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Decorative trim plates are versatile metal nameplates that can be used for many different things, but companies often use these for marketing purposes. Much like promotional plates, these are highly customizable, which is why these are chosen for when businesses need a multipurpose metal plate for their marketing and promotional needs. These plates, when customized according to the company's requirements, can then be attached to items to create custom promotional gifts, giveaways, and the like.

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.

While these metal plates are frequently used for such a purpose, these can actually be used for other things. With the name “decorative trim plates”, you can easily deduce what other uses these can have, and that is for decorative purposes. If you have a product that you want to make look unique or sophisticated, you can choose to add an etched, engraved, or embossed metal plate with intricate and elaborate designs on it. This can serve as the decorative part of such an item.

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).

What products can you make more elaborate and decorative with the use of these customizable metal nameplates? For one, you can create unique looking mobile phone cases. You can take a standard plastic or rubber phone case, have a metal plate of the same size made with designs that are either whimsical or tribal, then have the grooves in the metal plate inked to make these stand out more. You can then attach these to your mobile phone cases with the use of a durable adhesive.

Another idea you can use to create unique items that you can either sell online, or give to friends as gifts, is a custom jewelry box made out of wood and metal. The wooden box can be easily anything low cost, from an old cigar box to a knick-knack box you can find in thrift stores. You can then have decorative metal plates made for these. The designs you can have added to these plates include cartoon designs that are printed on stainless steel or aluminum, etched designs of flowers or paisley prints, abstract squiggles that you can have filled in with different colored inks, or any other design you feel will make your unique jewelry boxes look outstanding.

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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