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The Christmas season is upon us and for most people, that means SHOPPING.
It also means Christmas decorations, music, Hallmark movies, and lots of Christmas crafts (including a LOT of ornaments) in my house.
But it always means shopping too.
I have made a huge list of all my favorite craft supplies, as well as the supplies that I am asking for this year to give you the best Christmas gift ideas for crafters.
If there is a crafty soul on your list, (or if you are a crafter yourself, and trying to figure out what to ask for this year!), these supplies will inspire projects all year long.
THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS FOR CRAFTERS
The Basic Craft Supplies:
- Scissors – A good pair of scissors is one of the most basic craft supplies, and yet it is SUCH an important one. Nothing makes a project more frustrating than a dull pair of scissors. I love this three pack; they are the scissors I currently use myself.
- Hot Glue Gun – A good glue gun is another craft room staple. I prefer to use a mini glue gun because it’s easier to manipulate, but full sized glue guns are available too. The only complaint I’ve ever had about my glue gun is that it would tip over easily, so I bought this cheap plastic hot glue gun stand on Amazon. I glued a bunch of pennies to the bottom of the stand like people suggested in the reviews, and it works perfectly. Such a cheap solution to a tippy glue gun!
- Replacement Glue Sticks – Extra glue sticks are a must, and they can be bought in the short version or the long version. The long sticks are handy because you don’t have to replace them as often.
- Twine – I use twine for EVERYTHING. Garlands, the hanging strings on ornaments, wrapping and embellishing gifts, making a twine wreath ornament… Along with scissors and a hot glue gun, twine is the other most used craft supply in my arsenal.
The Extra Craft Supplies:
- Felt Balls – 20mm felt balls are my favorite size. I love to use them in felt ball garlands, felt ball acorns, and have used them in a felt ball dreamcatcher ornament, a felt ball wreath ornament, and a felt ball Christmas tree ornament. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use them!
- Wooden Peg People – Wooden peg people are a fun, versatile craft supply. The Dad Doll size is my favorite, and I use the Boy size for Baby Jesus in my Nativity Scene project. I’ve also used peg dolls to make an acorn peg doll ornament, a baby Jesus ornament, and a rainbow peg doll set.
- A Paper Cutter – This seems like a luxury craft supply and it is, but I LOVE MINE. I use it SO much; way more than I thought I would. It makes trimming paper or photos so fast and easy, and really makes cutting with a scissors seem like a drag when you have to do it that way!
- Mod Podge – This is a craft room staple and I find so many ways to use it. You can use it to make a DIY canvas or photo coasters. You can also use it to make a family photo ornament among countless other fun projects.
- Foam Brushes – These 1 inch foam brushes are perfect for Mod Podge.
- Clear Acrylic Sealer – Mod Podge can be a little sticky, even when it’s dried, so spraying your projects with Clear Acrylic Sealer helps to protect them as well as remove the stickiness.
- Vinyl for Stenciling – Even without a fancy cutting machine like a Cricut (which I don’t own at this point), you can make stencils of all kinds just by having simple adhesive vinyl and a scissors! I used sticky vinyl to make this MN stencil ornament, and I also used it to make fall leaf jar luminaries.
- Stencil Brush – A stencil brush makes stenciling projects easier and faster, not to mention much better!
- Acrylic Paint Set – The perfect stencil paint and you’ll have lots of color options!
- Alphabet Stencil Set – I love a good stenciled letter. Use them to monogram ornaments, tote bags, or even t-shirts, or use the individual letters to make quote signs yourself. A set of alphabet stencils gives you so many craft options!
- Wood Slices – These pre-cut and pre-drilled wood slices work great to stencil on or to wood burn into, and can be used for ornaments, gift tags, wall decor etc. I’m using them for some Christmas gifts this year!
- Burlap and Burlap Ribbon – There’s never a shortage of places to use burlap fabric and ribbon. They are two of my favorite craft supplies and I use them in so many different ways, including this burlap stenciled Christmas ornament, and burlap ribbon rosette ornament!
Sewing Craft Supplies:
- Sewing Machine – I have a Brother sewing machine and it’s wonderful. It’s more advanced than I will likely ever need, yet it’s simple enough for me to operate confidently.
- Rotary Cutter, Clear Ruler, and Self Healing Cutting Mat – Besides my sewing machine, these are my other three favorite sewing supplies. They make cutting fabric SO much faster and easier.
Embroidery Craft Supplies:
- 6″ Embroidery Hoops – This is a great sized hoop to start with. Easy to handle, cheap to buy.
- 3″ Embroidery Hoops – These mini embroidery hoops are my FAVORITE. I used one to make an ombre Christmas tree embroidered ornament, and I also used them in plenty of non-embroidered ornaments like a keepsake fabric ornament, and a burlap stencil ornament.
- Embroidery Needle – You need a needle with a big eye.
- Embroidery Floss – There are SO MANY different colors of embroidery floss!
- Embroidery Starter Kit – If you don’t want to buy the supplies individually, this embroidery starter kit is a great way to learn the craft.
- Linen, Osnaburg or other fabric – Osnaburg is probably my favorite fabric to embroider on. Linen works well too, as does a simple cotton. I have also had good luck embroidering on burlap too, as long as the weave is tight and the gaps between the fibers aren’t too big.
Practical Craft Supplies:
- Command Hooks
- Christmas Light hooks are my favorite way to hang up garlands and other lightweight items.
- Medium sized Command hooks are ideal for larger, heavier things.
- Big Dreams, Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe – Elise is one of my favorite people to follow online, and I LOVED this book. It’s down to earth, practical, and just plain inspiring. It makes you want to get to work and make stuff!
The Craft Supplies on MY List This Year:
- Label Maker – Up until now, I’ve always just used making tape and a sharpie, but I’m hoping I’ll soon be using a label maker instead for all my labeling needs!
- Laminator – I envision laminating lots of kid crafts if this is under my tree this year!
- Woodburning Tool – I’ve currently been borrowing my dad’s woodburning tool, so I think it’s about time to get my own! I find woodburning addicting, so I’m excited to do more of it with my own tool!
Here are two craft gift guides I created in the past, with embroidery gift ideas and toddler art ideas for the holidays.
No matter if you are choosing to brave the crowds and go to the stores, or if you are staying home in your slippers to shop online this year, there are so many amazing gift ideas for the crafters on your list.
I hope this list of the best Christmas gift ideas for crafters gives you a great place to start!
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