Vancouver DIY stores to help with your next craft project

Do-it-yourself projects are one of the most creative and affordable ways to update your home, switch up your personal style, or pull together a special event. I like to revamp my home each season by adding a touch of personality or a pop of colour. If you’re working on a hands-on project, check out these Vancouver DIY stores for all sorts of crafting tools and art supplies. [Photo credit: Alessandro Di Noia]

Rath Art Supplies

2412 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2

If you love painting, then you’ll absolutely adore Rath Art Supplies. The Mount Pleasant shop carries everything you need to become a skilled artist, including high quality brushes, sketchbooks, oil and acrylic paints, colourful pencil crayons and pens, easels, origami paper, molding clay and canvases in all sorts of sizes. You’ll feel inspired to create a masterpiece the moment you walk through the door!


9-1666 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2

This Granville Island store is a one-stop shop for those looking to create unique cards, origami, or other paper-based artwork. If you’re a bride to be, or planning a party, then be sure to stop into Paper Ya to discover their beautiful collection of Japanese paper products, sophisticated stationary and sealing wax – perfect for creating your own one-of-a-kind invitations.

Spool Of Thread Sewing Lounge Inc

101-649 15th Ave E, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6

Creating your own clothing, bedding, and other fabric-based pieces is an excellent way to add a level of personalization to your home or wardrobe. This boutique style sewing shop in East Van is great for finding unique sewing items and accessories, including colourful cotemporary fabrics with funky graphic prints (think llamas, bobby pins and lipstick kisses). The shop also offers introductory sewing lessons and project-specific workshops covering everything from pillowcases to bow ties to kitchen aprons.

Urban Source

3126 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3G7

This alternative art store on Main Street carries some of the most offbeat DIY materials in the city, and is a great place to shop for eco-friendly art supplies. Manufacturing discards and remnants (badges, buttons, scrap fabrics, card stock, plastic shapes, and more) are sustainably sourced from local landfills. Stock changes often, so it’s best to stop in frequently to see what’s in store. If you’re looking to recycle raw materials into something completely new, Urban Source is the place to go!

Dressew Supply Ltd

337 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H6

Whether you’re a beginner sewer or a skilled seamstress, Dressew is the place for you. The Gastown textile emporium has a wide variety of sewing supplies and incredibly knowledgeable staff to help you find exactly what you need. Items are available in a range of price points, meaning you’ll always be able to find fabric, thread, and other sewing supplies within your budget. If you're planning on making a one-of-a-kind costume - head here for all sorts of creative materials.

Opus Framing & Art Supplies Ltd

1360 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3S1

Another spot perfect for beginners looking to get creative, Opus carries a wide variety of project supplies and has an experienced team to help newcomers navigate the shop. Whether you’re looking to buy art supplies for kids or you want to start your own project, you’ll be able to find all sorts of painting, drawing, and sculpting tools at this Granville Island shop. And, if you don’t feel like leaving the house, you can also shop for products online via the store’s comprehensive website.

With autumn officially arriving in Vancouver, it’s time to really begin making headway with our fall style. Fashion-wise, fall has to be my favourite time of year; I love the look of cozy layers! Knit sweaters, oversized blanket scarves and ankle boots are just a few pieces I consider total must-haves for the cool season. Here are a few of my favourite local boutiques to shop for fall wardrobe essentials.
Finding the perfect gift for a bride and groom can be difficult; you’ll want it to be unique, sweet, thoughtful and useful to their lifestyle. If you want to avoid shopping at big box stores and find something that’s unique, dare to go off the bridal registry and uncover beautiful treasures at these fantastic local and independent Vancouver gift shops. [Photo of Atkinson's]
Wedding season is just around the corner, which means us brides-to-be are dreaming about beautiful gowns and accessories for the big day. If you’re on the hunt for romantic jewellery, formal footwear, stylish hairpieces and more bridal accessories to complete your wedding look, pay a visit to these Vancouver shops.
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