The DIYer’s Utility Belt: The Right Tools for the Job

Real Talk: I decided that writing a post for Face Off was too stressful. As much as I love the show, the task of writing about it each week made me dread each new episode. Instead, I thought I would write a post that should have been shared a long time ago.

It’s no secret that we love crafts here at Nerdily. Specifically, we love DIYs. But, after a certain amount of DIY tutorials, there comes a time when there should be a tutorial for the tutorial. Tutorial.

Okay, so the point I’m trying to make is this: when you DIY, you’ve got to have the right tools for the job. Before each tutorial, I always state, “From your utility belt, you’ll need:” blah, blah, blah. Well, here are my recommendations for the top five items you should always have handy in your utility belt.

#1: Hot Glue Gun

Just as Batman has his trusty Grapple Gun, you should have a hot glue gun handy for any crafting need. The glue gun is the rockstar of the DIY universe. Can’t wait for dry time? Glue gun. Adhering tricky material? Glue gun? Broken marriage? Therapist. They’re like the hot glue gun of the world.

I’m so clever.

#2: Craft Knife 

A.k.a. the X-Acto knife, craft knives are incredibly handy. They’re particularly useful for when you have to do a lot of delicate cutting, especially with paper crafts.

#3: Mod Podge 

When it comes to adhesives, this glue does it all: decoupage, texturing, sealing, adhering, and structural support. The best part of Mod Podge is that there’s one for any job or aesthetic design. I’ve been using Mod Podge for years. It changes lives.

#4: Craft Foam  

Craft foam is love. Craft foam is life. My cutting board is a piece of foam with a sheet of poster board on top. Ratchet, I know, but it really works. Whether you’re using it for crafts or cosplay, it has its place in many aspects of DIY life.

#5: Dimensional Fabric Paint

There’s no doubt about it: I love fabric paint. And dimensional fabric paint? You’d might as well tell me Comic Con was free to earn the same amount of excitement. I’ve used dimensional fabric paint on fabric and non-fabric-related crafts. It adds a certain amount of charm to a project. And mix it with a layer of Mod Podge. Oh, baby, talk dirty to me.

I don’t have a problem, I promise.

What do you keep handy in your craft room? Was there anything I missed? Let me know!

Life was meant to be lived nerdily, so what are you waiting for? 

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