16 Incredible Projects to Try with Craft Essentials

Craft Essentials at Hobbycraft aim to provide a wide core range of blanks, bases, frames, craft tools, and more at fantastic value. These craft essentials crop up in the majority of crafting projects across the blog, and below are 16 of these projects highlighted for their ease, innovation, and value for money! What’s one craft essential that you can’t live without? Let us know in the comments!


Box Frames

Create striking personalised gifts using our wide range of box frames available online and in store. Elevate photographs, artworks and souvenirs into pieces that have pride of place in the home by embellishing with toppers and letter tiles. Have a look at the project ideas below for inspiration!


How to Make a Quilled Floral Box Frame »

With it’s complete versatility, this design has so much potential! Spell out names, initials or a word; this box frame is entirely adaptable. Perfect for decorating the bedroom, living room (or to even create a wedding sign) this box frame is a creative way to use your quilling skills!


How to Make a Heart Confetti Box Frame »

Looking for something a little different to gift your loved ones? Well we might just have the answer with this sweet heart confetti frame. This fun design is easily adaptable! Experiment with different colours, shapes and lettering to create different looks that suit your loved one’s tastes. With this make you are sure to give a completely unique gift that will be cherished for years to come.


How to Make a Peg Doll Family Box Frame »

A peg doll family box frame makes the perfect gift, and an alternative snapshot in time of your loved ones. You can add anything you want to your box frame – see how creative you can get with clothing choices and backdrops!


Tote Bags


How to Make an Ombre Dyed Tote Bag »

Create an on-trend ombre dyed tote bag by using Tulip One Step Dye Kits. Simply add water and brush onto the surface with a large paintbrush and fade out into a lighter colour by diluting with water.


How to Print Using Self-Adhesive Foam »

Self-adhesive foam makes the process of printing super simple! All you need is a piece of scrap cardboard to stick it to, and either printing ink or fabric paint depending on what you’ll be printing your design onto.


How to Make Woodblock Printed Tote Bags »

Printing tote bags has never been easier with the fantastic Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps that echo the detailed hand-carved blocks of India. When used with Tulip Fabric Paints, it’s possible to print super stylish and modern designs with ease, and with their extensive range of colours there’s no end to the combinations that can be created.



Jars are the perfect vessel to contain all kinds of treats, and are the perfect base to decorate! Take a look at the ideas below to see how you can transform this craft essential into a functional thing of beauty. 


How to Make Pressed Flower Tealight Holders »

These delicate pressed flower lanterns create a beautiful warm summery glow, and are a lovely project for re purposing your old jam jars! Perfect for a party or wedding table, they can be filled with LED lights as well as regular tealights for use indoors and out.


How to Make a BFG Dream Jar »

Using a few simple things, you can make a dream jar from the BFG! This design is both stunning and a great way to explore your own creativity! The great thing about this jar is just how customisable it is; allowing you to adapt and experiment to your heart’s content! Child-friendly and super-easy this is the perfect crafty make to bring the Roald Dahl classic to life!


How to Make a Personalised Jar »

These personalised jars are a great project to decorate any left-over storage jars that you may have lying around. Perfect for decoration or gifting this design can ensure those old jars are remodeled for so many options! For these jars, spray paint has been used to decorate the outside of the jar, however, you could also use chalky paint and then sand slightly for that shabby chic look.


Intricut Projects

Intricut dies are perfect for all your papercraft projects, from scrapbooking to card making! They are compatible with most leading die-cutting machines and feature a range of highly detailed designs. Impress your loved ones and create something unique every time!


How to Make an Intricut Camping Notelet

Use the Intricut camping die set to create this fun and detailed birthday sentiment! Learn how to layer each piece to create a sense of depth within your work by following the tutorial below. Perfect for an avid adventurer!


How to Make Intricut Toucan Wall Art

Recreate this stunning papercraft project using the cheese plant leaf die from the Intricut set, as well as using heat embossing techniques in order to create varied textures within the surfaces of the paper. 

How to Make Intricut Bee Gift Tags

Looking to create a special gift tag with that-little something extra? Well we might just have the answer with these super-simple makes. They’re a great make for using up all those pesky card offcuts that you just can’t bear to throw away. 


For memory making, scrapbooks really are a craft essential that you’ll want to keep forever! We have a huge selection of inspiration on the blog for layout ideas, from road trips, to engagements, to Christmas morning – you’ll never struggle to make your memories last in the most beautiful way. Take a look at the three projects below to get started!


How to Make a Birthday Scrapbook Layout

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