Crafting during the holidays is fun for the whole family. Make easy work of all your favorite seasonal projects with these eight essential crafting tools.
Think of rotary cutters as a pizza cutter for your crafts. Utilizing a ruler and rotary cutters, creating straight lines becomes easy work. Decorative edged blades like this Martha Stewart pair are available as well to create curly or designed edges (Martha Stewart, $13).
Hot glue gun
Whether you’re making a homemade holiday wreath or making your own holiday centerpiece for your dining-room table, a hot glue gun is one of the most essential crafting tools you’ll ever need. We love Aleene’s Ultimate Glue Gun, which features four interchangeable tips, a removable cord and its own carrying case (Amazon, $28).
This Fiskars reusable “self-healing” craft mat is ideal for creating perfect straight lines for all your crafting projects while protecting your surfaces from scratches and cuts (Amazon, $14).
We love this Martha Stewart scalloped-edge tag punch that makes creating homemade tags for your holiday gifts a breeze (Amazon, $10).
If you do handmade cards at holiday time, you must have a scoring plate, which makes scoring card stock a breeze. Stampin’ Up’s Borders Scoring Plate features cool scores and patterns. The set features two pieces — the plate and overlay, both of which measure 12-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches. To use it, simply set the plate securely on a scoring tool, place card stock you want to score over the plate and then add the overlay over the card stock to guide your scoring (Stampin’ Up, $15).
A rotary tool is ideal for engraving, polishing, cutting, sanding and so much more — quite simply, it’s a crafter’s must-have. The Dremel 4000-2/30 120-Volt Variable Speed Rotary Tool Kit includes the tool itself along with 30 accessories, two attachments, a Quick Start manual and a carrying case. The tool weighs less than 20 ounces, features a 360-degree grip zone in every position and has a powerful motor with replaceable brushes (Amazon, $151).
Wire cutters and pliers
Pliers and wire cutters are essential for jewelry making and faux floral crafts at holiday time. But don’t just borrow one from your honey’s tool box. You deserve your own set! These FloralCraft 6-1/2-inch wire cutters (Amazon, $4) will get the job done, while chain-nose pliers (Amazon, $9) are ideal for creating tight bends and holding small items and round-nose pliers (Amazon, $9) are good for starting coils or refining curves.