BEAD BEE carries many types of beads and beading supplies, but as artists and crafters, we love crossing over into other craft categories and working in mixed media. We also do a lot of experimenting so we love searching for discount craft supplies to test out ideas.
Here are a few of our favorite places to get crafting staples at a great price. It's always nice to have several places to go and seek some fun and inspiration for DIY beading, arts & craft projects.
We hope you will find this information helpful as we love to share the joy of creating, and part of that also involves fun shopping sprees and discovering new supplies.
DAISO for Crafts, Stationary & Gift Wrap Supplies
If you are lucky enough to have one of these adorable Japanese Kawaii themed stores in your town, then you have to go check out their discount craft supplies. If you are the artsy type, then you will love browsing the crafts, stationary and gift wrap sections.
You will be able to find a lot of basic items for a great value. Our last Daiso haul included ribbon, yarn, elastic bead cord, storage boxes, journals, paint markers, pipe cleaners and huge glue sticks.
You will also find their drawing supplies very helpful if you like to draw and sketch out ideas with a variety of mediums like markers, pens and pencils. Their selection of crochet hooks in different sizes are great for our crochet projects using glass beads & 28 gauge wire. Their faux suede cording is great for alphabet & number bead bracelets & necklaces and their pipe cleaners are perfect for pony bead crafts.
DOLLAR TREE for Crafts, Stationary, Gift Wrap Supplies, Party Supplies & Nail Polish
Who doesn't love a dollar store? This is a great place to get supplies for group projects and parties! We love using their adorable mini storage containers to make Bead Kit Party Favors with our plastic pony beads. Our baby shower theme bead mixes and glitter bead mixes are especially fun for events and parties.
They also have blank wood pieces, glitter, glue and sketchbooks (and more). And, yes, we did mention nail polish - not just for nails, but for crafts too! We love using shimmery, glitter and opaque nail polish to create custom bead effects on our pony beads.
IKEA - art supplies in the children's section
If you're already an Ikea fan, you'll love it even more when you discover their little art department. We always keep a rolls of their drawing paper handy for brainstorming and sketching ideas. They also have paint, markers, and colored pencils. This is a small department, but a great bonus if you are already there.