12 Tools For Every Girl’s DIY Toolkit


One of the most unique aspects of Pinterest is that it can be used as a self improvement tool.

I joined Pinterest about a year ago and immediately started a love/hate relationship with the website that consumes a majority of my free time.

Why love/hate? Well, I LOVE finding so many amazing blogs, recipes and DIY project ideas via this website. I also can’t help but be in awe of all the talented bloggers who produce the pins I can’t stop hoarding for a future date.

One of the aspects of Pinterest that I enjoy the most is the wide variety of DIY projects crafty bloggers share. I enjoy attempting these projects because I have never been naturally crafty so attempting these projects is an interesting new challenge for me.

Of course, as soon as I created my DIY Pinterest board I realized that I don’t have a basic toolkit.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this toolkit, nor did I want to risk injuring myself with tools that are too complicated for an amateur such as myself. So I did some research and came up with a number of tools that are uniquely suited to help me complete basic DIY projects around the house. 

These are the tools I decided to purchase for my basic DIY toolkit:

A Basic Sewing Kit

  • Needles of various sizes
  • Thread of various colors
  • Needle Threader
  • Safety Pins: Hefty steel ones for big jobs and small brass ones for smaller jobs
  • Pincushion, preferably a magnetic one
  • Thimble: To protect your thumbs ad help you push a needle or a pin through heavy fabric
  • Seam Ripper: For do-overs when you make a mistake
  • Fabric Shears
  • No-Sew Fabric Glue: This glue is often used to glue items such as rhinestones to fabric
  • Erasable Quilting Pencil: These pencils allow you to mark fabrics without staining them

Hot Glue Gun

Glue guns are used in a variety of DIY, decorating and crafts projects. They’re fairly easy to use and cost between $5 to $20 at craft stores such as Michael’s.

Cordless Drill

A quality cordless drill is an essential component of any DIY toolkit. I was able to find a great, lightweight cordless drill for under $50 on Amazon.com.

A Variety of Hardware

Go to your local hardware store and purchase a wide selection and number of general-purpose nails and screws so you have a range of choices available to you as you start your DIY projects.

Claw Hammer

Claw hammers are versatile hammers used for driving in nails and levering them out. Claw hammers are a basic tool that every homeowner needs to have around the house.

Painter’s Tape

I decided to include painter’s tape in my DIY toolkit because many DIY projects involve painting and spray painting items. Therefore, this tape comes in handy.

Manual Staple Gun

A staple gun is great for stapling fabrics and various other stapling needs around your home or office.

A Level

A Level provides horizontal and vertical guidelines when positioning fixtures and hardware. A Level will ensure that all of your photos, paintings and other wall decors are hung straight.

Tape Measure

I recommend a tape measure of at least 5 meters in length to cover all possible DIY uses in the home and in the garden. Tape measures are extremely cheap, but spend a little bit extra and it will stand the test of time. Cheaper tape measures will jam and sometimes shatter.


Different types of DIY projects require different size pliers. Therefore, I recommend you invest in a good set of adjustable pliers.

Utility Knife

This is a sharp knife used for many precision and general cutting purposes. Like the claw hammer this is another versatile tool that every homeowner needs to have around the house.

A Wide-Mouthed Tool Bag

A wide-mouthed tool bag will help keep your tools organized and in good condition. These tool bags come in a variety of stylish colors and can also help keep your craft room neat.

Photo Courtesy of: RLHyde


Paulin Soleyman
Paulin Soleyman is the founder and editor of The Underground Bootcamp. Her goal is to help everyday people live healthier, happier, more fulfilling lives by sharing all that she knows about healthy living, nutrition, and fitness.
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