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January 23, 2012

Craftster Best of 2011

Craftster members posted tens of thousands of craft/DIY projects in 2011. All of which were brilliant in one way or another. The very notion of choosing “the best” projects from 2011 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 2011 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 2011… 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!”

(P.S. Are you a Best Of 2011 Winner? Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page for a badge you can put on your website!)


Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects

few nail designs :)
by begg0o

Who knows what my kids were eating?
by I Sew Cute

Feather hair extensions DIY now with TUTORIAL
by Annie220588

More Henna (a hand and a foot) :)
by RenDuH

Crayon Soaps a how to of sorts.
by Valledaisy


Clothing: Completed Projects: General

Pow-WOW Time!!
by Exit22

My black wedding dress!!!
by mich_p

A pretty ONE PIECE dress!!!
by Malurengifo

Universe underwear
by cervy

It's a strawberry! It's a Dirndl! It's a Strawberry Dirndl!!! (lots of pics!)
by snapdragon274

Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Soda tab Chainmaile Skirt
by ChainCrafts

Sustainable, Zero-waste Fetish Wear (corset, spats, purse)! (work safe)
by smashu

Tutorial: Men's t shirts into cowl neck dress
by CrochetClouds

TUTORIAL: Reconstructed Men's Shirt to Button-down Tank Top! (surgery prep)
by smashu

Pop Tab Prom Dress (Quite a Lot of Pics!)
by DuctTapeRockStar

Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects

Strawberry Dress, & Puppy Skirt, ft Spoonflower fabric
by Dolly Mixx

My Butter Yellow Crochet Dress
by elderflower

Fly-away & Smocked-Back Batik Top
by TheSapphireMoon

Finally! A PLUS SIZE 40s Pinafore Dress!
by Psycho Sue

40's overalls
by ShannonMB

Sewing Clothes for Kids: Completed Projects

Totoro hoodie for Lana
by atsuko

Navarathri 9 New Outfits in one snap! Individual Outfit Snaps Added
by luxi_here

Owl Hoodie
by leighi123

New dresses with 3 dimensional appliques
by TeenyBunny

Buckle tai baby carrier!
by kaffrin

Costumes: Completed Projects

Lumberjack Bear Costume
by Ludi

16th c. Italian Working class ensemble - Renaissance
by silverstah

Replica of an 1827-9 wedding dress (as a day dress)
by Donella

Joan of Arc [her steed was a fixed gear]
by OBudah

Tinkerer's Frock Coat (steampunk)
by graverobbergirl

Shoes: Completed Projects

Candy Coated [updated-- I wore them somewhere!]
by frenchonion

Volcano! Swarovski Platform Pumps - The bling continues
by griffinthecat

My Latest Footwear
by Cordwainer

UPDATED! Easy and Beautiful Green Sparkle Shoes!!! -With TUTORIAL -Many Pics
by LunarPowered

Viking Shoes
by Phizzychick


Recipes and Cooking Tips

Lasagna Cupcakes
by LimeRiot

15 hour apple butter
by bethntim

Hot Dog Octopus
by HSG

Jello Shots - Fancy Style
by BlueCherryFaerie

Microwave popcorn without the bag!
by leopardstripes

Vegetarian / Vegan

Yummy muesli bars (with tutorial / recipe) PIC heavy!
by tillstar

My alternative to eggs!! A delicious chickpea scrambled omelet
by Vampira_666

Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Olive Oil
by batgirl

Vegan Peanut Butter Bars with Chocolate Ganache
by gravity

Vegan Pad Thai (w/ Recipe!)
by lapoli


Whoopie Pie Recipe ...You'll Thank Me Later!
by I Sew Cute

They Call Me T-rex (Megalomanic Cookies)
by TheMistressT

Dr.Seuss Cake with Horton and Friends! +fondant "refreshing" tut
by BoomerBile

Stuffed Berries: easiest summer dessert ever.
by batgirl

Butterbeer Fudge - 3 Variations & Printable Recipe Cards
by jennieingram



Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice
by pinksqueak

Angler Fish light...here fishy fishy mmmyum
by blupony808

what can you make with 5 bucks? THIS!!!
by sallymayhomer

Harry Potter inspired "The Burrows" or the Weasley Home
by mezcraft

Patchwork Planet (4 biggish pics, lots of thumbnaily ones)
by Frogglin


Crochet: Completed Projects

Overlay Crochet motif
by fantasticmio

Cherry Blossom/Sakura necklace
by meekssandygirl

Rainbow Crochet Dread Extensions
by babukatorium

Stained Glass Afghan *updated with deets on the fleece backing!*
by jasminewolverine

Crochet Jeep Tire Cover
by sarahj2001

Amigurumi: Completed Projects

Worm from Labyrinth **with pattern and photo tute!! Finally!! **
by FoxyBlue

A Stitch In Time... Lord *image bigger on the inside*
by pickled_peppers

4 mini amigurumi
by ZombieLili

Freeform Octopus
by inez

Robot Baby Mobile (Now with striped robot pattern)
by littlenutbrownsquirrel


Dyeing: Completed Projects

Pink Lamps of Venice - Batik
by UnRuli

Self-Striping Yarn (with a Warping Board) Tutorial
by sarahj2001

Natural dyeing with medieval dyes
by ptarmic wumpus

Dyeing with Silk Ties
by petunya

Waldorf-Inspired Nature Table Playsilks
by lapoli

Felting: Completed Projects

Felt Jacket, Most organic thing I've ever made! lots o' pics
by TMLGirl

Needle felted rug - with tutorial
by arachnes thumb

Need advice - Needle-felted version of neighbor's 3-legged dog
by petskin

Ladybug Baby Booties
by dragonflyducky

Needle felted cat - Sassy Pritten
by Harlan

Spinning: Completed Projects

Wizard of Oz art yarn -- a lot of yarn = a lot of pictures
by calluna

3-ply combo yarn - Treasured Jam
by nittydread

Bird inspired yarn!
by jungrrl

Fast and cheap spindle
by LaughingLark

Fiber Friday: March 11
by IdlersDesign

Weaving: Completed Projects

Ribbon woven QR code (picture overload)
by Trekky

Some Woven Joy *edit* Pictures Included.
by breabadair

lucet braided rainbow star coasters
by chickybiker

by caroleella

Woven wool scarf
by Cross stitch ninja


GLASS CRAFTS: Glass Crafts: Completed Projects

Mosaic: Can You See Me Now?
by HSG

Peacock Mosaic
by mingus107

The Kiss reproduction
by CrazyEyeGlass

Beach Glass Sun Catchers and Pendents (image intense)
by dablondeemu

Forays into fusing in a microwave (pic heavy)
by tcmatteson


Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General

Crayola Wall Art
by Summer6061

Perpetual Calendar
by LimeRiot

Nightmare before Christmas Pyramid
by Mara Macabre

My new sewing chair
by Bongirl5

You used to change a diaper on THAT?
by coloringmyworld

Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!)
by Phantome

The Great Caravan/Trailer Makeover! Pic-tastic!
by sparrowarms

Headboard Made of Pallets
by mcmakeit

Computer Hutch to Play Kitchen
by chrispykreme

Charity Reject - Ceiling lights to Decorative planters
by Balatong

Interior Decorating: Completed Projects

Extreme Burton-ish bathroom makeover (lots'o'pics)
by BirdBones

My husband cheated on me so I moved to Greece . . .(room redo)
by javarose

my green diningroom. (new pics + sort of tutorial for the side table on page 3)
by miep

My New Blue'n'Yeller Bedyroom! (You will die from picture intoxication)
by Chocolate_Jo

My Tardis door, living room Hogwarts Crest, and Lord of the Rings tribute.
by irishdaydreamer

Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects

Extreme Bird Mansion !
by cranbrook2

Harvesting Spring Honey
by MissingWillow

Making the best of an ugly deck: Gardening on the roof
by batgirl

A Mid-Summer Nights Dream
by Knickertwist

bird nest supply station tutorial
by lunamadre

Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects

Hooded Sleeping Bag for Doxies (Updated with Tutorial and More Doxie Shots)
by LimeRiot

Dog crate kennel
by 3RaysOfSunshine

Puppy's First Birthday Party! (a whole litter of pics!)
by TheMistressT

Big chinchilla cage
by brokenumbrella

Wiener Wedding Ware
by secondskin


Stenciling: Completed Projects

Who are you when it rains?
by iradaska

Doctor Who TARDIS Tote Bag - Reverse Stencil Mini-Tutorial (Pic Heavy)
by jennieingram

Bacon and Steak Shirts! Mmmm!
by jillybeans

the MADNESS! (totally pic obese) - Now updated with action shot on pg 3!
by Teamama

Go go Spiderman and Mario T-Shirts!
by jillybeans

Silk Screening: Completed Projects

It Came From Beneath the Sea!
by sweatereyes

Knockers for your Knockers!!
by Opalgryphon

Nimble Flamingos dancing across the threads *EDITED** Now Tiaras!!
by sheepBlue

core blimey
by kawaiihelen

D: omg fail tshirt
by illegalcreativity

Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects

Anatomically Correct: External Female Genitalia Rubber Stamp
by astrangeone

Geocaching Stamps
by Muddlepud

One long weekend of linocutting!
by PerfectlyBohemian

Experimenting with bleach gel
by TroubleT

How to Create Galaxy Prints
by Fetus


Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General

A Wearable Koi Pond
by MissingWillow

Cooling Necklace
by Burgz

Tatty Devine inspired dinosaur necklace + tutorial!
by lidehtium

Fake Gauge Octopus Earrings
by sushipanda

Alice in Wonderland Shadowbox Locket
by Supermutts

Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Anthro-Inspired Book Stack Necklace
by malmow

Watercolor Petal Necklace <3
by milesapart714

Melted CD Pendent Tutorial
by beadiful nights

Hummingbird spoon necklace
by functionalflea

Jewelry Displays (recycled Ikea mirrors), with tutorial!
by BeaG

Beads: Completed Projects

Three New French Beaded Statement Necklaces (6 pics)
by beadedbyamy

Rose Quartz Beaded Dream Necklace
by CraftyMamaBee

Paper Beads of a Thousand Cuts
by MunLtStmpr

Beaded Spider Earrings Tutorial (img heavy)
by kazel

small beadbag
by carolmb


Knitting: Completed Projects

Fox Hood Scarf with pockets..(soon)...Or Fox Scoodie
by ficklephonebug

Link from Zelda Hat and Mittens set - featured in NINTENDO POWER!!!
by Rousseline

A Pushing Daisies Pie Hat
by bastetblue

I wanna put on...mah mah mah mah mah boogie earbuds! *now with video tutorial!*
by Bongirl5

1940's style tilt hat
by pieknits


Completed Projects

Amazing Kindness <3
by AmandaBL

The Stargazers Cottage (20ish pics)
by Knickertwist

Garden Matchbox
by microjivvy

teeny tiny potions cabinet : snape approved!!! VERY PIC HEAVY
by erica_tattoos

DON'T BLINK! (or- i just can't seem to post without a ton of images!)
by fayeven


More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works

Happy tree painting
by jemimah

Clown (not nude - in underwear) updated WON an AWARD!
by UnRuli

My first gallery exhibit!! (incredible amount of pictures)
by Phantome

Christopher's Room, my first big installation!
by BananaAmbush

Art quilt Venus
by mezcraft


Needlework: Completed Projects

It Came From The Deep ... I Mean, The Hoop!! (Tentacle Stumpwork Embroidery)
by jemimah

Seussical Stitching
by Muddlepud

Too early for a Valentine? (She got framed)
by xperimentl

Confirmed? Plausible? Busted? Mythbusters Hoops!
by CraftyOctober

Angler Fish LED Embroidery
by LimeRiot


Dr. Seuss Birthday Party -- Hop on Pop! [Very Image Heavy!]
by sweets4ever

Alternative Bouquet
by catsprefermarlie

Rustic Fabric Pumpkins
by Phizzychick

Eureka!!! This year, Christmas Will be Ours!!!! 12+ Foot Tall Jack and Zero
by SpookyPooky

Make up - Day of the dead! (With Finished Costume!)
by mezcraft


Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General

Paper Crane Memorial of Love for Simon
by Miss Whitney

Inchies - Tiny squares of yay!
by noooitaremybirthday

Fairytale papercutting
by MerryGlas

Doll House made entirely of cardboard - part 1
by mieljolie

First coptic bound book! Cut out layer fun! [pic heavy] *Now w/Updated Pics*
by sheepBlue

Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Circus Wagon Altered Altoid Tin
by rackycoo

Steampunk Cereal Box Hat (pic heavy)
by mieljolie

Ziegfeld Altered Book
by BananaAmbush

Vintage Christmas Altered Tin
by cackle

Tiny Nature Number Book
by audio

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

Magic ATC Tutorial w/ Pictures (LOTS!)
by jillybeans

Muppets ATC's Waka Waka!
by NeedleMonkey

HandDrawn ATCs by me ;) UPDATED 4/12/11 (Image heavy! lol)
by WideEyedLife

My first ATC`s
by Little owl

My very first ATC!
by RheaH

Scrapbooking: Completed Projects

Shell Scrapbook :)
by battlesheep

Hen Weekend Book
by Phizzychick

nyc scrapbook (many pictures)
by thecraftycpa

Memories Mini Album (Picture Heavy)
by sarah.g.vollmer

The Cat in the Hat
by amymarie78


Polymer Clay: Completed Projects

Ruby Slippers/Wicked Witch Bookmark
by noooitaremybirthday

by azreno

by zooooom

Fairy house and yard - image heavy
by decidedly average

Colony penguin pin
by maxxev

Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects

Octopus Sugar(er)
by illegalcreativity

Pottery with leaves...
by schizo319

Archaeopteryx Faux-ssil (Fossil)! (Image Heavy)
by ajmaley

Lots of Finished Ceramics
by Ethanol_Emillee

Air Dry Clay Western Diamondback Rattlesnake {Image heavy}
by Lady Firefighter


Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General

A Yeti ate my laptop, a Bigfoot devoured my DS, and a Cthulhu swallowed my Ipod!
by SpookyPooky

Yarn house, in the middle of yarn street!
by Bongirl5

Red Sparkle Vinyl Rockabilly Handbag
by JaneSays13

Nyan Cat bag!
by bekibutton

Teesha Moore bag round 2 - this one is all mine =)
by sheepBlue

Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Upcycled jacket bag
by chezlin

1601 Pop Tabs and 2 Pillow Cases
by Lille

A new life for my duffle bag
by dancegirl2857

Bike tube wallets
by tillstar

Nintendo Entertainment System Lunch Box
by sealcouch


Quilting: Completed Projects

Anniversary Quilt
by Kaypee

Rainbow "Fractal" bargello
by danynn

Zombie Quilt
by graverobbergirl

T-Shirt Quilt--But not what you're expecting!
by bleachrainbow

I made Slime Mold for my first swap...
by waggonswest


Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects

Chic Chandeliers
by Gardenofdaisies

Embroidered Steampunk Jacket
by Urban Threads

FSL angel wings
by mrsflibble

Personalized Towels (for pool party favors)
by NicoleMarie

Owl Softies
by Nicc79


Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects

Baby Sloth Plush!
by noooitaremybirthday

Lord of the Ganas, Ganesha
by SpookyPooky

My Jack Sparrow
by bunyip

the socks that should not be
by alligatorjuice

day of the dead ~ upcycled vintage glamour doll! pic heavy....
by erica_tattoos


Awesome Swaps of 2011

Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11)
by LimeRiot

Back to Hogwarts Gallery
by pinkleo

Mug Rug Swap Gallery! (SendOut Feb 22)
by LimeRiot

Wicked Circus Altered Tin Gallery
by rackycoo

One Tiny Book Rd 2 GALLERY
by noooitaremybirthday

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