Crafting is one of those hobbies that can feel like you need to spend a heap of money and hoard a room full of supplies to enjoy it properly. But that’s just not true. Of course after a while your collection will build up and you’ll probably end up with a cupboard full of supplies, but you don’t need to purchase it all at once.
If you feel like there’s something missing from your craft supplies though, or just feel like doing a little crafty shopping, there are a few key craft items that I think are must-haves and I always have on hand.
If you’re starting to craft for the first time, stock up on these (it doesn’t have to be all at once) to make your crafting endeavours easier. Even if you’ve been crafting for years, I’d recommend adding these to your collection if you’re missing any of them.
I don’t know what I’d do without my collection of sharpies! I seriously use them every single day. Whether it’s decorating balloons, making cards, or just leaving myself notes, they definitely come in handy! I love the wave of new colours that has been happening for the last couple of years – collecting the different shades can become a bit of an addiction! Unfortunately they’re quite expensive in New Zealand (as are most things)! My favourite place to purchase them here is The Warehouse Stationery – I’d recommend browsing every so often as they sometimes have specials. Amazon is also a great place to get buy Sharpies. Even with the pricey shipping, it can still work out cheaper than New Zealand retail stores. My favourite type are the fine tips; I’d suggest starting with a black, a set of the three metallics, and a few of your favourite colours.
If you’re into crafting, it’s safe to assume you also love parties and the holidays. And what’s a party without balloons?! Over the years I’ve built a little balloon collection so I’m now prepared for a spontaneous party, no matter the ocassion or colour theme! I tend to purchase balloons on the cheap side as they’re really only used for a couple of hours. I get mine from Spotlight and Countdown. I also have a helium tank from Balloon Time, which is totally unecessary, but it will save you money (and time) in the long run if you use helium balloons quite a bit.
3. QUALITY SCISSORS
Note I’m saying quality not expensive, because my favourite pair of scissors are actually quite cheap. I’ve bought so many scissors over the years that just break or don’t cut properly, but the ones I use now are fantastic! I never thought I’d get excited over such a basic item but I really enjoy these scissors. They’re comfy to hold and they cut really well! We’ve got a handful of pairs around our house.
4. MARTHA STEWART PAINT
If you’ve already got a favourite paint then keep using that and stock up on the basics – primary colours, black, white and a couple of fun colours. But if you don’t have any paint, or none that you love, then I’d really recommend Martha Stewart paints. Unfortunately they’re not sold anywhere in New Zealand that I’ve found. But they’re easy enough to buy on Amazon! While the shipping is ridiculously expensive, I’ve found them to be worth the price.
5. MOD PODGE
What did we do before Mod Podge?! Apparently it’s been around since the 60s but I’ve seen it in New Zealand only in recent years. If you’re not familiar with Mod Podge, it’s a glue/sealer that can be used to make so many things! I used it to make my glitter fridge magnets.
6. HOT GLUE GUN
I’m not really sure what to say here, other than you need a hot glue gun! Don’t spend heaps, just pick one up from a craft store like Spotlight or even The Warehouse.
7. COLOURED PAPER
Every crafter needs a good stash of coloured paper, especially if you enjoy paper crafts like I do. I continually stock up on it, buying interesting colours and textures and keeping a constant supply of basic colours.
Are you a crafter? What are your must-have craft supplies you always have on hand?