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If you are searching for an absorbing hobby and you are reasonably practically minded why don't you consider taking up carpentry. You will as likely as not find lots of jobs around the home that you can do quite successfully. You could require extra shelving for books for instance that you could very easily build yourself. You might have a larger job that you want doing but have been postponing it due to the cost involved in getting someone in to do it for you. There are in fact relatively few projects that you are not able to do yourself if you really want to and take the time to master a few simple woodworking skills.

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 majority of the skills involved in woodworking are fairly straightforward. In its most primitive form joinery is nothing more complicated than measuring, cutting to size and then fastening the bits together in a certain way.

When you are building a simple shelving unit for example it would most probably consist of two pieces of wood to create the sides followed by a number of horizontal pieces of wood to create the shelves. Building shelving units is an extremely straightforward woodworking project that almost anyone could complete without any in depth knowledge of carpentry.

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).

Quite obviously as you progress to more difficult projects a higher degree of skill will be needed to guarantee that the item you are constructing is completed to a reasonable standard.
The point I am trying to get across to you is that you should start off with simple projects and gradually move on to more difficult projects as your skills develop.

Should you be fortunate enough to have a house with a garden you may have outdoor projects that you want doing. Outdoor constructions are an ideal starting point for anybody who wants to take up woodworking as a hobby or pastime. Generally speaking you are not trying to achieve quite such a high-quality finish on outdoor constructions as you would be trying to achieve on jobs around the house. This does not mean that projects for the garden should not be executed to a high standard but it does nonetheless give the amateur woodworker a little bit more room for minor inaccuracies. It is fair to say that you would not, for instance, expect the same accuracy and attention to detail on a garden shed as you would try to achieve on a dresser unit that was to occupy a prominent position in your lounge.

The sensible approach is to select simple joinery projects at first in order to give you the opportunity to familiarise yourself with your tools and enable you to gradually perfect your carpentry skills.

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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