Supplies for Craft Making with 12 Photos
Hand-crafted place cards
When you are home, away from work and obligations and totally free to be yourself, it can be very satisfying to allow your inner child or inner artist take the reins to produce something “all yours.” Men and women have been doing this with what they had since the beginning of time. It may have been the production of a wooden toy or whirl-a-gig from leftover lumber. Then again, it might have been scraps of fabric which were transformed into a rug or coverlet. Now, hand-crafting is a well-supported industry with abundant tools, instructions and supplies.
With all the hoopla over products and accessories, some might feel that craft making is expensive. Fear not. Most of us already own many of the core supplies needed to create handmade, unique crafts.
If you or someone in your household pays bills, does schoolwork, or just about anything involved in running the business end of a life, you are extremely likely to possess three of the “Big Four” used in nearly all craft-making. These are:
The Basic Craft Supplies
- WRITING INSTRUMENT
Sure, we have the writing utensils and scissors, don't we?
Glue and Scissors
Granted, the various sub-categories of precisely what calls to you will require a few more specialty tools and supplies, but just start grinning now: you already have the beginnings of craft supplies!
For some of those categories, please see the lists below for more of the useful craft supplies.
Fabric craft supplies
Fabric, clothing scraps, fabric paint, stencils, paintbrushes
Ready-made items such as T-shirts, tote bags, visors, etc.
Pins (straight or safety)
Needles, threads, embroidery floss, yarn, ornamental buttons, beads, rhinestones, rivets
Good fabric scissors (these are not the same as everyday office paper scissors)
Iron and ironing board
Jewelry craft supplies
Pin backings, earring forms, clasps for bracelets and necklaces, thin wire
Scissors. wire cutters, needle-nose pliers
Polymer clay, or salt clay (link below)
Paint, paint brushes, glitter
Carpentry and wood craft supplies
Pencils, measuring tape
Sandpaper from coarse to very fine
Paints, stains, varnishes
Nails, screws, etc., clamps
Paper and card craft supplies
Correct weight paper, such as thin for origami and cardstock for making one’s own cards or stationery
Stamps and inkpads
Computer and color printer
Items to glue to the paper such as seeds, stickers, ribbon, raffia
Clay craft supplies
Polymer clay, Sculpey clay ™, or salt clay
Paints (including primer), paintbrushes
Glue, beads, ribbon
Paint or beads to elaborate or embellish a pre-made item
Glassware – special bake-on paint for glass
Plexiglass, also known as acrylic glass
Paint, paintbrushes, varnish
Bottles or glass tea light holders, etc…
Thin-gauge wire and jewelry pliers
Unfinished wood stools, birdhouse, etc…
Floral craft supplies
Florists' wire, florist tape, frog
Silk, plastic or real blooms (fresh or dried)
Vase, or basket, or pot, or planter
Pot pourri craft supplies
Container or basket
Paints, ribbons, etc
More items which can be used
Metal cans, colored duct tape, markers, chenille stems also known as pipe cleaners, acrylic craft paint, felt, construction paper, wiggle eyes, tape, glitter glue, fasteners, sealers, Modge Podge ™, craft sticks, hot glue guns
More items from nature: pine cones, seeds, dried flowers, pebbles, rock, driftwood, twigs, 3 feet of tree branches, bamboo, etc…
Online Craft Stores
God created us in His own image – so we also are “creators.” Honor this part of your humanity and enjoy yourself!
Photos and text copyright 2012 Maren E. Morgan.