Some people just have a knack for creating fantabulous ideas. As for the rest of us, well we’re not entirely hopeless. The rise of DIY arts and crafts paved the way for the artistically-challenged to become art gods in their own right. Why buy a plain Jane frame when you can add a personal touch to it?
Here are six of the hottest spots to get supplies for scrapbooking, knitting, crocheting, and other hobbies you can embrace to channel your creativity.
This one-stop shop that reflects Japanese pop culture and arts endorses a wide range of products, from living-ware, bags, stationaries to beauty products and DIY materials. Tokyu Hands provides an interesting array of the latest Japanese stationery and colourful articles to spruce up your scrapbooks, kitchen and even your garage. Brighten your day by checking it out at 181 Orchard Road, #B1-07, Orchard Central (Orchard MRT) or 3 Gateway Drive, #01-36/37, Westgate (Jurong East MRT).
This Japanese store that originated in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan is a retail giant. All products are priced at $2! How cool is that? This all-around store is quite fun and trendy. Daiso showcases good quality goods that range from beauty products, homeware, gardening, knitting, kids’ accessories, scrapbooking materials and so much more. Keep your room, or your home, from having monotonous decorations and purchase some colorful fixtures from Daiso. Plus, you’ll definitely be contented with your haul that only costs a few bucks. Daiso has branches all over Singapore, you wouldn’t have a hard time looking for this famous retailer.
One of the most exciting places to be when you want to decorate – or if you just want your artistry to be channeled through crafts – Spotlight is the place to shop. This popular retailer offers quality items to get your creative juices flowing. They have a wide offering of needle and sewing items, home decorations, fabrics and textile, kitchen and dining aesthetics, bedroom ornaments, drapes, and crafts and hobbies pieces. Spotlight is located at 68 Orchard Road, #05-00, Plaza Singapura (Dhoby Ghaut MRT).
People’s Park Centre
People’s Park Centre is said to be the first shopping centre in Singapore. This very well-known establishment houses some business offices and law firms, as well as residences. The first four levels boast of retail goods and services – including handicrafts and a range of random good-quality Chinese products for home decorations, DIY and arts supplies. Drop by this convenient one-stop mall strategically located at 101 Upper Cross Street, near Outram, Chinatown and Clark Quay MRT stations.
Paper Market is a great place to get new creative ideas. Be inspired by their abundance of papers, scrapbooks, stickers, stationery, and DIY items. Browse through their endless selections to feed your creative fancy. You can check one of their stores at 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-27, Raffles City Shopping Centre (City Hall MRT).
Maple Tree House
Maple Tree House is an arts and crafts specialist that complements its marketing uniqueness with affordability. This retail outlet is well-known to Singapore’s neighbouring countries Malaysia and Indonesia. Their marketing strategy is based on creating aesthetics without spending much. Showcasing a wide assortment of products, Maple Tree House offers goods that range from scrapbooks, design accessories and materials, to ribbons and sparkling adhesives. They are located at 2 Jurong East Street 21, #05-41A, IMM Building (Jurong East MRT).