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The Swedish clogs belong to the 70's era of fashion and seem to have made a comeback with most supermodels like Kate Moss and supermodel Gigi Hadid adorning them. Moreover, clogs have been rated as the best shoes to improve posture. This makes clogs one of the must-have footwear styles for all.

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.

The best and the original Swedish clogs are made up of leather uppers and wooden soles. Both the materials are said to be environment-friendly and have a long span of life with care and maintenance.

Here are a few tried and tested methods to increase the durability of clogs: –

Brushing off the dirt: After taking off the shoes for the day, one must make it a habit to clean the clogs. Storing clogs without cleaning them can cause the stains to become permanent. Excess dirt should be wiped off the leather uppers with the help of a cloth to prevent caking of leather. One can use a wet cloth or soft foam for tough stains. For any scratch marks on the wooden bottoms, one can simply rub fine-quality sandpaper to make the surface smooth.

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).

Breaking in the new shoes: Be it any footwear, the comfort level is very important for walking. Since clogs are made up of wood, it becomes all the more important to break them in before wearing them all day long. The easiest way to do so is by wearing thick socks underneath the clogs and walking around the house for an hour or two. The comfort level of the shoes will definitely increase.

Protecting them from water: There is a high chance of damaging wooden clogs if worn during rains. The leather will end up with water stains and the wooden sole might get spoilt too.

However, if by chance the clogs get wet, the safest way to dry them is by keeping them in normal temperature in the room itself. Exposure to sunlight for drying can crack the wooden heels and stain the leather uppers.

Keeping olive oil handy: Incase the soles of the shoes are made up of natural wood, simply rubbing olive oil on the soles can help in preventing damage. Olive oil naturally resists dirt and water stains.

Preventing wood from chipping off: Natural, unvarnished wood has greater chances of chipping off with use. This will spoil the shoes as the soles become uneven. Hence, one must be extra careful while walking on rough surfaces.

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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