How to set up your own DIY/craft area.

How to set up your own craft/DIY area

Halloween is coming up – a big holiday if you enjoy crafts – and soon after that other big holidays (such as Thanksgiving for all the USA followers) like Christmas – my absolute favorite holiday!!! So there is no better time to get your craft space ready. Just imagine all the loveliness that you can be create in anticipation of the holidays!!

Besides, if you are into all-out-decorating for these events (guilty!!) then making at least some of the decor yourself is a smart idea to save some money, and still have an over the top decorated home – because why else even bother. 😉

When starting on your own DIY/ crafting journey – one of the first things you need is space. Space to work and created your beautiful hand crafted trinkets and treasures. You don’t need a lot of space; depending on your crafting needs, space available and how often you plan on using the space you can actually get away with only using a small space.

A crafting DIY space also doesn’t require $100’s, but you can create a comfortable space on a very small budget (by being thrifty and creative). But how do you figure out what you need? What are the basics that any crafting space needs?

Below is a list of must-haves for your craft area:

  1. Working bench/Desk: Without this element you might as well not have anything. This is essential for any working space. A nice work space, with a bunch of drawers if possible (for storage purposes) would be best – and for a novice/ small time crafter could be all you need in terms of big furniture items and floor space.
  1. Card Stock: You need a few sheets of card stock; white, colored, textured – stock up on a few different types to gear up for most projects. Keep in mind the type of projects you will be doing, as card stock comes in varying heights and weights.
  1. Paint: Get a basic set of colors (black, white, blue, yellow, red, green) in a few different mediums such as Acrylic, gloss, enamel, spray. That way you’ll be prepared for most projects.
  1. Paint brushes: Get a few different sizes of brushes to make sure you are well prepared for all your different projects.
  1. Pencils: A variety of pencils is necessary for planning your different crafts. As well as measuring out and making exact markings. Therefore pencils play a key part in the setup of your crafting nook.
  1. X-Acto Knife/ Cutting knife: This little tool is required for a lot of precision cutting in your craft making. There are a variety of them on the market and they are very useful tools to have and a an important part of your crafting must have’s.
  1. Scissors: If you are planning on going all out with you crafting it would be best to get a pair of scissors for each of the different mediums you will be working with. So you will have scissors for fabric, scissors for paper, scissors for ribbons. That way your scissors will last longer and work better for each individual task.
  1. Ribbons: If your space is limited, you don’t need to invest in a whole ribbon drawer (maybe just build up to one, ha ha). Just start off with a few of your favorites on hand to use when needed.
  1. Glue gun: This is a true must-have for any crafting area! Low-heat glue guns will work for most projects. If you are intending to go completely crafty, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to invest in a high temp glue gun as well – for those projects where you need a stronger adhesive.
  1. Set (or 2) of Sharpies: These are perfect for most projects and come in a variety of colors. They also work well on a variety of different mediums and the fine point (whole reason for the sharpie name) makes it easy to do fine detail work as well.
  1. Cutting mat (preferably gridded): This is a must if you are going to be cutting (as all crafter do). Not only will this protect your working surface, but if you buy a gridded one you can really get into doing some fine details cutting with exact measurements.
  1. Craft glue: This is an essential item, especially if your crafts include a fair bit of paper crafts. Craft glue is very versatile and can be used in a variety of crafts.
  1. Ruler: You definitely need a ruler if you are going to be doing some precise crafting work!
  1. Stencils: Having a variety of stencils can help to speed up the process of certain crafts, and will also help with uniformity within said project. No need to stress about those pesky freehand mistakes.
  1. 1 Hole Punch: Important in a variety of crafts and will always come in handy.

Some useful tips to make the most out of your crafting space:

  • Use recycled glass jars to store your pencils and sharpies. You can take it a step further by painting the glass jars.  This will make them feel like a bigger part of the space and decor. There is a great tutorial over at Kootut Murut, if you want to paint your own jars.
  • If you don’t have enough space for mason jars, a shoebox with toilet rolls (all painted the same color) works great for pens, markers, sharpies and even brushes and scissors.
  • Keep everything within easy reach. If you have to get up and walk over to different areas the whole time, chances are you’ll get tired of the space and stop using it.
  • Shower bars work great for wrapping paper and ribbons. Keeping these items organized and within reach. They also don’t look to bad on the eye. They also look awesome if you hang your fabrics from them like done by Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous here.
  • If your collection of ribbons is too small for shower rods. You can also use an old wooden photo frame and some wooden dowels.

Remember that this is a creative space (even if it is only a desk); so make it fun and functional for you. No two crafters/DIY’ers are the same, so no two spaces will be the same. Take a look at these crafting spaces below for some inspiration! I really loved these spaces.

  • Older and Wiser, click here for the full article.
  • More ideas here at Creative Live Blog.

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