Do you have a Silhouette crafter on your gift list this year? Wondering what to buy for them? With so many great tools and gadgets out there, it’s hard to know just what they want or need! To help you get started, I spent some time looking around my craft room and made a list of “must-haves” – things I use on a regular basis that are sure to please!
(updated November 2022)
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You can’t be a Silhouette crafter without a Silhouette machine! Even after all these years, I’m still amazed at the results I’m able to achieve with my Silhouette Cameo and Portrait. Together we’ve been able to create so many beautiful things!
I use the standard mat most often, but the light-hold mat is perfect for paper crafts.
- AutoBlade (Cameo 4 & Portrait 3 only)
- AutoBlade (Cameo 3 & Portrait 2 only)
- Ratchet (all machines)
- Premium (My favorite! It’s extra durable, lasting up to 3 times longer than a regular ratchet blade.)
- Deep Cut (Cameo 3, Portrait 2, and Curio only)
General Purpose Tools and Supplies
- Pointed Tweezers (for weeding)
- Pick-me-up Tool
- X-acto Knife
- Small Craft Scissors
- Painters Tape (use it for masking glass etching projects, temporarily holding vinyl decals in place, securing paper onto a mat that’s lost it’s “sticky”, and so much more!)
- Ott Lite
Heat Press & Accessories
- Heat Press – I own each of these heat presses and would recommend any one of them. If you’re wondering which one is right for you, see this post for tips to help you choose.
- Teflon Sheets
- Rare Earth Magnets – used to secure teflon sheet to top platen of heat press. Can be found at places like Harbor Freight, Amazon.com, and hardware stores.
- Pressing Pads
Paper Crafting Tools & Supplies
- Scotch Advanced Tape Glider – I can’t recommend this tool highly enough if you do any type of paper crafting!
- Xyron – used for cold lamination, applying adhesive, and making stickers/magnets. It comes in several different sizes. You can see how I use the smallest size to make double-sided earrings in this video.
- Paper Cutter – I use mine to cut sheets of vinyl as well as for paper crafts.
- Envelope Punch Board – one of my all-time favorite tools! (See it in action here!)
- Scoring Board – I use one of these to make almost all of my card bases
- Brayer – great for adhering paper or vinyl firmly to a mat that is starting to lose its “sticky”
- Art Glitter Glue – the best liquid adhesive I’ve found for paper projects (and I’ve tried a LOT!!!)
- Carrying Case – I have several carrying cases but this one has quickly become my favorite.
- Design Store subscription – not only can I buy designs at a discount, but having credit in my account each month allows me to take advantage of the Express Checkout feature, which I love! (Be sure to use the code CAUGHT to save 10%!!!)
- And finally…blanks, blanks, and more blanks! Any crafter would love a gift card from places like Amazon, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels to purchase what they need or want.
There you have it – a list of my most used tools and supplies that are sure to put a smile on the face of any Silhouette user! If you’d like to know more about the suppliers I recommend, visit my Recommended Brands and Suppliers page.
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Until next time – happy shopping!
Lycia is a lifelong crafter whose goal is to help others find value, confidence, and joy in whatever they create. She geeks out on using technology to supercharge craft projects with Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation, etc.! Lycia teaches these skills and more through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person classes at both the local and national levels.