Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #3 What can you do at Bull City Craft Annex?

Buy art supplies? YES!

Art Supplies Bull City Craft

Paint and Pour? YES!

Bull City Craft Annex Paint and Pour

Buy kids crafts and toys? YES!

BCC Annex Kids Pop Up Shop

Attend special events like the Annual Ornament Party? YES!

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Watch a demo for a DIY art or craft project on a Saturday afternoon? YES!

Mi-Teintes Paper Ornaments

Host a birthday party? No :(
The good news is, we do have a couple of alternatives we can offer:
– We can host the party in your home. We bring all craft supplies and activities, and provide 2 staff members to set up, lead the party, and clean up.
– We can host the party at an alternate location of your choosing. Some places we have held birthday parties include neighborhood clubhouses and community centers such as the JCC.

Drop by for Playcraft or Drop In Craft Porjects? No :(
The good news is, once the Homestead market location opens, we will have extended hours for Playcraft.

Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #2 Where is Bull City Craft Annex?

Confused about where we are now? You are not alone! It has been a confusing few months for Bull City Craft.

Bull City Craft Annex is in Golden Belt at 807 E Main St in Downtown Durham. When you turn off Main Street, it looks like this:

Golden Belt Bull City Craft

You can continue straight ahead and park in the front Visitors Parking Lot. Walk down the sidewalk to the right, passing by Moshi Moshi and entering the door to Building 3 on your left.

Or, you can park in the Main Lot in the back. The entrance to Building 3 from the parking lot in back looks like this:

Golden Belt Bull City Craft Annex Arts

Once you enter the building, look for studio 3-118. It is in the center on the corner of Room 100 Gallery. If the gallery is open, you can walk straight through and we are on the right. If the gallery is closed, you can circle around through the studio hallway.

Golden Belt Bull City Craft Annex Lobby

When you see this, you will know you have arrived! We’re currently open on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1-5pm.

Bull City Craft Annex


Top 3 Questions We Get Asked: #1 What Happened to Bull City Craft?

When we successfully funded our Kickstarter campaign back in June, we never could have imagined all the twists and turns that our journey to a new location has taken. We are infinitely stubborn and optimistic, and although there have been many setbacks, we are still determined to fulfill our dream of a reimagined Bull City Craft. Here’s a quick recap of the last few months.

June: Moved out of our University Drive location.
July: Found a space at Homestead Market that is the right size and has outdoor space, good parking, and a great coffee shop nearby 😉
August: Continued negotiations on the space at Homestead Market. Golden Belt approached us about opening an art supply outpost in the artist studios.
September: Opened our tiny shop at Golden Belt, Bull City Craft Annex. Signed a lease on the space at Homestead Market Shopping Center on Hwy 54.
October: Discovered that renovations at Homestead Market had been delayed and we would not receive the space until November.
November: During renovations, additional necessary repairs were discovered, causing further delays before we can move into the space at Homestead Market. In the meantime, we opened a Kids Pop Up Shop at the BCC Annex.

While our space at 105 W NC 54 is still under construction, we are making the most of our tiny shop, the Annex at Golden Belt, as well as events around town. Check out all our holiday events here.

BCC Annex Kids Pop Up Shop

Pop-Up Shops…and New Location Coming Soon!

We are VERY CLOSE to signing a lease and announcing a fantastic new location. We are busy designing the new layout with some great new features, and ordering inventory to stock Bull City Craft with some fun and creative new arts and crafts supplies.

In the meantime, join us at our upcoming Pop Up Shops and Craft Events. Join our email list or follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop!

Layered Paper Flowers

Next up: Pop Up Crafts and Bee Friendly Flowers at The Makery

Meet us at The Makery to make layered paper flowers (free and kid-friendly!) Check out beautiful Durham-made goods and shop pollinator friendly flowers, arrangements, and seeds from lee attracting birds and bees. Bull City Craft will also be available for special orders pick up from the online shop.


We are closed at University Drive.
Camps are taking place at 3001 Academy Drive.
New location to be announced soon.
Kickstarter campaign is LIVE! Please share, pledge, and support local business!.

Bull City Craft Is Moving!

Bull City Craft Chalkboard

We’re moving! Find out more details:

Bull City Craft Kickstarter Campaign



Free Paper Craft Download: Truck!

We designed this truck for the Junior League’s Touch a Truck event. Just color and cut out! We made them with moveable wheels by cutting out card stock wheels with a 2″ circle punch and attaching with brads. You could also simply trace circles to make wheels.


Bull City Craft Paper Craft Truck

Cabin Fever Crafts

Let’s face it, some crafts are really for mom and dad. You know the ones–those beautiful, Pinterest-worthy projects that require the adult to do most steps. Those craft projects are great for special occasions and grandma gifts, but for everyday crafting with toddlers, it’s about process and play. I opened my business when my daughter Frances was four months old, so she has grown up in a craft store trying all sorts of arts and crafts. Here is a list of Frances’ favorite crafts: the good, the bad, and the messy!

1. Rainbow Rice

Bull City Craft Rainbow Rice Table

Rainbow Rice is as fun to make as it is to play with. You simply mix rice with food coloring or liquid watercolor and let it dry. Make separate batches of different colors and when they are dry you mix them together. We keep Rainbow Rice in a big tub table meant for sand. Throw in some cups or containers and a few plastic lizards. Frances happily plays with this every day. If you don’t want to sweep up rice spills, set up your Rainbow Rice outdoors.

2. Paint with Water


Paint with Water pads are coloring books that are pre-printed with water soluble ink in patterns on the page. When painted with water, the color patterns blend to create a watercolor effect. We started with these and then moved on to another style that has small palettes of color on the paper that can be moistened and used to paint the coloring sheets. We have even made our own by drawing with water soluble markers and coloring with stripes or dots. Frances loves paint with water activities and I love that they are not too messy and don’t require much in the way of materials.

3. Felt Shapes

Bull CIty Craft Felt Shapes

We have buckets of leftover felt scraps. Literally. Buckets. So I started cutting out small shapes for Frances to play with. I punched holes in some of them which she strings onto pipe cleaners. I’ve also cut out letters and numbers for her. Frances loves sorting and arranging her felt shapes on a sheet of felt. She also likes to glue them to paper. She especially loves dictating new shapes to be cut– “Now make me a yellow circle, Mom!”

4. Paint Glue

Bull City Craft glue paint

A lot of toddlers love to use glue, but then they never actually stick anything onto the glue. They just love squeezing it out! So make it a bit more artful and add paint to your half full glue bottles. Frances goes a bit crazy with this one! It works best on card stock or cardboard because the puddles of different colored glue can get too heavy for regular paper.

5. Tape

Bull City Craft washi tape

Washi style tape is very popular these days and there are lots of colors and patterns available now. It is a great craft material to use with little kids. It is easy to tear or cut with plastic children’s scissors and for really little ones you can cut lots of strips and lay them out on the edge of a table for them to use. Frances loves to just stick it all over construction paper.

Don’t be intimidated by arts and crafts or have crazy expectations for the end result. Just try different materials until you find the ones your child likes, and enjoy exploring them together!

Easy Projects for Using Painted Papers

Bull City Craft: Painted Paper

At Bull City Craft, painted papers pile up. Frances paints a lot, and other children leave behind paintings from Preschool Playcraft. Sometimes the colors are so beautiful, especially the ones with liquid watercolor, that I hate to throw them away, so I’ve come up with a few fun uses for them. Of course, you can also paint papers yourself with these projects in mind. These projects can be made for the holidays, birthdays, or just for fun!

Bull City Craft: Painted Paper LabelsJar Labels

A 2″ circle punch, a hole punch, and some pens can turn painted paper into labels and gift tags. A 2″ paper circle fits perfectly on the top of mason jar lids to dress up gifts of candy or nuts. I used a white Sharpie paint pen to write the labels. A small hole punch turns the circles into pretty gift tags.

Bull City Craft: Paper BannerPaper Banner

Paper banners are so easy and festive. We use them at our birthday parties, but you could also make them in holiday colors and hang them on your mantel or in a doorway. We made one for Frances’ birthday with paper she decorated with washi tape.

Bull City Craft: Making Banners

For a 9″x12″ sheet of paper, cut it in half, and then you can cut three triangles out of each piece (two facing one way and one the other way in between them). A paper trimmer makes for quick work because you can cut several at a time. Punch holes in the corner of each and tie with ribbon or yarn.

Bull City Craft: Paper LanternPaper Lanterns

I got this idea from Frances’ preschool teacher at Appleseeds Home Nursery. There’s a bit of a learning curve here, but once you get the hang of it, they are quite addictive. The folding is too difficult for young children, but older children can do it, or at least help with the first few folds. You will need a square paper, and 12″x12″ makes a good size for small jam jar candles. Rub the paper with coconut oil, or warm the oil and brush it on. Wipe off the excess with a towel. This will make the paper translucent. Then follow instructions here for folding.

Paper Penguin Craft

Bull City Craft Paper Penguins


Who doesn’t like penguins? Especially when you can give them polka-dotted wings and bow ties! Download our penguin paper craft, color as desired, and cut out. Then punch holes and attach wings with paper fasteners. Penguins are fun to pose!