This is a version of an article I posted on Crafts Unleashed- but with a few extras for y’all!
As a semi-professional crafter, I spend a part of almost every day in my craft room. While Iâ€™m lucky to have my own room for crafting, I still am concerned about space and efficiency. Today I thought Iâ€™d share with you some of my favorite craft helpersÂ that make my crafting easier and more convenient.
One of my most-used craft items is my Tidy Mate Tray. Itâ€™s a simple, but ingenious, tool- itâ€™s a plastic molded tray with walls 1/2 inch high to keep your craft items IN, but then thereâ€™s a funnel so you can return them to their original containers. I use it for seed beads, eyelets, and of course embossing powders and glitters. I actually have two of these- just in case one is in use when I need another. I also use them for sorting beads and corralling buttons while Iâ€™m pawing through them to find the perfect one.
Another item I use is my Storganizer. (Remember when I tricked it out and decorated it? THAT was fun!) But really, I kept it on my work desk and use it for my everyday craft supplies that I need to keep on hand. I love that my scissors, glitter glues, markers and ribbons are all at my fingertips!
If you poke around my studio, youâ€™ll also find these Protect and Store organization boxes. They are great when you need to gather your materials in one place neatly. Iâ€™ve used them for quilt pieces, scrapbook pages-in-progress, and mixed media collages. They are wonderful if you are in the middle of a project and suddenly need to clear the table (dinner, anyone?) but arenâ€™t ready to put all of your supplies away. Just toss them in one of these clear, stackable boxes and- voila! Youâ€™ve got your project corralled and waiting for another day.By the way, they come in 3 sizes, which makes them even better!
I also love a good crafting tool kit, and I find myself reaching for my Cricut Tool Kit almost daily. Itâ€™s got a scoop tool (to lift pieces from the mat), knife tool (sharp edge for sliding under paper), hook tool (removes small circles of paper and cleans small holes), scraper (scrapes and cleans off entire mat), bone folder (score paper, creases paper, and marks paper). scissors, and clear ruler. I use the ruler and scissors all the time- and that little hook tool is my best friend! I use it for scratching patterns on paper, making marks on clay, and positioning crystals in glue. And when I need to take it with me to an event, I just zip it up and everything is in one tidy place. So convenient!
Deli-wrap is another one of my must-have tools because it’s so versatile. Actually, it’s a siliconized paper is non-stick and non-scorch. I use it to roll out really thin sheets of polymer clay, as disposable palettes, as non-stick surfaces for decoupaging, and interleafing when painting in my journal. It’s cheap, too, and one box will last you a lifetime.
Here’s another item you can find easily (the grocery store) and will cost you about a buck- bamboo skewers! I use them to position items in resin, to add texture poke holes in polymer clay, to stir paints, and to hold polymer clay beads while curing in the oven. You can also use them for spines in hand-made books, hinges for scrapbook pages….well, there are awesome. Keep a bunch on hand!
My last-but not least- favorite craft room helper I got from the dollar store- a plant mister! I actually have several, tucked into my different work zones. Most of them hold water, but for different reasons! I have one at the polymer clay table to use as a release when stamping on clay, one at the iron board, a mister at my painting/stamping area for â€œworking wetâ€ and blending, and another in the sink when doing tie-dyes! I also haveÂ a few smaller misters that provide a fine spray â€“ those are for rubbing alcohol. I use them to clean rubber stamps, blend Adirondack inks, and clean off tools. Couldnâ€™t craft without them!
So, those are just a few of my faves. What are YOURS? Any tips/tricks/solutions to share? Iâ€™d love to hear from you!
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