Getting the best deal at craft and discount stores for DIY wedding projects

January 29, 2013|By Katie Mercado, For The Baltimore Sun

I’m trying to be as much of a do-it-yourself-er as I can for the wedding. With that, I’ve ventured into every craft store known to man. And who knew there were so many out there. I guess I just didn’t pay attention to them all until I needed to.

If you’re considering doing some projects on your own, whether for your wedding or your home, or even gifts for holidays and birthdays, take a look at my personal reviews of the area's most popular craft stores.

Michaels: This is probably the most common and well known craft store and for good reason. Michael’s maintains a good selection and there is always a sale or coupon to get significant discounts (especially if you’re signed up for their email blasts). What have I bought? Wood crates, vase filler, cake boxes (for left overs), paint, wooden pieces (like letters and numbers) and gift tags.

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft: There are several things I like to buy at Jo-Ann’s that you just can’t get at other craft stores in the area, like authentic burlap ribbon and wood excelsior.

A.C. Moore: While I haven’t really purchased much for the wedding from A.C. Moore I will say they have a nice selection and good prices. I tend to see the same things (and more) at Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabric, but if you don’t have those around you then this is a great alternative.

Party City: You’re throwing a party after all, so why not shop at the party source. You can get anything from candy-by-color, disposable servewear, favor boxes, ice buckets and supplies for the bridal shower and bachelorette party.

Hobby Lobby: Many think of this store as more for the true hobbier, where you buy supplies for serious crafting, like wood smiths, needle art, etc, but in actuality you can get a lot at Hobby Lobby that you might not find at other stores. Some of the unique things they have are decorative boxes, paper crafting, stationery and even a nice floral section.

Dollar stores: That’s right, I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve frequented the Dollar Store many times to get things for the wedding. What have I bought? Gift bags, tissue paper, ribbon, basket accents, picture frames, cards for vendor tips and more.

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