The Ultimate Craft Supply Checklist

The Ultimate Craft Supply Checklist

The Ultimate Craft Supply Checklist

I may not be recognized as a crafting genius in my lifetime, but my creativity knows no bounds. There’s no way of predicting when inspiration will strike, so I try to keep everything I could possibly need on hand. If you’re anything like me, the ultimate craft supply checklist can enrich your life, too.


  • Paintbrushes and foam brushes
  • Hole punch
  • Ruler or yardstick
  • Wire clippers
  • Paper trimmer—no matter how accomplished your scissors skills, a guaranteed straight line is better.
  • Sponges
  • Needles—do yourself a favor and keep these in an old Altoid tin, or you’ll find them in the carpet.
  • Scissors—bonus points if you still have an impressive array of edger scissors from a scrapbooking phase.


  • Markers—frankly, I have a weakness for them all: Sharpies, fine point, poster-sized, brush markers for calligraphy, basic washable Crayolas, glitter, and so many more.
  • Colored pencils and sharpener
  • Oil pastels
  • Chalk


  • Acrylic paints
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Milk paint—I have an irresistible impulse every now and again to refinish furniture. It’s not an exaggeration to say that I’ll paint anything.
  • Watercolors
  • Tempera paints


  • Felt
  • Textile remnants—give me anything larger than 12 inches, and I’ll make a pillow out of it.
  • Thread and embroidery floss—if you’ve started 1,000 needlework projects like I have, y’all probably have plenty of this.
  • Burlap


  • Ribbon—you can have a good time crafting with nothing but ribbon.
  • Yarn
  • Twine—rustic touches are extremely on-trend.


  • Colored tissue paper—borrow some from your gift-wrapping supplies station.
  • Cardboard, cardstock, and poster board
  • Construction paper
  • Crepe paper

Putting It Together

  • Velcro
  • Glue—stick glue, glitter glue, Krazy Glue, Elmer’s, wood glue, and whatever else you could possibly use. I keep nail polish remover nearby for when I inevitably glue my fingers together.
  • Hot glue gun—I hold this tool in high regard, and would never just group it in with the other glues. Wield it in good health.
  • Fishing wire
  • String
  • Floral wire
  • Mod Podge—Beware, y’all might get obsessed with it like me.
  • Double-sided and painter’s tape
  • Clear contact paper

Wild Cards

  • Googly eyes—everything is better with googly eyes.
  • Pom poms
  • Beads
  • Feathers—if there’s a way to work in feathers, you’ll be glad you did.
  • Sequins
  • Glitter
  • Mason jars—put anything in one of these, decorate it, and you have a decent gift.
  • Small rocks

Containers and Organizers

Be ready with some spares, because you’ll be creating leftover supplies as you go. Stay organized from the get-go, keep supplies separate, and label everything. The ultimate craft supply checklist depends on it.

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