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January 31, 2013

Craftster Best of 2013

Craftster members posted tens of thousands of craft/DIY projects in 2013, all of which were brilliant in one way or another. The very notion of choosing “the best” projects from 2013 is absolutely insane! But alas, we thought it would be fun to try and programmatically determine “the best” projects once again!

Here’s how we did it…

For each craft category on Craftster, we determined which 10 projects posted in 2013 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 2013, 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 2013 Winner? Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page for a badge you can put on your website!)


BATH AND BEAUTY: Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects

Chocolate Sugar Scrub ~quick & easy~
by pinkleo

Face Paintings
by patty_o_furniture

This weeks milk soaps
by mullerslanefarm

Snowman Soaps!
by MamanTattoo

Rudolph / Fawn Make up - first try
by violentjayne


CLOTHING: Clothing: Completed Projects: General

The Jacket
by Nymla

Space Dress
by TheBrokenButterfly

Making My First Bridal Gown
by katyisthebest

~☆Rainbow Carebear Dress ☆~
by Boo_its_Brittany

My wedding Yukata
by Tenitsu

CLOTHING: Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Spring jacket from old leatherjacket and a new curtain!
by Purrrna

Fugly silk dress into cute gathered skirt!
by teaandcraft

Owl dress
by violentjayne

Pillow Cases Turned Lolita Style Skirts
by Boo_its_Brittany

by BirdBones

CLOTHING: Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects

Thundercats gored skirt a.k.a. back to my childhood!!
by FruityLoops

Lavender Bolero
by Gloomilyeuphoric

Striped high waisted skirt
by craftewoman

by mrsflibble

Fun skirts with crazy patterns! They're so much fun!
by PinkDaisy

CLOTHING: Sewing Clothes for Kids: Completed Projects

Made by a 5yr old
by MamanTattoo

Baby Clothes (Classic Style)
by graverobbergirl

Baby Winter Boots
by DIY revolution

Yet another upcycle for my wee one!
by FoxyBlue

A couple of fall outfits
by pixidance

CLOTHING: Costumes: Completed Projects

Autumn tornure
by lenelein

EPIC Yarn Dwarf Beards!
by jillybeans

Ursula costume!
by alohamom2three

Shoulder armor made from vintage Coca-Cola tray
by ChainCrafts

1860s Ballgown
by Forteisbest

CLOTHING: Shoes: Completed Projects

elf slippers that became court jester
by erdbeerblau

Glitter heels that won't lose glitter!
by lidehtium

Harry Potter Shoes
by chughes225

Cheetah Boots!
by Rylynn Cherith

Adventure Time Converse sneakers
by sheriffkarli


COOKING: Recipes and Cooking Tips

Lilac Jelly
by dreadlocklove

Make Your Own Cheese (You Can Do It!)
by MissingWillow

Fruit Gobbler Turkey and Cracker Corn Tutorial
by sweets4ever

Frappaccino anyone?
by teag

Overcoming a Fear of Canning - or What I Did On My Summer Vacation
by jennieingram

COOKING: Vegetarian / Vegan

Vegan Pho
by photojenn

Sinus Soothing Cold Cucumber Melon Soup With Basil and Mint
by TechnicolorAquahearts

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
by michelle,obviously

Crockpot Guinness Stew--Image Heavy
by kjlutz

Holy Pozole!
by batgirl

COOKING: Dessert

Stroopwafels- Dutch Caramel Filled Cookie
by Ezri_B

(Boyfriend Catcher) Bacon Cookies
by fireCrochet

Decorated Rolled Cake
by patty_o_furniture

Thank you for being a friend....
by hippiejo74

Homemade Sprinkles? - Aint nobody got time for that!
by patty_o_furniture


CROCHET: Crochet: Completed Projects

Color Wheel Afghan ~Blast from Past~
by pinkleo

Crochet Cherry Blossom Baby Blanket
by AliciaAdalaide

Viktor Accordion
by librarylolita

Into the wood went the Gruffalo's Child
by Doylers

Star Wars Blanket!! Lots of pics
by devilduck

CROCHET: Amigurumi: Completed Projects

Pixar Lamp
by amapoet

Crochet Pascal from Tangled
by Doylers

Avengers Assemble! 2.0 [PIC HEAVY]
by spikefan

Wee Mousies
by Angry Angel

Crochet chinese dragon!
by CrochetCraftster


FIBER ARTS: Dyeing: Completed Projects

DIY Squirt Bottle Tie-Dye
by Abbeeroad

Dyeing with indigo
by Another Jennifer

Craftster is my Happy Place-Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challeng
by Bakeneko

Ice dyeing wool roving
by jexxican

First Attempts at Dyeing Yarn + Roving! Kool Aid + Food Coloring. Pictures!
by teknicolor

FIBER ARTS: Felting: Completed Projects

by Harlan

Rainbow Dash
by MamanTattoo

Link and Zelda felt art
by P_E_S_T

lazy scarf
by ptarmic wumpus

Felt dragon
by P_E_S_T

FIBER ARTS: Spinning: Completed Projects

Making Mawata
by Belladune

Stash Buster Art Yarn
by najaorama

Spring Flower Yarn
by indigo_roses

I gave my Lady a makeover.
by Belladune

Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane
by jexxican

FIBER ARTS: Weaving: Completed Projects

Ravenclaw Book Cover
by netchez

Mobius Scarf - First Loom Project (moar pix!)
by Alexus1325

Abstract Woven Wall Hanging
by The Raging Sloth

A couple small pin woven tapestries
by Belladune

Inkle woven guitar strap
by Meowgan


GLASS CRAFTS: Glass Crafts: Completed Projects

This year's holiday card
by bosella

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (Mosaic)
by HSG

Waved glass projects
by Bendog

Lavender Field in Provence
by CrazyEyeGlass

MORE fused glass cheese boards
by joby560


HOME SWEET HOME: Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General

painted rainbow chandelier
by julibooli

Star Trek Beaded Curtain
by LovelyMiss

Painted sheets
by yoopidou

Bunk Beds with stairs
by silk81

Fifties cocktail chair reupholstered
by Polly Peanut

HOME SWEET HOME: Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Tree Stump Storage Bin (pic heavy!)
by Abbeeroad

My completed 1700 bottle cap table American Flag design!
by mericaa

Plastic bags basket
by Miss American Pie

Rubbish cum heat: Egg carton firestarters.
by TheMistressT

recycled plastic bag doormat
by ecstatic_spider

HOME SWEET HOME: Interior Decorating: Completed Projects

Bathroom revamp!
by FoxyBlue

Secret Playroom ~ Hobbit Hole
by patty_o_furniture

Guest room renovation
by Orange Swan

Our Living Room Gets a New Life! (With hardwood floors)
by blushingbluegrass

purple and red...great combination!
by miep

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

There's a Dalek in my front yard!!!
by dulcet

Backyard Climbing wall done!
by washingtonrain

Deck Do-Over
by MissingWillow

Wild Flower Seed Ornaments w/Tute
by LimeRiot

Succulents in Jute Purses
by Balatong

HOME SWEET HOME: Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects

Cordless heated kitty throne
by apis_melis

New Pet Bedding Collection
by Perfectkelly

Job Interview Outfit... for Dogs! ACTION SHOT UPDATE!
by TheMistressT

Lavender chicken coop
by puppybreath

an adorment for horses tail made with reflective fabric stars
by amarok


IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Stenciling: Completed Projects

T-Rex tee
by bunny1kenobi

Monsters Inc. Boo T-shirt
by merimarie

Reservoir Dogs
by trix_ska

Team Watches
by Antidigger

Naughty unicorn tee
by bunny1kenobi

IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Screen Printing: Completed Projects

Screen Printing with Drawing Fluid and Screen Filler - A How To at Home!
by sheepBlue

Put a Bird on Death Note and The Struggle Screen Prints
by MorningMagpie

tree decorations! merry Christmas craftster ♡
by kawaiihelen

Believe! Finally a successful print with the Yudu!
by luckdragon

Emulsion-Free Screen Printing (Yudu hack) - mini tutorial
by craftADDchick

IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects

Alice, the Hatter, and the Cat - a tag project
by Onyxnox

Simple House Stamps
by LimeRiot

*image heavy* A bunch of new handcarved rubber stamps!
by pinkfrizz

lake scene linocut again..this time using my car as a printing press!!-Tutorial
by edelC

Castle Building "Block" Stamps
by patty_o_furniture


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

Let me see the Peacock!!!!
by ErinAquaheart

Latin Text Pendant
by cackle

Queen Bee Pendant Using Spellbinders' Media Mix�ge Line
by rackycoo

I've finally found my favorite craft
by BarbecutieJunk

Raccoon Brooch
by Miaka

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

thimble necklace
by Krafty_Karasu

More Paint Chip Necklace Fabulousness!
by Teamama

Beautiful Bangles *TUTORIAL*
by katara

Wisdom Tooth Necklace: Glitter-Style
by missannapants

Parcel Tape Bangles
by kawaiihelen

JEWELRY AND TRINKETS: Beads: Completed Projects

Luxe Knock off - Beaded Wrap Bracelet
by Crafty.Canadian

The Green Lady Image Heavy
by carolmb

Beaded Paisley bracelet
by calixita

Beaded Triangle Boxes
by Listessa

The Secret Garden
by CraftyMamaBee


KNITTING: Knitting: Completed Projects

Pearl Clutcher Cardigan! *mature*
by DropKickGrl

little tiny chickens...
by Margotte aux Pomme

Knitted Pouf / Floor Cushion
by pieknits

Viking hat with EPIC BEARD!!!!!
by MidoriMentality

Stash busting ten stitch blanket...
by Trekky



Backpack-mounted reed organ
by ChainCrafts

by pinokeeo

Phrenology Helmet
by kcli

Girl with Kite Pincushion
by pottermouth

by Ludi


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

Nature Girl
by gozer

Mixed media doodle on vintage book page
by FoxyBlue

Party Animals Pet Portrait, with tute (of sorts)
by rackycoo

Polar Bear Trophy Head! He is Stryofoamy!
by mezcraft

Hand drawn magnets
by andralynn


NEEDLEWORK: Needlework: Completed Projects

You Cannot Hide...I See You
by Antigone567

Clowns are creepy (featuring more turkey stitch than I anticipated)
by supervelma

Grumpy cat is not amused
by papilionette

Hogwarts crest Teesha Moore style
by chughes225

Through the Hobbit Hole
by deathbeforedishes



Cemetery automaton
by yoopidou

My Brooch Bouquet - Red, Teal, Silver
by jungrrl

Dr. Who 4 and Tardis // dog costumes
by lancmaltby

Alternative, Essentially 2D Christmas Tree now with TOPPER UPDATE!
by TheMistressT

Valentine Mailboxes-Image Heavy
by kittykill


PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS): Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General

Star Book Tutorial (Full of photos)
by rackycoo

Crazy Quilted Paper Cloth Bookmarks
by alteredmommy

Changeable Bird-Headed Paper Doll
by BananaAmbush

Quilled Retro Telly Fish Tank
by littlecircles

Sideshow Spectacular Book (Added Pictures)
by pottermouth

PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS): Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Paper Snowmen
by Phizzychick

Paper Lampshades
by Lille

Advent Calendar with mini drawers
by kosmicgirl

Valentine Matchboxes For Your Sweetie
by rackycoo

Miniature Aged Spell Book With (Cheaters) Picture Tutorial (Photo Obese)
by Arachnea


February ATCs (My firsts!)
by littlecircles

Tutorial -- "Luna" Layered Movable ATC with pull tab -- lots of pics!
by SenatorOrgana

ABCs ATCs FRAMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Pic heavy
by Robinpich

My first try at ATCs - April ongoing swap
by kosmicgirl

Uber-noobie-to-Watercolor ATCs---picture INTENSE!
by WideEyedLife


Family tree "scrapbook" page
by kaz814

ATC Adventure Book Tutorial
by Artistically

A Lets Go Alphabet Book
by gala_apples

Exploding Picture Box
by BadWolf314

"American Made" 4th of July Layout
by Reel Crafty Girl


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

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker
by teapotdnky

Jewel thief christmas tree decoration
by maxxev

Tall Forest Beast Finally Complete!
by kelesaii

Watch Work Birds
by thisbirdsabsurd

My little Thestral
by chughes225

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

Black & White Animal Mugs
by cinnamon teal

Tiki Mug - Kanaloa (February Challenge the Potter)
by stARpottery

Earthenware Christmas decorations
by blottedcopybook

Tartan Gator Surprise for my Sister (pic heavy)
by bushbaby

Yarn Bowls and Mugs and Pots, Oh My!
by cinnamon teal


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

Bag Explosion!! Crafty themed, spooky, and a bunch of randomness [pic heavy]
by sheepBlue

Birdy Pouches
by Leslieshappyheart

simple cross stitched purses
by Glamis

Funky Travel Bags
by LDesjardin

Doctor Who travel wallet
by luckdragon

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: Quilting: Completed Projects

Big Bang Theory Quilt
by semel

by Homerof2

Harry Potter baby blanket
by lynnie71

A "Sweet� Craftster Collaboration Baby Quilt
by MareMare

Solar System Mini Art Quilt
by jennieingram


SEWING IN GENERAL: Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects

TARDIS sign notebook cover
by skittlebub

rocking wolf wall hanging
by p.kok

The Anatomy of an (Embroidered) Electric Eel
by BrocadeLion

Happiness = two kitty coin bags in the hoop
by Lique

Palmistry Pillow
by MissingWillow


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

Day Of The Dead Christmas Nutcracker (Written Tutorial)
by WingsOfClay

My Weeping Angel
by lanikins

Monsters and more monsters, stuffed and ready to go.
by cmarion3

Easy Homemade Play Dough!
by sweets4ever

by RobbinZombie


Epic Challenge Winners of 2013

Pink Fairy Armadillo
by librarylolita

My world...where a book comes alive
by kcli

Borrower's Box
by Knickertwist

Tiny Exploding Tardis "painting" with fabric
by A_Bit_Crafty

Lana Portrait Ghan
by mama24boyz


Awesome Swaps of 2013

Vintage Halloween Swap Gallery (Send Out 9/25)
by kittykill

One Little Pincushion swap gallery
by FoxyBlue

Inchie House Swap - Gallery!
by loves2experiment

Embroidery Swap R9- Not just thread! (SO Mar 5)
by mezcraft

IYP22 Crafting with the Glitz GALLERY!
by luckdragon

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