We live in a somewhat rural area, and it takes about an hour to get to the closest Target or Dollar Store. And while we do make the trip to Costco every few weeks, running a bajillion errands while I’m out with 3 boys just doesn’t happen.
So I end up doing a ton of shopping on Amazon, and love Prime because it all gets delivered right to my door with free 2-day shipping. And those of you who live where there’s the option for Prime Now…I’m really jealous!
But one of the unexpected things I’ve found to be worth purchasing on Amazon is most of our craft supplies. I’ll share some of my favorite craft supplies to order on Amazon. And make sure you read my tip at the end that saves me so much time and money.
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Googly eyes – We just got this big pack a couple weeks ago. While they aren’t as big as they seem in the photo, I was pretty impressed with the selection. And they have sticky backs, which means no messy glue everywhere (hallelujah!). Next time we’ll probably go for the pack with large eyes.
Craft sticks – The things you can do with craft sticks are endless! We just use plain ones – and it’s Amazon so I shouldn’t be surprised, but apparently they have a Subscribe & Save option for regular craft sticks!
And I’m eyeing these gorgeous colored ones for the next time we make a craft order.
Glue sticks – Anyone who asks, “Why would you need a 30 pack of glue sticks?” clearly hasn’t experienced the destructive force of my two year old. And (as you could probably guess) we do a lot of papercrafts around here, so we go through a lot of glue!
This 30 pack has lasted us about 6 months, and I’m about ready to buy another because we are almost out. You may want to go for a smaller pack if you don’t go through glue very quickly, because you don’t want to end up having a lot of them drying out on you.
Crayons – Ever wonder how I get pretty shots like this with perfectly gorgeous crayons?
No my kids aren’t strange aliens that somehow keep their crayons in perfect condition. Most of our crayons are either in pieces with shredded wrappings…or the weird lime green colors that never actually works well to color with.
But because I’m mom, I get my own set to color with and take pretty pictures! I usually like buying the 2 of the 64 pack of crayons, because we love using all the interesting colors.
Boxes of crayons – in all one color! -How cool is this?! I haven’t tried these (yet!), but from the reviews these look legit. We can’t be the only ones that seem to destroy all the red and black in the first week of getting new crayons, and spend months coloring with black Crayon nubs…or fighting over who gets to use the one red Crayon that’s miraculously left.
Just to clarify…that would be the boys fighting over the crayons. Not me. Ever. That would be silly.
Just do a search for “[color] crayons” and you can see if they have the color you’re looking for.
I feel like this is one of those things that needs to go into those baskets for new moms – “I know you just had a baby, and crayons are the last thing on your mind…but seriously, this will be a sanity saver someday!”
Glitter Glue: Okay, confession time…my boys have never used glitter.
(Am I a terrible crafty mom or what?!)
But…a friend told me that glitter glue is a million times better than regular glitter. So these are in my cart right now to get the next time I’m making a big Amazon order. I’m going to be brave, people!
Pipe cleaners – Great variety pack!
PomPoms – Activities, crafts, and more. We love pompoms!
What to Skip: I haven’t heard great things about the construction paper on Amazon, so this is one of the items we stock up on at Costco.
My biggest tip for buying craft supplies on Amazon?
Watch the prices! And no, that doesn’t mean you have to waste time stalking what you want every day. I use a tool called CamelCamelCamel. I have it set up to alert me when certain products go below a set price. And pro tip – this works amazing for watching deals on some Lego sets!
All you have to do is set up an account, create a wish list with products you want to watch the price on, and configure when your want them to email your alerts. I don’t usually go with the default settings – I like to customize it to alert me when they fall to a certain price.
Also it has a crazy cool feature – price history! It’s how I can tell if something is the best deal ever on a product, or if I want to wait to try to get it at a lower price.
Where do you normally buy your craft supplies?