The Outer Banks offers many choices to pursue your creative side while spending time with friends, family and kids at the same time. And if you’re a seasoned crafter, you will find unique items and supplies for hobbies you already enjoy. There is bound to be lots of laughter and memories made along the way at a painting party or whatever creative activity you choose!

Cloud Nine – A Creative Emporium
Not just a bead store, this emporium has a vast assortment of bead findings, jewelry-making supplies, along with sea glass and sterling silver jewelry. A beach glass wire-wrapping class is offered several times per week during the in-season; private classes can be arranged for individuals or groups. (252) 441-2992; Address: 3022 South Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC

Deja New!
An energetic, creative space hosting 10+ art classes weekly (Thur-Sat)! Discover your inner artist when creating a masterpiece in either Mixed Media Art or by Art Journaling. Also find fun furniture and other decorative items in this unique shop. (252) 202-4669; Address: 3701 North Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC

KDH Cooperative Gallery & Studios
Summer art classes and workshops in painting, drawing, and collage for children, teens and tweens from late June through mid-August. To register: (252) 441-9888: Address: 502 South Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC

Knitting Addiction
Known as a “yarn junkie’s paradise” offering a large selection of high-quality fiber and yarn including hand-dyed Ellyn Cooper yarns, patterns, instruction, and knitting supplies plus free advice for rookie knitters. (252) 255-5648; Address: 3708 North Croatan Hwy, #2, Kitty Hawk, NC

Local Color
A unique art gallery which was founded upon the belief that art is for everyone.They offer “Lushes with Brushes” adult painting parties, “Colorful Kids” art classes and birthday parties. For reservations: (252) 564-8737; Address: 510 Hunt Club Drive, Corolla, NC

OBX Art Studio
Formerly Glazin’ Go-Nuts/Garden of Beadin’, this new creative space is for anyone, from kids to adults, to come and make functional art in a fun, relaxed environment. Paint-your-own pottery or canvas, fused glass or beading are some of the activities offered. (252) 449-2134; Address: 2200 North Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC

Shoreline Handwerks
A must-stop shop for quilters with many beach and ocean-themed fabrics including the exclusive OBX Fabric Map, plus patterns, notions, quilting and sewing classes. (252) 473-2271; Address: 4250 Maritime Woods Drive, Manteo, NC

Yarn & More
Yarn and all types of crochet, knitting and needlework supplies are stocked and lessons in how to crochet or knit are available. (252) 715-2244; Address: 4104 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC