The beauty of crafting is that you know you’ll be creating something that’s unique, and not to be found in any shop. There’s no reason, though, that you shouldn’t cheat just a little, and let us do some of the hard work for you! We’ve picked out ten crafty accessories that are guaranteed to enhance your creativity – happy crafting!
1. Handmade craft tags
Whether you’re crafting items for sale or for pleasure, these wooden tags are perfect for labelling your projects. Made of wood, they can be personalised with your logo, text or required image. Made of oak, each tag is 4mm thick and measures approximately 4 x 2 cm. use them for almost anything – tie a piece of twine through and attach them as gift tags, or use to label homemade preserves with your business name. Prices start at £11.99, available from Manta Makes.
2. Wooden marine life buttons, My Vintage Charms
How cute are these little wooden buttons, each with a different seaside / nautical / marine life themed design? They feature a mix of starfish, shells and seahorses. We can think of dozens of uses for these – use them as buttons to embellish handmade garments,but they’d also add a quirky touch to handmade notice boards, renovated furniture or picture frames. Prices start at £1.50 for a set of six, available from My Vintage Charms.
3. Fabric white large Ragged Rose rose print, Ragged Rose
This classic large fuchsia pink Ragged Rose print is on a white background with lime leaves. Made from a lightweight plain weave casement in a 100% cotton on a 150 cms/60 inch wide width. This is ideal for all manner of craft projects, including jam jar covers, soft furnishings, aprons and napkins. Was £18/metre now £15/metre, available from Ragged Rose.
4. Leatherette alphabet stickers, Meri Meri
Create your own messages and crafts with these colourful stickers. Created with coloured leatherette in stand-out colours and a shiny finish. Choose from A – Z, star, heart, exclamation mark and lightning . These are ideal for embellishing a variety of projects, from greetings cards to furniture – for long term use, apply a coat of clear varnish over the top. £0.90 a pack, available from Sisters Guild.
5. Set of six mini decorative pegs in natural linen, Luck and Luck
These pretty floral mini pegs could be used as part of a name holder for parties, or to embellish a handmade notice board. Available in two colours (natural linen and vintage rose), each floral mini peg measures 3cm in diameter and is mounted on a 3.5cm white clip. £3.25 for a set of six, available from Luck and Luck.
6.Liberty print sticker roll, Meri Meri
A roll of 50 decorative Liberty print stickers with traditional designs, this will find a wide range of uses for craft projects ranging from greetings cards to personalised notebooks. Make a unique photo frame by sanding the surface of a plain wooden frame, applying stickers and covering the frame with a couple of coats of clear varnish. £6.50 for the roll, available from papermash.
7. Aqua blue Buddha head beads, My Vintage Charms
Aqua blue Tibetan style Buddha head beads, drilled with a hole from top to bottom. Match with unusual glass beads, peace charms, lotus flower charms and vintage tassel charms to create hippie-chick, beach style jewellery to wear on the beaches of Koh Samui and Ibiza this summer. Made from resin/synthetic coral. Prices start at £1.50 for a set of four, available from My Vintage Charms.
8. Emily Bond Cornish mud crab linen offcut, Lolly and Boo
Lolly and Boo sell small offcut pieces of high quality linen, from designer companies such as Peony and Sage and Emily Bond. These are great for small craft projects or patchworking. See the Lolly and Boo website for the current selection, prices start about £9.
9. Buttons, Annabel James
A fantastic assortment of buttons containing lots of different shapes and sizes, ideal for any craft or sewing project. Made of interesting materials, including wood, seashell and coconut. £6.95 for the box, available from Annabel James.
10. Cotton hearts ribbon, Dotcomgiftshop
A six metre roll of red cotton ribbon with a cream hearts print, this is ideal for trimming, making bows and using for hangers for lavender hearts. £1.99, available from Jeremy’s Home Store.