Papercraft Supplies List to Help You Get Started

Gathering Papercraft supplies to get started in this art form is inexpensive and easy . . . those two things in the creative arts are unheard of!

Most people have the basic supplies in their homes already, so you may have them even if you are new to crafting.

If you are already a crafter, then just look around and you'll most likely find all that is needed to get started.

Basic Papercraft Supplies

What you will need for the basics of getting started:

  • Paper (assorted solid color and patterned)
  • Scissors (or a rotary cutter)
  • White glue (Elmers, or any other kind)
  • Glaze (Liquitex glaze is the kind I Love to use)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil & eraser
  • Toothpicks
  • Tape (paper tape is invaluable for bead making)
  • Brush (an old used one that can be used for glaze)

It's Best If You Have The Following Extra Tools

I have found that I am able to complete any Papercrft project without using any of the tools below. With that said, I also would not be without them!

If you are missing any of these recommended Papercraft supplies, it's okay. In fact, when I began creating art with paper, the only tool I had from this list was a hole punch (and paper, of course).

Sometimes I even kinda miss those days.

  • Various hole punches
  • Paper cutter (I love my laser paper cutter, especially for cutting bead strips)
  • Envelope maker
  • Templates
  • Xacto knife
  • Bead Roller
  • Leftover piece of styrofoam (for holding paper beads, and such) 
  • Glue Gun


The More Papercraft Supplies You Have, The More Fun

I found that once I started making a variety of paper art, most everything from my craft room was up for grabs when the decorating began.

WARNING! This art form lends itself to collecting all sorts of things to clutter up your craft room.

  • Different colors of Sharpie markers
  • Various threads and yarn
  • Paper Cording (I use the "Maya" brand)
  • Ribbons
  • Buttons
  • Beads
  • Brads
  • Paper flowers
  • Stickers
  • Glitter (Martha Stewart glitters are jewel-like, and lovely)
  • Various glues
  • Glue dots
  • Black and white printed paper

I have found that old textbooks (that cannot be used or resold) are perfect for black and white print.

  • Handmade paper
  • Magazine paper (save like-colors from magazines)

If you have a supply of National Geographic Magazines (that nobody is reading, or ever will read again), the articles often have like-colors that make beautiful paper beads and paper flowers.

Begin looking at all of your magazines before recycling them out. Be sure and notice Christmas sales magazines and flyers for gathering paper for Christmas Papercrafts.

Interested in relaxing while learning how to make paper art?

Check out my page with paper craft videos for learning different types of Papercraft the easy way.