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Keep your loved ones around you when they can't be with cardboard cutouts

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.

Cardboard cutouts are great for keeping valuable memories

Faded photos, half of a pendant, a sweater with frayed edges, a yellowing piece of paper… We all have something tucked between the pages of our planners, posted on the dresser mirror, or nestled in a secret corner in the cabinet, to remind us of great memories.

I have quite a few myself, and I consider them some of my most precious treasures (even if most don't have monetary value).

The digital age has made it even easier to document and preserve those extra special moments in our lives (whether they're fun, romantic, or embarrassing). Digital cameras, digital photos, handy video cams, digital photo frames, blogs, websites, scrapbooking, social networking sites – all these and many other means have made it easier for us to document and even share memories.

Cardboard cutouts or standees are another effective, 'interactive', and entertaining (not to mention affordable) way of making memories last.

Kids won't remain cute and adorable tots forever, but their cardboard cut-outs can. Make one for every year or of every milestone they achieve, and it will be a memento that both you and your kid will cherish for the rest of your lives.

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).

Have a relative in the army? I'm pretty sure he (and the rest of the family) will appreciate a life-sized version of him for those special occasions he can't attend, or just as a daily reminder that despite his distance from you, he'll always be around.

A widow named Maria Challis once quoted, “Some might raise eyebrows but who is to say what is the right and wrong way to deal with grief”.

She lost her husband to brain tumor after learning from it just a few weeks before. Dealing with the grief of losing a loved one so suddenly was definitely not easy for her and the kids, so she decided to make a life-sized standee of her husband to help the family cope with his absence.

Like Mrs. Challis, you can also make life-sized standees of your loved ones (including pets) that you want to remain as a constant presence in your life. Their cardboard versions may not walk and talk, but that happy smile or serene expression on their face will never fail to remind you of happy moments.

Photos make for great keepsakes or remembrances of precious memories. You can share digital versions and frame printed ones. But if we're talking about that photo of your dream date in Paris, or of your beloved pet Fluffy who had passed on, wouldn't you rather have life-sized versions (standees)?

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Brad Couper

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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