The US and the UK has their Dollar Stores, while Asia has its $2 version with its Daiso Stores.
Most Singaporeans love all things Japanese, from food (I am Japanese food fan myself!) to their culture. So naturally, products that are branded in Japan (although many are made in China) will be largely popular with Singaporeans.
I think the Japanese are ingenious with their ideas for craft, so to find a store where craft materials are found easily and cheaply is a thrill for any crafter.
Here’s sharing 10 of my Daiso buys for craft:
I have used the felt from Daiso for some of my felt craft projects. As Daiso felt is made of polyester, it is washable and good for making of felt ornaments. But not recommended for the making of toys, softies and craft projects, that one intents to keep or requires more handling.
Daisy felt is best used for children’s craft, hair ties or clips. hanging mobiles, ornaments, brooches or small felt mascots.
Here are some Felt Craft tutorials, where Daiso Felt can be used;
2. Origami Paper
I use Daiso Origami paper for making Kirigami and occasionally Origami creations like these;
Kirigami and Origami can be used for gift wrapping and many other decorative purposes (Washi tape, wooden pegs and Kraft Paper Bag pictured below are all from Daiso).
(L to R) Craft Tutorials can be found in link; Bear Kirigami and Ribbon Origami, Rabbit Kirigami Gift Card and Washi-fied Gift bag and Wooden peg
4. Cutting Mat and Precision Knife
They are a must-have when making Kirigami or cutting paper.
4. Construction Paper
I have just discovered these coloured papers in Daiso a couple of months ago. I found the texture of the paper and range of colours available adequate for paper-flowers making. These papers are also sold in A4 size in a single colour in a pack.
Daiso coloured paper are good for card creations like these;
5. Colour boards in Styrofoam or Cork Material
I get them in white to mount the boy’s and my paintings to create a faux canvas base, and skip the picture frames, so that they can be easily pasted on the walls with blu-tack or mounting strips.
No one should put original ‘art’ in frames, unless they are reproduction prints bought from IKEA 😛
Cork can also be used in many DIY Homeware or Decor ideas. Just add your own designs with markers or paint.
6. Wooden Blocks in various sizes or Wooden Sticks and Sandpaper
The wooden blocks are available in small square, rectangular shapes etc. These blocks that can be drawn, painted on, or pasted together to form a letter holder like this, with glued-on Hama Beads;
While Sandpaper is a must have to prep the wood before it is ready to be painted on.
7. Pill Cases
Extremely useful to segregrate Hama Beads into specific shades.
What is Hama Beads Crafting? Read more about it in this post. While the tweezer in pictured below is also from Daiso.
8. Shrinky Plastic and Tracing Paper
There are at least 3 different types of Shrinky Plastic that are sold in Daiso. Pictured below are the clear and the opaque ones. There are the Neon ones available in some of the Daiso stores.
I have tried the opaque ones that come with a keyring in the pack and found them to be good enough for making keychains and fridge magnets.
9. Magnetic Tape
Useful for making your own magnets from Shrinky Plastic, or magnetic wooden pegs.
10. Wooden Pegs
Apart from its basic use for hanging laundry on a drying rack, wooden pegs have numerous uses in craft. Just stick on washi tape
I have been using the small wooden pegs for winding my embroidery thread (like a thread spool), while the small scissors and sewing pins pictured below are also from Daiso.
I spend more time in the craft aisle in Daiso than all the other aisles combined, as I am always looking for the next item that I can use to craft something new.
There are a few things that I have bought from the craft aisle that I would not buy again, namely, play dough, soft clay, embroidery floss (thread), paint and brushes. Since it is $2, can expect that these things are not of very good quality.
The play dough and soft clay is really hard to manage without making a huge mess. Even after lining the table / floor with newspapers, the stray bits of dough or clay tends to stick on the floors and tables. Only recommended for moms who have no issues spending some extra time to clean up after their child after play.
While DMC is always my choice for embroidery floss, even when sewing on Daiso Felt. The quality of thread does make a difference to the one who is sewing and to the final product.
As for the Daiso paint and brushes, they are apt for children doing exploratory art, but not when the child or adult is starting to get more serious about taking up painting as a hobby. The paint pigments tend to be inconsistent and brushes often split at the ends after the first few washes.
For better quality art and craft supplies, and if you are willing to spend more than $2 per item, try Artfriend and Spotlight.
So what are the craft materials that you have used from Daiso?
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