9. Decoupage Glue
Sometimes referred to as the popular brand name Mod Podge, decoupage glue is a type of transparent crafting glue. It comes in matte or gloss finishes and is specially formulated to adhere and seal paper cut outs to surfaces.
10. Hole Punch
You might be surprised by how often a hole punch proves itself useful outside of the office. This tool offers an easy way to add hang-holes for gift tags, string items together or even make quick confetti. Hole punches now offer a wide variety of decorative shapes, but having a standard hole punch on hand is most important.
Adhesives are an important tool to have at your disposal when it comes to crafting. Depending on what types of projects you do most often, you will want to start with either a hot glue gun for sturdy, durable adherence, or a can of spray adhesive which is typically used for thin flexible materials (think paper or fabric).
Crafting Tips and Ideas
- Storage – Store the items of your crafting kit together so they are all in one place next time you need them. If you don’t have an old tool or sewing box to reuse, a canvas tote works perfectly.
- Think Ahead – If you have projects coming up, think about saving items like butter tubs or card board boxes to reuse for mixing paint colors, combining glue and water, etc.
- Make a Plan – Focus on simplicity and make a plan. If you are following instructions, be sure to read all of them before you get started. This will help ensure success and avoid last minute disasters!
- Get Organized – Keep track of projects you’d like to try and what you’ll need for them. Tools like MyLowe’s can help you manage your project to-do’s with reminders, shopping lists and easy access to your personal purchase history. If you scan your card every time you shop at Lowe’s, you’ll know what you bought when, and for which project.
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