Creating a Basic Crafting Kit

What’s a Basic Crafting Kit?

A basic crafting kit is pretty much exactly what the name implies, a kit that has your basic tools for your crafting projects. You’ll often see a call for a basic crafting kit in the description or supplies needed for a crafty workshop, whether online or in person.

The specific contents of a basic crafting kit will vary slightly from person to person, depending on what your go-to crafting projects are, but today I’m going to share with you what’s in my basic crafting kit, and a couple of ways that you can personalize it for your own use.

If you mostly craft at home, your kit can be something that you keep in a container on top of your desk. I keep the items in my kit right on my desk in a teal blue tin that I got from The Land of Nod.

One of my favorite things about creating a basic crafting kit, even when I know I’m only crafting at home, is that I can easily bring my stuff anywhere in the house. I can grab my stuff and scrapbook right in front of the TV, or bring everything into the kitchen and scrap at the table, or even outside now that the summer weather is bright and beautiful.

When you create a basic crafting kit, everything has its place and you’ve created a nice carrying case for it, so moving from place to place isn’t a big deal. Even more, spending short bursts of time crafting is also easier, because cleanup is a cinch.

If you’re a crafter who does a lot of her creating away from home, you can pack up your kit in a pouch, a small box, or anything else that you like to travel with. We’ll get into creating specific travel kits in a future post, but they’re all based around first creating your basic crafting kit.

What you need:

  • Something to hold your stuff
  • Scissors
  • Black Pen
  • Wet adhesive (Glue)
  • Dry adhesive (Tape runner)
  • Sticky notes/ another way to keep notes

Here’s the fun part. Customize it for yourself by adding in the things that you reach for most often. You don’t necessarily want to go overboard by adding in ALL your supplies, but you definitely want to grab the things you use the most. Think about the things that you tend to use on the majority of your projects. If you have more than one of something, this is definitely the time to grab that and put it in your basic crafting kit.

My personal favorite additions:

  • Black Ink
  • Acrylic Block
  • 1-2 Stamp Sets (labels/alphabets)
  • Washi tape
  • Watercolor palette
  • Waterbrush
  • Small Notebook
  • Journaling cards
  • Tiny Attacher
  • 1-2 colored pens

Call to Action: Create your basic crafting kit! Take a photo and upload it to your ALP gallery or your favorite social media site and share a link in the comments below.

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