Constructing, deconstructing, painting, gluing, sewing, sticking—there are multiple “techniques” used when completing a craft project. And as a beginner crafter, you will learn early-on that it takes multiple “tools” to make sure those techniques are executed correctly. While the tools you need will vary depending on the type of project, there are essential tools that will pretty much make every easy-to-mid-range project go smoothly. To learn what tools you should have in your “beginner’s kit”, continue reading below.
Hot Glue Gun
Just about every craft project will call for a hot glue gun. Not only does it help attach most embellishments to surfaces such as pins and buttons, but it definitely helps speed-up the time frame for finishing most projects. This is because crafters can easily substitute gluing for sewing when attaching fabrics together for example. Not to mention that the glue dries in no time. Admittedly glue guns can get a tad messy. Try investing in one that uses “string-free” glue sticks to omit some of the mess. If you’re constantly on the go, you can purchase one that is battery-operated as well, although the classic cord glue guns are still our favorite. Hot glue can’t hold everything together, that’s why it’s probably a good idea to buy some wood glue too.
An X-Acto Knife
When it comes to doing craft projects, precision is key. You have to know how to cut straight lines when cutting cardboard, foam, thick poster paper, or when making stencils. Not to mention you don’t want to dull your kitchen knives and nearly chop off your finger because you failed to get an x-acto knife. X-Acto knives are extremely sharp and give you great control. Make sure to get a coinciding craft mat to protect your surfaces.
If you’re using wire to make floral arrangements, jewelry making, or some other craft project, you do not want to use your regular craft scissors to cut and shape—you’ll dull them, or worse, break them. Do yourself a favor and get a pair of sleek wire cutters. It will be so much easier and you’ll utilize your time more effectively if you’re not struggling try to break apart the wire. Wire cutters can also be used to reshape the wire and tie ends together.
Lastly, you need a bone folder. Bone folders are traditionally used to score, mark, and crease paper folds. Thus if you’re really into scrapbook, origami, bookbinding, or any other project that heavily deals with paper you should get a bone folder. It will make your life so much easier.
Any other necessities you can think of?
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