Michaels Has a ‘Bulk Buy’ Section That Will Change the Way You DIY

updated May 3, 2019
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Michaels is the place where all ambitious crafting projects are born. Who hasn’t sped off to the store to gather supplies after spending five hours down a Pinterest rabbit hole? Okay, maybe just me, but I can’t help it if I get over zealous about bullet journals, chevron canvases, and DIY fake floral arrangements.

Whether you’re an amateur or professional, any artsy person knows these trips to crafting heaven can easily take you over budget. That, or you become so overwhelmed that you leave with a sliver of the items on your list. As do-it-yourself enthusiasts at Apartment Therapy, we’ve gathered the best tips for making the most out of your trips to Michaels.

Download the Michaels App: Consider the app as your hub for strategizing before even stepping foot through the retailer’s door. Check out a list of weekly discounts and deals at your local store, buy online for in-store pickups, look for project ideas, and even set up a loyalty program account. However, the best part might be the craft upload feature: take a picture of something you are dying to make, upload it to the app, and from there it scans the image and creates a shopping list for you. That’s some next-level futuristic technology we can get behind.

Take Advantage of the Bulk Buys Section: This is going to be your craft night go-to. With discounts and deals for stocking up, gone are the days of shelling out major money for DIY needs. This section isn’t just for crayons or puff paint, either. There’s an entire wedding section, too! For brides wanting to save with DIY projects, we think this section will have your budget—and bridesmaids—thanking you.

Get Your Favorite Photos Printed and Framed Online: You know that stack of photos that taunts you because framing is a major pain in the butt? Well, considered it tackled. You can go to their custom framing site and connect with one of their experts for insight on the best way to take care of your precious photos. And since 99.9 percent of our photos are in the cloud anyway, you can upload and set up framing options right from your phone.

Keep Those Competitor Coupons Handy: Michaels accepts coupons from their competition within the same area. So keep an extra eye out for single item coupons of up to 50 percent off from JOANN, Hobby Lobby, and AC Moore.

Time Your Shopping to Your Kids’ Craft Time: For parents, this tip is especially helpful for you. Michaels offers kid classes priced anywhere from $5 to free. Check out your local store for times and plan your trip around then. The staff entertains and crafts with your kid so you can shop around the store solo.

Shop Off-Season: Prices typically get slashed by 60 percent the day after a major holiday or season ends, and savings can increase to up to 80 percent off within a few weeks. If you’re the type to seasonally plan ahead, this deal is probably speaking to you. Hot tip: Their annual fake tree sale is always the week before Thanksgiving. Mark your calendars!