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January 12th, 2010

Craftster Best of 2009

Craftster members posted tens of thousands of craft/DIY projects in 2009. All of which were brilliant in one way or another. The very notion of choosing “the best” projects from 2009 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 2009 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 2009… 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 2009 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

Zombie Gore Make-up
by MysMyers

Soaps since the beginning of (my) soaping = lots o' pics!
by Fraugee728

Cameo Soap
by mitchell-b

Leopard Print Hair :D
by rock_goddess

.:Mendhi // Henna designs:.
by Solarwen



pop tarts :D WITH RECIPE!
by boo_zombie

There's always money in the banana stand
by olive_juice

Chocoholics Beware - You're about to OD
by Banga

4th of July - Hamburgers and French Fries... err... cupcakes/brownies/cookies
by SkyyAngel

Fun with Fondant: Super Mario Galaxy cake (foto fat)
by routinefly

Recipes and Cooking Tips

Tostones con tutora! - Twice-fried green plantains w/ tutorial!
by jungrrl

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract *UPDATE*
by cassiege

Who needs a turkey when you have an apple swan?
by sweets4ever

Spring = Flour
by HSG

Chinese dumplings (jiaozi) - Lotsa pics
by schnerby

Vegetarian / Vegan

Vegan Caramels!
by laurakate

Aubergine, tomato & goat's cheese bake
by Trekky

Greasy Classics made Vegan--MOZZARELLA STICKS and chili cheese
by fishie

Blue Pink and Purple Cupcakes
by jillvedge

Breakfast of Champions: Fritata Muffins
by Cheebz


Clothing: Completed Projects: General

Asymmetrics and Epic Collar
by justinexcore

Red rose coat
by ejacqui

Sparkly Mario Eveningwear!
by montyfull

Trompe l'oeil, trompe le monde! A trench dress
by littlepierre

Prom dress inspired by Mrs Lovett
by lelyonna

Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

scarfy/necklace thing
by skaborsk

4 Jackets (better pictures)
by redflag

cute corset style top out of jeans; Now with tutorial
by RaraAvis

1970s caravan curtain + charity shop skirt turned delicate summer dress...
by loukr

Little girls' dress into Skirt for the SEAS! PICTURESSSS!!!!
by andheartscara

Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects

underbust corset fun
by trypgirl

Adventures with Lucy: A new biking top.
by iheartcheese

Candy cane girl.... Simplicity 2591
by BrookOwens

Flamin' Vinyl Reverse Applique (Vogue 8313)
by Dorion

not-so-mini me (meet Chicky, my new, customized dress form!)
by Mrs_Boats

Sewing Clothes for Kids: Completed Projects

Tulle Pettiskirt - now with tutorial
by rossie

Baby Booties: Evolution of Skillz, Successes and Failures (14 Different Pairs!)
by Crafty Intentions

Hand-stamped twill jumper dress
by ArtmamaJen

The Pink Fabric Yo-Yo Dress of Doom
by elvissatx

stretch knit dress
by TeenyBunny

Shoes: Completed Projects

17 metres of sequins later.... RUBY SLIPPERS!
by katelouise

Archie Comics decoupaged flats! (Photo heavy!)
by FunnyFace

Jingle bell elf shoes for Everleigh
by craftewoman

Beatles Yellow Submarine shoes - 9 pics
by fluffypants

Sugar Skull Slippers (Now with Tutorial and lots of pictures!)
by papilionette

Costumes: Completed Projects

1860's ballgown(lotsapicturesandavideo!)
by Under_the_Rose

The Ogham God
by Nymla

(Girl's) Leather Armor Tutorial
by embercostumer

White 'Western Vintage' ShowGirl Vegas Style Suit - Tut. + Photos Thru Out Post!
by Gooberts

Steampunk Madame
by Chibirinoa


Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects

Embroidered crochet roll
by Cya

by tattfae

Steampunk Lace Top Hat
by Urban Threads

Owl towels
by Lique

Mermaid pillow!
by monsterrawr


Crochet: Completed Projects

FINALLY! Super Mario Obsession
by Gege

Linguine dollydolls *Patterns added on page 7*
by Wayuki

*NOW WITH PHOTO TUTORIAL* A great way to use up scrap yarn! Brooches!
by meekssandygirl

by planetjune

Granny blanket finally completed!
by ewushka


Spinning: Completed Projects

Art Yarn class has given me wings!
by Jane Doe

Dog Hair Yarn (Image heavy!)
by knkurz

Missed Friday so I'm sharing today :)
by Laura22

Yarn from my Shetland Ram
by jen6265

Handspun Brown and Green Plastic Yarn aka plarn
by Crochooley

Weaving: Completed Projects

my first weaving project
by miss misery

Pin woven pocket (with pseudo-tutorial)
by thanate

my favourite shawl
by rucniradovi

monsters, dolls, and bags - cylinder weaving - with tutorial - and lots of pics.
by astormorray

SunSpot scarf, Double cloth, and ikat
by peachymanaangel

Felting: Completed Projects

Pompadour shrunken head
by krissykat

Nuno tree wrap
by Jane Doe

A commissioned camel
by Fibercat

Tastey Wool Treat
by raeraethejetplane

Monster flowers. Winner of the monster felting challenge 09
by CamOovas

Dyeing: Completed Projects

Batik dragonfly
by Shade of Shadow

Yarns dyed with lichens
by FairyAngel

Sharpie Dye Color Bursts
by IamSusie

arashi shibori (lots of images)
by ptarmic wumpus

self-striping handspun yarn dyed with kool aid! (lots of pictures)
by strawberrycherry


GLASS CRAFTS: Glass Crafts: Completed Projects

Perfect Scale Commision (Loads of Pictures)
by HSG

elephanties! ***UPDATED***
by lemonyaura

kangaroo mosaic table top
by puppybreath

12 beer glasses with glass etching of animal skeletons
by skarinja

Twilight moonscape
by grobarka59


Selections From All Holiday Boards

My DIY 50's style Wedding Dress is done!!!! (UPDATE: I have wedding photos!)
by LISAWshesSOcrafty

Knight Birthday Party *PICS!*
by 50srocknrollergirl

A very smart Santa hat
by elvissatx

Jack Skellington and Sally costumes (Nightmare before Christmas) *pic heavy!*
by Suzhy

For those on the naughty list....
by Onyxnox


Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General

Cat-proof toilet paper! ....FINALLY!
by DreamInStitches

What can I say - it's a lamp above our dining table.
by MOB09

Super Mario Question Mark Block Ottoman!
by enemyairship

Rainbowl! Rainbow Coiled Bowl and Coasters
by Jenicat

Salvador Dali Clock
by mermaide

Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Book cover headboard!
by jessyratfink

photo negatives lamp(shade)
by MHD

Hidden in plain site! Cat litter cabinet
by Casstasstrophie

Salvador Dali-inspired chair (pic heavy)
by Lish the Dish

cardboard furniture DONE (pics INSANE)
by mamandemma

Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects

More Extreme Birdhouses
by cranbrook2

more animals in my garden... now it's fishes in a fake mini-pond!
by alhrayth

MORE Garden gazing balls from bowling balls!
by skankamaggot

DIY Earthbox (with tute) and 1 metric ton of Pics!
by AeonGoddess

An afternoon in the beeyard, and subsequent sticky adventures
by acidtrix

Interior Decorating: Completed Projects

I read too many mysteries =D (more pics)
by AshleyRae

Finished Craft Room! Wooooohooo! Pic HEFTY!
by la la laurrenn

Arabian Nights Bedroom: a belly dancer's boudoir
by Saturn

My awesome green dining room
by Luna1375

Dr. Seuss nursery *img heavy*
by Chronicdoodler

Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects

Backseat Cover/Dog Blanket: Who wants to go for a ride? (litter of pics + NEW 1)
by TheMistressT

fish cat bed (simplicity 9004)
by mgallant811

Cat Daybed! McCall's Pattern
by TMLGirl

Dog hiking backpack - tutorial with pics
by thebeatcowboy

Celtic & Leaf Print Bird Cage Seed Catchers
by dayzi


Inkjet Iron-On Transfers: Completed Projects

Girl Dalek, WoW & Gamer 'onesies'
by rossie

Recipe Kitchen Towels
by donniesgirl

Date Due shirt
by isfive

Snape is my favorite teacher: Harry Potter iron on transfer
by scaramouche

Baby Onesies
by shelina

Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects

Twilight Carved Stamp
by chrispykreme

prints from my survey course [super img heavy]
by saintvier

Miniature marble stamps
by Spiffyhink

Cinderella Lino reduction Block print-Image heavy
by Hika-chan

Lady Ada Lovelace - 1st (19th century) computer programmer linocut
by minouette

Silk Screening: Completed Projects

by pandaz

first screenprints! scissors and jackalopes!
by kaleidoscope_eyes

My First Shirts Printed with the Yudu
by craftADDchick

Graffiti handstyles, Steezin' screen printed shirts.
by Pi314

My most recent silk screen (butt-load of photos)
by Lizlo

Stenciling: Completed Projects

by skeeba

Beatles on Canvas
by skeeba

I love you bones and all!!!
by ladypie

Michael Jackson Shirt (First Stencil!)
by Yola

Bleach Stencil Shirts. . for ME!
by jenihall


Beads: Completed Projects

Bead portraits!
by Futzzz

beaded snowdrop pendant now with tutorial!
by maxxev

Beaded Christmas Tree!
by beadedbyamy

My first beaded dreamcatcher *now with finished pic!*
by slbdww76

Mercury Cuff
by JAM4ever

Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General

Flower hair clips -- with TUTORIAL!
by barbolot

Octopus Earrings
by sheepBlue

Bows Bows and more Bows :) Pic Heavy
by lindsycarranza

necklace inspired by lifesavers
by GothChics

Nectar (hummingbird necklace)
by UntamedMenagerie

Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

Clear Plastic Fork Ring
by Cazness

Fork and spoon pendants
by Duika

Credit Crunch Bracelet - Hot Fresh Tute and Pix 4 Days.
by craftymofo

Gizmodgery - Upcycled pendants
by AsphaltQueen

How to Make a Spoon Bracelet
by marthaaleo


Knitting: Completed Projects

Knitted Panties (exactly what it sounds like)
by how_german

Shark Attack Hat
by 3RaysOfSunshine

Festive sweater! With fair isle chart!
by ohmystars

Baby Link: Now with Baby Photos!
by UpKnitCreek

recycled t-shirt dishcloths!
by robotdinosaur


More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works

Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL
by weighanchor

My Senior BFA Exhibition: Three-Dimensional Art Quilts (IMG & TEXT ROTUND)
by Calliel

Film Canister Diorama: Little Red Riding hood
by themysticmuffin

peek a boo raccoon in real bark - pastel chalks
by blupaisan

Bob Dylan...in plastic google eyes!
by Shana82


Needlework: Completed Projects

Playing with color and texture
by Mrs.Kitty~

If this doesn't tell her how I feel, nothing will
by whateverjames

Sunny Buick day of the dead Portrait
by Anya Kase

Ship Pillowcase
by weighanchor

Matisse Pillow
by contrariwise


Completed Projects

tin can stars
by Ansie

Pretzel Roller Coaster
by sarahj2001

a GIANT plastic inflatable dino.
by emruth

Make Your Own Water Color Paint
by oohmybees

ENORMOUS DOLL HEADS that you can WEAR! With fluttery eyelids!! Cool!
by gorgaus


Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)

mixed media ATC Advent Calendar!
by OriginalYouth

Matryoshka Doll ATC --- first atc --- <3
by isabelchun

V for Vendetta Balsa Wood ATCs
by hipslikecinderella

*UPDATED 11/22* Check Last Post - Audio-Astrophysics ATC Gallery
by audio-astrophysics

BananaAmbush's Gallery O' Joy 2009 Edition! (Updated 2/28/09)
by BananaAmbush

Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General

Rainbow Inchies! (pic heavy ~ tute P3)
by Phizzychick

The Coffee Filter Rose Tutorial
by rubidiumdawn

Monkey King Tunnel Book
by BananaAmbush

Origami Lucky Stars standing in as pixels
by Sarcastra

Origamic Architecture Pencil Holder
by ceep

Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

50 Happy Years: finally done!
by rackycoo

Recycled Magazine Butterfly Collage
by mozilla

Cute little gift bags from newspapers, with TUTORIAL!
by rackycoo

MY altered puzzle Volume 2.0
by sheepBlue

memory card memory book *image heavy*
by boadicea

Scrapbooking: Completed Projects

Tiny album
by reves

First scrapbook - memories for someone far away
by pixeldust

Wedding Thankyou Book Prototype (Picture Heavy)
by darkladymajesta

Hollywood Baby Scrapbook Page
by angelwing75

Wedding Scrapbook Box ((Image Heavy!))
by heatherface


Polymer Clay: Completed Projects

I made my own buttons!
by Corvus corax

Polymer clay first time -Co-workers and Family Bobble Heads(Very Image Heavy)
by renizans

Dangly Squid!
by applesweet

HINGED trinket box **TUTORIAL**
by beadizzygrl

Unicorn mare
by Yaqulek

Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects

4 green bowls!!!
by emmiebug22

Earl Grey is a Rock Star
by classifiedomega17

by skippityskipskipskip

Trailer House
by mandashell

Woodfired tea set
by Farnsworth


Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General

Thank You, Have A Nice Day!
by OBudah

Pencil case-monster! (a cute one, that is)
by Jonas

how to make a piano shoulder bag
by mewyam

Cute As A Button Bag
by pixeldust

Bug Purse
by Poosel

Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed

I like making stuff from old pants.
by redflag

Soda Can purse: Now with tutorial
by RaraAvis

sweater,shorts and a belt = new bag
by onegroovyday

Upcycled Gift Card Bag (3 imgs)
by yellstella

Recycled Bucket Tote (Lined Tote on Page 3)
by karentopaz


Quilting: Completed Projects

Daydreaming Mermaid Quilt (now with process pics on page 8)
by patchyemm

quilted cogs
by seamlessgem

The quilt that Craftster made!
by 1boy1girl1kitty2

96,852 stitches, give or take
by penguinade

My Y-Front (underwear) Quilt! Image Heavy!!
by shaebay


Our Favorite 5 Craft Swaps of the Year

Tea Towel Tour Gallery - As seen on TTTV
by rectangel

IYP 11: the Winter Formal Gallery!
by superhooker

Tree Swap Round 2 Gallery
by Jenicat

Traveling Scarf Swap Gallery! (FINAL ROUND!)
by mochaxlight

Roaming Gnome Round 2 Gallery
by bsonlytoots


Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects

Edward Scissorshands doll
by craftewoman

Custom Mahjong Set
by toque

Minimolt, World of Warcraft Gnome.
by Chaypeta

by The Angry Hippie

Felt Forest Animals - Pillow with Finger Puppets
by Crafty.Canadian

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