Must Have Craft Supplies For Your Next Creation
When people think of crafting, they think of craft fairs in small towns, of mothers and grandmothers manning booths with hand-sewn clothing for American Girl dolls and beeswax candles and hand-knitted mittens and hats - and they're not totally wrong. But these days, everyone is crafting. Thanks to the proliferation of 'do it yourself' blogs on the internet and online interior design magazines, crafting is bigger than ever. It's become something that's no longer reserved for grandmothers who spend their days sewing quilts while they watch episode after episode of General Hospital. In fact, many young people have taken up crafting, having figured out that making great gifts and things for your home is so much easier and better than buying them. This year, instead of gifting store-bought gifts, consider making things on your own. When you've crafted something that you give your friend or your family member, it's made with love. You've put time and effort into it, and that often means much more to someone than something you bought at the local mall. Luckily, you can get all the craft supplies you need online! Here are some must-haves for your next creation. One of the best things to have around is lots and lots of buttons - you never know when you're going to need them for your next project! Let's say you're helping the kids make sock puppets - those puppets need eyes, don't they? Grab some buttons! Perhaps you're sewing new buttons onto your favorite jacket; perhaps the snowman out in the front yard could really benefit from the ability to see through his button eyes. Buttons are great, because children understand what they are and, for the most part, not to ingest them. They're easy to use as well, as glue guns can work some magic with a button - you don't even need a sewing needle! You never know when you're going to need buttons or any other form of embellishment, so it's smart to stock up on them now. That way, next time you're making a quilt that requires button detailing, or doing some at home puppet making, you'll be all set with everything you need. Online craft stores have everything from Christmas buttons to Football-themed buttons, assorted all natural colored buttons to Halloween buttons featuring the wicked witch of the west! Candy corn buttons are great for Halloween decorations and costumes, while mini stocking buttons can help dress up a Christmas ornament or outfit. Buttons are the best form of embellishment out there - easy to use and with great impact, these are something you can't have enough of! Another great thing to have in your craft closet is cookie cutters. Most moms have cookie cutters galore, but did you know that you can also use cookie cutters for crafting, not baking? Sure, you'll use them at Halloween, and again at Christmas, and again at Valentine's Day and on Easter Sunday - but why not use them to help the kids learn their shapes? They can trace around the cookie cutters, even use them to create made at home Christmas ornaments to hang on the tree. Bone-shaped cookie cutters can be used to make treats for your furry friends, and any fun shape can be used as either the basis of an ornament for your tree or an ornament itself - simply add some paint and glitter! Many people think that cookie cutters are limited to baking only, but that simply isn't the case. There's lots you can do with cookie cutters - the fun doesn't have to stop! Another craft tool that you'll never be able to get enough of is glitter. Kids love glitter, and for good reason: This sparkly substance is a whole lot of fun. Whether you're customizing ornaments for the tree or putting some glitter onto your child's latest paint creation, you'll be hard-pressed to find a crafting situation that isn't made better by glitter. If you've got a certain color that you know you or your children love, or that you use a lot, consider buying it in bulk. If not, get a value pack with a little bit of each color, so that you can experiment and have a rainbow of glittery options at your command. Yet another great option is beading and jewelry making supplies. You'd be surprised at how easy it is to make your own jewelry, especially once you get the hang of using pliers to bend and twist the metal in the direction you need it to go. Whether you're making necklaces or earrings, pins or bracelets, stock your craft supply box with bits and bobs of everything so that whenever the inspiration strikes, you'll have everything ready. And don't be surprised if your little hobby takes off and turns into a side business.