20 Arts and Crafts Tools for the Kid at Heart

Crafting supplies on a stack of construction paper
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Crafts are a fun way to express your creativity and have a physical object to show for it. If you’re trying to get into the hobby, there are lots of tools and products that will help you create your next project.

All Glued Together

Bob Smith Industries Super Glue, Chandler Tool Hot Glue Gun, Gorilla Wood Glue
Bob Smith Industries, Chandler Tool, Gorilla

A large part of crafting is trying to get different things to stick together. There are lots of different kinds of glues, however, and they are designed to hold different materials together.

Thistothat.com is a great resource for figuring out what type of glue you should use. You enter the two materials you’re trying to stick together, and it will suggest an adhesive that works best.

  • Chandler Tool Hot Glue Gun:  Hot glue guns are great for all kinds of crafts. This gun has a stand that keeps the tip off the table and away from your hands. If you’ve ever used a hot glue gun without one, it’s hard to find a position to set it down in that won’t resort in an accidental burn, which is what makes this gun so great.
  • TopElek Mini Glue Gun: There are two sizes of glue sticks for hot glue—regular and mini. The TopElek Mini Glue Gun accepts the smaller glue sticks. It doesn’t have a stand at the base, although it does have a little guard on the tip to stop it from burning the table.
  • Bob Smith 103 Insta-Cure “Super Glue”: Cyaonacrylate or “Super Glue” dries in a couple of seconds and is extremely strong. This product is excellent for gluing together intricate pieces and building models. Just try not to stick your hand to your face.
  • Gorilla Wood Glue: Gorilla’s wood glue is one of the best you can buy; it will keep two pieces of wood held together under considerable force. Just remember, you need to have your project clamped for twenty to thirty minutes after application and let it sit for 24 hours afterward for the best results.
  • Elmer’s Liquid School Glue: This is just your classic Elmer’s Glue, famous in schools everywhere. It’s perfect for small projects and gluing paper together, but won’t hold anything substantial together.

Stuck with Tape

Duck Tape Duct Tape, Scotch Packaging Tape
Duck, Scotch

Glue won’t work for everything, but with enough willpower and dedication, you should be able to duct tape anything together. Tapes are great because they can be used instantly and don’t need to spend time drying. It’s also great for covering up small areas and borders when you’re working with something messy like paint.

  • Scotch Brand Magic Tape: This is just your standard one-sided clear tape. It’s perfect for taping paper together and wrapping up presents. It’s not very strong, though, so if you need it to hold something down, it isn’t the best option.
  • Duck Brand Duct Tape: Duct tape is one of the strongest tapes that you can buy. It has a stereotype of being able to fix anything for a reason. This tape has incredible tensile strength but can still be easily torn across the grain to get it off the roll.
  • Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Packaging Tape: Packaging tape is also very strong and can be used to hold heavier things together. Being transparent also gives it a cleaner look than duct tape when applied smoothly.

Things That Cut

Fancii Precision Craft Knife Set, Stanley 8 Inch All-Purpose Ergonomic Scissor
Stanley, Fancii

A good pair of scissors can be hard to find in a world of safety blades and rounded tips. As long as you’re careful and don’t run with them, a pair of real scissors or a set of precision knives can make crafting so much easier. There’s much less frustration trying to cut through multiple sheets of paper or fabric at a time, and you have more control over what you’re doing.

  • Stanley 8 Inch All-Purpose Scissor: This pack of scissors comes with two eight-inch stainless steel blades. The scissors have wide grips for even large hands to comfortably use and a fine point for precision cutting.
  • Fiskars No.8 Premier Easy Action Bent Scissors: Sometimes, ordinary scissors aren’t strong enough, and you need something heavy-duty. These bent scissors are great at cutting through multiple layers of fabric and denim. The spring-action release helps opens the blade for you after every cut, helping reduce strain on your hands.
  • Fancii Precision Craft Knife: This set of crafting knives comes with three handles for different style grips. There are also thirteen blades of all different angles, shapes, and sizes. Whether you’re carving into clay or slicing through card stock, there is a blade for it.

Things That Draw

Derwent Graphite Pencils, Sharpie Assorted Color Markers
Derwent, Sharpie

Crafting can’t be considered complete without a little bit of color. There are so many options when it comes to adding an artistic flair to your projects. Paints, markers, and colored pencils are all great ways to liven up your project and express your creativity.

  • Derwent Graphic Pencils: These Derwent pencils are some of the best for graphite drawings. They can also be used for outlining your product before you make a cut or go over it with paint and markers.
  • Art 101 142-Piece Wood Art Set: This large art set comes with a little bit of everything. It has colored pencils, crayons, pastels, and watercolors for coloring things. The set also includes regular pencils, a sharpener, and an eraser.
  • Ohuhu 40-color Alcohol-Based Markers: This set has 40 different colors of permanent markers. Each marker has two tips, a fine one for detailing and another thicker one for filling and shading.
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers: Sharpies can write on almost anything, and they won’t come off easily. They are the classic permanent markers. If you’re trying to draw on something unconventional, they won’t smudge or smear off easily.

Materials to Craft With

Slime Supplies Glitter Powder Sequins, Craft Wood Sticks
Kiikooll, ETA Hand2 Mind

It’s impossible to craft without materials craft with. You can’t use scissors and glue on thin air and create something; you need paper, fabric, or sometimes popsicle sticks. These are just some of the materials that you should have on hand with you if you spend a lot of time crafting.

  • Flic-flac Fabric Sheets: This assortment of felt fabric can be ordered in a variety of color and size options for all kinds of projects. The material is thick and is easy to draw or paint on. It also glues together well and is easy to cut into shape.
  • Craft Wood Sticks: Popsicle sticks are one of the most fun things to craft using. Just grab a hot glue gun, and you can make all sorts of models. You can turn a box of 1000 wooden sticks into a castle with a drawbridge in an afternoon.
  • Pacon Construction Paper: Whether you’re making a home-made card or working on a scrapbook, colored paper always looks better for backgrounds than markers or colored pencils. This package comes with 500 sheets of paper in 10 colors and is great for all paper-based projects.
  • EpiqueOne 1090 Piece Kids Art Craft Supplies Assortment: This is a supply kit filled with little sparkly bobbles. It comes with pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and all kinds of sequins and buttons. This set is great for little art projects or for getting your kids involved in crafting.
  • Slime Supplies Glitter Powder: If you’re spending a lot of time doing arts and crafts, glitter is essential. Now, it can be overdone VERY easily, but that doesn’t make it useless. This set of glitter bottles comes in twelve different colors and is great for making DIY slime or adding a little shine to your project.

Arts and crafts cover a wide variety of projects. There are thousands of crazy Pinterest crafts; there is always something to create. Whether you’re using tape or glue, fabric or wood, the only limit to what you can create is your imagination and the tools and materials that you have on-hand.

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