Looking for something to do indoors as you weather the cold season and this season of social distancing? Crafting is the ideal activity to break boredom because it’s hands-on, creative, and anyone can do it! Plus, there’s a wide variety of projects you can try for very little money.
You can find something new to do with your kiddos at home or pick up a new hobby to enjoy yourself. You may also be a professional artisan looking for a place to buy supplies or sell your projects. With everyone in mind, here are the best places we’ve found to stock up and get inspiration, along with the perks of shopping on each site.
In This Article
List of the Best Online Craft Stores
You’ve heard of some of these sites because they also have physical stores near you. You’ve probably shopped at the larger chains, like JOANN and Michael’s. Others on this list will be new to you. Browse through our review of each site to see which ones you’d like to visit. We’re breaking them up into Family, Adult, and Pro sites.
Family Craft Stores Online
These are the websites you want to go if you’re an amateur searching for supplies for home décor or looking for something to do with your kids. These sites offer a wide variety of basic crafting supplies and kits to do as a family. Parents, grandparents, teachers, and community activity leaders can find great deals on these sites. And while the quality isn’t bad, pro artists or students probably won’t find everything they need here.
1. Oriental Trading
This is my favorite site for buying supplies for children’s projects. They have everything you need to create your own craft projects, or you can buy themed kits for one-time activities. Prices are low, so it’s a great place for teachers, churches, and community centers to stock up.
The one detractor from shopping on Oriental Trading is that you might not find the same product twice. They buy projects wholesale, and once they’re sold out, they might not stock that same thing again. Also, shipping is a little higher than normal, with no free shipping discounts available.
They do have a lot of sales on the site, though, and they sometimes run free shipping specials, so your total price per order will still be reasonable.
2. Create For Less
There’s not as wide of a selection on this site as some of the others, but the price is right for basic items. They also have big sales and a clearance section that’s worth checking once in a while.
One of the biggest attractions of the site is the popular Think Crafts blog, where you can get ideas and tutorials for new projects. They also do giveaways, where you can get $100 credit on the site just for signing up for the email newsletter. You’ll want to sign up anyway to get news of sales.
You can get free shipping for orders over $100, so you may want to stock up on kids’ activities and buy a few different crafting projects at a time. Otherwise, you’ll have to see what the shipping cost choices are once you get everything in your cart.
Another perk is the responsive customer service team.
Another crafting mecca, this site everything you need, plus lots of sales. And like JOANN, you can ship your items to store for free and even get same-day delivery for $10 extra. If you order over $60 worth, you can get free shipping to your home.
A couple categories that stand out are:
- Kids Crafts
- Teacher Supplies
- Crafting Machines
- And the Pro section where you can buy in bulk
You can also sign up for online classes.
The one thing I don’t like about this site is the variety of sales and discounts. There are so many sales on different categories of items that you might not understand what you’re paying until you get everything totaled in your cart. Still, it all adds up to big savings, so I won’t complain too much.
Amazon doesn’t specialize in craft supplies; they specialize in the shopping experience. I probably don’t have to tell you that you can find anything on this site from a wide variety of sellers and get it all shipped to you free and fast if you have a Prime membership.
The only downside to shopping on Amazon is that they don’t have specific categories for crafting, so you have to browse for your products one at a time. And there are no classes, tutorials, blog posts about crafting to give you ideas and tips. Still, if you know what you’re looking for, shop Amazon. You probably already have an account on the site.
Online Craft Shops for Adults
Whereas you can certainly find high-quality items at Michaels or Amazon, the following sites are geared mostly for adult crafters. Yes, they do have kids’ crafts, but that’s more of a bonus section than a specialty like Oriental Trading. If you’re an adult hobby crafter, these are really the sites you want to shop.
5. Save On Crafts
This is my favorite adult crafting store. It specializes in home décor and event crafting, so you can get everything you need to make distinguished-looking table settings, door hangings, and holiday pieces. This is where you want to shop if you’re planning a wedding or looking to gift something you’ve made. Savvy crafters can also make this a go-to place for creating more expensive homemade artisan items for sale.
Like other sites, they have a weekly newsletter you can sign up for, along with sitewide and flash sales, but everything is more subdued and refined. It’s not a flashy site that focuses on cheap crafting supplies, though the prices are certainly reasonable for what you get. They also have a blog with ideas and tips that you’ll want to browse through for wedding and home décor topics.
Shipping is free for orders over $79, and if you’re on this site, it won’t be difficult for your total to add up to that amount.
6. JOANN Craft & Hobbies
JOANN’s has been around for decades and is one of those stores that’s synonymous with crafting. What you might not know is that they have even more selection on the website than they can stock in-store. Plus, you can get lower prices and different sales by shopping the website.
A few items that stand out are:
- Craft Storage Solutions
- Crafting Lights
- Glass Art
- Soap Making
- Pebble Art
- And lots more you’d expect from a crafting superstore!
They also have how-to books to buy online and an official YouTube channel featuring video tutorials.
Shop the clearance and sale sections for special deals, and of course, join the mailing list to get coupons. When you do order, you can pick up your items in-store or have them shipped to your location of choice. If you have your order shipped to the store, delivery is free. Otherwise, you’ll probably pay $8-12 per shipment, depending on your order total.
7. Factory Direct Craft
This is another site that has everything for amateurs and pros alike, kids and adults. What stands out here is their range of dollhouse accessories and furniture. This is a craft/hobby that’s becoming more and more difficult to find supplies for. Here, you can order finished minis or those you can paint to your liking.
They also have a “Primitives” section where you can buy an assortment of rustic and natural décor and crafts.
Search the Fun Projects blog for ideas and tutorials, including video demonstrations. Free shipping starts at $50, which is a lot lower than most of the other sites.
8. Hobby Lobby
If you’ve ever been in a Hobby Lobby store, you know that they focus mostly on home décor, and it’s the same online. They have everything you need to make artistic decorations for your house, plus other crafting supplies. They also have articles and videos on how to do a wide variety of projects.
The site is simple to use, and you can take advantage of weekly sales and sitewide discounts. Unfortunately, there is no free shipping.
Pro and Semi-Pro Online Craft Stores
These sites are where you’ll find higher quality items for the working artist or someone aspiring to be. You can tell these aren’t big-box stores stocking the lowest priced and most common items. They know their products and can help you select what you need.
If you’re an adult or teen amateur artist, probably the best way to get started in a certain craft is to shop the more general adult craft stores, then upgrade your supplies with the products on these sites once you’ve gained some experience in your chosen craft.
Etsy is a crafter’s dream site. Not only can industrious entrepreneurs make a living selling their products on the site, but you can also buy everything you need for making every sort of craft you can think of. To show you the range they have available (and maybe to give you some ideas of what kind of craft to try), I’m literally going to list every category they have in the crafting supplies section:
- Doll Making
- Candle Making
- Jewelry Making
- Face Painting
- Sewing, Knitting, Crocheting, Quilting, etc.
- Stationary and Card Making
- Collage Supplies
I get excited just looking at that list of possibilities! And can you imagine getting so good at one of these types of crafts that you can then turn around and sell what you’ve made on Etsy? Or gift them to your friends and family?
The site also has Editor Picks to help you find the best ideas and kits for your crafting endeavor, as well as a blog to keep your creative juices flowing. And you can sign up to receive special offers on the site.
The one possible drawback is that you rely on individual sellers to ship your items rather than the company itself. That means it’s up to the seller to set shipping rates and any discounts they might offer. Still, because it is a competitive marketplace, you’re sure to get good deals on all the supplies you need and at reasonable shipping prices.
While they do have a kids section and something for everyone, this site is really for the semi- to professional artist. It’s the place to go for all creative and presenting supplies, including transportation and marketing materials. While you can’t sell on the site, it can be your one-stop-shop to get everything you need to start creating and selling your artwork.
They do have sales for everyone, but you can also become a VIP site member and take advantage of even greater discounts. Membership costs $25 for a year, so it’s only worth it if you plan on shopping here a lot. Again, MisterArt’s not really for the casual crafter but for the full-time artist or art student.
When you create an account, you can mark items as a Favorite, which makes them easier to reorder when you need a fresh supply. They also have Purchase Guides to help you learn the quality and features of the items you buy.
Shipping prices are a little higher than normal, but you can get free shipping when you order $200 or more.
This is a major competitor for MisterArt, so it’s worth checking both sites for sales. The selection of materials is also slightly different, so if you can’t find something on one, the other likely has it.
When you sign up for Blick emails, you can get a $5 starter coupon. You can also get in-store coupons if you live near a physical location. The stores aren’t as numerous as other craft chains, though, so the chances of taking advantage of this perk are slim.
They do have free shipping on orders of $45 or more, and when you create an account, you can save items to your wishlist. It’s a good option.