Every DIYer worth their salt should have...

I should rephrase and say:  Every DIYer worth their salt should pay good money for:

1.  a good pair of FABRIC scissors   and    2.  a strong, heavy duty staple gun
 Now clearly, these are not the only tools in my toolbox for DIY projects, but they are the most important basic tools that you should spend a little bit of money on.  I spent a long time using cheap scissors and attempting to use a regular stapler to staple things into wood.  It didn't quite work.

If you deal with fabric, you should have fabric scissors.  They will run you $13-15, but they will cut sharp and they will cut straight and they will let you cut through layers and layers of fabric with ease.  Even if you aren't sewing the fabric, fabric scissors are a must if you are regularly dealing with fabric.

...and the staple gun?  Regular staplers can only staple 4 or 5 sheets of paper together.  For anything else, get  a solid staple gun and you will have so much fun attaching fabric to wood and wood to wood and fabric to cardboard and cardboard to cardboard...and you get the idea.

If you really want to go DIY crazy, a good sewing machine is your 3rd purchase...and I've heard a cricket should be the 4th, but I'm not there yet.

...and don't flip out...a hot glue gun IS an essential, but I don't consider it to be something you have to spend a lot of money on.  I've used lots of glue guns and my cheapy one has lasted a very long time and has had lots of abuse and is still trucking on.

What are the essentials in your toolbox?  What can't you live without?


I just got an electronic staple gun! I am soooooo excited. And I am on my way out to pick up some nice fabric scissors. Hopefully I won't lose them:( I have a hand-me down sewing machine but am a bit terrified of using it. Don't ask me why, I am weird;) Lets see... my other essential is a standard screw driver. It can be used for almost anything. Removing dandy lions, removing staples, the list goes on...
You are soooo right about those!
I also always need a tape measure and picture hanging materials. But your suggestions are tops!
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meg said…
1. glue gun. 2. mod podge :)
Fresh Mommy said…
Can you just come live with me for awhile and teach me how to craft some fun things??? :) I love it, just looking at these tools makes me want to have fun with them and create something! I DO have a glue gun, haha.

I would lvoe to come visit you!!! someday :)
Hmmm, tape measure, a speed square, a level, a good drill, a miter saw, and a compressor with several different nailers. (my stapler is the air gun stapler for crown staples. Once you use that, you'll never go back to the manual type.
I agree with you on the scissors, glue gun, and sewing machine. all essentials too.
This was fun!