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The Catholic faith use rosary beads as way to keep track of prayer sessions. Choosing a rosary is a personal decision as to the colors and materials used, which reflect a faith based statement when buying rosary beads.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Buying rosary beads can prove a little difficult. Many Catholic churches sell rosary beads. However, if you are looking for something in particular that reflects your faith and personality they probably won't be able to help you. In that case ask around the congregation to see if there is a custom rosary maker in your area.

Searching online is great way to find what you are looking for. Many merchants will have pre made designs to choose from as well as a custom bead making service, which allow you to select the color, material and style of your rosary beads. The custom service will be a little more expensive but is well worth the effort if you have an idea of what you want.

There are many styles to consider when buying rosary beads. A full rosary contains enough beads to say all twenty decades in four sets. Ring or bracelet rosaries are very popular also. These smaller rosaries normally contain ten beads that allow you to say one set of prayers at a time.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Cheap rosaries can be strung on nylon twine. These cheaper rosaries can have knots that separate the prayer sets, where as a more expensive rosary will generally have larger beads to separate the sets of prayers. And in some cases, knots are used in place of beads altogether.

The cost of your rosary beads will be reflected in how and what your beads are made of. Metal links are usually used to attach the beads to one another in more expensive rosaries. The materials used for the beads can be plastic, glass, wood, metal, precious stones, seeds and paper, and the metals used can vary from sterling silver to silver, gold or white gold.

The crucifix is an essential element to your rosary beads, and can be very simple or highly elaborate in design. And again, the type of material can vary from polished wood to solid precious metals and plated.

Another aspect to consider is the centre. In some rosaries it could be a simple knot, while others will have a large bead. Pictorial impressions of one of the Mysteries of the cross are sometimes used, while others may have centers that hold water from a holy shrine.

Buying rosary beads is very personal and should reflect your own personal faith and values. There is a huge variety available and with a little research you should be able to find the right set of rosary beads for you.

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DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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