Scrolling through Pinterest and Etsy's dreamy pages can become something of addiction for brides with an affection for all things artisan. The colorful totebags. The rustic signs. The monogrammed robes. It's almost too much to take — almost. Why not channel that inspiration into something beautiful you make yourself ? Sure, homemade details can take a little more time and effort but creating a meaningful detail for your big day will almost certainly pay off. Whether you're a crafting pro or a DIY beginner, Chicago has no shortage of shops for you to stock up on the artsy essentials that will take your wedding from pretty to perfectly personal. Below, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.
In addition to selling supplies from easels to drafting tools, this sprawling, independent Lincoln Park space also offers classes as well as art shows and events where you might be able to get some fun ideas for your project.
The Chicago location of this small national chain offers everything you need for painting, drawing, crafting, printing or sculpting wedding pieces. You'll also discover unique gifts and novelties, plus a knowledgeable staff who can handle your questions.
Scrapbooking enthusiasts and other paper-focused crafters will be in heaven at this suburban shop that carries a wide selection of paper, stamps and card kits. There's also a full calendar of classes available.
This unassuming neighborhood business sells a solid collection of paints, papers, brushes and more. Check out its website for crafting tips and resources on local art classes. Framing and matting services are also a specialty.
Its inventory leans toward the pricey side but this national favorite, which opened its first shop in Chicago more than 30 years ago, is filled with some of the prettiest crafting materials around. Scrounge up some sparkly card stock, pretty make-your-own party supplies and help from workshops and classes, then pick up one-of-a-kind gifts for your bridal party while you're there. Read real brides' reviews here!