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Craft Wars Debuts June 26


I think it’s safe to say the buzz within the craft community right now is about Craft Wars, TLC’s new reality competition series debuting on Tuesday, June 26. It’s your standard reality competition (my first reaction was, “Oh, like Chopped!”) but with many, MANY more glue guns.

The show is hosted by Tori Spelling. Don’t act so shocked - Tori is quite the crafter. I mean, don’t you think Donna Martin would be a bit of hands-on party planner these days?


The format is like a lot of shows you might be fans of - Cupcake Wars, Chopped, etc. Three competitors are narrowed down to two for the final challenge. I had the chance to watch the first episode this weekend and I must say it’s entertaining. The craft closet, sponsored by Michaels, is impressive. VERY impressive.


Everyday crafters are paired with an assistant of their choice against their competitors. Do you remember Craft Corner Deathmatch, hosted by the news-dreamy Jason Jones? Craft Wars is similar to that but a bit tamer… The judges (Erica Domesek, Stephen Brown, and Jo Pearson) evaluate the projects and provide feedback, eventually ruling out one and then two competitors for the final winner of a $10,000 prize.

Overall, the show is fun. My biggest piece of criticism is that the crafters are asked to make some fairly big projects in just five hours for the final craft-off. I’d hate for non-crafty viewers to think that crafting can be pieced together so quickly! The other project challenges are fun and involve a variety of crazy materials.

If you’re a crafter, definitely tune in tomorrow night. If you’re a lover of crafting from a distance, definitely tune in tomorrow night. I’m excited to see where the second episode goes…

Check out a sneak peek and get ready for the very first episode.

4 Comments so far

  1. Reply to this comment On June 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm Sarah said:

    I’m not really a fan of Cupcake Wars but I LOVED Craft Corner Deathmatch! If this is half as good, it will be welcome.

  2. Reply to this comment On June 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm Terry said:

    I think is a great idea. These people are real artists in my opinion. Hopefully we will get some Michigan artists into the show. I hope the show does not reduce how talented most crafter really are.

  3. Reply to this comment On June 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm Junebug said:

    I find it hard to believe that Tori Spelling is a “crafter”. At least as average American’s understand the term, she is nothing like it. Having been subjected to her other reality show in a waiting room a while back, the woman hired a party planner for her kid’s 2nd birthday! There wasn’t a single homemade item adorning the walls of her custom built mansion. She may own a glue gun but has her staff use it so she doesn’t mess her manicure. Reality shows need to stop. Let’s put some original, scripted, talent back on tv so us real crafters have something to watch while we create and decorate our homes.

  4. Reply to this comment On June 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm Michelle said:

    It was a fun show. The contestants were great, very talented but I was a little disappointed by the judges in that the comments they were making felt scripted and practiced to me. I also would love for it to be strectched out over an hour. I thought I was a crazy crafter, this is definitley over and above me. It was, however, entertaining. I really like Tori Spelling, she and the kids were great, just didn’t like the judging. I will watch it again and probably again and again…

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