So, you want to be a crafter?
Did you know that you don’t need to be artistic or creative to be a good crafter? I have always been a crafter, in my own way, and I’ve come to realize that people can generally create whatever they want to, whether they know how to or not, simply by using internet searches. With the right mix of ingredients, and some willingness, you can turn from non-crafter to crafter in just a few short minutes. Read further to learn all about the craft equipment basics; what you need to start crafting.
Quality vs. quantity with crafting supplies
One of the things to remember when purchasing craft equipment and supplies for the first time is that quality matters more in some items than in others. High quality equipment, such as die cutters and scissors will last forever, whereas cheaply made tools will break or become dull quickly. Buying used craft tools can be a good way to save money on the most high quality items.
When you need to buy
The great thing about crafting is that you don’t need to go out and buy a ton of new stuff to get started; you just need to be creative with your resources. For example, if you don’t have the fabric you need for a project, but you have a pillowcase or old curtain that you’ll never use again, then you are in a good position to get going. If you’ve gone through your cupboards and you absolutely have nothing that will work well for what you’re trying to create, then check on your local Used.ca site for something close to what you’re aiming for.
Shopping for used craft equipment
There are a few items that you’ll probably be better off buying brand new. These items include a high-quality glue stick (for paper projects), a hot glue gun (for a more heavy-duty stickiness), and other more perishable items, such as felt pens. I have found that a dollar store hot glue gun is just fine, but that a glue stick for paper projects needs to be purchased elsewhere. You need a really good stick, and I have never found that in cheap glue. I have always found that a LePage glue stick works well.
I would love to read your comments below on where you have found your best craft basics, and which items you have found to be equally as good as new when purchased used.
My top picks to get your craft cupboard started:
- Good quality scissors
- Glue stick
- Glue gun
- Felt pens
- Paint brushes
- Assorted paint colours
- Coloured paper
- Hot glue
- Needle & thread
- Scrap fabric pieces
- Glitter (don’t you ALWAYS need glitter, though?)
- An internet connection
Here you can find everything from used kilns and giant looms to scrap fabric. There are some simply amazing finds in our craft supplies category.