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January 7th, 2009

Craftster Best of 2008

Craftster members posted tens of thousands of craft/DIY projects in 2008. All of which were brilliant in one way or another. The very notion of choosing "the best" projects from 2008 is absolutely insane!

But alas, we thought it would be fun to try and programmatically determine “the best” projects.

Here’s how we did it…

For each craft category on Craftster we determined which 10 projects posted in 2008 got the most replies and views. Then we whittled each of those lists of 10 down to our 5 favorites. (An excruciating exercise to say the least!)

And so here we are… “the best” projects of 2008… or perhaps a better way to describe them would be…

“a bunch of totally kick-ass projects out of tens of thousands of kick-ass projects!”

BATH AND BEAUTY: Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects

Fabric Curlers *w/tutorial link **UPDATED pics of outcome p.1 ***AFTER WORK p.5
by keeperrox

Goldfish in a Bag Tutorial (with pics)
by MareMare

Cupcake Bath Bombs....with tutorial
by simplyorganic

TIRAMISU SOAP - my first try in soap making
by mondenkind

Lavender Brown Sugar Scrubs (my first!)
by emilyhell

CLOTHING: Clothing: Completed Projects: General

Rainbow Patchwork Skirt
by Crafty Intentions

Pop art inspired high waisted skirt
by skarinja

Sexy in seconds cleavage control clip knockoff- it really works!
by CardinalCyn

Embroidered Jellyfish Bubble Skirt
by bleachrainbow

Hand cut felt applique Cooking Mama Apron
by crafterbation

CLOTHING: Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Thrifted & tiedied lace tablecloth = new bell sleeved empire waist dress! W/Tute
by tickleagangster

Rubber Glove Dress
by vergaminic

EDIT: Cute sweater dress. Now with tutorial.
by frithalouise

So simple yet I'm just tickled with this sweater...Tutorial added per request
by MrsBowles

My Skittle Wrapper Prom Dress-(now with tons of pics!)-
by Theperilouspopsicle

CLOTHING: Clothing for Curvacious Craftsters: Completed Projects

Gold Wedding dress and Black/gold/purple suit! (lots of photos)
by iheartcheese

UPDATE (W/ ACTION SHOT): It's a recession ya'll!!! ...Who needs CURTAINS anyway!
by ambermi

Blue Corseted Ballgown
by romancedinthepast

Corset I made- I got real pictures taken!
by kellyhelene

My very 1st article of clothing for ME since 7th Grade HomeEc!
by RockstarMom

CLOTHING: Sewing Clothes for Kids: Completed Projects

Tutorial: reversible, buttonless wrap dress
by hollyrh

Dress from a japanese pattern
by Cya

A Lolita Scoodie and a Floral Scoodie :D
by Malibukasey

To my child: I'm so sorry!
by vegbee

skeleton onesie
by acidtrix

CLOTHING: Shoes: Completed Projects

Re-sewn Converse!
by Jonas

Embroidered XX-Hi Converse (img heavy) 1st post
by fiorinda

Can you say RECON? Pink Ickyness to Blue Wonderfulness.
by lollie_pollie

The shoe gods may strike me down for defacing a pair on Manolos
by the_christine

Delicious ballet Flats-!
by KoopaTroops

CLOTHING: Costumes: Completed Projects

Re-imagining Alice in Wonderland**PRO PHOTOS UP* JABBERWOCKY HAT TUTORIAL PAGE 9
by sweetbettieleigh

Pikachu dress/costume!
by kiss_liss

Lookit the Booty on HER! (img hvy)
by bluesaranwrap

1857 Evening Gown - A work in progress (NOW DONE!!)
by sairosaurus

Old Timey Bathing Costume
by nillakitty


Vegetable Garden Floor Pillow
by beckym678

Where the Wild Things Are (and Max!)
by sjeanette

Barack BEAN-bama (High in IMG fiber)
by boogaloo

by turtlelove

Here Comes the Dollar Tree Bride! (img heavy):
by witwhitherwilt

CROCHET: Crochet: Completed Projects

An Axolotl
by magical_otter

Here is my little crocheted amigurumi mushroom house:
by meekssandygirl

The Baby Blanket That Nearly Killed Me!
by mamaedgar

Dark Mantle... ummm... it's basically a cave squid... (lots of pics)
by sprocketfish

Luna Lovegood Scarf-My Take-PATTERN ADDED!
by pinkleo

FIBER ARTS: Spinning: Completed Projects

Lexi Boeger inspired yarns.. Intertwined and Handspun Revolution
by jazzturtle

Yarn Smorgasbord--Seriously Pic Fat.
by Jazzybelle

Handspun Bridesmaid shawl/scarves.. One down, 5 to go..
by jazzturtle

I'm thrilled with this!!
by Strawhatbrat

Pretty Betty Rides Again
by Lothruin

FIBER ARTS: Weaving: Completed Projects

Rustica shawl (pic intense!)
by Lufah

pick knitting...knit picking?!
by mieljolie

Card woven band
by tattfae

My first woven scarf thing

Twined Rug
by Kbird

FIBER ARTS: Felting: Completed Projects

Two-headed kitten - Update on pg. 2. (May be disturbing.)
by krissykat

Needle felted Play Mat
by dragonflyducky

Felted Stone Rug
by subloke

Specimens -Art pieces Image Heavy
by peachymanaangel

needle felted presidents
by giddygirlie

FIBER ARTS: Dyeing: Completed Projects

Anatomical Heart Batik! (pic and word heavy)
by ailurophile

Colorful dyed lace
by IamSusie

hogwart's flavored self striping sock yarn -lots of pictures
by astormorray

Kool Aid Magic on Wool! (pic heavy)
by the jenya

Roving extravangza! (image heavy)
by silverstah

GLASS CRAFTS: Glass Crafts: Completed Projects

Yoshi Mosaic
by anneandkita

Mosaic Guitar: Melody in Monochrome
by HSG

Recycled Wine Bottle Cheese Trays! GO GREEN! ( 3 pics )
by TickleTickle

Fused Glass Christmas/Holiday Ornaments
by Kappy

Mosaic Ikea Lamps - Completed
by HSG

HOME SWEET HOME: Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General

Felt Circles Picture - Imageheavy
by munk_munk

FREE chair re-upholstered for a new life
by minouette

Twenty bucks + stacks of Vanity Fair magazines = New Faux Headboard/Artwork!
by grammardog

even more photos! I made my bed! And I'm not just talking about the sheets
by julibooli

The anti-curtain
by SeeJennCraft

HOME SWEET HOME: HOME SWEET HOME: Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

You've Got the Button: From Yard Sale Find to One-of-a-Kind, a Side Table
by onceupon

pudding lamp
by kianee

soda can backsplash
by Lmcbride

From Vintage 50's TV to....
by Moxie574

Quick Fix on a Sofa
by wristslapsandtoetaps

HOME SWEET HOME: Interior Decorating: Completed Projects

Shiny New Craftroom in Red and Turquoise!!! (Image Heavy)
by Crafty Intentions

Wall Murals!!!
by Destined To Fail

by lamamarco

Dragon mural...obese with pics!!!
by jMisSister

Paint chips + contact paper = Homemade Wallpaper!
by melissa!

HOME SWEET HOME: Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects

Gilligan's Island
by acidtrix

A 1950's Fridge gets restored to provide weather and dust proof storage outdoors
by RococoPop

Faerie Duplex
by Malibukasey

My 9 ft. Jack Skellington and some other stuff
by glynislily

Concrete to brick front steps
by odd_artist

HOME SWEET HOME: Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects

Cat Walking Jacket
by devotedplanet

Crafty or slowly going insane... you decide!
by whitty

Teeny mice from reclaimed fabrics with TUTORIAL (A LOT of pics!)
by barbolot

Fleece Puppy Bed *NOW WITH TUT ON PAGE 3*
by LilFiney

Hoodies for cats!
by zanthess

IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Stenciling: Completed Projects

Michael Phelps: American God (t-shirt)
by string theory

Freezer paper made my clothes cool
by Lisaisab

Experimenting with bleach - new Frida Kahlo stencil
by stina.hamberg

Hoo, Me? ! Bleach Stencils, w/tutorial
by jenihall

Melting Bird
by kluvlove

IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Inkjet Iron-On Transfers: Completed Projects

T.A.R.D.I.S. girl
by PhotoholicFreak

Alternative Goth Lolita Nursery Rhyme Characters...my own design on onesies
by I Sew Cute

Mighty Chondria T Shirt
by TracyBSN

Transfer Goop-ing my photography [First Post!]
by cookimistress

Favorite band, transfer paper, and a beat-up tee-I was a cub scout tee shirt
by EmBem

IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Silk Screening: Completed Projects

octopus silk-screened holiday cards
by jinxme

Some fake screen-printing shirts, image heavy
by sew-rabbity

Veins, Hearts, and Ovaries- fabric pattern
by MinaBeana

It's a polaroid of an eggplant......
by jinxme

owl and bluebird doodle fabric
by MissKuchiki

IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects

Block prints with recycled food packaging
by mleak

Copernicus- Lino block print
by minouette

Handcarved stamp (and my first post)!
by marabelle

Little fairy hand carved stamp
by marabelle

Fabric Prints
by Scatter Kincaid

JEWELRY AND TRINKETS: Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General

Orange/Blue Oodles of Buttons Necklace
by macgirl_k

Shrink plastic robot!!!!
by Luna1375

Tutorial...kind of...for making resin pendants with butterflies inside...
by I Sew Cute

spider necklace ^^EDIT!!! with TUTORIAL ^^
by japaya

Micky Maus + Modpodge + Wood = Necklace and Bangle
by munk_munk

JEWELRY AND TRINKETS: Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Let there be light(bulbs)!
by onceupon

Okay, one more fancy(er) paper clip ring
by snazzlecraft

lets recycle!^^
by japaya

Fork bracelets: thanks St. Vigilio!! :D (huge imgs)
by OpheliaITA

bunch o' knitting needle bangles -
by littlebluegirl

JEWELRY AND TRINKETS: Beads: Completed Projects

Beadwoven DNA bracelet *now with tutorial!*
by buckeyebeadgirl

'Nebulae' necklace **Pic Heavy**
by bushbaby

My Greatest Beading Achievement (so far)
by punkRockPaperScissors

Flower Garden cuff (3 imgs included)
by keogan42

Multi-crafted butterfly pendants**Tutorial** new pics added pg 5
by beadizzygrl

KNITTING: Knitting: Completed Projects

My "Soft Almond" top
by nedjmaia

Aran Tree of Life baby afghan :)
by Buglady

Knitting a comic book page...very slowly. *Update! Panel 2~!*
by bleachrainbow

Knitted Gas Mask Hat
by teriyakimoto

Wonder Woman Costume! *Now, with notes.
by chris_wass


Moss Terrariums (picture heavy)
by razberryswrl

from 2006 les paul to retro rockin' rockabilly guitar! (pic heavy)
by ars_anima

From used plastic soda bottles to butterflies
by Jinjeet Phoenix

Vinyl Tire Cover Turned Vinyl Record...
by Lindsey goes to eleven

I made a fountain! A peacock fountain! More pics added out of demand!
by gorgaus

MORE ART, LESS CRAFT: More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works

Cast Iron Squid Sculpture
by nat_attack

3 new portraits: african children (UPDATE: info about children added)
by thriftjunkie

Hugh Laurie (House M.D.)
by KylaStrong

Ma Spoon(rest) is too BIG!!
by h0p31355

Woodburning + Acrylic: Skull, Raven & Tulip
by Annie-bleam

MORE ART, LESS CRAFT: Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Lady Adventurer collectible card series - collect all six!
by acidtrix

Vintage Halloween ATC's
by zenchild

BananaAmbush's Gallery O' Joy! (Updated 3/25/08)
by BananaAmbush

Puppy Dog Centerfold is out - Craftster had 3 featured Woot! Woot!!!
by kaleesi

ATC Quarterly: Polka Dots challenge
by kaleesi

NEEDLEWORK: Needlework: Completed Projects

X-stitched Mario Bros 3 map
by Cross stitch ninja

ginormous (well, for me) fairytale embroidery
by smarmyclothes

Nightmare/Daydream Cross-stitch EDITED TO ADD CHART!!!!
by ajmaley

Female Anatomy Cross Section Cross Stitch
by craftylikeafox

Embroidered Heroes: Bob Ross
by merwing


Crazy Quilted Christmas Cracker Crowns
by Phizzychick

Passport Save the Dates! (Picture-Heavy)
by Synne

Fathers Day puzzle
by Tero

Deck of cards = awesome, easy, romantic gift!
by kaesea

French Beaded Minature Christmas Tree
by longtimegeek

ORGANIZED SWAPS > Most Popular Swaps of 2008

Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists
by rectangel

Chunky Book Page Swap Gallery!
by Katxena

Fairy tales, Folklore & Fairies gallery of gorgeousness!
by sulkycat

IYP 9: Midsummer Masquerade Gallery!
by superhooker

Lap Quilt Swap II: Summer GALLERY
by athenamat

PAPER CRAFTS, JOURNALS & BOOK MAKING: Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General

inchies, progress & completed pics
by Phizzychick

A Book of Hope.... (picture plentiful!!)
by alteredmommy

Handwritten and illustrated Story Book-14 pics (dial-up users beware!)
by eukarya

quilled cherry blossoms *NEW* link to another cherry tree pg. 5
by summertimerolls

Visual Journal By A Really Neat & Systematic Person (Pic OBESE)
by Phebee

PAPER CRAFTS, JOURNALS & BOOK MAKING: Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

gift bows! (yet another way to recycle magazines) tutorial added and more pics
by Miss American Pie

Love Letter Box
by sweets4ever

pumpkin book *tute added* pic heavy
by boadicea

I went to America and I saw... (altered book 16 pics)
by Phizzychick

Altered Music Book (many pictures!)
by Phizzychick

PAPER CRAFTS, JOURNALS & BOOK MAKING: Scrapbooking: Completed Projects

*Sweet Skittles Altered box*
by Altered*Love

A Few New Layouts
by Mrs. Grieves

My Elaborate Recipe Book *IMG heavy* More pics added!
by Kittyqueenfrostine

First scrapbook - Leading up to the wedding (image heavy)
by Cytrix

three latest pages...
by dani_lou_who

POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY > Polymer Clay: Completed Projects

by teapotdnky

Amy Winehouse UPDATE! Amy has Wings: New pix Pg 8
by nanner

by sinilga

Barbeque/picnic food + drink (image heavy)
by kitten59

Bottlecap Magnets - eat your veggies!
by Caboosey

POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY > Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects

Custom ceramic mugs! Tentacles, Zombies, and Harlots!
by robotarsonist

ceramic human heart and tree stump teapots
by childrenoftherice

Master bathroom ceramic mosaic
by sugarbeth

Butterflies and pinch pots
by dawt

by pink_pamplemousse

PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS: Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General

Eat your heart out Alexander Henry! I travel in style!
by sewsewsweet

Ludo Messenger Bag
by medli

Fish Bag
by Lunique

Journal/Notebook Case with Scrap Fabrics
by Colorfuldayz

Bags, clutches, keychain wallet, phone cosey TUTORIAL added on pg 4!!
by BDDesigns

PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS: Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

License Plate Purse (Now with a Tutorial)
by gdeeaz

My Tape Wallet
by freepepper

Half Moon 45 RPM pouch
by freepepper

Frankenstein Reusable Grocery Bag
by Lyzard

watermelon suitcase **updated pictures**
by kristenp

QUILTING: Quilting: Completed Projects

It took me over a year but finally finished - Grandmother's flower garden
by SandyBradley

"Treasure Map" Quilt [TONS of PICS]
by christephi

Queen sized Crop Circle Quilt --- Recycled Tee Shirts
by TwistedTextiles

Five memory quilts (ooooodles of pics)
by sloth003

Finished Baby Quilt from Last Minute Gifts
by Tangerine_Dreams

SEWING IN GENERAL > Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects

Machine Apron Thingie
by MaxineBrandywine

Brother SE-350 - Embroidered Buttons that live on cardigans (or will!)
by crafty_dame

Brother Innov-s 900D - Be the Perfect Guest with this Bottle Gift Bag
by alwaysinmyroom

Princess Zelda bookmark
by Cya

Warning! Embroidery of something maybe abit explicit!
by Littleclouds

TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS: Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects

Fabulously Fun Felt Foods - Tons!!! - New Items 1-4-09 & Tuts!!
by bperry042

Hestia the Hedgehog: image heavy

Scary dragons in the dunes (photo overload) ~ how to skin the dragon p. 5 ~
by Lunastara

I Spy Bag: made for a 4-year-old, but I wanna keep it! NOW with TUTE on page 4
by lil_abi

Dinosaur Play Mat **UPDATED w/semi-TUTORIAL**
by hollyrh

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