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The Craftys Awards Celebrating the Best in Crafts and DIY

Be sure to nominate your crafts and and the projects of your friends to the Craftys Awards! Click HERE to nominate a craft!

The Craftys, the awards that celebrate the best in DIY and craft across the United States, launched on Nov. 14, 2016 and will culminate in a livestream broadcast in February 2017 from New York City. The Craftys is positioned to become the ultimate prize for crafters in many different disciplines, including categories that span from traditional crafts such as knitting, sewing and scrapbooking to “Geek Crafts.”

The Craftys’ Best in Show winner receives $1,000 and each category winner gets $200. Launched in 2014, the annual event averages over 1,200 entries and 400,000 votes.

This year’s judging panel includes HGTV host Laurie March, world champion skater Tai Babilonia and bespectacled singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb.

“I love doing crafts with my kids, my friends, and even my new album cover looks kind of crafty,” says judge Lisa Loeb, whose most recent album is “Feel What U Feel.” “I’m happy to be a judge for The Craftys, which is a great way to celebrate creativity.”

In addition to traditional craft disciplines, ShurTech Duck Tape is helping to launch a new category for Duct Tape Crafts and Red Heart Yarn is sponsoring a Baby Crafts award, for those who make items for newborns and toddlers. Another new category is Geek Crafts, which includes cosplay costumes, fan DIY and handmade technology.

Several companies and organizations are partnering with event, including Darice, Red Heart Yarn, Tuttle Books, ShurTech Duck Tape, FaveCrafts, TueNight, the Craft and Hobby Association, Babble, Westcott, FoodStirs, Consumer Crafts and the Society of Decorative Painters.

“So many wonderful crafts are made every year that are only seen by friends of the creator. The Craftys are a great way to celebrate amazing work,” says Sarah Kubelka, Social Marketing Manager for Darice, one of America’s largest craft supply manufacturers.

Crafters can enter their best projects online at TheCraftys.com and fans can nominate their favorite makers through January 9, 2017. Entry categories include fashion, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, home decor, jewelry-making and edible crafts. The “Best of Show” award will be presented to one of the category winners for the craft that has it all – creativity, great design and that elusive “It” factor.

The Craftys is proud to introduce an acclaimed panel of judges:

The Editors of Babble
Marisa Pawelko – Modern Surrealist
Yolanda Soto Lopez – All Crafts Channel
Marly Bird – Yarn Thing Podcast
Beth Kingston – Kingston Crafts
Vickie Howell – DIY Network / HGTV
Ed Roth – Stencil 1
Mark Montano – Big Ass Book of Crafts
Galit Lebow – FoodStirs
Amber Kemp-Gerstel – Damask Love

The awards event will be livestreamed in February 2017 from New York City.

 

Personalized Desk Set

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This elegant desk set is perfect for staying organized in style! The embellished chalkboard sign is great for quick daily reminders and the handy pen holder is great for keeping the clutter off your desk!

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I love the burnished effect and touch of bling on this pineapple emblem! Mason jars are all the rage! And when combined with glittered chicken wire and chalkboard paint I think I’ve hit all the current trends with this beautiful and functional office trio!

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I am loving this new skeleton key stencil from Plaid and when combined with the Swarovski Crystals from Prima Bead it takes the whole look over the top! And the customized coordination continues with another awesome burnished and blinged monogram emblem from Kree-ey-tiv!

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The bulletin board features custom Swarovski crystal pins and chicken wire for posting cards without the use of pins! Aren’t these pins just the most glamorous way to post your notes?!!! So easy to make too!

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And here’s a big thanks for all the sponsors who provided tools and supplies for this project! The chicken wire holds the little note in place!

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Quick and easy to make, this set makes the perfect gift for your friends at the office! Customize it with their favorite colors and initial monograms!

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Glittered chicken wire and blinged out skeleton keys are my new obsession!

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Here’s how to make this project!

Pen Holder Materials:

  • Mason Jar
  • Plaid Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint
  • M-D Hobby & Craft Chicken Wire
  • [Kree-ey-tiv] Die Cast Emblem – Pineapple
  • Wrights Jumbo Rick Rack
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Glitter – Disco
  • Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
  • M-D Hobby & Craft Metal Working Gloves
  • Paintbrush

Pen Holder Instructions:

Paint the inside of the jar in your desired color. Cut chicken wire to size with wire snips wearing metal working gloves. Apply glitter to chicken wire and let dry. Glue rick rack around jar neck with tacky glue. Embellish emblem by burnishing it with paint. Once dry apply glitter around the emblem design. Wrap jar in wire securing in the back with pliers. Twist around sharp tips of chicken wire with pliers. Peel and stick emblem in place.

Chalkboard Materials:

  • Blank Sandwich Board Sign
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Glitter
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Chalkboard Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Plaid Folk Art Home Décor Stencils – Skeleton Keys
  • Prima Bead Swarovski Crystals
  • iLoveToCreate Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane Adhesive
  • Stencil Paintbrush
  • Paintbrush

Chalkboard Instructions:

Apply chalkboard paint to sandwich board sign. Apply glitter to natural wood areas and let dry. Embellish the corner with the acrylic paint using the stencil. Once dry, apply crystals onto key design using urethane adhesive.

Bulletin Board Materials:

  • Fairfield World Foamology Design Foam with Sticky Base
  • Fairfield World Oly-Fun in Aqua
  • Fairfield World Oly-Fun in Black
  • M-D Hobby & Craft Chicken Wire
  • Wrights Jumbo Rick Rack
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Chalkboard Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Prima Bead Swarovski Crystals
  • [Kree-ey-tiv] Die Cast Monogram – “M”
  • Plaid Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Glitter – Disco
  • Plaid Folk Art Home Décor Stencils – Skeleton Keys
  • Aleene’s Turbo Tacky Glue
  • iLoveToCreate Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane Adhesive
  • Prima Bead Swarovski Crystals
  • Plaid Folk Art Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Stick Pins
  • M-D Hobby & Craft Metal Working Gloves
  • Stencil Paintbrush
  • Paintbrush

Bulletin Board Instructions:

Peel backing from foam square to expose the sticky surface. Apply aqua Oly-Fun to the surface. Secure rick rack around perimeter of foam base with tacky glue. Use the stencil to embellish the corner of the board with chalkboard paint. Embellish the stenciled design further by applying crystals with the clear urethane adhesive. Cut chicken wire to size with wire snips wearing metal working gloves. Apply glitter to chicken wire and let dry. Wrap board in glittered chicken wire. Embellish emblem by burnishing it with paint. Once dry apply glitter around the monogram design and mark the corners with 4 crystals. Use pinking shears to cut a gathered border out of Oly-Fun to accent the monogram from behind. Glue the gathered border in place with tacky glue. Use the acrylic paint to accent the “M” in the monogram. Of course you could personalize this with any of the letters! Secure the emblem with gathered border onto the board using the built in adhesive strips. Create your own glamorous bulletin board pins by adding a crystal bead to a regular stick pin and securing with clear urethane adhesive.