DIYers agree: A well-stocked kit is the key to any self-made project. We asked our top-notch bloggers for their can't-DIY-without tools, tips, and products. How many do you still need?

August 30, 2016

1. Utility Supply Box

Don't just use a hand-me-down, banged up toolbox. Find something colorful or funky that you can leave in plain sight. Be sure to find one with overlapping lids, adjustable storage, and foldout trays or plastic bins. There should be enough storage for every little tool your DIY heart desires.

2. Glue Gun

Most DIY projects will require some form of adhesive, the literal glue that holds everything together. Hot-glue guns are our go-to. Jen Jones of I Heart Organizing says, "I reach for my glue gun before I reach for the bigger tools and typically am surprised about the amount of hold it provides."

3. Adhesive Remover

Mistakes happen. Our favorite problem-solving product comes in a variety of sizes and will fit into any tool kit. "Goo Gone removes more than sticker residue," Emily Clark of Emily A. Clark blog says. "It also takes off dried paint, crayon, tar, tree sap, gum, lipstick, and markers."

4. Ratchet Screwdriver

The tool of every DIYer's dreams is small, simple, and oh-so-easy to use. "A ratchet screwdriver -- with interchangeable bits stored in the handle -- is the most convenient tool," says blogger Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely. The tool is so helpful and inexpensive that it's to your benefit to have multiples. "I bought a second one just in case I misplace the first," she says.

5. Moldable Glue

Move over, duct tape. Moldable glue is the new fix-it darling. Build, seal, or create just about anything with this self-adhering silicone dough. It comes in a variety of colors, cures in 24 hours, and stays stuck yet flexible even in hot, cold, or wet conditions. Not sure what to fix first? It's our favorite for curing frayed cables.

6. Corded Drill

Bloggers Brent and Courtney Richardson from Gray House Studio understand the importance of having a backup drill while working on new and exciting DIY projects. "We keep at least one corded drill in the toolbox," they say. "There is nothing worse than forgetting to charge your drill's battery or running out of battery halfway through a project."

7. Cordless Drill

Or choose to go the distance, no outlets necessary. Mandi Gubler, creator of Vintage Revivals, prefers a cordless drill. "Professional-quality cordless drills cost more, but the extra power is worth the money," she says. Remember to charge, and remain unchained!

8. Fabric Ruler

This one DIY tool has so many purposes. You can replace a number of items in your tool box with just one fabric ruler. "I use a clear fabric ruler as a straightedge, a ruler, and a spacer," Mandi Gubler says. "I love seeing the measurements and the materials at the same time!"

9. Angled Paintbrushes

Get full coverage with a 2-inch angled paint brush. "A short angle paintbrush is my absolute favorite and a necessity for long paint jobs," says Gwen Hefner of The Makerista. "It saves my hand from cramping."

10. Laser Measuring Tool

Measure large-scale distances with small-scale size! At just 4 inches tall, laser measuring tools are compact, speedy, and super cool to use (a laser beam measures space between two surfaces).

11. Metallic Spray Paint

Some of today's hottest DIY projects boast a smooth coat (or two!) of metallic spray paint. Give new life to old mirrors, lamp bases, frames, and figurines with this multiuse product. Mixed metal accents can pull a space together, so grab some gold, silver, or copper spray, and get to decorating!

Comments (1)

June 14, 2019
#7 shows a cordless impact driver not a cordless drill.