Summer is here and that means it’s time for us parents to find crafty ways to occupy the kids. Keeping them engaged, entertained and off the electronics is a fine art. If you’re are looking for some spots to stock up on supplies, check out these six Atlanta-area craft stores.

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The Beehive
Looking to show some local love and support Atlanta artists? The beehive is Atlanta’s first handmade boutique collective.  Visit them in store and online for unique handmade items crafted by Atlanta artisans. Stop in with the littles to load up on supplies. They have a huge selection of craft classes and parties geared for the small set (and adults). From crocheting and jewelry making to potato stamping there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

Details: 1250 Caroline St., 404-581-9261

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Hobby Lobby
If you have a true DIY attitude, then hit this chain for crafters. Stocked full of supplies for any and every project, load up on materials needed to make every Pinterest-project on your board. Don’t miss their classes and camps offered at various locations by groups like Girls Rock Sewing (ages 8 and up).

Details: 4715 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 770-677-1860; 606 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Suite 140, Roswell, 770-677-1860

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Michael’s
Like Hobby Lobby, it is best to enter this mega-store for materials with a clear objective in mind. If your mini-me tends to get a case of the “gimmes” while shopping, consider going between 10 to 11:30 a.m. for their clever Kid’s Club (ages 3 and up, $2), where tots can engage in a craft while you shop.

 

Details: 2625 Piedmont Rd. NE, 404-266-8711; 2540 SE Hargrove Rd. Ste. C, Smyrna, 770-433-1700; 1155 Mount Vernon Hwy. Ste. 150, Dunwoody, 770-394-4988Art Supplies

The Atlanta Institute of Stitches & Crafts
The Atlanta Institute of Stitches & Crafts is a school for the modern crafter. They offer a wide selection of DIY classes, as well as Study Hall where students can sign up for private tutoring sessions. Cool Bonus: They have a Department of ManCraft where they offer specific classes just for men. (Think lifeskills 101.) Make sure to check out Craft Assembly which is a free craft night open to the public.

Details: 1390 McLendon Ave. NE, 404-635-6512

SamFlax

Sam Flax
Voted as having the best selection of art supplies in Atlanta by Creative Loafing in 2013, Sam Flax is the ultimate place for crafters and DIYers alike. The Sam Flax Kids section is worth checking out; they offer unique art materials and amazing activity kits that are sure to keep your little ones busy and creative.  Try The Paperie for some exceptional gifts.

Details: 1745 Peachtree St., 404-352-7200

Beads

Brina Beads
For a more specialized choice, if you’re into jewelry making or just want to learn more, drop by Brina Beads. They offer classes, parties, jewelry making supplies and, of course, beads. Stay awhile and chat with an expert about your latest project.  Tables are set up in the back of the store where you can make jewelry and use their tools for a $5 craft fee.

Details: 3231 A Cains Hill Place, 404-816-8230

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Do you get crafty with your kids? Where do you buy supplies in Atlanta? Tell us in the comments section below.

—Jessica Obenschain

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Photos courtesy of Chris Metcalf via Flickr creative commonsFunGI_(Trading) on Flickr creative commonsDan Foy on Flickr creative commons, The Beehive ATL via Facebook and Sam Flax via Facebook