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There are people who live to inspire generations. The Buddha was among those who dedicated their entire life to humanity. It is these very people who taught us to keep our sanity in this insane world. They teach us to preach love and peace and treat all the human beings as one. Buddhism finds its roots in the teaching of the Buddha and has long been accepted as a religion that is practiced by a great number of people around the world, especially people in Asia. If you are a Buddhist or just another human being who appreciates and acknowledges the contribution of the Great Man and the legacy he has left behind, you ought to have Bodhisattva statues at your work and living space just to keep the positive energy flowing.

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.

Even if you haven't got anything to relate to the religion and are just impressed by Asian art, you can buy antique and vintage Buddha statues to not only study the art, but to have a collection you can boast about. But, before buying a Buddha statue, you should ask yourself why you actually need it? There are hundreds of different kinds of these statues available online as well as at local stores, so understanding your needs would help you in selecting the best one. While you can seek suggestions, it is always better to listen to your own soul in matters like these.

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).


One reason could be achieving inner peace. Having a Buddha statue at your home or workplace would always help you remember his teachings, which might help you get out of a troublesome situation with relative ease.

It is also advisable to be very careful when choosing a place to buy a Buddha statue from. And this aspect becomes even more important when you are buying vintage or antique Buddha statues. There are people who sell poor replicas in the name of original antique statues. Try and stay away from these people. If you know anything about Asian art, you would easily be able to figure out the difference between replica copies and authentic statues. And when you are looking to understand the Asian art better or wanting inner peace, replicas aren't going to do any justice to your purpose. Additionally, it won't be a wise decision to spend money on something that isn't worth that much. Always make sure that you buy from a source that promises the delivery of original antique or vintage statues and has sold a number of these items over the years.

If you are more into paintings than statues, you can always go for antique Tibetan thangka, which is a rolling painting from early 17th-19th century that can grandeur to your decor and bring you inner peace.

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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