Paints, knitting needles, clay, beads: whatever you need, here’s where to stock up
Arts and crafts are an easy way to keep kids of all ages entertained and creative, especially on days when the weather isn’t cooperating and you’re stuck inside for the day. We’ve all been caught short when the downpour hits and the art supplies box is looking pretty pathetic – it’s time to change that and stock up! To help give you crafty some ideas and to makes things extra easy for you, we’ve found a few go-to places where you get can all sorts of kid-friendly supplies and materials. So next time inspiration hits, or there’s a school project, or the desire to start scrapbooking strikes, you know just where to go.
Art Supplies Professional is a trusted source of craft and art materials in Mong Kok. This shop carries just about everything within its quaint space. Inside you will find tons of brushes, pencils, pens and markers, a variety of paint mediums, beautiful calligraphy sets, ink and nibs, watercolour paints, canvases, resins and much, much more. The staff are also very knowledgeable and will be able to help you with whatever your crafting needs are.
Art Supplies Professional, 75-77 Bute Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2390 2168, www.facebook.com/artsuppliesltd
Crochet? Knitting? How about embroidery? Even if you just need a selection of great threads and yarns so your kids can covet the perfect friendship bracelet, Cheer Wool has you covered. Cheer Wool is a yarn and handicraft retailer located in Wan Chai that has been in business since 1983. Cheer Wool has cute fabrics, threads, yarns, wool, and all the tools you’d need to work with any tailored material.
Artsman Company is another long-standing arts and crafts shop that has been serving Hong Kong artists since 1960. Artsman carries reputable brands such as Maimeri, Saunders, Marabu, Drawell and Artrend as well as a wide-variety of artist-quality paints, easels, modelling clay, design materials and much more.
Artsman Company, Flat A, 2/F, Kiu Lok Mansion, 3 Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2893 3961, www.cheerwool.com
Yu Chau Street, a.k.a Bead Street, in Sham Shui Po is a great area to get craft supplies such as beads, ribbons, buttons, and fabric. There are tons of different shops that each specialise in their own materials. To get there from the Sham Shui Po MTR, take exit C2 and walk straight ahead through the market to the next block until you get to Yu Chau Street.
Bead Street, Yu Chau Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Craft Supplies Store
This quaint and eclectic shop has two locations, one in Wan Chai and the other in Prince Edward. Craft Supplies Store carries an eclectic array of great kid-friendly craft supplies. From tiny wooden figures and items to paint and decorate to clay, paints, dollhouse furnishings, felt, brushes, sand, balloons, glue guns, ribbon, threads, beads and more. This shop will be sure to have something creative for your kids to make.
Craft Supplies Store, Sun Hey Mansion, 68-76 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2520 0234; 173 Sai Yee St, Prince Edward, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2392 0969
Artland is one of Hong Kong’s longest-standing art and craft shops and has 4000 square feet of shopping space! This one-stop shop has everything you could possibly need for any of your art and craft ideas. Artland even has the majority of its products listed on its website for easy browsing and to help inspire a few ideas before popping into the shop.
With an added bonus of being able to shop online along with two brick and mortar shop locations, International Art Supplies is a great place to go if you’re looking for specific paints and designs. International Art Supplies offers quality brands like Pantone along with colour computer software, a variety of mediums of paint, wood, Styrofoam and plaster models, easels, finger paint sets, and modelling clay. So basically, everything you could ever need for an epic art project!
International Art Supplies, Rm 14, 17/F, Chai Wan Industrial City, Phase 1, 60 Wing Tai Rd, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 2887 7207; Shop 6, UG/F, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, 2739 1881, www.ias-hk.com
CN Square or Cheung Nam Stationary is an affordable craft supply store that is perfect for getting kid-friendly supplies. The Yau Ma Tei location is a 10,000 square foot, three-story shop while the Fortress Hill shop has an equally impressive space at 8000 square feet. Having been in business since 1973, CN Square can certainly boast about its offerings, carrying over 20,000 types of products. Check out CN Square’s brief directory here. CN Square also offers a variety of seasonal products so put them on your list for next Christmas.
This shop is made specifically for kids and their development. While it carries everything from quality books to toys, they also have some great craft supplies. Face and fingers paints, modelling clay, chalks, markers, pencil crayons, yarns, select paints, pipe cleaners, felt, decorating and modelling wax are just a few of the gems that Tree Children’s Lodge offers with the added bonus of also being able to shop online!
If you want scrapbooking materials and advice then head over to Fliegen Scrapbook and Craft Store. Specialising in scrapbooking materials, the Fliegen store also offers a small selection of craft materials as well as professional scrapbooking services and group workshops. Filegen is also active on social media with regular updates on its latest product additions.
Filegen Scrapbook & Craft Store, Room B, 5/F, Savoy Mansion, 49 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 6405 5405, [email protected], www.scrapbook.com.hk
While not an actual craft store, The Crafties offers a creative workspace that you can rent out with supplies provided. This appointment-based space offers crafting items for knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, quilting and embroidery as well as a variety of sewing-type machines. Crafties also offer summer camps and personalised events. Check out Crafties’ summer camp activities here. The Crafites is any easy way to make for a stress-free and creative day for your family.
This craft shop offers items for all ages and abilities. With stencilling, modelling clay, craft paints, stamp art, and face painting for the young kids and leather, glass, ceramic, and print crafts for the older kids. Hands Art & Craft even have a variety of kilns for hobby, glass, pottery for the serious enthusiast.
Hands Art &Craft, Po Wah Commercial Centre, 226 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2893 9721, www.hands1986.com