes altering, and making throw pillows.
There you have it! Do you agree with the top 19 I chose? What would you add to the list?
FYI: I wasn't paid by anyone for endorsing any product in this list. These are things I really use, and really love :)
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