Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Favorite Decorating and DIY tools


Do you have tools that you use over and over again 
when crafting or decorating?
I do, for sure.

Today I'm sharing my favorite tools for decorating, crafting and DIY.

DIY crafting tools



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level, bubble level


A tool I can't live without is a level
I have a small (about 10 inches) level that I keep in my tool drawer in my craft room.
We also have a large one in the "real tools" in the garage.

I use it every time I hang something on the wall.
I use it for photos, shelves, art, etc.
It's light weight and works great.


light weight hammer


Another indispensable tool is a hammer.
This is a small, lighter weight one that I also keep in my craft room.
Again, we have legit hammers in the garage.
This one works great for light weight projects like pounding a small nail in, etc.


small tape measure


I use a tape measure all of the time.
I use this small one for light projects.

We also have large heavy duty ones.

mounting putty, poster putty, temporary adhesive


I love holiday decorating so I redecorate my home often.
So I always have mounting putty or poster putty on hand.
I use it to mount light weight items to the wall, 
or keep something stable on my mantel.
It's easy to pull off and remove.


command hooks, removable hooks


I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love Command products!
The hooks work so well to hang things without making a nail hole.
I used them for hanging stockings and lights at Christmas 
and for hanging things on my front door.
They are removable and don't damage the surface 
they are hung from if removed properly.


command velcro, hand art, removable, hang photos


I also use Command Velcro.
I use it to hang photos, art, to secure the windows on my picture ledge
and I always use velcro for art and the chalkboards on my mantel.


wire cutters, needle nose pliers


I keep a few pairs of pliers in my craft room drawer.
Especially wire cutters and needle nose.


paper trimmer, fiskars paper trimmer


I've been a paper crafter for a long time!
One thing I for sure can not live without is a paper trimmer.
I use it so much and for more than just paper crafting!

metal ruler


I use my metal straight edge ruler frequently.
I like the metal one because it doesn't bend, warp or break easily.  
And the edges can withstand being cut against with an exacto 
and traced against with a pen or maker.


rotary cutter, mat, how to cut large pieces of paper, posterboard, fabric


I use a rotary cutter, mat and ruler not only to cut fabric, 
but to cut large pieces of paper or posterboard.


scissors


I have about a bajillion pairs of scissors around my house.
I do have a few pair of nice fiskars that I use for fabric and ribbon, 
but mostly I buy inexpensive ones from the dollar store.
They work just as well and when they are dull, I don't feel so bad about throwing them out.


adhesive, paper adhesive, tape runner


I keep a variety of glue on hand.
I use a tape runner for gluing paper to paper, which I also sometimes use a glue stick for.
I use tombow multi liquid glue for a wet adhesive in paper crafting.
I use glue dots for adhering things like buttons or dimensional objects.
I use Tacky Glue for craft projects.
I also use e6000 (not pictured) to attach non porous surfaces together, like glass.


glue gun, mini glue gun


And of course, no craft tool collection is complete without the trusty glue gun.
I love this little mini glue gun for small projects.
I also have a larger cordless glue gun for bigger projects.



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