Fill up your kit with paints, coloured paper, cool stationery, fabrics and more from these arts and craft shops in Singapore.
When we’re faced with a rainy day in Singapore and the kids need some fun indoor activities, we love nothing better than getting busy with cool craft projects. Nowadays, there’s no shortage of inspiration for ways to spend a great ‘crafternoon’ with the little ones. What prevents your forays into arts and crafts with the kids from reaching creative heights (apart from the mess)? Not having the right supplies! Here’s our guide to what we consider to be the best craft shops in Singapore for buying art supplies, plus a handy craft supplies checklist to take shopping with you. Then again, even going to craft stores is a great rainy day activity, surely…
Best craft shops in Singapore: where to buy art supplies
1. Art Friend
From feathers to felt, this craft store has every variety of craft material imaginable waiting to be transformed into paper dolls, masks or jewellery. The only limit is your imagination! Stock up on supplies at Art Friend stores in Bras Basah Complex, Clementi Central and Plaza Singapura, or get free delivery if you spend over $100.
2. Popular Bookstore
With a Popular branch in practically every mall in Singapore, and with goodies at pocket-money prices, Popular is one of the best craft shops in Singapore, delighting creative fans both young and old. Scour the aisles for coloured card, sparkly paper, ribbons, pens, paints and heaps more arts and craft delights. (And pick up a good read while you’re there too!)
Located at Raffles City, Papermarket is the go-to for drool-worthy craft materials – we adore its floral embellishments and unique die-cut tools. Its range of handy paper craft kits knows no bounds! Can’t make it into town to the actual store? Head online for some virtual shopping (we challenge you to not Add to Basket). Also loving: handy gift guides for folks of all ages and the workshops. Yes. Please.
4. Wish I Were Stitching
This specialist in all things stringy doesn’t just stock yarn and thread (in every colour under the sun!). It also holds needle skill workshops and single session classes so you and your little ones can pick up a new skill. We reckon it’s never too early to get the kids sewing their own clothes: think of how much money you’ll save! This is your go-to craft shop in Singapore for anything from knitting and cross-stitching to embroidery and crochet.
Wish I Were Stitching, Unit 03-12A, LTC Building B, 12 Arumugam Road, Singapore 409958
Get inspired with materials for arts and crafts, sewing, cooking, decorating and parties at this superstore. Expect everything from fabrics and pompoms to wooden shapes and embroidery silks. But be warned: you can lose hours in this store without realising! Head to one of two Spotlight branches at either Plaza Singapura or Westgate.
Lose yourself in craft shopping heaven: Daiso, Japan’s number one supplier of homewares, stationery and everything else you didn’t know you needed. It’s always a lottery when you dive into Daiso – you never know what goodies you’ll unearth! And with 20 locations across the island, you’re never far from said goodies. Pick up kooky bits and pieces and leave with a giant bag of supplies for very little cash. It also stocks the cheapest washi tape we’ve come across, and some seriously cool blackboard paper that reveals a rainbow of colours underneath when you scratch it! One of our fave craft shops in Singapore, without a doubt.
Everyone’s favourite furniture giant knows just what kids love: bright, happy colours, of course! IKEA’s range of art and craft products includes well-priced paints and pastels, ink stampers with various designs, watercolour paint boxes, patterned paper, scissors and nice thick pencils. Check out the Mala range and you’ll see what we mean! And that iconic kids’ easel is pretty hard to resist. Just head over to Alexandra or Tampines and don’t forget the prerequisite tealights (and meatballs)…
Overjoyed is what the kiddos will be when they can get their little hands on all the craft essentials they need to make the sock puppet or homemade photo frame they’ve been itching to create! Parents, check out the workshops in life drawing and hand-lettering to unleash your own inner artist. Psst… there’s also free delivery if you spend over $60 – how good is that?!
Overjoyed, The Cathay, 2 Handy Road B1-11 Singapore 229233
9. Tokyu Hands
Looking for some craft inspo? When it comes to craft stores in Singapore, this all-in-one lifestyle offering is jam-packed with all sorts of crafty things – tools for crafting, clay and origami are just a snippet of what’s on sale. If you’re feeling ambitious, pick up everything you need to kick-start a new jewellery-making, flower-arranging or even dress-making kinda hobby.
Tokyu Hands, branches at Jurong East, Orchard Central, Suntec City, Jewel and Paya Lebar.
10. People’s Park Centre/Complex
Tucked away in the heart of Chinatown, on the second floor of People’s Park Centre, you’ll find a crowded corridor full of textile stores. Check out Golden Dragon (#02-51), where you’ll find great supplies for knitting, sewing or embroidery, and at People’s Park Complex, make sure to visit Malin Textile (#02-1122) for gorgeous Japanese fabrics.
People’s Park Centre, 101 Upper Cross Street, Singapore 058357; People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Road, Singapore 059108
11. Arab Street
This is a great area for all the small things. At Kin Soon (36 Arab Street) – the House of Ribbons – you will find a big range of ribbons with different colours and textures. Head over to the highly recommended Sin Hin Chuan Kee (796-798 North Bridge Road) for wallet-friendly DIY items and art supplies like buttons and sequins. Just look out for the “YKK” words on the shop awning.
12. Krafers’ Paradise
Unleash your inner Picasso with the copious range of paint and brushes in Krafers’ Paradise! This one’s great for variety as it has a range of colour pencils, scrapbooks, and even sculpture and clay materials (oh we dig this one!). Did we mention that you can also nab 15% off your first online order? So, if you haven’t checked out this crafts paradise yet, do it now!
180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall, #04-19/20/21, Singapore 208539
What to add to your kids’ craft kit
Step 1: head to any of these craft shops in Singapore.
Step 2: add art supplies to your kit.
And finally, step 3: enjoy a crafternoon!
- Coloured markers, crayons, pencils, paint, ink pads
- Brushes, sponges, eye-droppers and applicators
- Paper: scrap, wrapping, patterned and coloured paper, paper plates, paper cups, magazines
- Materials: cardboard, felt, foam, cloth, fabric scraps, clay
- Scissors, pinking shears, retractable pen knife (for older kids)
- Hole puncher and other paper craft tools
- Cutting board/mat
- Paper glue, fabric glue, glue gun and cartridges
- Ruler, stencils and templates
- Sticky tape, masking and washi tape
- Embellishments: buttons, feathers, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, stickers, beads
- Threading: elastic, yarn, floral wire, string
- Natural materials: pine cones, pebbles, leaves and shells
- Recycled materials: egg cartons, toilet paper rolls, foil, tins, trays, bottles and takeaway containers are all great for craft projects!