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DIY Tool Kit with Nicole

Happy New Year! Many of us have a renewed and refreshed approach now that 2019 is here, and if you're like me, that means an endless list of DIY projects.

We all know that to get the job done right, we need the right tools, so I thought it would be helpful to prepare a list of the DIY essentials that you'll use over and over, and that will inspire you to create, and get projects done in 2019!

This could be a costly endeavor, so I would recommend preparing your own list of essentials and slowly picking away at all of the tools. For some items, I would recommend starting at the dollar store, and then as you get more comfortable with them or do more projects, look at investing more into your pieces.

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Remember, as you do more projects, your collection of tools and materials will grow, but these will help get you off on the right foot. Also, depending on the type of crafting you're doing (fabric, wood etc.), your tools may vary. But to me, there's nothing more inspiring than a fresh set of tools to get creating and build your stash.

Let’s explore:

1. A glue gun - An essential tool used for a variety of projects, and always good to have on-hand. Make sure to have lots of glue sticks on hand!
2. A decent pair of scissors - Not ones that you use to cut your own bangs (which you shouldn't!), or your kid’s craft scissors. Invest in a pair of scissors that are specific for crafting, so you know you have a pair.
3. Painter's tape - Great for a variety of projects, and for temporary holds on projects that will be damage-free to your projects.
4. Writing utensils - A staple in my kit is always a black sharpie - I can't craft without it. Also, I keep pens (that work!) and sharp pencils. 
5. Adhesives – The right adhesive can make-or-break your project (trust me, I’ve had some fails!). Some of my go-to’s are Mod Podge (essentially an elevated white school glue with a variety of types and applications), E6000 (a permanent adhesive), double-sided tape, and as noted above, painter’s tape.
6. A paper cutter - This comes in handy for paper crafting, but also if you're cutting templates or shapes for things.
7. Twine - Good ol' twine. Inexpensive and always good to have in your toolkit.
8. Foam paint brushes - From staining to painting to using Mod Podge - these disposable paint brushes are cheap, and have many uses. Make sure to give them a good rinse when you're done with them so that they can be used a few more times.
9. Mason jars - The possibilities are endless for projects with mason jars, so keep an eye out for anyone getting rid of old jars. These are also great to use for storage for your craft supplies (until you need them!).
10. A toolkit - I would recommend one of the basics sets that have a hammer, screwdrivers, a level and a tape measure (another essential for the DIY'er!). You'd be surprised how frequently everyday tools are used in the crafting world.

This is just a small list to get you started and inspired for your 2019 crafts. As you start collecting, I would recommend keeping things are organized as possible, so start with a bin or container for your collection, and expand as your arsenal of crafting gear grows. (Wait until you hit label-maker status where you have boxes that are JUST for clothespins or adhesives).

I'm looking forward to inspiring you with some ideas and seeing what you come up with!

Happy Crafting in 2019! 
Nicole 


Nicole Leblanc HeadshotAbout Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

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September 28, 2022