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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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