The 25 Craft Supplies You Need to Make Hundreds of Crafts
By Jennifer Cox
PHOTO © Sergey Novikov/123RF
Feb 15, 2018
Whether you're a crafting novice or a total pro, there's one thing you and your kids need to ensure hours and hours of creativity: a well-stocked supply pantry.
With the right materials, you will have no trouble building a tiny (or huge!) city, putting on a show or making something special for a friend. In fact, it will seem like the possibilities are endless, and they are! Very quickly you'll be able to see your child's imagination at play, and all it took was some odds and ends, a handful of dollar store grabs and maybe a recyclable or two.
And with the chill of winter still in the air, you know as well as I do how easy it is for cabin fever to set in. Don't let that happen — get crafty! Here's everything you'll need to create a great base:
Click on an item to find new crafts to try with your new supply stockpile!
- Popsicle or wooden craft sticks
- Paper towel rolls
- Paper plates
- Coffee filters
- Styrofoam balls
- Pipe cleaners
- Paper lunch bags
- Washi tape
- Play dough
- Sharpie markers
- Construction paper
- Card stock
- Googly eyes
- Washable paints
- Tissue boxes
- Egg cartons
This simple supply is so reminiscent of my childhood, and it can be used to make cool structural items like a spaceship or a watchtower. But there are so many different ways to play with sticks! Try making an evening routine jar, a rainbow popsicle stick pencil holder or a birdhouse!
These soft puffballs come in a variety of sizes and colours, and kids can turn them into animals or shapes found in nature. They can even make Princess Presto's wand!
Coffee filters have this unique ability to mix and swirl colours when dampened. And they’re very pliable. You can make monarch butterflies, daffodils, poppies (perfect for Remembrance Day!) and more cute flowers!
Yep, you need to have some wine. After all, you need corks for crafts! Like a cork-stamped flower wreath!
Whether you get small or big ones doesn't matter, because these balls can be decorated easily and transformed into all kinds of cool things. For example? Making a soccer ball for these adorable soccer player finger puppets.
Give these little gems the recognition they deserve! With buttons, there are thousands of options, so you’ll find plenty of uses for them. Try a Canadian flag button craft for a bit of national pride!
Whether it’s a birdie craft or something a bit more zany, feathers in all colours and sizes will be a go-to supply for little working hands. Try making these rocking birdies!
Younger children will enjoy simpler versions, like pasta or thick wooden beads, while older kids with more fine-tuned motor skills will be able to manipulate smaller beads, like fuse beads. Your kids will love painting and assembling wooden bead necklaces or making fuse bead bike license plates!
Collect rocks wherever you go and then use them in activities, like making an indoor sand castle! Yep, indoors!
Knitting and needlepoint can always be fun for older children to learn, but yarn can also be used in an infinite number of ways during craft time. Your kids will get a kick out of making this star stick mobile, which also uses found objects. So, the little ones also get time outside!
This decorative tape is available in an endless array of colours and designs, and everything looks prettier with Washi tape! Kids can make your flower pots cooler, but they can also make a unicorn horn!
Yes, they’re permanent, so these will definitely require adult supervision, but they’re very useful for precision and a little bit of magic. You can use Sharpies to colourful CD suncatchers and tie-dye bookmarks!
Have lots of it, in all different colours, because kids love construction paper and the projects that come along with having a rainbow of options. Try some pencil pinwheels to start!
You’ll find magnets in the craft aisle of your local dollar store — you can buy little round individual magnets or a rolled strip of magnet that can be cut down to size. Take a trip to the moon and stars with a space-themed craft or create DIY magnetic bean frames!
Imaginations run wild with these empty boxes, which can be transformed into a guitar, buildings, or whatever else your child thinks of! I recommend making your own instruments!
There’s so much you can do with an old empty egg carton, whether you use the whole thing or the individual parts of the container. Plus, it makes for a great paint holder (pour paints into the separated cups and stand the brushes up in the middle. And when you’re done, just close the lid and your paint won’t dry out!). Try making a duo of egg carton bouquets, or an egg carton Froog!
The opening-and-closing mechanism makes clothespins intriguing for kids to use in arts and crafts. You can make a letter recognition game called ABCs on the clothesline!