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January 14, 2012

Craftster Best of 2012

Craftster members posted tens of thousands of craft/DIY projects in 2012. All of which were brilliant in one way or another. The very notion of choosing “the best” projects from 2012 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 2012 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 2012… 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 2012 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

Cappuccino Soap
by Mandyhello

In >>Your<< FACE! (Face Painting--IMG HEAVY!)
by RenDuH

Lime in the Coconut Soap (plus a bonus pie!)
by Mandyhello

I <3 blush
by violentjayne

Tropical Blast Soap!
by DoodleLou


Clothing: Completed Projects: General

Courthouse Wedding Dress
by peppersaskatoon

Red gown with beading
by Chibirinoa

Soluvlies Scarves + tutorial
by Miaka

Yoshi hoodie (lot of pics)
by Zoopy

Red floral princess line dress
by Maimy

Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Avant garde dress made from electrical and speaker wires
by Chibirinoa

Lower Class Brats Vest
by Sarah Atom

pink, black & white scrap dress!
by Maraleopard

Space Horses!
by teachart

TUTORIAL - Old Vest top to Tiered Maxi Dress
by loukr

Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects

Anda Dress for the Holidays
by intotheclear

another splice skirt
by Becreddick

Gift Card Dress!
by BBWCrafter

Sheer Star Print Chiffon Skirt
by Gloomilyeuphoric

Cute Yellow Gingham Summer Dress
by shayneblate08

Sewing Clothes for Kids: Completed Projects

Christmas Present: The Dress She Designed Herself
by IndividualFrog

Toddler's sleeveless coat (because sleeves only get in the way)
by maker*land

50's Inspired Ensemble for Toddler
by rossie

Baby Shoes
by maguro

Birthday Dress - Princess Merida (Brave)
by TrafficChick

Costumes: Completed Projects

Ryuk Costume
by Tatterhood

Robe � la Fran�aise, 18th century (many pics!)
by Sirsinene

The Cupcake Cowgirl: My Friendly Neighborhood Superheroine
by TheMistressT

Post-Apocalyptic Barbarian Costume (lots o' pics)
by monkeystuffer

Incredible Hulk Costume Mechanics
by ChainCrafts

Shoes: Completed Projects

Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes
by BenaeQuee

rainbow ribbon boots for Burning Man wedding
by julibooli

Painted Falcor Shoes
by barfusstanzen

Wedding shoes OMG
by frenchonion

[TUTORIAL] DIY Removable Shoe..... Wings!
by JBear


Recipes and Cooking Tips

Classic Grog..for adults
by Goomba

Overnight Oatmeal
by TroubleT

Banana Bread
by whatsernamejewelry

Pimento Cheese
by MissingWillow

Home made English Muffins
by LadyDeath2007

Vegetarian / Vegan

Naturally Sweetened Chewy Brownies with Chewy Chocolate Topping
by kitschbitch

Dandelion Jelly
by dreadlocklove

Meatless Meatballs

Avocado Pesto
by hayleylujah

Roasted Cherry Peppers Stuffed With Goat Cheese And Basil
by MissingWillow


Rosette apple pie
by najaorama

Dinosaur Cupcakes! (w/ Tutorial on making chocolate picks)
by jillybeans

Homemade snickers bars!!!
by bethntim

Tea Party Cake
by chughes225

Rustic peanut butter cookies
by Mrs Kay


Crochet: Completed Projects

Jacob's Snakes And Ladders - epic scrap blanket
by fantasticmio

Slipper Boots! So toasty warm!
by SpookShowBaby

Solaster Rainbow Crochet Lace Parasol
by babukatorium

My Wedding Dress (Midnight Lace by Doris Chan)
by Lindsey goes to eleven

One Small Step - One Giant Leap - Sweater Jacket
by pesky pixie

Amigurumi: Completed Projects

All The Totoros! PDF patterns attached
by Angry Angel

1 pants, 2 pants, red pants, blue pants
by pickled_peppers

Beauregard the Crochet Sharpei
by peachypaws

Meet Marlon, the Rumble Dog
by yoguiana

Mini Totoro and Cat Bus!
by hooked on amicute


Dyeing: Completed Projects

Faux Batik (with tutorial) lots of pics
by teachart

Hand Painted Rovings
by Rodelphia

Ice Cube Tie-Dye Mini Tute
by Abbeeroad

by that1girl

First Stab at Hand "Dyed" Plastic Bag Yarn-- Happy Earth Day!
by sunshineravioli

Felting: Completed Projects

Unicorn with massive amount of pictures.
by aliis

Another Tapered Rope Needle Felted Necklace
by Harlan

Needle Felted Fox in the Woods pillow on upcycled sweaters
by PerfectlyBohemian

Needle Felted Sun Conure! Teeny little version of my Peanut
by noooitaremybirthday

Meet Boris.
by petskin

Spinning: Completed Projects

My shiny new Aura!!! and a few pretty yarns :)
by Belladune

Drop spindles
by Blacksmith

Fiber Friday March 23, 2012
by nikschaf

Fiber Friday 30 March 2012
by nikschaf

Fiber Friday March 23, 2012
by nikschaf

Weaving: Completed Projects

Rusty Weaving Experiment!
by Trekky

Rider Prider Scarf- With TUTORIAL!
by Belladune

My first scarf
by fantasticmio

Hitchhiker's towel
by Cross stitch ninja

Tablet weaving , an epic story
by ScrappySue


GLASS CRAFTS: Glass Crafts: Completed Projects

It's Bigger on the Inside! [TARDIS Box] [IMG Heavy!]
by Xandrigirly

What to do with geode/agate slices...
by v0x

Guitar Art Challenge
by DoodleLou

Fused Glass Snow People
by joby560

Dramatic drops
by CrazyEyeGlass


Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General

dino-plantasaurus! ***UPDATE*** another dino to join the party!
by OhNoJoJo

Bottle Cap Side Table (process pics abound!)
by mcsladek

Big Ol' Stump Pillow
by thisbirdsabsurd

Hogwarts tea set
by chughes225

Fabric Bowlarama
by rackycoo

Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Coffee table
by Noix85

Crocheted T-Shirt Rag Rug
by VenusInFurs

Penny (too many) for your thoughts??
by lisaahouser

Tufted Headboard from Old Couch
by chezlin

Beach Mosaic Wine Cork Message Board & Key Holder
by HSG

Interior Decorating: Completed Projects

Half Bath Renovation (Yay!)
by MissingWillow

It's a Jungle (forest) in here!
by FoxyBlue

Where I Work: My New Craft Room (Pic Heavy)
by rackycoo

Star Wars Nursery -- Picture Heavy!
by dellastella

"Quick" and Clean (and cheap) Kitchen Update (soooo many photos)
by TheMistressT

Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects

Herb Garden project
by txweekendchef

Places I'd like to go
by chughes225

A Sweet Harvest
by MissingWillow

outdoor water fountain made of planters
by puppybreath

Solar Lit Garden Mushroom
by Jenxx

Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects

A new jooging suit for Jose'
by whipandchi

Humiliating Dog Headband
by LimeRiot

Beardie Hammock
by shock

How to build a dog bed by the seat of your pants...
by schizo319

Second hand cabinets turned into hidden cat litter boxes
by 2girls2cats


Stenciling: Completed Projects

Patio Umbrella
by pinkpoodle230

Cuts of Meat Dress!
by smashu

Time Lord of the Rings Shirt
by zzdia

The hunger games!
by pinkpoodle230

Multiple fandoms stenciled on one shirt
by zzdia

Screen Printing: Completed Projects

Helmets Clashing Screen Printed Shirts IMG HEAVY
by starsxarexrad

Screen Printed Top, made from scratch
by Ninkybink

zen cat t-shirt
by emisaurus

Screen Printing Swap Funtimes!
by kawaiihelen

Up and away (PIC HEAVY)
by kawaiihelen

Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects

Toilet Paper Printed Bag with Tutorial
by LimeRiot

Glue Resist Squid Shirt with a tiny tut
by suereal

Baaa! Stamp and Print!
by loves2experiment

Cthulhu & Totoro Shirts!
by jillybeans

Lime Slice - My First Carved Stamp
by LimeRiot


Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General

Plumbing Chain Wrap Bracelet
by LimeRiot

You got a Hearth Container! (lots picts)
by aliis

by Sirelinde

Dia de los Muertos bracelets
by Krafty_Karasu

Calla Jewelry
by glitterweazl

Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

My first Hand Etched Spoon Pendant ^_^
by Oralabora

Necklace made from a clothes hanger
by crazydavises

More fun with rust, old book pages and random bits-necklace edition!
by alteredmommy

Penny Bracelet
by patty_o_furniture

Tutorial: How to make resin filled spoon pendants
by lidehtium

Beads: Completed Projects

Perler Biggie Beads "Candy" bracelet
by SunflowerSmiles

Fancy Beaded Sea Crown
by noooitaremybirthday

Hugs and Kisses Beaded Ring Tutorial
by beadiful nights

Bead Embroidery Neckpiece
by white_lilyblossom

Sushi to go... calorie light, but image heavy!
by Onyxnox


Knitting: Completed Projects

dorothy parker sweater!!
by katydidnot

My First Sweater!
by mandyandbingley

by chek101

NES-style Super Mario Bros blanket! (pictures)
by TheNerdyNintendoKnitter

My St. Patricks Day Levenwick Sweater
by mamaedgar


Completed Projects

Home-built mechanical finger prosthetic
by ChainCrafts

Felt badges
by Kimbles

Wood burnings
by Subee

Matchbook Sewing Kit (with pattern)
by microjivvy

How to cheat on badges- tutorial
by BirdBones


More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works

Whimsical Animals (new painting added!)
by andralynn

"Alive," final piece in Sentient Machinery collection- lots of process pics!!
by Phantome

Lap of Luxury - Tiger With Butterfly Wings
by TheDaytimeHeroes

Quilled Paper Art Mosaics
by littlecircles

Stop Motion Family Video
by sweets4ever


Needlework: Completed Projects

The Ring & Poltergeist - a study in creepy movie kids
by supervelma

Hunger Games arena embroidery - possible spoiler warning!
by JennaDickes

Glowy Jellyfish
by Homerof2

Vintage lady with peacock fan mixed media hoop
by theatreorchid

Undersea hoopla
by beth8144


Three Ho Birds!
by jillybeans

Candy, anyone?
by Jenxx

Our 8-bit Christmas!
by poppyqwn

my vintage brooch wedding bouquet
by maleficent

Ironman! including some step by step and materials used (pic obese)
by alohamom2three


Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General

Quiller elements! Well almost all of them anyway...
by mezcraft

Love Shack, Baby! (aka, the Whimsical House)
by microjivvy

Blue inchies frame finished - Thank you
by nilmerg

Paper doll prints!
by Mountains and Clouds

Nonsense Toadstools
by Knickertwist

Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Snow Whites Heart in a Matchbox
by cackle

Altoids Gift Tins
by rackycoo

Altered Mahjong Blocks
by Phizzychick

Paper wreath
by Antidigger

The Mad Hatters Tea - Altered Art Shadowbox
by Knickertwist

Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

My first ATC's - Would you be disappointed to receive them?
by ghilie

More ATCs
by white_lilyblossom

ATCs - Handdrawn and Painted - IMG Heavy
by sabrinalouisemiller

Star Wars Set
by jillybeans

Peacock Cards
by Artistically

Scrapbooking: Completed Projects

Halloween layouts
by Scrapping with E and S

Adventure Book Tutorial - UP Pixar (Part I)
by Artistically

Smash books, anyone?
by thebakersgirl

Art Journal Page - Lake Abitibi Camping/Fishing Trip
by Alexus1325

Valentine Scrapbook
by Helena Puck


Polymer Clay: Completed Projects

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by springgingal

Chocolatey Goodness???
by thisbirdsabsurd

Bangles baby! (+sorta tute)
by maxxev

A Minikin Family and a Minikin Bunny/Human hybrid named Jack
by FoxyBlue

by jackielantern

Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects

by Crafty.Canadian

Canon Camera Wall Hanging - Ceramic Peices
by Theaquacreature

Salt Dough Buttons..
by susie in the sky

my first go at Air Dry Clay - the SSB
by TinfoilHalo

Wall pieces
by Tanza


Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General

Teesha Moore style Harry Potter Tote (WARNING: Lots of Pictures!)
by jillybeans

A Rainbow and a Luna Moth
by Leslieshappyheart

Tea Wallet Tutorial
by MissingWillow

Mama's got a brand new bag!
by Teamama

It's bigger on the inside - Dr Who Travels with Teesha Moore!
by sheepBlue

Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Bisquick Box Ephemera Purse
by endymion

First-ever Purse: Upcycled and Handsewn, with a (quasi) TUTORIAL
by WideEyedLife

Recycled Medal Ribbon Crochet Hook Clutch
by mink_bikini

Boyfriend Bag - Ugly Leather Jacket has a new life!
by TheDaytimeHeroes

Many pairs of jeans > messenger bag PIC HEAVY
by tigergirl


Quilting: Completed Projects

Invasion of the Daleks (DOCTOR WHO) Quilt
by graverobbergirl

One Groovy Quilt
by Leslieshappyheart

Pixel Quilt: Invader Zim "GIR"
by lyric889

Circle Quilt
by sincap

Simpsons Quilt
by kittycatalina


Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects

the first REAL embroidery i made! (pics from start to finish)
by amarok

Embroidered Altoid Tin Pin Cushion
by MissingWillow

by kaz814

3/4 circle skirt with lots of embroidered flowers
by p.kok

Happiness is Easy peasy tissue cases in the hoop
by Lique


Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects

I Fell in Love with Pascal from Disney's Tangled
by SpookyPooky

My little Hippogriff
by chughes225

Harry Potter game-
by teag

"POPPY" another day of the dead upcycled vintage doll
by erica_tattoos

Drive-in movie night (cardboard box reconstructed)
by sweets4ever


Awesome Challenge Winners of 2012

"Midnight in the Garden" Beaded Necklace (PIC HEAVY)
by CraftyMamaBee

Galaxy Dress.
by flutterbysea

Hideous Freak Baby Into CUTE Franken Kitty: It's ALIVE!!!
by WingsOfClay

Thread Mache Mask: Using Only Thread and Glue! JUST THREAD IT, with TUTE!
by WingsOfClay

Godspell inspired chalk art! (With progress pictures)
by Rylynn Cherith


Awesome Swaps of 2012

Felt Badge Swap Gallery!! (Send Out April 30)
by LimeRiot

OTHPT3 Gallery
by pinkleo

The Most Amazing Wicked Vices Altered Tin swap Gallery
by rackycoo

Halloween/Autumn Ninni Swap GALLERY
by susanab

Craft This Tote Round 2! - Gallery!
by wendiek

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