So there you were, browsing thru Pinterest and you seethe most brilliant DIY project ever that you wanted to try it too. But before you can start creating, you realize you are missing the necessary materials. You’d probably find papers and glue stocked up somewhere, but I doubt that you’d have pinking shears or glitter glue on the ready. Thing is, creative people do have a little or two of the items they often use, be it cute buttons, diverse ribbons, and even washi tapes.
I did an inventory of the things we have at home, and here’s what I found. Stock up on some of these essential tools and supplies to keep in your craft box/corner rather than rushing out to the store every time you have a brilliant new idea.
Most households have printers used for basic needs like printing school write-ups, letters and such, but with the ease of emails, most have also opted to not have them. But for crafters, their printers frequently have a range of capabilities that make them perfect for use with creative projects, and they are typically smaller and more portable than regular printers. When working on intricate craft projects, for instance, many printer models for crafting have integrated scanners and copiers.
Furthermore, a lot of these printers come with unique paper trays that are made to hold specialty papers, including those used in scrapbooking or other kinds of crafts.
If you have a Cricut, ink printer is better to have, as Cricut printable materials are incompatible with laser printers. Images printed on these materials should only be done so using inkjet printers. Inkjet printers print the ink at ambient temperature, while laser printers employ heat to melt the printer toner onto the material surface.
Laser printers can print much faster compared to inkjet printers, they also tend to print sharper images that’s why they are preferred by many users.
Back in the days, 3D printing was thought to be solely useful for producing functional or aesthetically pleasing prototypes, that it was called rapid prototyping. People can now afford and use 3D printers due to their quality and affordability, entry-level printers of reasonable quality can be purchased for less than $200 USD.
You don’t have to have this at home, but it’s cool to have. My husband prints many useful stuff with it.
Long scissors, little scissors, microtip scissors, left-handed scissors, pinking shears—any number of scissors is OK as long as they aren’t worn out. For specific cuts, you’ll need a different pair of scissors.
Cutters and knives, in the senses of both words, may be equivalent depending on where you are. But for the purposes of this article, let’s call the cutter a paper trimmer or guillotine.
Additionally, there are circle cutters available in various diameters, which makes cutting circles much simpler.
Some people could mistake a Stanley knife for a cutter when it is actually referred to as a utility knife. The “nap-off blade” utility knife is the one with which we are most familiar. Then there is the Stanley hobby knife, also known as the X-acto knife, which my husband frequently uses.
Laser Cutter Engraver
A more complex cutter that has been seeing a boom because of ease of use for novice crafters and professionals alike is the laser cutter. Compact, simple, powerful, the Flux Beamo is the world’s smallest CO2 Laser Cutter. Well, like the 3D printer, you don’t have to have this, but it’s really neat and fun to be able to cut cute stuff with different materials, and engrave your favorite images on many surfaces too.
To preserve the space where you work, mats are crucial. The ideal option is to get a self-healing cutting mat, which will shield your work surface from blades, writing items, and other creative supplies. As the name suggests, the mat self-heals, which means surface wounds mend and maintain a consistently smooth surface for all cutting tasks.
Printables and Crumplers
There are many different shades, thickness, and textures of crafting paper. It can be used for a range of paper crafting tasks, including producing cards and scrapbooks. Every craft paper is different from others and has a special set of qualities that make it ideal for a particular type of crafting.
You can use a variety of papers for your creations, including crepe paper, colorful construction paper, and cardstock. Knowing what your craft project requires and how to utilize it best is vital because each type of paper may be used for a variety of tasks. Some we use the most include Origami Paper, Washi Paper, Crepe, Watercolor Paper, Cardstock, Construction Paper or Sugar Paper (colored cardstock).
Different kinds of adhesives adhere to different kind of materials.
And just like above, different kinds of glue sticks to different materials. There are many different types of glue in our room and the kids’ room, including liquid glue, glitter glue, and superglue, even wood glue. Each comes handy whenever the kids have school projects, or when something breaks at home.
Hot Gun and Glue Sticks
If there’s one tool that I probably avoid using the most. it’s the glue gun/hot gun. I’ve experienced my fair share of hot glue burns due to my disorganized thinking.
We collect tapes because they are frequently on sale, no matter what use they serve or what color and visibility (clear, opaque, or brown) they may be.
Who doesn’t love the colors of washi tapes? They’re a joy to look at! My daughter and I loves looking around art stores for the prettiest ones.
We use paintbrushes to apply paint or ink. Bristles are typically attached to a handle with a ferrule to create paintbrushes.
They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials. Thinner ones are better to use for showing details, while thicker ones are used to fill in the gaps. They can be further split into brushes for visual artists and brushes for decorators, who use them for painting and decorating. Crafters also have them too, I found hubby’s airbrush in his creative cabinet and he uses it once in a while (when the kids and I are out for long).
There are three different types of colored pencils: wax-based, oil-based, and water-soluble. The best sort of colored pencil for you will depend on your needs, intended application, and drawing style.
There are fundamental and sophisticated techniques used in the many applications. You can try using any to determine which you can use for particular projects. Yes, crafting can be an expensive investment.