If you’re interested in arts and crafts, you’ll be wanting to know exactly what essential equipment you need to get started. Here are some of the most important items that you’ll want to store in a handy craft box, so you can get started on any project whenever inspiration strikes:

Scissors

There are many different types of scissors available, almost a pair for every possible use. So, where to start? Think about what kind of projects you’ll definitely be engaging with and what you won’t be doing. This will narrow down the types of scissors you’ll need. If you’ll be cutting fabric, you want scissors that are designed for material, for example. For paper crafts, you can get scissors with wavy or zig-zag cutting patterns. If you will be sharing your hobby with your children, then make sure you get them some child-friendly safety scissors.

Brushes

If you plan on doing any painting, then chances are you already know what brushes work best for you but it’s always a good idea to have a few different options. Paint choices include acrylic, oil, water and tempura. Pick up some poster paints for the little ones and maybe even an easel for unleashing your inner da Vinci.

Paper

A great deal of craft projects involves some sort of paper so it’s always wise to keep a stash in your craft box. Scrap paper in various colours and textures, construction paper and tissue paper will all come in handy so collect whatever you can. Decorative, patterned paper is also a must for any keen crafters who want to make their own cards.

Fabric Scraps

These are an absolute must for quilters, so they can put their hand on material whenever a new project idea strikes. Maybe you’re planning on trying your hand at some basic clothes making or want to design your own kids’ costumes for Halloween or the Christmas panto. Whatever your motivation, a box of fabric scraps is an essential. For those extra special projects though, visit higgs and higgs for a great range of Designer Christmas Fabrics.

Glue

Most craft enthusiasts will at some point need the services of a hot glue gun and glue sticks. These can be picked up cheaply in any craft supplies store. Depending on the project, you might also need wood glue, kids glue or super clue. There are many varieties so be sure to check whether they suit your needs, are non-toxic and remember to store out of the reach of children and pets.

Ties

No, not the business suit accompaniment but useful objects that ‘tie’. A ball of string, twine or even fishing line could be just the thing you need when you are half way through a project. This is especially important for jewellery making. This could also include wool, thread, ribbon, elastic bands and cable ties. A craft box isn’t complete until it has a selection of bits and bobs that could be ‘just the thing’ one day.