See What's Inside the Ultimate DIY Toolkit
We always like to share inspiring and stylish DIY projects—even better when they’re easy to do. Of course, if you don’t have the proper tools in your DIY arsenal, even the most straightforward of projects can be too much to tackle. So we asked expert Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth to weigh in on which supplies she always has on hand. “Since DIY'ing is the name of the game around the Sugar & Cloth studio, we happen to lean toward a few key supplies that are worth investing in,” Rose said. Keep scrolling to find out straight from her what she wouldn’t dare craft without.
A must-have item for me is Montana Gold acrylic spray paint, which works on virtually any surface. After all, spray paint can fix just about anything, so you might as well buy the best and this stuff is the best!
For projects that need a thicker coat of colour, most of the time we use sample paints in matte or semi-gloss finishes from local home improvement stores as opposed to craft paints. They actually go on a lot easier and they don't leave nearly the same amount of visible brushstrokes that the alternative does.
Another must-have item is a quick-heat glue gun. Since we tend to show most of our supplies in how-to shots for our DIY projects, I like to go with the Martha Stewart craft supplies version, because it works great and it looks good.
You can also never underestimate the power of an awesome rotary cutter. It makes a world of difference for projects where attempting to cut with scissors and a not-so-steady hand just doesn't quite cut it (no pun intended!).
A heavy-duty hole punch is one item you might not use everyday, but when you do need one, you really, really need one. I've yet to run into a crafter that can match the precision of a hole punch by hand, so making sure it's in your toolkit is always a good idea.
White and gold are always my go-to colours, and gold craft paint pales in comparison to a true gold leaf. I love the colour and the way it genuinely shines, so I end up using it at least a few times a week!
Finally, gold Gingher scissors are seriously the way to go when looking for a precision cutter. Not only do they look pretty just sitting out on your desk after a project is complete, but they genuinely cut through fabrics like a knife through butter.