Do-it-yourself must haves

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Around this time every year, I like to look through my crafting supplies and see what needs restocking, replacing and refreshing before the holiday season sets in. I then set out to hand-make something special for my family and friends; over the years, I have acquired quite a few odds and ends — some come in handy and others may never see the light of day again — but all things considered and collected, I’ve found being a DIY diva impossible without these five must-haves! 

Glue, glue & more glue. 

I have five types of staple glue lying around my house always: 

  • Hot glue. It works on almost all surfaces and has the strength to handle most jobs.
  • Heavy duty glue. My favorite is e6000 because it can handle almost any project and can secure heavier materials for the long haul.
  • Fabric glue. As there really isn’t a good replacement when working
    with fabric.
  • Glue sticks. A classic glue stick comes in handy for all kinds of projects.
  • Mod Podge. Because this tool, technically a glue, finds a special place in my DIY collection for multiple uses!

Metal cork backed ruler. 

I find that having a nice ruler that stays in place is the key to accurate cuts and clean edges for most of my projects!

Precision knife.

A small precision knife makes quick work of projects and helps to ensure clean cuts and accuracy, so your projects come out looking professional. A craft cutting board is also a fantastic addition to this.

Paint and supplies. 

At any given time, I keep a variety of spray paint, puffy paint and acrylic paints on hand; if stored correctly, they can last you a long time. A good set of brushes can also go a long way when cared for.

Markers & colored pencils.

A little bit of color has never hurt anyone! Can you truly call yourself a crafter without a whole stash of different markers, pens, pencils and crayons? 

BONUS SUGGESTION: Scrapbook paper.

It may sound odd, but I always have a collection of neutral patterns around for when a project needs something a little extra. I’ve found hundreds of uses for this paper like impromptu gift tags, frame backgrounds, handmade cards and confetti — the list goes on and on!

Now that you know my must-haves, I’d love to hear from you! What’s in your cabinet and what should I add to my own collection? Let me know on our Facebook page and use #CAWLMDIYMustHaves.


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Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Hauter is the Brand Manager at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. Iceman is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in creative advertising.

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