Updated on February 19, 2024
The Ultimate Craft and DIY Gift Guide: The items I cannot live without when for craft and DIY projects. Great Christmas gift ideas. 15+ must-have items.
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*THIS POST WAS UPDATED NOVEMBER 2019
Craft and DIY Gift Guide
This year I wanted to put together a craft and DIY gift guide of a few of my favorite tools of the trade I love to use and can’t live without. I also asked my Facebook page readers, what they love to use or have on their wishlists.
This one comes as no surprise! I love my Cricut machines. They are amazing and do so many amazing things. From paper crafting to home decor, there is not much this machine cannot do. With the upcoming release of the iPad app and being able to access your projects anywhere, this machine is a cut above all the rest. The software is also now receiving an update to be able to use offline on your computer.
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I use my paper trimmer all the time. Realistically, I use it almost every time I craft. Having a trimmer that can both score and trim is the best option. I use it to trim paper for cards and other paper projects, to trim vinyl and iron-on, and for so much more! I also use it to trim pictures precisely when scrapbooking.
You can never have too many scissors when crafting. It helps to have different scissors in different sizes on hand. You can use the small ones to cut out intricate shapes and detailed projects. Use larger ones to cut straight lines and basic shapes. There are even spring-loaded scissors to help you if your hand gets tired easily. And be sure to keep an extra pair of scissors on hand that you use only for fabric. Cutting paper dulls the blades!
This is another must-have craft item. I use my glue gun all the time. I recommend having both a high temp and low temp glue gun. You can also purchase one that does both. There are benefits to both types of glue guns and I choose which one I use based on the project at hand.
I have always used an AdTech glue gun and I find them to be very reliable. I have had mine for years and it still works as good as new!
This is the best double-sided tape that I have found if you need a firm hold. It creates a strong bond. For paper projects that I don’t want to use a glue gun, this is the adhesive I turn to. You can get it in varying widths.
Having a regular tape runner is also a must-have item. I use this for making cards, scrapbooking, paper crafting, and so much more. You can purchase both a removable adhesive or a permanent adhesive depending on the project you are working on.
This is for all the chefs and bakers. I love my Kitchenaid mixer. It makes quick work of pretty much any job. There are so many attachments you can add on to make this machine truly versatile.
My favorite unexpected use of this machine is to shred meat. After you cook chicken, pork, or beef (usually in the crockpot), simply add the meat to your Kitchenaid bowl, use the paddle attachment, and you will have shredded meat in about a minute!
If you are just starting out with DIY projects, getting the basic kit is well worth the money. This is how we started out and we added additional tools as we became more proficient at DIY projects. We love our Ryobi tools. The new Lithium batteries have a long life and charge quickly. We have slowly been upgrading from the original 18V tool kit to the ONE+ lithium-ion tools. They have some great features that the older tools didn’t have.
You can find washi tape at just about any craft store. I use it for everything. Not only in my craft projects but also to organize. I use it on the tops of file folders, in my planner, and to label things around the house. I also use it to hold down paper on my Cricut mats and for a guide on my sewing machine. It really is a versatile crafting supply.
I now have three of these carts. One holds planner supplies and notebooks, another has my most loved We R Memory Keepers tools and punch boards, and the third one holds all my Plaid paints. It is so versatile. You can use it for scrapbooking, Project Life, fabric or any other craft supplies you have on hand. I love having all my most used craft supplies on hand to move around.
This is another great crafting tool to have. I use mine all the time. It works as both an adhesive and sealer. There are so many formulas to choose from. You can even get outdoor mod podge to use outside and sparkle mod podge to add a glittery finish to your project.
I would love to know, what is on your holiday wish list?