Need ideas for craft supplies for gift giving (or for sharing your wish list)? Here’s 15 supplies – all under $15 – sure to please any crafter.
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I know my way around a craft store like a boss!
So it always surprises me when certain members of the male population of my family (read: 75%) can walk into one with me, and have no idea in the world what’s in there that I may like.
To be fair, I’m somewhat the same when it comes to the tool section at Lowe’s.
Hammer? Got one! (Maybe he even has 5 of them.)
Measuring Tape? Pretty sure I’ve seen those in the shop too!
And it goes waaaaaaay deeper than just those basic tools. There’s stuff in that shop that I have no idea what it even is – never mind what it does!
And that’s okay, because I have mine. 🙂
Crafters need their tools and supplies too, and the good part is that they’re usually a lot less expensive than shop tools!
Shopping for Craft Supplies
Craft supplies make perfect gifts for people who enjoy crafting, and if you’ve got one on your gift list, you should never have the problem of coming up with something to gift them.
There’s some amazing tools out there that are a bit more expensive, but there’s also a very large assortment of items that are really inexpensive.
This collection of 15 fantastic craft supplies for gift giving is what I consider to be basic, must-have supplies. Grab a cute basket, fill it with a few favorites, and further endear yourself to your crafting friend!
And If you’re just getting started with building your own craft supply, or need to do some restocking, this handy list makes it easy to get the bases covered.
When you’re asked for a wish list, here you go!
15 Fantastic Craft Supplies for Gift Giving
Of course, scissors are basic tools that most households already have, but if yours in anything like mine, scissors have a way of easily relocating, so when you need them…
I have a dedicated pair made specifically for crafting, with high-grade stainless steel blades. Having an ergonomic handle is important for those longer projects, and I personally appreciate a pair that is both left and right-hand friendly. You’ll gain bonus points with your left-handed crafting friend, I guarantee!
Oh, how I adore my paper trimmer! I bought my first one over 10 years ago and it’s still serving me well! I occasionally install a new blade, but because of its durability, it costs less and less to own each year.
This is my preferred method for cutting card stock, printed scrapbook paper, and pre-made paper trim. The precision cut is way better than what I could do with scissors – because I’m one of those people who can’t cut a straight line to save my life.
The built-in guidelines are so handy for easily measuring card sizes, and there’s even pre-marked lines for the most common ones.
Every crafter needs at least one bottle of Mod Podge! There’s a reason this stuff has been a popular craft supply for over 50 years – it’s an absolute staple!
Today, there’s 17 different formulas, from the classic gloss finish in the orange bottle, to a dishwasher-safe formula, and specialty formulas for a range of materials.
You’ll get the best results when you use a formula well-suited for your project, but no matter which one you choose, remember that they’ll all do the same basic three things: glue, seal, and finish.
Foam brushes need a place in every crafter’s supply stash! I use them for decoupage, top coating, and will often use them to apply craft paint on smaller projects.
I love them because they’re inexpensive, simple to clean, and if taken care of, can last through quite a few projects before needing to be replaced. When I’m working on a project using several different colors, it’s so convenient to have a brush handy for each one, instead of rinsing the same brush over and over.
Just wait until you need an Xacto knife – and don’t have one; you’ll quickly appreciate how handy this little tool is!
It’s ideal for precision cuts in tight corners and along edges of projects. While scissors have their uses, sometimes you really need the detailed cuts you can only get from these knives.
Blades are easily replaced, and with reasonable care, an Xacto knife can last a lifetime.
I’m just going to go ahead and say it: No craft supply collection is complete without a glue gun!
I’m not really sure how the crafting world ever got along without them, and I’ve had at least one in my collection for as many years as I can remember.
So many years, in fact, that I remember when the only option was a HOT glue gun (and I carried a scar on my leg for years to prove it).
I don’t recommend buying one now that doesn’t have the cool setting option, especially if you’ll be using it around or with children.
Not your basic 3-ring paper style punch, a craft hole punch comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Not only can you cut smaller or larger-than-standard holes, but there are also punches that cut little rectangles (perfect for threading narrow ribbon), and shapes like stars, flowers, and hearts.
Using hole punches is an inexpensive way to add small, perfect cut-outs to your scrapbook pages and cards.
Look for models with a handy cage that catches scraps, and comfortable handles.
(By the way, those scraps that you catch can be saved for adding colorful confetti to future projects.)
I always keep a roll of painters tape handy for holding stencils in place, and for masking off detailed areas.
It has just enough adhesive to hold well, but not so much that you rip paint off – even uncured paint.
I also like to use it to hold sheets of parchment paper onto the counter when I work, and it’s simply masterful at lifting small particles of dust or stray pieces of trash (like a dried crumb of paint that falls from the bottle) from a project.
It’s totally understandable why someone might not “get” stenciling when they try it without stencil brushes!
Stencil brushes can eliminate nearly every possible stencil mishap because they’re designed specifically for the rough application of paint – which is necessary for a clean and successful transfer. Regular paint or foam brushes simply can’t deliver the same results.
A small set of 2 or 3 sizes is a great place to start, and will meet most basic stenciling needs.
For the paper crafter, an adhesive roller is a dream-come-true! I’ve tried regular double-sided tape, glue sticks, craft glue, and even foam dots (which do have their place), but nothing produces as clean, crisp, and reliable hold as an adhesive roller.
They make it so much easier to focus on the project, rather than the adhesion, and if you use multiple layers in your project, waiting for wet adhesive to dry is totally eliminated.
Admittedly, I’m a little partial to stencils, but for the crafter who wants to get creative with finishes, they’re an essential supply. Stencils have the power to upgrade a simple painted project to one with a distinct personality, and the finished project can be as unique as the maker.
Look for stencils that have themes you most enjoy, and that can be used in several different projects.
The life of a stencil is in how well you clean and care for it, so look for those made from durable material (mine are made from 10 mil mylar), and make sure to protect them from bending between uses.
Get all the tips for perfect projects – Stencil Art: How to Get a Flawless Transfer Every Time.
You may be surprised to find parchment paper on a list of essential craft supplies, but once you get into the habit of using it, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.
I love to use it, taped to my kitchen counter, for painting and glue projects. It catches all the drips, spills, and smears, and when I’m finished, I simply pull it up, roll it up, and toss it into the garbage.
It also makes a handy “palette” for mixing paints during projects. Just squirt it on the side of the paper and blend away!
It seems like there’s an ideal adhesive for most any project, and tacky glue certainly has its place. It’s perfect for projects that need a good, sturdy hold, but aren’t too detailed or precise.
I always keep a bottle on hand, and make sure to cap it well between uses. It’s also a great idea to occasionally rinse the spout – especially if you don’t use it for an extended period.
Spray paint is amazing! It never ceases to amaze my just how transformational it is.
There are less-expensive brands out there, but this is truly one of those situations in which you get what you pay for. Rust-Oleum has never let me down, and the quality is unmatched.
The key with spray painting is to apply in thin, even coats, but with the 2X line of colors, primer is built right in and 2 coats in usually all you’ll need. These paints are available in a deliciously wide range of colors and textured paints practically make me giddy!
No craft supply can be complete without acrylic craft paints. DecoArt is my personal favorite because of their quality and rich colors. If you can’t find the exact color you’re looking for (hard to imagine), you can always blend your favorites together to achieve a unique color for your project.
My favorite tip for storing craft paints is to organize them into color families, which makes it so much easier to find what you’re looking for before you start your project. And for my favorite storage pieces, check out the post below!
If you enjoyed this post, you may also like Organizing Your Craft Supplies, Part 1.