My 5 Favorite Craft Supplies I Can’t Live Without
I have been crafting, sewing, designing, and making creative things for as long as I can remember. Whether I am creating a spread for a TV segment, making costumes for a play, designing wearable art, or making something for my blog or YouTube channel, I have realized that there are a few Craft Supplies that I use consistently that I can not live without.
I have done over 100 live TV segments at various stations showing how to make unique crafts and decorations for every type of holiday and event. I fill a six-foot table with at least 10 of my unique creations. Sometimes a producer will ask if I am available days before the segment. I need to have tried and true supplies on hand so I can quickly put together a full display of DIY projects in a matter of days.
While I do have other supplies that I use frequently, these are the go-to items that I use for most of my creations. They are not listed in any order of importance. I use all of them depending on what I am creating. The images shown below are the actual craft supplies I use regularly. They do not look pristine because they have seen hours and hours of action and hundreds of creative projects.
This is not a sponsored post and I have purchased and repurchased all of these items. I am not getting paid for this endorsement of these products These are the 5 craft supplies that I love and can’t live without. Read below to find out why.
My 5 Favorite Craft Supplies
I have been using these small, orange Fiskars scissors for years. I initially bought a pair for sewing and cutting fabric but soon realized that I could easily cut small designs with more precision than a larger pair of scissors. It was great for cutting paper, cardboard, plastic, and detailed patterns. The pointed tip works wonders cutting into water bottles, craft foam, and other things that I previously used a craft knife to puncture a hole into getting the cutting started.
Once I discovered how useful these scissors were for my detail work, I had to purchase another pair just for fabric. I wrote Fabric on the new ones so I wouldn’t accidentally use my new pair for paper and other materials since it would dull the blades. I currently have three pairs – one for fabric, felt, and ribbon and two for everything else.
Here is a video montage of a some of my projects where I used these scissors.
Fiskars Acrylic Ruler
To me, all rulers are not created equally. If I don’t have my Fiskars acrylic ruler to create my designs, I don’t feel like can measure and create patterns as quickly and efficiently. I love that is clear, 3 inches wide, and well marked. Sometimes I work on the floor when I am creating a larger design like my Snowy Owl, Tiamat, Halloween Zombie and I accidentally stepped on the ruler and broke it in half. I taped it together with clear packing tape and it still works perfectly. You can tell by the way it looks that it has been used a lot.
Here is a video clip where I used this ruler.
Mini Hot Glue Gun
The thing I love about a hot glue gun is how fast hot glue cools and can secure larger pieces. Although I have a large hot glue gun, I have never been that happy with them. I have gone through three larger hot glue very quickly and I am not that comfortable with how big they are. I would rather feed the smaller sticks into a mini glue gun. I have had the same Martha Stewart mini glue gun for at least 10 years. It has been through over a hundred crafts, costumes, and designs. It did stop working last year when I had to make 72 Oompa Loompa wigs for the Willy Wonka play. I was able to find a new one but sadly, I think the model has been discontinued. Hopefully, this one will last as long as the last one I had.
Here I show how I made my Chewbacca gift box using my hot glue gun.
Beacon 3-in-1 Craft Glue
Having the right glue makes all the difference in the world for my creative projects. It needs to be non-toxic, dry fast, hold strong and be easy to use. I also don’t like it when a glue bleeds through so I see a discolored spot of dried glue through paper, ribbon, or fabric. My all-time favorite glue for all of my projects is Beacon 3-in-1 craft glue. I don’t even know how many bottles of this glue I have used over the years. I have tried a lot of different brands, but have never found anything I like better. I use it for almost everything.
Here I show how I am using it how to attach metallic trim to stiff felt and paper.
Scotch Tacky Glue
This Scotch tacky glue is my absolute favorite white glue. I use white glue for many of my projects. It is the only glue I use to secure beads, gems, or other attachments to my designs. Once it is dry, it has a very strong hold and doesn’t budge or snap off. I also mix it with water to paint on paper to harden it like a shell-like I did for my Spooky Tree.
Here I show how I am using it how to attach plastic to plastic and rhinestones to plastic.
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