How To | Essential Tools for DIY Projects
It’s no secret that I’m all about getting your hands dirty with DIY design projects for your home and outdoor space. So today I thought it would be a good idea to share a few tool tips so everybody can get ready for upcoming projects we’ll be sharing here on the site. The following items are good to have on hand if you love being creative and crafting.
So once you’ve got the basics down, here are the add-on tools for all you DIY-ers out there.
1. Rotary cutter – This is the ticket for cutting paper and fabrics! Cuts through several layers at once and even has decorative cutting blades for easy, fun finishes.
2. Iron – Most people use it to keep their clothes wrinkle free, but if you do any sewing or upholstery, having a good steam iron is essential. If possible, grab one that can be used both vertically and horizontally because you can smooth out a variety of textiles while they stay in place. Makes it a whole lot easier!
3. T-Square – Beyond keeping your corners perfectly square, it also is adjustable and locks into any angle. Great for concise measuring and creating templates.
4. Heavy-Duty Stapler – You can opt for one with a cord or cordless models. For me, I prefer cordless because it is quick, easy and mobile. Most models will allow for different sized staples and provide a clear window for gauging when you need to refill. The more options, the better!
5. Utility Scissors – With a pair of these, you’ll never have a problem cutting through anything, even metal! Some are cordless and can even be mounted on a table for hands-free use. Check your local hardware store for brands and variety.
6. C-Clamps – These are great for holding surfaces together while you’re glueing or screwing sets of wood or metal together. Be sure to grab a few different sizes to account for different projects.
7. Metal Ruler – For the best accuracy, try to pick up one that is marked down to 1/32-inch increments. A steel rulers will ensure straight edges for marking and cutting a variety of materials.
8. Cutting Mat – Mats are great for protecting whatever surface you’re going to cut on, but most also have grid lines to help with accuracy.
9. Utility Knife – Sort of like a rotary cutter, most models can cut through multiple surfaces.
10. Craft Knife – When it comes to small or precise cuts and holes, you’ll want a light-duty knife.
11. Hot-Glue Gun – This does less damage than normal adhesives and can be used on pretty much anything. Have a variety of different glue sticks (high, low or dual temp) for different surfaces. If you prefer mobility, grab a cordless model to make things extra easy.
12. Basic Sewing Kit – You don’t have to be a sewing genius to use one of these. Make sure your kit includes the essentials, like thread, needles, thimble, marking pencils, safety pins, fabric scissors etc.
Do you have any tools to add to my box? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
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