10 Tools You’ll Need as a Craft Maker
Indulge your creative side with arts and
|Whether your craft making is
a hobby or a money-making venture,
good craft making tools are necessary for its success. (Image from Flickr)
10 Craft Maker
crafts can be a really cheap and easy way to indulge your creative side. Whether your career has stopped
you from being creative in your free time or you’ve just neglected it, crafts is a great way to make and design
things on a budget. Some people even sell the things they make and bring in some money from their hobby.
So, if you’re getting back into arts and crafts here are 10 tools you’ll
1. Fabric and Fabric
Whether you’re making finger puppets or a new pencil case, fabric is essential.
It’s one of the craft maker’s most necessary tools. Don’t forget that if you want to spruce up your fabric with
some paint, you’ll need fabric paint otherwise it won’t look very good!
Don’t settle for that second rate, decade old, blunted pair of scissors. If you
want to take craft-making seriously, you need a proper pair of sharp scissors that will allow you cut through
almost any craft material.
Artist’s tape is the best tape to use for crafts because it allows you to draw and
paint over the top of it, and it can be removed easily without causing damage to the paper. It is a little less
sticky than other kinds of tape but don’t
let that put you off. Keep in mind, some jobs will require double sided sticky tape too.
Craft knives are ideal for cutting out shapes from felt, foam or card. They can
also be used to score lines on your work when necessary. These shouldn’t be used by children, and even adults should be very careful!
|One of the essential craft-making tools is a sharp craft knife,
used for cutting different shapes from a variety of materials. (Image from Flickr)
5. A Cutting
Another thing you’ll need when you’re using that new craft knife is a cutting mat.
Don’t be tempted to just lean on a book or the table. The damage you’ll cause isn’t worth it! If you use a cutting
mat, you don’t need to worry about leaving marks on tables and furniture.
When you have big paper cutting jobs to do, scissors can be too time-consuming. A
guillotine allows you to quickly and easily cut through card and paper with no fuss and no mess. It also provides
you with a clean, consistent edge that you don’t always get with scissors.
Without glue, you’re not going to be able to hold together all your various parts
and components. You can use simple craft glue or a stick of glue. But if you need a stronger hold you’ll need to
invest in a high-quality glue gun.
You’re going to want to bring those crafts to life with a bit of colour so don’t
forget the paint and paintbrushes. Acrylic is probably the best, but you can use whatever kind you see fit. You
could even do some hand prints with the kids.
|Most of the arts and crafts you'll be making will require
touches, such as painting to bring them to life.
For as little as L20, you can get a decent bench vice. They can be useful if
you’re making model cars or trains. If you need to hold something firmly in place while you work,
vice is essential.
There are different kinds of pliers so be aware of this when you’re buying. Pliers
are important for anyone making craft jewelry or anything similar. If you’re just making card and paper-based
crafts though, they may not be needed.