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Supplies for Craft Making with 12 Photos

Updated on April 23, 2014

Hand-crafted place cards

Pine cone placecards handmade with love.
Pine cone placecards handmade with love. | Source


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

  3. GLUE
  4. PAINT

Sure, we have the writing utensils and scissors, don't we?

Glue and Scissors

Glue and scissors
Glue and scissors | Source

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 scraps
Fabric scraps | Source
Needle and thread
Needle and thread | Source

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)

Fabric glue

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

Sewing machine

Jewelry craft supplies

Pin backings, earring forms, clasps for bracelets and necklaces, thin wire

Scissors. wire cutters, needle-nose pliers

Beads, sequins

Jewelry glue

Polymer clay, or salt clay (link below)

Paint, paint brushes, glitter

Baubles and beads
Baubles and beads | Source
Tape measure (sewing type)
Tape measure (sewing type) | Source

Carpentry and wood craft supplies

Pencils, measuring tape


Sandpaper from coarse to very fine

Paints, stains, varnishes



Nails, screws, etc., clamps

Wood glue

So many marker colors!
So many marker colors! | Source

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

Paper cutter

Pots and vases
Pots and vases | Source

Clay craft supplies

Polymer clay, Sculpey clay ™, or salt clay

Pre-made flowerpots

Paints (including primer), paintbrushes

Glue, beads, ribbon

Unfinished wood structures
Unfinished wood structures | Source
Dried flowers
Dried flowers | Source

Paint or beads to elaborate or embellish a pre-made item

Picture frames

Glassware – special bake-on paint for glass

Plexiglass, also known as acrylic glass


Spray paint

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


Duct tape for every occasion
Duct tape for every occasion | Source

Pot pourri craft supplies

Pot pourri

Fragrance oils

Container or basket

Paints, ribbons, etc

Dried grapevine wreaths
Dried grapevine wreaths | Source

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

If you would like to further educate yourself about potential supplies, check an on-line store before going to your local craft business. You can equip yourself with a beginner’s knowledge and lots of questions. A few to explore:

Go forth!

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.


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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      9 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Thanks, rebeccamealey. It was fun to write.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      9 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      What a great way to get our creative juices flowing! I love crafting. I like the way you have categorized the supplies and ideas.


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