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January 31, 2014

Craftster Best of 2014

Craftster members posted tens of thousands of craft/DIY projects in 2014, all of which were brilliant in one way or another. The very notion of choosing "the best" projects from 2014 is absolutely INSANE! 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 2014 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 2014, 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 2014 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

First ever nail art attempts
by NocturnalCreations

Happiness is a cupcake you can lather all over your body!
by Lique

DIY Halloween Blood Splatter Nails
by Annie220588

Beetlejuice...beetlejuice.....and sandworm nail art!
by ShannonMB

Pumpkin pie soap!
by FoxyBlue


CLOTHING: Clothing: Completed Projects: General

Ghanaian Shift Dress
by rosieeee-x

Party dress
by thecharlimonster

Superhero Bra
by Xandrigirly

Wedding dress
by darth_unicorn

by laura_alexandra

CLOTHING: Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

My 4 hour, $1, Valentine's Day Dress!
by Chocolate_Jo

Prom with a Pop! (pop tab dress) EDIT: link to tutorial
by marcymallow

The Sword Fringe Sleeves T-Shirt Dress!
by Doomgaze

Hand painted Mermaid jeans and sequined shell bra
by violentjayne

Batman Sheet Repurposed
by LittleLaura

CLOTHING: Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects

New favourite skirt!!
by gouda day to you

Playsuit From Modern Patterns!
by Pleasantly Malformed

bow dress
by isolatedpoptart

Tiramisu from Cake Patterns + stripes for the first time
by sapphire_chan

Simplicity 1363 view b xl
by Mixedpibbles

CLOTHING: Sewing Clothes for Kids: Completed Projects

Watermelon Tutu
by galegiegerich

Tunic with optional wings
by teemaru

Newsie Outfit for Baby
by meleriffic

Sharpie Tie Dye Unicorn T-Shirt
by I Sew Cute

Corduroy skirts
by Ewulotta

CLOTHING: Costumes: Completed Projects

EDC shooting star rave outfit!
by pez

My Lumpy Space Princess Costume (pic heavy)
by teaandcraft

Mask Avalanche: Crows, Rabbits, Skulls, and More
by DeviSaya

Death Note Costume - Rem
by Tatterhood

Mummy Huntress Costume (STEAMPUNK)
by graverobbergirl

CLOTHING: Shoes: Completed Projects

The Cat in the Hat Painted Toddler Shoes
by jillybeans

Lion King & Doctor Who :D
by jillianleigh

1790's (regency) Shoes
by LDTCrafty

Boot remake
by Summerset

Sandals to Fashion Boots
by glamboots


COOKING: Recipes and Cooking Tips

Dairy Free Bubble Tea (Can be Vegan-friendly!)
by Mistress Jennie

Black Raspberry Jam
by kaz814

Jalapeno Popper Soup
by MissingWillow

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites - Party Food Appetizer
by I Sew Cute

Fruit Salad Pirate Ship
by sweets4ever

COOKING: Vegetarian / Vegan

Roasted Cauliflower with Goat Cheese
by sweets4ever

Crispy Potato Roast: Bais Yaakov Cookbook
by HSG

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza
by Puppy_girl

Sweet roasted carrot "hummus"
by Acadian Driftwood

Herby onion bread
by schnerby

COOKING: Dessert

Checker board rainbow! Would look cool inside a LEGO cake.
by sewhighonlife

That's-a Spicy Meatball! Spaghetti Cupcakes
by amigurl55

Nut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free!)
by MareMare

Heart Pound Cake, First Attempt
by kittykill

Failed Cupcakes turned Ice Cream Cake Pops
by patty_o_furniture


CROCHET: Crochet: Completed Projects

Flower Wreath
by ceep

Hunger Games Bread Scarf
by felicitybaby

Big Bang Theory
by anderlance

Gravity Falls: Mabel Pines "Sweaterghan"- Now with link to pattern!
by Greys Princess

Crochet Lace Scarf
by janegreenbcs

CROCHET: Amigurumi: Completed Projects

Superheroes crochet set
by melissajo

Death Star Cushion/Pillow
by popsdemilk

Colorful Amigumi Bears
by ukiqio

Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way
by devilduck

Dave the Minion and Cupcake
by popsdemilk


FIBER ARTS: Dyeing: Completed Projects

So many scarves.... Super picture overload...
by Belladune

spiral dyeing, fun in the irish sunshine
by edelC

first attempt at hand painting yarn:)
by armywife116

First Try: Snow Dye (No Lie)
by Acadian Driftwood

Whale Scarf - Batik on Silk with Embroidery & Buttons
by UnRuli

FIBER ARTS: Felting: Completed Projects

Needle Felted Cardinal
by paxye

Cobalt blue tarantula
by petskin

Tiny Critters
by ThreeLittleCats

Calvin and Hobbes
by yoopidou

Needle-Felted Zombie Sheep on a Spool (with embroidered "scroll" action)
by PerfectlyBohemian

FIBER ARTS: Spinning: Completed Projects

Fiber Friday 30 March 2014
by jexxican

Watermelon and Sunny Day Rolags
by meleriffic

Uneven, Over-Twisted Single
by RovingAnarchist

Common Grackle - Alpaca and Mulberry Silk skein
by jungrrl

Fiber Saturday? Sure. Why not.
by Belladune

FIBER ARTS: Weaving: Completed Projects

Jackalope Woven wall Hanging
by The Raging Sloth

mug hug - peg loom woven
by noodle-bug

First ever weaving project- pic heavy
by pollyprissypants

Land of Ice and Snow (now w/ moar pix!)
by Alexus1325

Woven scarf - made using a scroll frame for a loom!
by Calabaza


GLASS CRAFTS: Glass Crafts: Completed Projects

Those We Love Mosaic
by HSG

Rainbow in a bottle
by Garasu Wonderland

My First Mosaic - Kitchen Trivet
by LimeRiot

first fused coasters
by maxxev

Octopus Mosaic
by ToRachel


HOME SWEET HOME: Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General

Fortune Teller Paper Lantern
by Chilan

TARDIS Soda Machine/Snack Cabinet
by BadWolf314

Ironman Cutting Board
by BadWolf314

Puffy Cloud and Hearts Mobile Tutorial
by sweets4ever

Star Wars light up sign
by spareGus

HOME SWEET HOME: Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Chalkboard animal planters from soft drink bottles
by teaandcraft

Beverage can Starcraft Mosaics
by Coma

Pop tab lamp shade, with joining tutorial!
by marcymallow

Washi tape tray from paper towel rolls
by LovelyMiss

Fiestaware Colored Winecork Message Board
by HSG

HOME SWEET HOME: Interior Decorating: Completed Projects

Lounging Nook
by kittykill

My New Craft Studio
by Mistress Jennie

Our Spiraling Home Project - From Deck to Addition
by LimeRiot

Welcome to "Earthed"
by P_E_S_T

Release the KRAKEN!!!! Bathroom redo
by FoxyBlue

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

Ice Marbles
by TheMistressT

Fairy Tour 2014
by Knickertwist

Fairy Beach-Image Heavy!
by kittykill

Hogwarts Castle Birdfeeder
by Wulf

Imprinting on Concrete Pottery
by Balatong

HOME SWEET HOME: Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects

Nesting Mat for Spoiled Doxies
by LimeRiot

Pretty, Autumn Leashes UPDATE: ACTION SHOTS!
by TheMistressT

Mouse ball for cats
by mialesca

Cat Condo with litter boxes in the garage
by SusiehomemakerDIY

Suitcase Doggy Bed
by MirjamH


IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Stenciling: Completed Projects

Christmas gifts!! (pic heavy)
by bunny1kenobi

bleaching and fabric paint
by jadyth

You Remind Me of the Babe... What Babe?
by lindyv321

Doctor Who Hoodie
by AudiNerd

Chun Li tote bag
by mthrasher138

IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Screen Printing: Completed Projects

Bugs, bones, wings, and things: my emulsion printing adventure!
by sheepBlue

Patches i had printed
by badfish

It's a picture puzzle - Doctor Who style!
by sheepBlue

IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES: Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects

Craft foam stamp for greeting card in dinosaur footprint alphabet from Dinotopia
by vogliounamelablu

hand carved rubber stamp and printed Dodo fabric
by maxxev

Faux Slides
by Smeddley

Nugget - multiple ways... my first more complex stamp...
by Onyxnox

Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland Lino Cut and Print
by rockmygypsysoul


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

Peacock Feather Pendant
by Quantumphysica

Pixel Heart Necklace + Zombie Hands
by Kaoticat

Large Birdhouse Necklace
by cackle

Mini Book Jewelry (Pic heavy) - And Tutorial!
by My_RubySlippers

Grumpy Cat Shrink Plastic Chandelier Earrings
by I Sew Cute

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

Steampunk Altered Wooden Domino Pendant
by Wendylynns Paper Whims

More spoon pendants.. This time galaxy themed!
by lidehtium

Aluminium can cuff bracelet
by Junk4Joy

Found and recycled objects, jewelry! (photo heavy)
by MNR

Ammo casing keychains for my guy and his hunting buddies...
by Onyxnox

JEWELRY AND TRINKETS: Beads: Completed Projects

Rainbow colored Anthropologie Necklace knockoff
by phoenixfiredesigns

beaded Electric Mayhem bracelet
by calixita

I'm Back
by HanaKaiJewelry

Lazy Super-Duo bracelet
by Beholderess

Victorian Netted Necklace
by CraftyMamaBee


KNITTING: Knitting: Completed Projects

Dissected Frog!
by Cryssoleil

my Enchanted Mesa sweater
by SylvChezPlum

Cottage Teacosy
by elderflower

Spring Saroyan Shawl
by LimeRiot

bee sweater!!
by katydidnot



Scary Toys for Girls and Boys (lots o'pics!)
by rackycoo

A Little Silver Spool
by cackle

Wooden Chain *Tutorial added! Carve your own!*
by Magpirate

Miniature Butcher and Charcuterie
by Knickertwist

A Few of my Robots- Picture Heavy!
by tashera jean


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

Bumble Hoop
by artsycandice

by Cryssoleil

Magical Whales
by andralynn

Tiffany-style Watercolor Paper Mosaic
by Phantome

Amanita muscaria - mushroom postcard
by mrraawwr


NEEDLEWORK: Needlework: Completed Projects

Up Hoop
by QueenNinjaMonkey

"Disorderly"/Rainbow Hoop (and girl hoop)
by Smeddley

Tiny stitching - more stumpwork flora and fauna [pic heavy!]
by sheepBlue

Release the kraken sampler!
by Acadian Driftwood

Finished my Game of Thrones project! Map of Westeros with house sigils
by RandomlyGenerated



CLUE party
by rackycoo

my super-DIY icelandic wedding (img heavy)
by jonaosk

Baby Ewok Costume
by jillybeans

Pumpkin Cart
by pottermouth

Harry Potter 'Silver Doe' Shrine Ornaments
by Mistress Jennie


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

A Wee Wicked Forest
by Killam Creative

Sky Pirate Paper Zeppelin
by Knickertwist

Oh Hello Deer - Whimsical Woodland Shrine
by PerfectlyBohemian

Invictus: Gallifreyan Papercutting
by Phantome

Hunger Games Shadow Box-Book
by felicitybaby

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

Two Altered Books
by Phizzychick

Flying Birds Altoids Tin
by rackycoo

Matchbox Advent Calendar
by Pasghetti

Leather-Bound (Re-used) Dark Arts Book Tutorial (picture heavy)
by Arachnea

Grocery Bag Sloppy Journal
by LimeRiot


ATC cats ^_^
by Little owl

Russian Dolls- Back at ATCs!
by isabelchun

Black and White and Read all over
by cmarion3

My ATC Cards! Lolita, anime, fanarts, and other things.
by MNR

expanding galaxy
by fancybutch


"Candy Cane Bark" Recipe Layout for my scrapbook cookbook
by Reel Crafty Girl

Just for the Halibut
by amymarie78

Dog with Eyebrows
by Reel Crafty Girl

Briella's First Year Guestbook Scrapbook (Picture heavy!!)
by jillybeans

"Cookies" Latest page in Recipe Scrapbook with Grandma's Handwriting!
by Reel Crafty Girl


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

Fairy Door
by Cryssoleil

Jellyfish Aquarium Polymer Clay(video tutorial Link)
by NerdEcrafter

Polymer Clay Food Miniatures and Jewelry
by Kaitlan

Sleeping baby dragon.
by ShannonMB

Dancing baby groot
by Ankhored

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

birch tree sgraffito mug
by maxxev

Serve Bot 13
by 13anana

Stenciled Pottery
by cinnamon teal


Bamboo planter pots
by Tanza


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

English Paper Pieced Hexagon Dumpling Pouch
by HugsAreFun

I have fallen in love with faux leather
by elsielorpu

Freeform cross body bag
by La Chapa

Fandom TM bag -pic heavy
by bunny1kenobi

Weekender with Matching Makeup Roll
by mouseinmypocket

Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Upcycled leather backpack
by chezlin

I needed a bookbag. He had an old camo jacket.
by BoxesOfCats

Microbrewery Grain Bag Messenger Bag
by waggonswest

Vegan leather placemat purse
by elsielorpu

Upcycled Inflatable Pool 2
by lunke13


QUILTING: Quilting: Completed Projects

Ticker Tape Skulls Art Quilt!
by sheepBlue

Star Baby quilt
by Amazon_warrior

My Neighbor Totoro Mug Rug
by oddacity

"All the world's a stage" baby quilt
by danynn

The Cosby quilt
by semel


SEWING IN GENERAL: Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects

Cthulu Wall Hanging
by suereal

Poisonous Napkins
by MissingWillow

Forget the Pickle. Find the Zombie!
by waggonswest

Subversive Machine Embroidery - Hoopla extravaganza
by karin_

Dolly Backpack
by Gardenofdaisies


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

Harry Potter Candyland
by felicitybaby

Macaw Art Doll
by NocturnalCreations

Make Yer Own Hippogriff tute with too many pics
by pottermouth

Kid's Bunny Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow
by Crafty.Canadian

Bendable Octopus Arms - Tutorial - Image Heavy
by artsycandice


Epic Challenge Winners of 2014

Gimli LOTR Costume -- Toddler Sized and Picture Heavy
by dellastella

A Little Screwy
by pottermouth

Steampunk Goggles From Juice Containers
by Ixtab

Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia Super-Deformed Interchangeable Monster Figure Set
by Patraw

Smores Marshmallows. Inside Out.
by patty_o_furniture


Awesome Swaps of 2014

Ongoing Wish Swap Round 100 Gallery
by Averia

Altered Spool Swap Gallery
by MissingWillow

Box of Sunshine Gallery (SO Feb 17)
by LimeRiot

Woodland Creature & Enchanted Forest Swap Gallery!
by gozer

by Smmarrt

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