The love of arts and crafts can range from building model cars and airplanes, crocheting, scrapbooking, or dabbling in a variety of crafting activities. No matter if you are a crafting is a fun hobby, or you’re more serious about it, a craft room to house the essentials is a great idea. In planning to build your craft room, here are some basic supplies you will want to gather together to be on your way.
- Scissors – A variety of scissors are an important set of tools. There are special scissors for different materials, so you want to consider stocking a variety of different types and sizes to fit the project. Having a pair of zig-zag shears are perfect for scrapbooking, and you want a pair of tough scissors to cut through messing things like paint and glue. Don’t forget an X-Acto knife for precise cuts and a pair of safety scissors if you have young children.
- Glue – There are different glues for different jobs, so you want to make sure to pick-up a variety. You do not want to get stopped by the wrong kind of glue. A few suggestions are glue sticks, Elmer’s glue, rubber cement, model glue, and fast drying glue like Crazy Glue. One handy thing to purchase is a glue gun with glue sticks. You can buy a cheaper one, but I would advise spending a little more because the extra amount will save you money and frustration in the long run.
- Paint – Paint adds final touches to many craft projects, or it may be your hobby of choice. It’s great to have a variety of paints to add final touches. Buying the basic paint colors in water and oil-base, you can mix the paints to create the color or shade you desire. If you plan to do models, you will need to purchase paint specific for the model in many cases. Adding a few basic cans of spray paint is a good idea for those projects that are difficult to brush paint. Finger paints are a great idea if you have children.
- Brushes – Brushes are essential for more than painting. Having a nice set of paint brushes for pictures or painting models is crucial. A set of stiff or wire brushes will come in handy for making patterns or removing paint. Have a cheap set of brushes around for random tasks when you don’t want to use your expensive brushes.
- Paper and Color – Paper in assorted colors, textures, and patterns are a must for any craft room. Poster paper and construction paper are always useful. A set of markers, crayons, and colored pencils are also necessities.
- Fabric – Fabrics can be used for a variety of crafts and making home-made costumes. Hitting the scrap or sale fabric bins is a great way to start your collection. Using fabrics, you may want to invest in sewing basics: pins, sewing needles, various thread colors, buttons, and zippers are the necessities if you plan to sew anything. Starting a button box to collect old buttons is a nice way to recycle, and they are useful for lots of projects.
- Odds and Ends – There are always some odds and ends that are good editions to any craft room. Things like a ball of twine, fishing line, yarns, ribbons, wire cutters, and pliers. It’s valuable to have a variety of glitters, old jewelry, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, tissue paper, bottle caps, plastic water bottles, and squares of felt fabric in different colors. Many odds and ends can be added to your craft collection, so don’t limit your imagination.
- Cleaning – Keeping art material cleaning supplies around is necessary. Things like turpentine or mineral spirits to help clean-up paint and glue. Using old coffee cans or empty plastic food containers for cleaning and storing are a nice way to recycle things around the house.
Building a craft room is a fun project, especially when you think about items you have in your home that can add to your craft room. It’s a great way to recycle items that might otherwise be thrown out, so be creative and have fun!