A good article that we found on arts and crafts suggestions is from http://www.thecraftycrow.net/basic-and-not-so-basic-ar.html.
They outline all of the basic things that you need. One of the biggest suggestions that we have is to test out the materials that you buy before you buy them. Most shops will allow you to use the crayon or to examine the tools needed to carve your next dresser. If the store that you are visiting doesn’t allow you to do this, you may want to visit a different place.
You are going to want to look for materials of high quality. Does the sticker peel off of the crayon easily? What about the markers? Do they still have a very fresh scent if the cap is left off for more than 5 minutes. Be sure to test the edges of scissors. If they cut through cardboard without having to move the lever, you have a great scissors. Be careful because if these things do not happen, that means that you are working with a low quality product.
One thing to look at is the actual materials that you use instead of just the tools, test the ribbon if you are going to use that. What I like to do is pull tightly or try to bend anything that I’m looking at to ensure quality. Put some of these things through the ringer before you end up purchasing them. You will find that even at Hobby Lobby there will be a few things that you will not want to take home with you.
As always, before you visit a crafts store, you need to write down exactly what it is that you are looking for. If you don’t do this, you will find yourself buying everything off your shelf and getting things that you do not need. Make sure to prioritize the list by matter of importance. Submit your list below and we will take a look to see if we can post it on our site for certain projects!