10 Tools Every Crafter Should Own

10 tools every crafter should own

Top 10 Crafting Tools

In my crafting opinion, there are some crafting tools that I think every crafter should have in their arsenal of crafting tools! There are loads of different crafting tools and gadgets out there, but some of them definitely rise to the top. Here are my Top 10 crafting tools that I think every Crafter should own. How many do you have?
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#1 Hot Glue Gun Stand

If you have ever touched a hot glue gun, then you need this stand! Hot Glue Gun stands are so handy and makes using a glue gun easier, less messy, and so much more organized! Oh and you’ll always know where your glue gun is. Brilliant!! If you don’t have one of these, make one or buy one today. You can thank me later.

#2 Hair Dryer

Having a small hair dryer in your craft room is essential! Its great for making paint dry faster and it makes glue strings disappear with a quick blast of hot air.  And if you happen to be crafting while your hair is wet, you can always dry your hair with it too. ha!

#3 Craft Tweezers

Craft tweezers are incredibly useful! They are awesome for weeding out vinyl, intricate paper crafting, beads, rhinestones, and picking up small items. Craft Tweezers are amazing! Especially when you don’t have long finger nails… Oh and they are also good for paper piercing.

#4 Paper Trimmer

Whether you’re a heavy scrapbooker and/or card maker or not, a good paper trimmer is a necessity! These little contraptions make measuring and cutting straight lines in paper, card stock, and vinyl a breeze. I have used a Cutterpede trimmer for years and love it.  The little squares on the body of the cutter measure 1/4″ for easy measuring and the rotary blade cuts nice and smooth.

#5 Rotary Cutter

If you’ve ever cut fabric with a pair of scissors, you know about those awesome hand cramps! Rotary cutters cut fabric, denim, leather, vinyl, and more so fast and easy. If you are a sewist, this is non-negiotable crafting tool! You must own one! I love my rotary and use it all.the.time.

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#6 Crop-A-Dile

 I use my Crop-A-Dile mostly for hole punching {it does 2 sizes!}, but it can also set flat snaps and eyelets with great ease. Plus it has little rulers to help you be more exact with your hole punching. These have been around for years and are still a crafter favorite.


#7 Scotch ATG

This adhesive runner is the best! Easy to control and the adhesive is fantastic. Paper scrapbookers swear by the Scotch ATG, and so do framers and general crafters! Its great for applying adhesive on cards or felt, wood, etc.

Meet the New Silhouette CAMEO

#8 Silhouette CAMEO

If you’ve read this blog for long, you’ll know that I am a huge Silhouette fan! I love using this awesome digital cutting machine. I use my Silhouette CAMEO all the time to cut vinyl, paper, card stock, leather, magnet material, stamp material, and so much more.

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#9 Fine Tip Black Sharpie

This is a no-brainer. Black Sharpie with two tip sizes?! I go through these things like candy. Perfect for cards, scrapbooking, doodling, labels, touching up black furniture, organizing my craft room, writing on my hand, creating sewing patterns, etc. Keep these close on hand at all times.


#10 Fabric Measuring Tape

I literally carry one of these around with me in my purse at all times. These are the best! I use my Fabric Measuring Tapes to measure all kinds of things! Both in my craft room and on the go. I have 3 of these and use them to measure things for almost every craft I make whether I’m paper crafting, making a wreath, sewing, DIYing, cutting felt or foam, or making a banner. I love that they’re small and light weight.

Honorable Mention:


Cordless Hot Glue Gun: So you can craft on the go! Or when the electricity goes out in the middle of a project.

So that is my Top 10 List of Favorite Crafting Tools. There are many others I wanted to mention, but those were my most used and my go-to tools. I hope this helped you discover a new crafting tool to add to your arsenal!

What Crafting Tools would you add to this list? Did I miss one? I’d love to hear in the comments below!

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When not crafting, I can be found chasing my 2 small {but very energetic!} boys or playing with my new baby girl. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    I think you missed a good pair of scissors but other than that,great list!

  2. 2

    i like your list of this 10 tools you must have as a crafter. Specialy the hot glue gun standart.
    I have the same, which is always laying around to cool down on my kitschen table or a piece of carton.
    This looks smarter.
    Thank you for the sharing, it helped me;-D

  3. 3
    Brenda Lee

    Awesome list of tools! Great pairs of scissors is a must! I like having different types of scissors (small detail ones, regular paper scissors, fabric scissors, etc). Gingher scissors are fantastic!

    1. 4.1

      It should. But you can always call Silhouette and ask them and if they don’t know about a material, they’ll test it out on their test machines for you :)

  4. 5

    i really enjoyed this page i do have most of the tools

  5. 6
    lisa lester

    Is there anywhere I could purchase a silhouette cameo on sale at this time for my birthday.

  6. 7
    Joanna Holing

    Does anyone have any tips for something that could work like a shoemakers last for sewing in soles on slippers?

  7. 8

    Few things I think you might have missed; wooden ruler for straight edges. Also basic scissors and a single hole punch. Just a few thoughts; yet loved the lists.

    1. 8.1

      Definitely great additions!!