Tag Archives: Must-Haves

12 Craft Room Must-Haves Under $10

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!

Top 10 Craft Room Must-Haves

Top 10 Craft Supplies


Ever wonder what the top ten craft supplies are that our craft room divas use every day here at Michaels? Let’s take a peek behind the curtain and see which items they can’t get enough of.

top10craftroom2-u#10: Card Stock. It may seem ho-hum, but card stock has a ton of uses. Use it to trace and cut out patterns, decoupage it to canvas to add a pop of color or as a simple base for your paper craft creation! Card Stock comes in varying weights and sizes, so choose the few that work best for your projects, and keep a wide variety of colors and textures in your stash.


Pretty, Pretty Paints

#9: Paint. This is a basic staple, but the right paint for your projects is key! Knowing which type to use (Acrylic, Spray, Oil, Gloss, Enamel, etc.) is not only essential to get the desired result in your project, but also saves you re-do time. Not quite sure where to start? Most brands have starter sets you can pick up which will let you test out paint on your surfaces.  Don’t forget to pick up a few different types of paint brushes to use with your paint samples.




#8: X-ACTO® Knife.

X-ACTO® Knife


Getting the detail you want in your projects can be done with the right precision cutting knife. There are many on the market today, and all are great for cutting many types of lightweight materials.

top10craftroom5#7: Tape Runner. Ever wonder how we get that perfect strip of glitter on a project? Or how we make ribbons perfectly stay in place without showing where we glued it? Glue without the mess by using a tape runner. These little devices come in all sorts of adhesive strengths and styles, from actual tape to dots, permanent and removable. Use it to attach paper, ribbon, trim and glitter to almost any surface!




#6: Scissors. Super sharp, perfect balance, the right pair of scissors can make your projects easy. You’ll want a pair for every type of craft you do – one for paper, one for fabric, one for wired ribbon, one for general all-purpose stuff, even one for the kids and a few of the decorative kind that make fun borders.


#5: Ribbon. Use it as a trim, a finishing touch or to hide that little “mistake”. (Of course, there are no mistakes in crafting, only happy accidents!). Keep a few of your favorite ribbon styles and colors on hand to use in a pinch. And, don’t forget about specialty ribbons, like Jute or Tulle.


Rolls and Rolls of Ribbon
Ott Lite


#4. OttLite®. This is a gem! OttLites® create low heat, low glare natural light that provides energy efficient true color results. Alright, enough of the sales pitch – you want one of these! It’s the best craft light we’ve ever found, bright enough to light up your work, but it doesn’t get hot and you can use it for hours. And, there are tons of styles, everything from pretty floor style to industrial looking craft table ones and everything in between.



#3:  Liquitex® Gel Medium . Every time we ask Kathy Kromer about decoupage, or glue or some sort of all-purpose medium to do crafting with, the first thing she says is “Liquitex® Gel Medium”. She can’t get enough of this stuff, and neither can we. It’s used for everything from a transfer medium, to glue, and even top coat varnish! And not just on canvas, we’ve seen her pull this stuff out on chargers, wood plaques, candles, you name it, she’s using Liquitex Gel Medium on it! Check out Kathy using it on this easy canvas background project.

Glue Guns Galore!#2: Glue Gun. Yes, the simple glue gun is of course a craft room staple. For most products, a low-heat gun is perfect, but for those projects you need a bit more stick to, try a high-temp model. They are now even available in beautiful patterns and colors to match your craft personality!


#1: Sharpies®. Our top item every craft room must have: Sharpie Markers. They are perfect for everything from drawing on your child’s lunch sack, to writing love notes, detail lettering or just making your mark. They come in all sorts of colors, and even metallic and neon! Pick up some to keep in your craft room and your all-purpose drawer.

Sharpie® Markers