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Starting to Craft – essential supplies

Submitted by on November 15, 2012 – 3:44 pmNo Comment

Have you always wanted to make things from scratch? Perhaps you want to learn to knit or sew your own clothes. Maybe your kids are getting to an age where craft is the only way to keep them occupied with an activity that doesn’t take place in front of a screen.

But if you’ve never been a crafty person you might need a few pointers about how to fill up your cupboard so that you’ll have the equipment and craft materials you need to begin.

A good pair of scissors

Any craft fan will tell you that a good pair of scissors is a fundamental part of craft. Buy from a craft store and don’t scrimp – a strong pair of scissors with a clean cut will earn their keep.

Paints and brushes

A nice range of poster paints and different sized brushes forms part of any crafter’s box of tricks. Get good quality brushes so that the bristles don’t fall out in the paint, and make sure you clean them straight after use.

Coloured card

A pack of different coloured card is essential to many simple craft activities. You can also use them to make birthday and Christmas cards (and save a lot of money in the process!).

Needles and thread

Get in a good selection of needles (plus a good pin cushion and pins!) and a few different colours of thread (white, black, grey, red are good colours to start).

Glue – lots of it!

Hot glue (and a hot glue gun), glue sticks, craft glue and super glue. Glue is the glue that keeps craft together. You will need a lot of it.

A ruler, set square and a measuring tape

A metal rule and a measuring tape will come in very handy for both measuring and keeping your lines nice and straight. A set square will make sure your corners are at right angles, if that’s what you’re aiming for.

A cutting mat

Keep your surfaces safe with a thick plastic mat. You can cut using a Stanley knife and use your hot glue gun without fearing for the state of your tabletops.


Start picking up scraps of fabric (you can often get them cheaply from charity shops). Having white and black cotton on standby is a good investment in your craft career. Lace, fringe, braid and ribbon are also worth keeping an eye out for.

The more you craft, the more you’ll find out what materials and equipment you need, but as a starter kit, these essentials will become staples in your craft work.

What basics do you keep in your craft cupboard?

Vivienne Egan writes for kids craft company Yellow Moon.

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