Be Crafty: Surprising & Delightful Art Supplies at Ace Hardware!

I've mentioned before that I loooooove hardware stores. They are so full of DIY promise! I've wondered for awhile if some of my collages could be created using unusual materials found in these neat stores, so I visited Logan Hardware, one of A Few Cool Hardware Stores in the metro Washington D.C. area to find out.

As I walked in, I was a bit overwhelmed. So many products! Where do I begin? I thought about Meri Cherry's toddler fun house project using flagging tape. And then I met super friendly, super helpful Noe; he's currently working at Logan, but he's really the manager of Glover Park Ace Hardware, which will re-open early fall on Wisconsin Avenue (for you DC folks).

 

Noe pointed out all of the fabulous flagging tape colors, and I asked merchandise manager Robbie to show them off.

I discovered sandpaper colors I never knew existed -- wouldn't they make great textured backgrounds in a collage?

Then I found rolls and rolls of chain links in various sizes. Wow! I already have an idea for the little links... what would you make with the bigger ones? The chains can be cut to any length you request.

I loved the contact paper, especially the ones with wood grain patterns. More great background material!

I also found Mod Podge, glue sticks, and other traditional art supplies. You don't have to make a special trip to the art supply store. There were also beautifully printed gift wraps and tissue papers that would be wonderful for decoupage.

 

I found lots of other metal bits, wires, pipes, and other products I haven't even mentioned, so if you ever find yourself in a creative rut, find your own surprising, unusual inspiration at your local hardware store!