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The byers choice carolers was started back in the late 1960s by Joyce Byers. At the time, she wanted to make Christmas dolls that had timeless and classic designs. Thus, the Byers Choice dolls were created. Each piece is a unique work of art made by their skilled artisans. In fact, the creators boast that no two dolls are exactly alike.

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.

In the start, they were making designs related to Christmas. These include the famous carolers clad in different shades of color, the snowman, the church attendees, as well as the family members celebrating the occasion. Even Santa Claus was included in the Christmas collection. However, the company started to produce news sets of designs and themes in the next few years.

Some of the collections include characters from famous children's books, byers choice carolers in different settings and occasions, and a few historical figures. Here are some of the most interesting collections by far. Though the Christmas Carolers still top many people's list as their favorite, the following collections are also worth a second glance.

Halloween Collection

While the Christmas collection sports a celebratory or a festive look, the Halloween collection begs to differ. The Carolers follow the dark color palettes as their standard shades, added with the traditional singing faces of the dolls. Somehow, the Halloween collection reminds of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol because of the characters it feature. They have witches, ghosts of the Christmas Past, Present, and Future, as well as trick or treaters, and pumpkin lanterns.

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).

Ginger Bread Houses

The dolls themselves are beautiful, but the props that accompany the Carolers are just as excellent. Somehow, the ginger bread houses add a more festive feel if used as a background to the byers choice carolers dolls. Each piece is hand-painted with bread brown and colorful icing colors as accents. There are many houses to choose from: a pretzel cabin, a chalet, a house with a chimney, and a manor.

Nautical Collection

In the nautical collection, fans of the Carolers see the dolls dressed in fishermen's outfits and propped with sea produce. Some of the characters included in the collection are the nautical man and woman, a boy with a buoy, children, and a Mrs. Claus dressed in blue and stripes.

Beach Carolers

It can be a bit unfamiliar to see Carolers in a beach setting, but with the Beach Collection it totally works. The dolls here are donning sunny outfits and props like the beach towel, buoys, and picnic baskets. Some of the characters they have include the lifeguard, the swimming kids, a beach man with his folding chair, and a beach woman with the picnic basket.

Irish Carolers

The Carolers in this collection are wearing the traditional Irish clothing of green filled with clover prints. They have a leprechaun character on board as well. For those who want to have a dash of lady luck on their side, try getting the Irish dolls for your next decoration pieces. They are adorable and very attractive in green.

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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