Have you found yourself in a craft store, staring at the rows and rows of (what feels like millions of) supply options and not having a clue where to start or what to buy?
Yup, going craft supply shopping can be very intimidating if you don't know what to buy and what not to buy. When it comes to kids it is also important to buy things that will at least last a season or two.
We had no idea what to buy when we started our club. But crafting with kids on a daily basis over the years has helped us a lot to see and understand which supplies and brands work and which ones just don’t.
The ironic thing is that the BEST crafting projects and experiences come from using a small list of basic supplies. And you’ll see you’ll end up using these supplies over and over again. You don’t need fancy supplies to create something awesome.
Also, if you stock up on these 10 supplies, you can do about 80% of the Creative Crafting Club lesson plans.
To make your shopping experience as stress-free as possible, we’ve created a free Supply Checklist and Buying Guide PDF to help you get started.
The best part of creative crafting is that you don’t actually have to BUY all the supplies. You can also COLLECT supplies! Ask friends, family and neighbours to help and start collecting today!
Here is a list of recyclable materials that we often use in our classes:
These cool hand puppets were made using recycled milk boxes, egg cartons and cardboard!
We keep a variety of paint brush sizes in our studio. We most often use the brushes with round tips.
These babies work like MAGIC for all ages! They are an absolute MUST HAVE! They are durable, last long and work very well on most material types such as paper, cardboard and fabric.
We must have tried about 5 different marker brands before we found the one that lasts. Sharpies!
If you find that Sharpies are too expensive, or do not last long enough for you, don't underestimate the value of a classic ol’ black ballpoint pen. I’m sure you can collect a few from your husband’s “man-drawer”. A lot of creatives use black pens to illustrate and it works like a charm as a design tool.
We buy the A4 and A3 white paper in large packs as it is more cost effective and you can NEVER have enough.
We used to also work with chalk and other types of crayons, but over the years it’s become very clear - oil pastels work the best for ages 4 and up.
The colours look bright and striking on projects and you can buy them in bulk so they last very long.
Even at home, when my toddler looks like he is becoming a bit restless, I whip out my container of Jumbo Crayons and paper and he can keep himself busy for a while.
Crayons are a choking hazard for little ones, so we suggest you buy the jumbo crayons for kids under 4.
Stop reading right here, head over to this link and buy a glue gun. You’ll thank me later!
If you have a glue gun, a world of creative possibilities opens up! My glue gun is my best friend in my studio. It allows us to build and invent and stick things in place, properly! I mean, c’mon, who in this day and age has time to wait for glue to dry? We’ve got places to be and things to create!
Once you start gluing things with a glue gun, you will be hooked, so make sure you invest in a good one. I remember how surprised I was initially of how affordable they actually are.
You can replenish the glue sticks as you run out.
P.S. We only use our glue gun for prep work, we don’t bring it out in class to prevent accidents (burns) from happening.
Pipe cleaners are a great asset in the crafting studio for several reasons:
Reason 1: They come in bright colours and look FABULOUS in a glass jar!
Reason 2: Little fingers love feeling the unique texture and bending it around in their hands (hello, fine motor skills!)
Reason 3: They are practical as they can tie things together
Reason 4: They work perfectly to create ‘tentacles’ of all kinds on projects
Here is a quick link to buy your first batch:
We use duct tape all the time for our projects! We use it to stick all kinds of things, and unlike most tape it actually STICKS! My friend's dad fixed his running shorts with duct tape and it even withstands a washing machine. What an amazing product. The more colourful the better!
Having an box cutter and self-healing cutting mat makes preparing for crafts so much easier. We work with a lot of cardboard and paper and these two tools cut your prep time down significantly. Trying to cut cardboard with scissors not only kills your hand, but it will most likely break your scissors. Since the blade of a box cutter is very sharp, we only use it to prepare for classes and then store it away when there are kids in the studio.
Lastly, here are other supplies we use often that they may already have at home:
Scissors, Pencils, Pencil sharpener, Black pens, Elastic, Wool/ Yarn, Double sided tape, Aluminium foil, Stapler, Embroidery needles, Ribbons, Single hole punch, Wooden clothespins, Craft sticks, Paper plates, Paper fasteners, White socks, Round stickers, Foam sheets.
That's it from us, please let us know what your favourite arts and crafts product are in the comments!
Don’t forget to download your free Creative Crafting Supply Checklist and Buying Guide PDF to help you get started.
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