Top 5 Craft Products I Saw at CHA: Mod Melts

Last week I was in Anaheim for the annual Craft & Hobby Association winter tradeshow in Anaheim, California.  I look forward each year to taking in some California sun and enjoying the warm weather.  Of course this year they had record setting low temperatures and it was freezing.  DANG!  It was warmer in Indiana that week.  Boo!  However, I enjoyed hanging out with some fantastic bloggers, seeing the industry leaders, and checking out some cool crafty ideas.


I am going to showcase a few of the products I was excited about.  One was the Mod Melts and Mod Molds from Cathie Fillian and Steve Paicenza for Plaid Enterprises.  You might remember them from the show Creative Juice.  They are craft industry leaders and really have forged the way for bloggers like me to do what I do.


They are coming out with a new product called Mod Melts and Mod Molds.  The Mod Melts can be put in an high temp glue gun and squeezed into the Mod Molds to create embellishments.  Gone are the days when you buy a pack of 4 embellishments for $5.  Now you can make and design your own.  I got to catch up with Steve at the booth and he showed me how they work.


Many of you asked if Craft Wars was going to have another season.  The answer is no.  But the good news is that it paved the way for another creative show to begin at the end of this year.  Cathie & Steve are working hard behind to scenes to make this happen and it is going to be big and give creative people a chance to shine.  I am chomping at the bit to get more information about it and will let you know when I do!

So what do you think of this product?

  • Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    First…you picked the wrong week to come to the show..or I should say they picked the wrong week to host it. It is gorgeous here this week! Second…I thought of you while you sat eating your lunch all by yourself..hope you got that cheesecake for dessert. Third… How fun is that Mod Podge stuff right now?! Killer…can’t wait to try some! Thanks for always keeping us in the know chick..I am sure you were rocking some HOT earrings at that show- you GO!

    • Beckie

      I sure did. It was such a bummer to be so cold. WHere in Nor Cal do you live?

  • Heidi @ Mom’s Crafty Space

    These look ah-mazing! Can’t wait to try them! I debated on going to CHA this year since I’m in California already (Nor Cal), and it’s not too far for me to travel, but I had just gone to Anaheim not too long ago so I passed. After seeing all of this cool stuff, you can bet that I’ll be there next year! :)

    • Beckie

      It is a fun time for sure. It costs me an arm and a leg for sure to fly and get a hotel. The hotel is so dang expensive. Geesh!

  • Susan @

    I loved Creative Juice! I hope they get another show. HGTV really needs to do a change in their line up and bring back some crafts! (Also bring back some of their design shows, but that is a whole other complaint of mine).

    This product is sooo cool! I can see making the embellishments and adding them to the furniture that I paint.

    I can’t wait for them to be in Michael’s!

    • Beckie

      I am so with you I am over shows where people are moving or selling houses. I want some decor and craft shows!

  • Dork Chocolate

    I think the Mod Melts are going to be very popular if those molds are made with silicon. Because if they are, you’ll be able to custom-make molds to fill with this new easy to use plasticky-resin type substance. I can’t wait for this to come out.

    • Beckie

      I know that is exactly what I was thinking. I would love to make my own molds.

  • Sherry

    This is a great concept. I’m looking forward to giving it a try. Thanks for sharing…and thanks for the info about the craft show that’s in the works. I can’t wait!

    • Beckie

      Me neither. And even though I made a fool out of myself going home in the first round of Craft Wars I will take one for the team to get some good creative TV on. HA!

  • Jill

    OMG! SUPER excited about this product! As he was talking I was envisioning a million things to embellish! Fun video! Thanks for sharing :) smiles, Jill

    • Beckie

      You are welcome, thanks for watching. I know the possibilities are endless. I would love to create my own molds to use with the melts too.

  • Jennifer Rizzo

    I would love to go to that show.I think all of the stuff that is coming out is so amazing compared to how limited it was a few years ago!

    • Beckie

      Amen it just keeps getting better and better. It is because we keep demanding better stuff by our creativity right? {wink!}

  • SheilaG @ Plum Doodles

    This looks like a great product! I’ve been looking for something to make my own cabinet knobs- I wonder if I could use these.

    • Beckie

      Oh I bet that would work! You could probably even make your own molds out of a 2 part silicone too. Good idea Sheila!

  • Frani

    I agree with Susan@SunflowerHugs loved Creative Juices and wish HGTV would bring back some of the craft and design shows.
    Mod Melts sound like a cutting edge product. Can’t wait for them to come out. Thank you for sharing show info.

  • Roberta Iloff

    This new Mod Podge product will be a BIG hit, it looks to be remarkably versatile. Crafters & all creative types will be rejoycing. I’m excited about it. Thanks fo sharing the good new!

    • Beckie

      You are welcome, so excited to craft with them!

  • Megan

    Sounds like a great experience. Those mod podge products look awesome!

    • Beckie

      Yah they were cool. And they dried in like 4 minutes completely hard like resin. I am excited to create with them.

  • Ellora Drinnen (@CreatvlySouthrn)

    I can’t wait to try these out. Those frames are super cute! I’ll be looking for these at Michael’s.

    • Beckie

      They were so cool! And they dried like a hard resin. Pretty nifty.

  • Debbie

    I love these new products! Can’t wait for spring so I can try them.
    Debbie :)

  • Darlene

    I guess if we keep sending messages to HGTV they might get the message!!

  • Amycha

    I love Mod podge already. These new products give me just two more reasons. I can’t wait to try them!

    • Beckie

      I know is MP great? I use it all the time. Such a versatile medium!

  • Heather @ Real Cheap Housewives of Texas

    Those will definitely be making their way into my cart. Awesome!