15 Tools Every DIY Girl Should Own

Whether you’re just starting out with DIY projects or an advanced handyman around the house, here’s 15 Tools Every DIY Girl Should Own someday.

tools every DIY girl should own

1. Tape Measurer
You’ll need to keep one of these on hand for various projects, including measuring walls for painting projects, dimensions for wood cuts, or hanging pictures. Opt for a longer metal one, at least 25ft.

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2. Pliers
Great tool to remove stripped screws, but it can also assist with all types of pulling, pinching, stripping wire or even bending metal.

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3. Screwdriver Set
You can fix almost anything with this basic tool. It’s a good idea to buy a set with multiple Philips and flathead sizes so you can handle most DIY home maintenance jobs.

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4. Hammer
I’m sure most of you have a hammer at home, but invest in a nice claw hammer. This will help you drive nails but also remove the bent ones (or to remove nails if you make a mistake… which I’m sure never happens). Hammers on hand are great for hanging pictures, putting together some ready-to-assemble furniture or small woodworking projects.

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5. Socket Set
Get your nuts and bolts nice and tight with a good set of sockets. Most sets are pretty affordable (around $15) and come with an extension bar, ratchet, and a carrying case.

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6. Level
Take the guess work away and  forego eyeballing when trying to install pictures or shelving in your home. To level longer items, just add a board to the top of your level or invest in a laser level.

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7. Staple Gun
I use my staple gun all the time for reupholstering chairs, making wood box valances, and other DIY projects around the house.

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8. Toolbox
You’ll need a place to store all of these handy tools. A larger one on rollers is great to move around your home or workshop.

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9. Power Drill
A rechargable drill is nice for your DIY projects that don’t require mega power. They’re light to carry and very affordable. Great to creating holes, and switch to a screwhead bit to quickly finish your projects.

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10. Orbital Palm Sander
If you need to remove a finish or old paint on a piece of furniture, invest in an orbital sander. Great for getting a smooth finish on large surfaces, and the palm sander version gives you great control.

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11. Stud Finder
When trying to install shelving or larger pictures, it’s best to nail straight into the wall stud. This tool is great to see behind the walls for you, unless you’re a pro and know how to properly knock on your drywall.

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12. Brad Nailer
Great power tool for the intermediate DIYer. Nail together window trim, chair rail, crown molding, picture frames and more with this handy tool that you’ll love to have in the home.

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13. Jigsaw
I like to do a lot of free hand cuts to create cool shapes and this tool is the perfect addition to any DIYer’s workshop. Also, if you need to do minor somewhat straight cuts, this will do just fine. It’s small and easy to store, plus very affordable.

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14. Compound Miter Saw
Get a nice neat finish with this amazing power tool. You’ll get accurate cuts, especially if yours comes with a laser. Also creates 45 degree angles for moldings, trim and other decorative projects. Also useful for making short, quick cuts on basic projects.

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15. Circular Saw
This is a lifesaver for larger projects with multiple cuts. They’re light weight and portable, plus give a great finished edge. Don’t be intimated; you’ll get used to the power and blade quickly and then find dozens of uses for this power tool.

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SO, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MUST-HAVE TOOL?
Please leave a comment below!

 tools every DIY girl should own

 

 

Birdie Outdoor Gardening Tool Hanger

With summer fully upon us, I’m finding myself outdoors a lot more often trying to keep up on my gardening and lawn care. Well over the weekend I decided to get a little bit organized as well and create a little space for my gardening tools so they’re always within an arm’s reach!

bird-outdoor-garden-tool-hangerI first thought up this project when I was playing around with my new Dremel Moto-Saw. I just got it this past week and have been dying to take it on a test run.

dremel moto saw projectAnd in case you haven’t heard of a Moto-Saw before, it’s a little handheld saw that easily attaches to tables, benches and other work surfaces. I actually attached it to my outdoor patio table in about 3 minutes! Plus it converts to a handheld coping saw in seconds… LOVE this.

dremel motosaw projectSo to start my project, I drew out a large bird on some plywood.

motosaw outdoor tool projectThen I started trimming him out using my saw. I have to admit I was a little nervous using this saw since it’s been awhile since I’ve really let loose with power tools, but it was AMAZING! So stinkin’ smooth and easy to use!

motosaw bird outdoor tool hangerAnd not ONE mistake. Uh… I’m in love.

Next step was to paint my little bird and his wing with some Misty Morning Dew from Valspar. A sample jar from Lowe’s only cost me $3.

motosaw painted projectThen to add a little depth I dabbled a little Maison Blanche white paint and briskly wiped it off with a paper towel. I also screwed on some little hooks for the bird legs so I could hang my gardening tools.

painted garden tool hangerAnd that’s it! I nailed the bird to a tree in the yard so my gardening tools are right where I need them.

bird outdoor garden tool hangerAnd the hooks worked out perfectly for hanging my favorite gardening tools.

DIY garden tool hanger hooksAnd see how nice and smooth the lines are from my MotoSaw? Oh how I love handheld power tools! They don’t take up a lot of space and they still pack enough punch for my DIY projects.

DIY garden tool hanger

DIY garden tool organizerIf you want to see more about how the Dremel Moto-Saw work, you can check out a video here.

OR if you want to try working with this innovative new scroll saw that easily converts
into a handheld coping saw in seconds – the first of its kind in the market –

I might just be having a GIVEAWAY for one on my site tomorrow. 

STAY TUNED!

DIY garden tool hanging organizer