One Crafty Contest: Round 1 Entries and VOTE

Lookie lookie!  Step right up and see our fantastic entries for

Round 1 of One Crafty Contest! 
Here’s what our fabulous contestants did with BEADS.

Take a look at the large photo{s} for each entry {listed in the order I received them}, read about them, and then vote for up to five of your favorites below in the linky chart.
ENTRY A: Beaded Monogram
Isn’t everything better in Tiffany blue?  That’s exactly what I was thinking when I stumbled upon this vintage silk threaded beaded necklace at the thrift store for $1.  Using the beads from the necklace, paper stem wire and  floral wire, I turned these donated beads into monogrammed art.
ENTRY B: “Olive You”

Besides a short-lived hobby of beaded jewelry making, I don’t have much experience with bead crafts. So I stuck to what I do know: Crocheting! I found 1″ oval wood beads that looked a lot like olives. Olives are very symbolic in that they represent the idea of peace, prosperity and love. After I crocheted around the bead, I thought it would be perfect to use the top of the bead hole for a little love note… a reason why “Olive You!” This would be a great gift for someone you love (who also loves olives!), but would also make a nice centerpiece at a martini party :o)

ENTRY C: Beaded Family Tree

I’ve had the idea forming in my head for a while now that I want to make a family tree for a friend of mine getting married this year.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to go about it, because plaques and framed art are not really my strong suit when it comes to creative endeavors.  But as soon as I heard that the first round theme of the challenge was going to be beads… I suddenly had an idea.  Instead of a 2-dimensional representation of a tree… why not make an actual tree, using the birthstones of the two families?  So I asked around to get the birth months of my friend’s and her fiance’s families, and used semi-precious stones to create this little tree for her. 
The beads are genuine garnet (for January), amethyst (February), peridot (August), and citrine (November).  Because diamonds and rubies are out of the budget, I did some research on alternate stones, and found that carnelian sometimes represents July and white quartz represents April.  With everyone finally represented, I formed the tree roots around a rock, then sculpted the trunk and branches from copper and brass wire.  Then I beaded and arranged each branch.  The end result is something that embodies both roots and growth, which is the perfect message for the beginning of a new life together!
ENTRY D: Crocheted Wrap Bracelet & Necklace

Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s collection for summer, this wrap jewelry gives you the look for less! Both were made in about and hour and were ready to wear…. The only materials needed for this project are lightweight crochet thread, BEADS, and something fun to watch on TV while you work! I can’t wait to give all the details on how you can make this for yourself too!

ENTRY E: Mockingjay Moccasin Refashion
I wear a pair of moccasins every day when I’m home because our apartment has hardwood floors and my feet get cold. But my favorite pair of moccasins is about 12 years old and was starting to fall apart; the cats even ate some of the original beads at some point! So the bead round of this contest was the perfect motivation I needed to bring a little life back to my old moccasins. I found a picture of the mockingjay pin online (yay Hunger Games!) and drew it onto some brown felt as a template. Then I beaded the mockingjays onto the felt with seed beads in two shades of gold (those tiny beads were tricky!) Once I was finished I cut the felt to size and sewed it onto the top of the moccasins. Then I re-stitched the pieces that were falling apart, re-glued the fur trim back down, and I was done! I am so thrilled with how they turned out, and I’m super excited that I have fun mockingjay moccasins to wear around the apartment now!

ENTRY F: Ombre Beaded Frame

I’m so excited to be in this contest, and so excited for the way my project came out, especially after having no clue what to do for a few days!  I created an ombre picture frame by painting wood beads in 5 shades of blue and gluing them to a plain wood frame that I’d painted white.  Then to fill in the little bit of space left around the edges, I trimmed it with strips of burlap that I ruffled a little as I glued it around.

ENTRY G: Beaded Tutu Bedskirt

A couple of years ago I came across a picture of a tulle bed skirt and knew I wanted to create one for my cutie pie niece. She loves to dance, and pink is one of her favorite colors, so I took the tulle a step further and created the look of a tutu. This sweet bed skirt was made with 20 yards (@ 99 cents a yard) of pink tulle cut into 5-6 inch strips. Each strip was attached to a white fitted sheet I already owned by cutting a slit in the sheet and tying the strips in a lark’s head knot. For extra sparkle, vintage beads from costume jewelry belonging to my great-grandmothers were hot glued to the bed skirt.

ENTRY H: Beaded Chalkboard Wine Bottle

I often use beads when making jewelry, but rarely in other crafts, so I wanted to go for something a little different for the One Crafty Contest. Think outside the “bottle”, if you will. I had an empty wine bottle just waiting to be crafted upon and decided to embellish it with beads. I thought the vivid colors of turquoise and red would look great against a black background and that chalkboard paint would be perfect. It is great to use on home decor items because you can change it up by simply changing what is written. I hope you love my bead craft. I’d love to have your vote!!!

ENTRY I: Beaded Chandelier

When I found out that our project was beads this week I knew exactly what I wanted to make. I had just seen pictures of a family friends wedding where they used a chandelier as decoration. Their chandelier was similar to the one I made but without the lamp shade and cute ruffle. After asking If I could come take a look at the chandelier I knew I could make one on my own and wanted one for my daughters room. This chandelier is made from a lamp shade found at Deseret Industries (pretty much a Goodwill) and fabric I found at a garage sale. The beads are from one of those beaded doorway curtains we all used to love when we were a kid! This project was so simple and easy to make! I can’t wait to post the tutorial on my blog after the judging!

ENTRY J: Fabric and Bead Necklace

First of all, I wanted say a special thanks to Amy for putting on this fabulous contest! It’s always fun to challenge yourself and see what all of the other contestants come up with! When I first heard about the challenge, I dug out my old bead collection and started looking for some inspiration. I came up with this beautiful piece of fabric that was left over from a previous project and found some beads that complemented the vibrant accent colors. Who doesn’t love some tangerine tango this year? But like all of my projects, they tend to evolve through the creative process and I ended up using more cool colors for this project. I used the fabric to make the three flowers and then paired it with ocean blue and gray beads. I love how it turned out and the bright colors are perfect for the summer months ahead. Can’t wait!

ENTRY K: Twine & Bead Wrapped Jars

I love the look of wrapped jars and bottles, especially with jute twine.  Because this round calledfor the use of beads, I thought it would be fun to incorporate some red, white,and blue beads into wrapped twine jars. These Twine & Bead Wrapped Patriotic Jars would make a perfectaddition to any Fourth of July or Red, White, and Blue themed birthday partytable as centerpieces or utensil containers! 

ENTRY L: Jewelry Holder

 I made this Jewelry Holder from a wood ‘frame’ I bought at Michael’s.  I spray painted some polyester screen fabric (from Home Depot) white then used lace fabric as a stencil on top of it & spray painted it with Nutmeg.  I also spray painted the wood frame with Nutmeg. I attached the painted/stenciled screen to the back of the frame with a staple gun & trimmed it.  I  used white puffy paint to draw the floral details on the frame & glued individual pearls/iridescent/white beads & silver bugle beads to accent the floral details.  I glued large pearls around the frame opening & glued a large flat back white/iridescent bead in the center of the fleur de lis detail at the top/bottom of the frame & surrounded them with glitter glue & pearls/iridescent beads.  I attached an ecru satin ribbon hanger to the back of the frame with a staple gun & added the satin ribbon bows to the hanger & the bottom of the frame to finish it.  Earring posts & hooks fit through thestenciled screen fabric & necklaces & bracelets can be hung on/through the ‘loops’ of the frame. The frame size (not including hanger) is 22″ tall by 16 1/2″ wide.

ENTRY M: Beaded Headband

I chose to make a beaded headband because I really like the idea of making accessories.  I have seen lots of tutorials for   fabric headbands but not too many for beaded headbands.  I chose my favorite color, aqua, and made a simple yet elegant headband that {I think} is the perfect accessory for that special date-night outfit or for a night out with your girlfriends.  I used a clear stretchy elastic cord to string the beads and tied a knot at each end so the beads would not slip.  I tied each end of the clear elastic to a hair rubber band to complete the headband.  This is a simple project that adds the perfect touch to an outfit.  The best thing is that you can customize it to match any outfit in your closet!

ENTRY N: Beaded Rainbow

I love color and I love the rainbow because it puts all the colors together so I don’t have to choose a favorite! I am currently decorating my daughter’s room in rainbows and I was excited to create this stitched, beaded rainbow for her!

ENTRY O: Wire Cuff Bracelet

I couldn’t have been more excited when I found out the first challenge was beads.  I decided I wanted to make a piece of jewelry that was going to be something that makes a bold statement and is versatile.  This is a cuff bracelet that you can make yourself, and is affordable requiring minimal materials.  It is a piece of jewelry that you can either dress up or down, depending on the occasion.  The turquoise chips are one of my favorite colors and remind me of the ocean.  They came from an old necklace that I no longer was getting much use out of, and I knew they would be perfect for this first challenge.  I’m all about reusing something that you already have to create something better.  So, whether you pair the cuff bracelet with your favorite jeans or your little black dress, this will quickly become your “go to” piece of jewelry.

ENTRY P: Pottery Barn Inspired Chandelier

 I’ve been wanting a new light fixture in our dining room for some time now and I  got inspired online from a chandelier I came across from Pottery Barn.  I knew I had to replicate it in some form and went to Walmart and picked up a metal plant hanging basket and I was off from there.  I got most of the Lighting supplies at Lowes and the beads from a local bead warehouse.  I Decided to go with Wood beads like the pottery barn inspiration, but because the showroom was out of the Natural colored wood beads I went with the White wood beads instead!  I love the way it turned out and it looks beautiful lit up.  I have everything put together for a Tutorial on it so after the round is over I will be able to post it to our blog! 

ENTRY Q: Beaded and Embroidered Storage Jars

I was pretty nervous about a bead round. After some careful deliberation, I bought these mason jars from the dollar store and some felt and pretty Czech beads from Hobby Lobby. Those are really shiny and iridescent. I cut out some flowers, embroidered them & sewed some beads on! Easy! I also spray painted the lids because I wasn’t fond of the gold color they came in. I’m planning on using these to store my buttons & some spools of thread.

ENTRY R: Aqua & Pearl Jewelry Set

This little ditty is one of a kind! It was inspired by a piece I spotted in a magazine but didn’t want to pay $96 for!  I chose to make these pieces with aqua colored glass beads & mother of pearl shell beads. The set really stands out on black, or has a more subtle look when worn on white! The necklace is a longer style that is so much FUN to wear!  I wanted to add some flare so I offset the pattern of the aqua beads with three pearly beads on one side. The cluster pendants are the funnest part of the necklace & they make a beautiful focal point!  The earrings were whipped up to match the necklace & were fashioned the same way – with silver wire & crimps. All together, it’s a winning combo that I LOVE to wear – epecially in the summer!

ENTRY S: Beaded Lantern

Using a lamp I found on clearance I knew it would be a big impact on the piece with a coat of spray paint and some pearl beads.  I did two coats of spray paint to the piece, and then adorned it with lots of strands of beads for its finishing look.  The lantern is energized by the sun, so no batteries needed!  It’s the perfect piece to add to any front porch, or patio!

Aren’t these projects amazing?!  You may choose up to five of your favorites and vote below {just click on “vote” ABOVE the projects you like} to keep them in the competition.  Your votes alone will determine the winner for this round, who receives the shop credit to ArteBella Surplus, as well as 14 of the top 15 who will move on to Round 2.  The judges will look at the bottom six projects and choose one to save.  The top 15 will be announced tomorrow night.  Are you ready?  After you vote, feel free to grab a sticker:

One Artsy Mama
Time to vote!  Voting closes Tuesday 5-22 at noon EST.
Share Button

24 comments on One Crafty Contest: Round 1 Entries and VOTE

  1. Jill
    May 21, 2012 at 2:03 PM (3 years ago)

    All I can say is wow! It was so hard to vote because all of those projects are amazing!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    • Bunch of Bishops
      May 21, 2012 at 2:06 PM (3 years ago)

      Entries #15, 16, 17, 18, 19 do not have a “Vote” button underneath their image tab. I would like to vote for #16 & #19. I was able to vote for 3 others anonymously.

      Great entries!!!

    • Repeat Crafter Me
      May 21, 2012 at 2:10 PM (3 years ago)

      It took me a minute to figure it out, but it looks like the vote buttons are ABOVE the thumbnail photos.

  2. Repeat Crafter Me
    May 21, 2012 at 2:09 PM (3 years ago)

    I seriously LOVE each and every one of them!!! Great job ladies! This is some tough competition! BTW, were the vote buttons always above the thumbnail?! In the last round I told people to click on the vote button located underneath my thumbnail photo.

  3. Kadie
    May 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM (3 years ago)

    They are all so amazing!! Great job everyone! I can’t wait to see what they all come up with next!

  4. Truebluemeandyou
    May 21, 2012 at 2:39 PM (3 years ago)

    I can’t wait for some of the tutorials on these! Not going to say which ones, but there are some wonderful DIYs in this bunch.

  5. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers
    May 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM (3 years ago)

    oh my gosh! I can’t believe how amazing these projects are! I’m definitely not expecting to move onto the next round after looking at all of these. Holy cow! That chandelier and lamp are unbelievable.

  6. Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage
    May 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM (3 years ago)

    I don’t know who did what, and I won’t comment on any particular project but holy crap! there were some freaking awesome projects. So glad I did not make the cut!!! LOL

  7. Four Marrs and One Venus
    May 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM (3 years ago)

    Ladies you are TALENTED! WOW! Blowing my Isotoners Right off over here! NICE WORK!

  8. Shannon
    May 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM (3 years ago)

    Beautiful projects, everyone! It was hard to just pick five. I want to see tutorials for all of these when the voting is done.

  9. Marilyn Clark
    May 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM (3 years ago)

    Ladies, what a bunch of gorgeous projects…well done! It was hard to choose just 5! :)

  10. Jaime
    May 21, 2012 at 6:36 PM (3 years ago)

    Amy was right, these are amazing!! I can’t believe the diversity!

  11. reFresh reStyle
    May 21, 2012 at 10:41 PM (3 years ago)

    They are awesome and I want that PB beaded light!!!!!

  12. Anonymous
    May 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM (3 years ago)

    The tutu bedskirt could make $millions.

  13. Mark T
    May 22, 2012 at 1:25 AM (3 years ago)



Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge