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Free Craft Tools From Your Kitchen

Updated on September 9, 2014
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Professional scrapbook artist, paper crafter, and author, I have taught people how to make family memories into legacies for 20 years.

Free Craft Tools You Can Find In Your Kitchen

When you think creatively about the tools that you need for your crafts, the answer may be right in front of you. As a matter of fact, there are quite a lot of tools in your kitchen that can double as tools in your craft room. Why go out and buy special tools, when you may already have them in your home. I often raid my kitchen when doing projects for just the right tool. Thinking creatively may save you a bit of money that you can put back into craft supplies. Let's get started.

Tape Measures

Crafters Are Always Measuring Everything

My Dad who was a woodcrafter would always say, " Measure twice and cut once". And I would have to say that is probably true. I am often at our collect it drawer in the kitchen using our tape measure to measure fabric and paper and all kinds of things, Often I need to measure things that are bigger than my 12 inch ruler. So this is handy to have within my grasp

Drawing Circles

Everything You Need Is In Your Kitchen

I can't draw perfect circles, but everything I need to get a perfect circle is right in my kitchen. Start with spice bottles as your smallest circles. Glasses also will draw medium sized circles. Think about your cutters and some round cookie cutters. Graduate to bowels for larger circles. You can go use 8" pie pans or cake pans. Think about what you have available and I'll bet you can find exactly what you need.

Cupcake Liners

I use them all the time

Cup cake liners make perfect rosettes and flowers. I use them on greeting cards, scrapbook pages, and paper crafts. You can also fashion flowers from them. Since they come in all kinds of colors and designs, you can really fashion them into wonderful embellishments for your projects Cupcake liners are perfect for mixing glitter and as holders for acrylic paint

Wax Paper and Parchment Paper

I could not do without them

Wax paper and parchment paper can be used for all kinds of things in your craft room. I use them when I paint on my studio desk. I also use them when I am decoupaging and spreading glue on paper projects. Anytime you need a surface protected, they are a goof choice. You can also work on clay projects and they won't stick. They are also good when you are using glitter or embossing powder. Once you are done with the project, you pour the product back into it's container

Must Have Craft Tools - You Can't Find These In Your Kitchen

There are some tools that you will not find in your kitchen. But they are very necessary for your everyday crafting. Just like any artist, you need the tools to create your projects. These tools are they everyday bread and butter of paper crafting

EK Success 13-by-13-Inch Cutter Bee Self-Healing Pink Mat, Old Package
EK Success 13-by-13-Inch Cutter Bee Self-Healing Pink Mat, Old Package

Everyone, no matter what the craft needs a mat to protect their work surface. The marks on the mat will help you measure too

 

Melon Ballers- Great crafting Tool

Who would think of using them

I love the melon baller from my kitchen drawer. It has so many uses. If I am working in clay, it will help me form all kind of things if I need a rounded surface. If I am making paper flowers, it helps me form the petals. I use it to round the paper much the same as when I am working in clay. I recommend that you have the one that has two different sides. I actually have several different sizes.

Cookie Cutters

I love these is my craft room projects

I love cookie cutters. Of course I use them for baking, but I also use them in my craft room. Think about all shapes of cookie cutters. They are so great in clay to make Christmas or other holiday ornaments. They also can help you make all kinds of shapes in your paper crafting. Really look at the cookie cutters that you have, trace the shape and let your imagination go wild. I am always on the lookout for more cookie cutters at yard sales and thrift shops. Collecting them is fun and they will be part of your crafting arsenel

Tooth Picks

Easy to use and very handy in your craft room

Believe it or not, toothpicks are one of the tools in your kitchen that you can't do without in your craft room. They are perfect for use with any kind of glue to add glue to letters or very small places. With a little tacky glue on the tip of a toothpick, you can pick up rhinestones and other small embellishments. I also use them to "clean up " areas where excess glue , paint or glitter has happened. You can also use the tip of your toothpick to add fine detail with paint or glitter where the area to color is very small or where detail is needed.

They can also be used as flags with paper and washi tape

Glasses And Cups

Great Craft Storage Idea

Glasses and cups are ideal in your craft room for all kinds of storage. You can store scissors, pens, pencils and markers. You can store tools of almost any media including paint brushes, glue and so much more. If the manufacturer recommends that you store your markers horizontally, use a mug tree and four cups. You can get quite a few into each cup

You can use them to draw shapes and circles. Upside down they can also be candle stands.

You can also use tin cans covered with paper as a storage idea too.

Rolling Pins

Rolling pins are great for rolling out clay or other projects that may need to be flattened. To keep your rolling pin clean, place the clay between two sheets of wax paper.

Twine And String

It's In Your Junk Drawer

You might not think about twine and string as a craft tool, but it is. You can make all kinds of things with them. Line a wreath base, make flowers, use to make your own decorative paper. Make a frame with nice thick twine. Use twine to make a frame for your scrapbook pages. Recycle cans and bottles by wrapping them with twine and decorating them. It can also be used in place of ribbon on just about any project. It is a natural material and works on anything rustic

Some Of My Favorite Silicone Pans - Use Them For Cakes And Soap Molds Too

These delightful pans are great for baking, but they are also good for soap molds too. I am just getting into soap making for the holidays and I am planning double use for these also

What Craft Tools Have You Borrowed From Your Kitchen? - Share a few thoughts and ideas

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @ChocolateLily: Thanks so much for your compliments. I use all kinds of things for storage too. I Never throw anything away that can be reused. Helps to give me extra money for crafting :)

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      Linda F Correa 3 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @Klinetka: Thank you ! I tend to be a thrifty crafter. If I don't have what I need, I make do

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      I use cups, bowls, and plates for stencils. I also clean and save some empty food containers to use as storage or actually in a craft. Thanks for the other ideas! You're clever!

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      Great ideas

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      What a clever lens! Creative and practical and thrifty too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great tips, very creative.

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Thanks for writing this fun lens. Make it a creative day!

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      Linda F Correa 4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @getmoreinfo: I am always looking for things around the house that I can use in my crafting...I never throw anything away ! So finding things around the kitchen that I can use in my crafting saves a little cash

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      What a neat idea, I love it.

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      Linda F Correa 4 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

      @laurenrich: You are so welcome. Always happy to share information with fellow crafters

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      Great tips and ideas. A very informative lens. Thanks