Half the fun of crafting is being able to use all sorts of tools. Whether you’re just getting started or have turned crafting into more than a hobby, the options are endless when it comes to choosing the perfect tool to have by your side at all times. That’s why we asked 14 of our Top 50 Etsy Parents to share the one crafting tool they can’t live without. From scissors and saws to some much more high-tech machinery, take a look below to see what these Etsy parents have deemed their go-to products. We hope they inspire you to add some new items to your crafting arsenal! — Erin Lebar
Martha Stewart Craft Knife 1 of 14
Rulers 2 of 14
We would be absolutely lost without our rulers! Our Pica ruler and our clear quilting ruler are used constantly to measure EVERYTHING while printing.
— Mara and Anna, Dutch Door Press
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Scroll Saw 3 of 14
My scroll saw, Judith (yes, I name my saws). I use my scroll saw more than any other crafting tool I own, and I still even have all my digits!
— Erin and Nick, Imagination Kids Toys
Glitter Twine 4 of 14
Pencil and Paper 5 of 14
Everything we do starts with a sketch … and usually a good beer!
— David and Adrienne, Manzanita Kids
Paper Cutters 6 of 14
It's really hard to pick just one. There are many paper-cutting tools that I could not live without for my business. I even find them becoming useful in my day-to-day life.
— Jo, 42 Things
Sewing Machine 7 of 14
I miss it when I go away for a holiday!
— Erica, Mikodesign
Electric Sanders 8 of 14
Since we work so much with wood, our seemingly endless collection of electric sanders is something we definitely could not live without. Our wood burning branding iron is also something we really depend on.
— Michelle and Steve, Twig Creative
Camera 9 of 14
I don't know if you would consider my camera a crafting tool but it is by far the one tool I couldn't live without. I love the finalization of capturing a beautiful image of an item that I have made. In addition, it is the only thing that gets me outside in the winter, and it encourages me to explore more in the summer.
— Araya, Wind & Willow Home
Monopol German Scissors 10 of 14
My good old Monopol German scissors — they're tough as nails.
— Kerstin, Paul and Paula
CNC Machine 11 of 14
It's a difficult choice between our wood shop tools, but we're going to go with our CNC machine. We've recently upgraded to our third machine in the past five years and each one has been an incredible boon to our business.
— Nick and Kimber, Little Sapling Toys
Iron 12 of 14
Coloring Essentials 13 of 14
Acrylic paints. And clay, colored pencils and paper, of course!
— Melina, Palomaria
Handsaw 14 of 14
This one is easy: Because we love working with wood, we'd have to say a handsaw!
— Katie and William, Oh Dier
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