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Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

Where Do I Find Sugarcraft Supplies?

If you’ve ever wanted to start sugar craft for cakes to create intricate sugarcraft flowers or sugarcraft figures, you are going to need some sugarcraft supplies. Of course you could do a search for ‘sugarcraft suppliers near me’ but have you thought that most of the sugarcraft tools you’ll need for sugarcraft for beginners can be easily made or you can find substitute items you may already have in your home to use.


Is it possible to start sugarcraft on a budget?

Times are tough, and many people are taking to hobbies and crafts to save themselves money, or to use a skill they have to make some extra money.  When starting out with sugarcraft, it may seem like there are so many sugarcraft tools and bits of equipment that you need to buy like sugarcraft cutters, sugarcraft moulds and sugarcraft cutters. This may not be affordable for you right now. So read on for ways that you can build a collection of sugarcraft supplies on a budget!

I have already written an article on Top 10 Items For Your Beginner Cake Decorating Kit, but even that could be a lot for some people.  So this article is going to help you out by showing you how to make your own sugarcraft supplies alternatives to some of these sugarcraft tools, or how you can substitute items that you may already have at home.

Sugarcraft Non-Stick Mat

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget
Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

You could buy one of these sugarcraft non-stick mats online or at your local sugarcraft shop.  The budget alternative is to go to your local hardware or tile supply shop and pick out a large smooth tile.  Ask one of the staff nicely for a sample or slightly damaged piece that you can take home for free, or for a reduced price.  As long as the tile is smooth, they are a great surface to use for rolling out your fondant or sugarpaste!

Sugarcraft Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A BudgetFondant Smoother

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget
You could buy a custom made sugarcraft fondant smoother to give your icing a perfect smooth finish, but you can also achieve good results by just using your hands! Or you can take a piece of left over fondant or sugarpaste, roll it into a ball and flatten the bottom of it slightly, and use it as a smoother!

Icing Bags

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

You can also make your own icing bags.  Use strong sandwich bags or other food bags.  Cut away a small piece from the corner, and insert your nozzle.  You can also take some baking paper and fold and stick it into a cone, and cut away the corner.

Here is one video demonstrating homemade icing bags!

Sugarcraft Tools 

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

You can also try out a variety of everyday kitchen items as an alternative to specialized sugar craft tools.  For instance, the sugarcraft tool shown here is often used to make smiles in the faces of modeled people, teddies and animals.  What you can do instead, is cut a drinking straw in half length-ways  and use this as your “smiley” tool. For substitutes for a sugarcraft knife, you could experiment with a standard kitchen knife.

Sugarcraft Cutters

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

Sometimes, specialized sugarcraft cutters can be overpriced for what they actually are.  Try looking for items that are made for a different purpose. For example, have a look in your toy store or dollar store – perhaps you will find cutters designed for play-dough or kids baking sets which so the same job, but are much cheaper! Similarly, you might find a substitute for sugarcraft alphabet cutters in a dollar store too. You may find however that specialised sugarcraft cutters like leaf cutters for fondant or cake decorating flower cutters may need to be purchased at a specialty sugarcraft shop or department store.

Dusting Bags

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

Dusting bags for your cornflour or powdered sugar can also be made cheaply.  Buy (or maybe you already have) some muslin cloth, or stockings, or gauze – cut into a square, fill with your flour, and secure with an elastic band.

Sugarcraft Supplies: Small Rolling Pin

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

For small, delicate work, you can use the handle of a paintbrush to roll out your flower paste thinly.  You can also use the end of a paintbrush or a toothpick or a bamboo skewer to frill edges, vein leaves and other small details.  Much cheaper than a cellstick!

Sugarcraft Supplies: Brushes

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

Sugarcraft brushes for dusting color or applying glue can be bought in many places. Try your local craft shop, art supply shop, dollar store for cheap brushes. For dusting color, soft make-up brushes are great!

Sugarcraft Clay Gun


Instead of buying an expensive sugarcraft klay gun, there are many ways to get the same effects.  Push some fondant through a garlic press to make grass or hair.  For finer threads, push through a plastic or metal sieve.  Another technique for making grass is to shake some shredded coconut in a bag together with some green food coloring.

As you can see, many items that you already have at home can be used for other purposes.  Once you start looking at everyday items in a different way, you will soon build up a little tool kit without it costing you anything!

Sugarcraft Molds

Easy Sugarcraft Supplies On A Budget

Sugarcraft molds (or sugarcraft moulds) are fairly specialised and while there may be dollar store alternatives, you can buy an assortment of sugarcraft silicone moulds quite cheaply from sugar craft shops or online in sugarcraft mold kits. Using rose mould cake decorating molds makes this task very quick.

Conclusion for Sugarcraft Supplies

I hope you have found a few of these sugarcraft supply tips useful to save some money on acquiring sugarcraft tools and sugarcraft supplies. This post contains some links to suppliers where we may earn a small referral commission which helps to support this website. Thanks for your support.

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