12 Craft Room Must-Haves Under $10

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One of the most frequently asked questions is “what basic supplies do I need to stock my craft room?” We consulted with our MAKE room team and they shared their 12 top craft room must-haves.
BONUS: all of these are less than $10!

1.  ArtMinds® Fashion Mini Glue Gun

Mini Glue Gun

One of the first must-haves is a glue gun and this mini model is perfect for big and little projects. The small design is easy-to-use and store!

2.  Surebonder® Mini Glue Sticks

Glue Sticks

Glue sticks go hand-in-hand with glue guns and these mini glue sticks help get the job done every time!

3. Elmer’s® CraftBond® Extra Strength Glue Stick

Extra Strength Glue Stick

This extra strength glue stick makes our list, as it allows you to permanently attach embellishments with the convenience of a glue stick!
MAKER Tip: Applies blue, but dries clear, so you can see where it has been applied.

4.  Loops & Threads™ Straight Scissors

Another top must-have – a great pair of basic scissors. These made the cut due to their comfort grip handles and durable stainless blades for long lasting sharpness.

5.  Craft Smart™ Precision Scissors

These scissors are the ones to grab when you need to make detailed cuts. Their precision points create clean cuts. The smaller size makes them ideal for needlework.

6.  Scotch® Double Sided Tape

Double sided tape is a paper craft and scrapbooking must-have, but isn’t limited to just those projects. Adhere smaller decorations to glass votives, use in gift wrapping, door decor and more!

7. Westcott® Stainless Steel Ruler – 12-inch

Every craft toolbox needs a ruler and this one is our choice. Not only does it provide an excellent straight edge, but it is also perfect for craft knife cutting (you can’t do that with a wooden or plastic one). The nonslip cork backing assures your ruler will stay in place when using.

8. Pigma® Micron® Archival Black Ink Pen – Black – 0.50 mm

We love this pen due to the extra-fine point tip, waterproof and fade-resistant ink. It’s our go-to for drawing or lettering to create precision lines.

9. Craft Smart® Brush Assortment

This Everyday Value Set of paint brushes is a great way to build your craft toolbox. The variety of types assures you will have the perfect size and shape brush to complete your acrylic and watercolor projects.
MAKER Tip: Increase the life of your brushes by always washing them thoroughly and not allowing the paint to dry in them. Lay them flat on a paper tool or suspend them by their handles, bristle side down to dry.

10. X-ACTO® Designer Series Gripster® Craft Knife

When scissors won’t do, the X-ACTO Gripster is the tool to use for precision cutting and trimming. We especially like the comfort grip and rear blade release, plus the bold pink color!
MAKER Tip: Make sure to replace safety cap when not in use.

11.  Artist’s Loft™ Fundamental™ Triangle Markers Set

We like the color options with these these easy-to grip markers and the fine, precision tips that are perfect for doodling, drawing, illustrating, and coloring.

12. OLFA® Self-Healing Rotary Mat, 6” x 8”

We like this self-healing mat as the basis of our work surface. The grid lines help with measuring and alignment. The smooth, self-healing surface is perfect for general cutting.
MAKER Tip: To prevent warping, store your mat on a flat surface, away from extreme heat and cold.

What craft essential can you not live without? Share with us in the comments below!


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  • I found Craft Smart Brush Assortment & OLFA Self-Healing Rotary Mat, 6” x 8” are very useful products under $10.