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Monday
Jul092012

Craft Wars Vets Pop Craft: Episode #2 Challenge

A bunch of my fellow Craft Wars Vets and I were just sitting around, shooting the breeze (aka chatting on Facebook) and we thought it would be fun to take all our talk of Craft Wars and get a little more interactive. So, Dear Reader, you get to be a judge- a Craft Wars Judge of sorts. We've decided to re-create each week's Pop Craft Challenge from Craft Wars as faithfully as possible (excepting weeks off for summer vacations or, in my case, the inevitable laziness that steals upon me when I decide to commit myself to anything that last longer than a day or two). Here's what happens, you check out my rendition of last week's Pop Craft. Then you check out the renditions made by my fellow Craft Wars Vets who are playing this week. And leave us all a little comment, would'ya? Will you be a Mr. Glitterville or are you all Ms. P.S. I Made this?

Here's what I made this time. Remember in episode #2 how they wheeled out some junk drawers and the contestants had to make a bird house? Well, here's my take (and if you think I'm all, "See? I can do this better than the contestants on the show," make sure to read my answer to that HERE:"Let's Talk Craft Wars, Shall We?)...

First, I looked around my house for a junk drawer. I have the normal kind. You know- the one in the kitchen that you tell your kids they will be killed for opening in front of company? I was going to use that one but it turns out that Mr. Angela Daniels doesn't take kindly to me gluing otherwise new (if scattered) batteries to my craft projects. Ditto coins, business cards and still-being-used chapstick. No respect for creativity, that guy. So I moved on to the next thing, MY junk drawer. The real one. In my craft room. I decided to allow myself ONLY the things found in that drawer and only 1 hour. Just like in the real Pop Craft.

The only thing I sort of cheated on was using a pre-made birdhouse. My little girl made this for free at Home Depot years ago and she gave me her blessing to "jazz it up" a little. I know the contestants on Craft Wars had to make their structures from scratch but they had wood and an adult assistant. I'm not allowed near the power tools usually and my "assistant" was 9. And she wandered off immediately to play with her brother when I started barking orders for the birdhouse. So I'd say this is a level playing field.

The first thing out of my junk drawer was about 4 soda cans. Yes, I really do have soda cans in my crafting junk drawer. Would you expect less from an upcycling crafter? I had been using them to make die cut ornaments not too long ago and just couldn't part with the pretty scraps. Weird, sad and true. The fun thing about cans? They're pretty, of course, but you can die cut and punch them pretty easily so I punched as many circles out as I could get out of my scraps to make shingles.

Then I just glued them on with hot glue. As an aside, hot glue is not, in my opinion, the "duct tape" of crafting. Any crafter reading this will probably support me on this. Hot glue is, more acurately, the velcro of the crafting world- sorta. In that you can pull it apart pretty easily if something goes awry. E6000 is the duct tape. But E6000 requires ventilation, is very permanent and I am, how shall we say, sometimes prone to crafting accidents. When hot glue will work in a pinch, I go for it.

Once I had my shingle work done, I thought it would be fun to add a little tag. My favorite 'dial an alphabet' stamp was not in the junk drawer where it should have been. Strangely enough, my ticket from seeing David Sedaris recently was. And with a few snips of my scissors, I was able to spell out just what I was thinking for the tag. I still can't find that alphabet stamp anywhere, by the way.

With a die cut (from a soda can) little birdie on top, complete with a a tail that came from the back of a very expensive piece of ribbon (my little girl was inspired to make this tail and started cutting into the MIDDLE of the ribbon before I could gasp in horror), my little bird house was mostly complete. I lost some time trying, without success, to glue 2 errant Barbie legs to the bottom of the house (my 11 year-old boy's suggestion) but they just refused to stay. Probably just as well. I might get more votes for a cute, upcycled materials bird house than I would have gotten for a creepy Barbie legs one. But my son disagrees.

So now it's your turn- you be the Craft Wars judge!

It’s your turn to decide if this birdhouse craft has what it takes to push me through to the Master Craft or if it will have me, uh,  packing my glue gun! Leave your verdict in the comments section below and don’t forget to watch Craft Wars tonight and every Tuesday night at 10 eastern, 9 central 7 pacific time.

For more fun Craft Wars inspiration visit my fellow Craft Wars Vets blogs and keep an eye out for more Craft Wars projects every week and don't forget to join our live Twitter party at 7 pm PST (#CraftWars #CraftWarsVets) every Tuesday when that week's new show airs.

Andrea's Bollywood Birdhouse


Fab Smoky Mountain Birdhouse by Margot Potter

Mandi’s Craft Wars Redemption Birdhouse

Nikki’s Tic Tac Toe on the beach craft

Lisa Fulmer’s Junk Drawer Bird Feeder

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Reader Comments (13)

This is freaking awesome.If I'd seen something remotely this good on the show,I might like it.Maybe we should do a write in campaign to get you on the air where we can see you.

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNanaBeth

Your bird house is so cool!! I think any bird would be proud to call it home!! (The creepy barbie legs would have been funny! )

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDot

Well I can tell you this much...there is absolutely NO WAY I could be a judge on that show. I LOVE everything I am seeing and I am telling you they have such a tough job.

Your birdhouse is very cool!!! I love the use of the soda cans...very cool!!! I also think its funny that your draw houses ticket stubs...SO DOES MINE...I always keep them thinking I want to scrapbook them or something (and it just never ends up happening...for me).

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

AWESOME bird house...the barbie legs would have been the way that everyone could tell it was yours! Even though I am impressed, my vote is going to Margot this week..sorry, but I'll be checking in on all of you to keep following this fun idea

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkellystar

What a fun challenge! The for rent sign is my fave part. I'd never send you packing with your glue gun. Off to check out the rest of the entries. Birdhouses are the quintessential kitty craft by the way :)

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTami B.

That birdhouse rocks!!!! I am so excited to see all you ladies that I know craft it out!!! I had to miss last weeks because the storm that went through West Virginia took out hundreds of thousands people power, cable and phones. However, I will be there with bell on tonight!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaxine Hodges

I love die cutting soda cans too! Enjoying how your decorations are also a nice weather proof shield.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Currie

love the cans and the "for rent" sign, so cute!!

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisa fulmer

I love your take on the birdhouse - should be able to put this outside and actually use it.

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKellyL

Fab! Off to check out your competition. ;)

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy deRosier

Love your birdhouse! It's the best thing I've seen in a very long time! Extremely creative and very well done!!! Did I mention that I love it????? ;^D

July 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Friesen

This is great, Angela. i'm featuring it on Dollar Store Crafts tomorrow!

Wow! Those are so pretty! That's the one craft I can't get a grasp on

July 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkids shoes

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