15 products with a cult following at Michaels
Crafters agree: These products are the best you can buy
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For some people, Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, but for me, it’s Michaels. When I was growing up, my favorite aunt used to take me on special trips to our local Michaels and let me pick out beads and stickers, and 20 years later, you can still regularly find me browsing the baking aisle for sprinkles and cookie cutters I probably don’t need.
I know I have my favorite brands at products at Michaels, and so do many other customers. Despite all of our different crafting styles, there are certain products that stand out from the rest—these 15 popular products have a cult following among Michaels shoppers, and for good reason!
1. An artist’s table and stool set
Every artist needs a designated workspace, and this “creative center” fits the bill perfectly. It’s easy to see why this table and stool set is so popular: You can adjust the table height and angle, and there’s ample storage space in the form of drawers, cups, and shelves. There’s even a slide-out tray to hold your supplies as you work. Plus, the whole thing is surprisingly affordable at just over $100. Really, what’s not to love?
2. A melting pot for chocolate or candy melts
If you’ve ever made a recipe that calls for melted chocolate, you know how tricky it is to do in the microwave—10 seconds too long and your chocolate ends up a burnt, crunchy mess! That’s why people love the Wilton Chocolate Melting Pot. This handy pot will melt down chocolate or candy melts in no time, keeping them at the perfect temperature as you dip cake pops, fruit, or other treats.
3. Affordable T-shirts for all your crafts
Whether you’re making shirts for your child’s school spirit day or designing apparel to sell on Etsy, these short-sleeve cotton T-shirts are the perfect base for all your crafting. They come in dozens of colors, as well as sizes Small to XXX-Large. The shirts are soft and comfortable, and reviewers say they wash well, too.
4. This popular all-in-one glue, sealer and finish
It’s really no surprise that Mod Podge is a top-selling item at Michaels. This cult-favorite product has so many uses—it can be applied as a glue, sealer, and/or glossy finish, and it dries quickly so you can layer on multiple coats. Mod Podge Gloss comes in jars of all sizes, ranging from 2 ounces to 64 ounces, so you can get as much or as little as you need for your project du jour.
5. Yarn that comes in dozens of colors
Whether you’re making a blanket, hat, or scarf, you’ll probably want to use this top-rated yarn. The 100% acrylic worsted yarn is ideal for knitting and crocheting, and it comes in an impressive 60 colors. It’s incredibly versatile, and reviewers say it’s well-priced and easy to work with. One of our editors who considers herself a yarn enthusiast swears by the Impeccable brands, saying she uses this yarn for just about any project that comes to her mind, whether she's knitting a blanket or making her husband another sweater.
6. A storage box, complete with inner caddy
Once you start collecting crafting supplies, you’re going to need somewhere to store them all. Enter the Latchmate Storage Box.
This simple 14.5-quart box can be used to organize all sorts of supplies, whether you’re into beading, baking, drawing, or something else. It includes a removable inner tray and features durable latches to keep it closed, and it’s surprisingly affordable, so you can get a few to organize all your goodies.
7. Disposable piping bags for cake decorating
Baking is one of my favorite pastimes, and if I’m ever whipping up a cake, cupcakes, or French macarons, I make sure I have disposable piping bags like these. The 12-inch bags fit all sorts of piping tips and couplers, and they’re easy to work with. Plus, when you’re done, you can simply toss the bag out, making for easier clean-up—always a plus.
8. A set of 16 acrylic paints
Whether you’re just getting into painting or have been doing it for years, these acrylic paints will serve you well. They come in a set of 16 assorted colors—plus you can mix them together to make new shades—and are perfect for use on canvas, paper, fabric, and other craft surfaces. Reviewers say these paints are easy to use, making them ideal for adults and kids alike.
9. A two-pack of canvases in a variety of sizes
Speaking of painting, you can get a two-pack of canvases for an affordable price from Artist’s Loft Necessities. These canvases come in a wide range of sizes, from 5-by-5-inches to 18-by-24-inches. The canvas is mounted on a kiln-dried frame, and the acid-free finish is ideal for oil or acrylic paint.
10. A sketchbook for so much more than sketching
Want a sketchbook that can do it all? Then you need the Canson XL Mix Media Pad. This versatile pad can be used with acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, pastels, markers, pens, or pencils thanks to its heavyweight paper. The fine texture of the paper erases well and blends easily, and the pages are perforated so you can easily remove your creations. Plus, the pad comes in five different sizes to suit your artistic needs.
11. A tote bag for all your artist supplies
If you regularly take your crafts on the road, you could definitely benefit from a tote bag like this one. The simple, affordable design has ample space for all your supplies, including a large inner pocket and several smaller side pockets. Reviewers say these totes are ideal for all sorts of supplies, including scrapbooking, journaling, drawing, and more.
12. Super-fine glitter in every color
Know what makes any craft project better? Glitter. Lots and lots of sparkly glitter! This extra-fine glitter by Recollections is perfect for all sorts of applications, whether you’re making paper crafts, apparel, or party decor. It comes in 28 colors, and reviewers say it gives any surface a beautiful metallic finish.
13. Essential round cake pans
Every baker needs a few round cake pans in their cupboard—personally, I have like eight of them in various sizes.
If you’re in the market for a new circular pan, these ones from Wilton are highly regarded among bakers. They come in tons of different sizes, from 6 inches in diameter all the way up to 16 inches, and the premium aluminum material will deliver evenly baked cakes every time.
14. Heat-transfer vinyl to decorate fabric
If you want to create custom T-shirts, tote bags, bandanas, and more, one of the best ways to do so is with heat-transfer vinyl. This particular vinyl comes in 37 different colors, and it easily applies to cotton, polyester, poly/cotton blends, and leather. It’s easy to weed, making it possible to create intricate designs, and reviewers love that it comes with a transfer sheet already attached.
15. A pan that lets you cook 24 muffins at once
I hate having to bake cupcakes or muffins in two separate pans, so I completely understand the appeal of this 24-cavity pan from Wilton. You can fit a full batch of baked goods into just one pan, and its nonstick, dishwasher-safe design is incredibly convenient to use. However, reviewers warn to measure your oven before you buy, as this pan is super wide and may not fit into smaller appliances.
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