Welcome to the summer's version of Black Friday. Starting July 16 and running through today (July 17), it's Amazon Prime Day. Members of the subscription service Amazon Prime are huddled over their PCs, phones, and tablets in search of the online bargains that rival any brick-and-mortar store's post-Thanksgiving discounts. Everyone's looking for that once-in-a-blue-moon deal on everything from electronics to clothes to baby gear. And if you're the DIY type, you'll want to take advantage of the best craft Amazon Prime Day Deals that are sure to help you create something fabulous.
Make no mistake, crafting is far more than your kindergartner gluing raw pasta together, or your Great Aunt Vicki selling her crocheted toilet-paper-roll covers at the church flea market. The Craft Industry Alliance reports that the crafting business (or "creative industry") took in some $44 billion in 2016. That same report noted that a full 64 percent of U.S. individuals polled had done something creative in the past year, be it candy-making, knitting, woodworking, or visual arts. These items aren't just collecting dust on family-room shelves, either. According to Etsy, some 50 million hand-crafted items have been sold on their site since its founding in 2005.
Whether you're creating scrapbooks for your own family's enjoyment, or selling your crafts to bring in some extra income, you're sure to find bargains on your crafting needs on Amazon Prime today. Take a look at just a few of the DIY helps we found:
Was $280; now $195
This #1 best-seller in Amazon's scrapbooking store is also perfect for designing your own cards, stickers, clothes, or just about anything that can be intricately cut. The machine can be set to the speed and depth of your choice for a precise, professional look every time. The purchase also gives you access to Cricut's archive of ready-to-go designs, or you can upload your own images for a truly individual look.
$154; additional 20% off for new Prime users
This portable table may have been originally designed for folding and sorting laundry, but it multitasks beautifully as a craft station. Stow your materials on the lower rack while you cut and fold on the upper level.
Scrapbook Punch Set
Was $100; now $95
This popular sewing machine gets high marks among users for its lightweight size and its features, including 63 stitch functions and nearly 30 stitch types to choose from. Amazon notes that it's a great machine for both new and experienced sewers alike.
Slime Supplies Kit
If you have a school-aged child in your home, the odds are pretty good that your child knows all about slime — and that you have a supply of liquid glue, liquid starch, food coloring, craft clay, shaving cream, and whatever else makes the best stretchy glop. This kit, now at a snap-it-up price, includes everything your child needs to add glitter, texture, and that certain je ne sais quoi to their personal slime. (And if the result is a little too stiff? Not to worry. Just follow these slime hacks.)
Was $31; now $21
Need to keep your knitting projects organized when you're on the go? Then you need to add this handy organizer to your Amazon Prime cart. It's designed to tote not-yet-finished projects neatly, while still keeping them attached to your skein of yarn. Compartments hold knitting needles and crochet hooks.
Was $11; now $10
If your kids are already starting to chant the Summer "I've Got Nothing to Doooo!" Mantra, pick up a bargain bucket of these craft beads. They come complete with template pegboards to guide your kids as they create the shapes and patterns of their choice. When they're ready, you can run an iron over the finished product to seal the design together permanently.
Was $40; now $32
Have you discovered the joy of relaxation and meditation through the new adult coloring books? Are you a manga artist in the making? These dual-tip pens will hold a place of honor on your workspace. They're quick-drying, and they're designed to layer well: rub a bit of red on a yellow background and see the dramatic effect emerge.
Was $11; now $6
Ever finished a particularly challenging or beautiful jigsaw puzzle and thought what a shame it would be to disassemble it? No need. With this super-cheap puzzle saver, you can stick the entire picture together permanently, suitable for framing, laminating or just keeping on a side table for everyone to admire.
Stamped Jewelry Set
Was $30; now $21
Ever seen metal jewelry with hammered letters that spelled out a personalized name, or an inspirational message like "Believe" or "Persist"? Now you can make your own, either to keep or to give as gifts, and the price is so reasonable that you might want to buy two kits, just in case.