Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sourcing Unique Craft Supplies: Daiso Japan

One of my new favorite places to go for fun and unique craft supplies that you can't get anywhere else is Daiso Japan:

Daiso is a huge chain of 100 Yen stores in Japan and they have recently opened a few stores here in Southern California.  You can think of them as the equivalent of our dollar or 99 cent stores and they sell just about everything from housewares, beauty items, toys, and food:

Best of all, most everything is only $1.50!  Which makes this an addictive place to shop (ok, so I've gone there three times since April).  And this is not a sponsored post in any way, shape, or form -- I truly love this chain and wanted to share my crafty finds with you.

I was super-excited when I found this cotton tatting / lace weight yarn (hard to find outside of specialty yarn stores):

And I picked up this pack of beautiful handmade paper:

I also bought several packages of Yuzen washi paper that has inspired me lately:

I have an number of little projects I'd like to try using the paper, including doing some origami (which I love but am not good at).  I decided to try making some washi paper push pins with Scrabble tiles similar to some pushpins I saw at Patchwork.

I found a package of Scrabble-like tiles at the big box craft store and decided to use those. I don't often show my craft failures on this blog but we all know that I'm not perfect.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the tiles but I did not account for two variables:  the craft tiles I bought are not smooth like Scrabble tiles and this washi paper is very thin!

So here is the current result with one layer of Mod Podge (sans push pin back):

Although I would prefer that the surface be smooth, I'm not completely opposed to the rough texture of the wood showing through. the paper.  I haven't decided whether I will add a layer of clear shellac or some dimensional resin to the top.  I'm still experimenting and will keep you posted.

If you don't have a Daiso near you can also purchase some of the items at their online store.  Happy shopping!  But try to control yourself....

Store images courtesy Daiso Japan.
This is not a sponsored post. I just really love this store.


  1. I LOVE dollar stores! Best pizza cutter I ever had is from one. And I love the stuff you found! Yay!!!

    I think your scrabble pieces look just fine too. Sort of has a vintage, time worn, shabby chic look!

    1. 'm still working on making the tiles look better! But I agree, they do have a shabby chic look to them. Thanks Becky!

  2. During my early to mid-20s I was immensely into various Japanese/kawaii things (from Pullip dolls to Hello Kitty), and first heard about this awesome chain back then.

    As far as I know, there are no Daiso stores anywhere near us (there's one a few hours away, but I've never been to it), but even though that phase of my life has wrapped up (I still think everything I thought then was cute/awesome is cute/awesome - my interests just lie elsewhere now) for the most part, if a Daiso was to open nearby, I'd be there with bells and whistles on, heading straight to the craft department, too. :)

    ♥ Jessica

    1. I'm STILL into kawaii things and have been since first introduced to imported Sanrio creations in the early 80s. Wish you lived nearby so we could shop at Daiso together!


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