Tori Spelling and 'Craft Wars': A reality contest, but with more glitter
July 3rd, 2012
04:14 PM ET

Tori Spelling and 'Craft Wars': A reality contest, but with more glitter

Like any "lifelong crafter," Tori Spelling can rattle off her favorite handmade jewelry and greeting cards ... as well as a longer list of creations that might be stuck in the "do" phase of DIY for good.

“I started making a baby blanket for Liam when I was four months pregnant, and it’s still not finished. He's 5," said Spelling, who is pregnant with  baby No. 4, and, despite all motherly urges, still hasn't learned to knit.

But "not finished" just isn't an option for contestants on the new TLC competition show, “Craft Wars." Spelling hosts the show, which airs at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays.

It fits the reality contest pattern, but with a bit more glitter: Three contestants cut and construct a craft in a speed round, then two survivors sew, decoupage and trim projects in a few hours.

The winner - selected by judges Erica Domesek, author of “P.S. - I Made This”; Stephen Brown, founder of Glitterville Studios; and Jo Pearson, creative expert for the craft chain Michaels - gets to take home $10,000.

The debut episode saw contestants crafting (and barely finishing) duffel bags made of sports equipment, then building kid-sized playhouses from school supplies. The biggest on-set surprise, Spelling said, was that they saw plenty of crafty male competitors but noticed a difference in how they tackled projects.

“Men would totally attack the big picture. They’d want to build, construct,” Spelling said. “The women are like, ‘What are the details?’ They start with the pillows. That’s totally me, too … My friends are like, ‘If you have a priority list of one to 10, you tackle 11 first.’”

Every crafter on the show has help from assistants, power tools and a giant, dreamy craft closet.

Let's linger at the closet: It’s like a craft store - all buttons, chalkboard paint and tacky glue - but curated to make contestants’ eyes go googly when it opens. It’s a Pinterest daydream brought to life, nary a spilled paint bottle, yarn remnant or stray watchband. (You'll find a project for them, someday! DIY dog collar, maybe?) Even the crafting celebs get caught ogling.

“We’re just standing there in awe, bowing to the craft closet,” Spelling said of the judges. “It’s anything and everything you could ever want or need.”

Her crafting essential: “I always have twine in my purse. Most people have lip balm. I have twine. I use twine on wrapping gifts, tags. I feel like it’s so multipurpose.”

So, could Spelling compete in "Craft Wars"?

She likes to think so – certainly, she said, the judges all piece together their own creations backstage. But the art of war-crafting isn’t for everybody, she said. With so little time and so many buttons and bows, she suspects she’d freeze up.

“It’s different, crafting under pressure,” she said. “There’s nothing therapeutic about it.”

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. 3 turds

    hi tori

    April 9, 2013 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. used handphone

    Hi, thanks for sharing. used handphone

    April 9, 2013 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tattoo Supplies

    When reading this post it reminded me of something I read the other month in a landrover Website, would there be any chance I could have the authors email address, Well Written blog thanks for the information.

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    October 9, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. JLC

    Please find something else to waste my time. These are not crafter's, they are 8th graders. Come on Tori, give us a break! I would like to see you take the challange and donate the money!

    August 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tattoo Supplies

    Thank you, that’s very interesting information. I need to share with my friends.

    August 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rosie

    I was so looking forward to this show, crafting is an art form, but this isn't crafting. It is putting something tacky together in a few hours. Upscale this show to something that is interesting and creative. Show us how to do something new and different, not construct something that my grandchildren would do for a kindergarden project.

    July 12, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. .•|•.

    Ugh, this sounds awful. I'd rather watch the Professor on Gilligan's Island make something out of coconuts!

    July 4, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Betty O'Hara

    Great article! As far as the feedback here – How rude of all of you! A bunch of frumps with sticks up their butts you commenters are. Crafting is a $30 billion industry that people enjoy. It's a fun show, if you don't like it, duh – change the channel. Go find your happy, sad to see such cruel people who would rather type out cut downs than do something productive. Obvi you could all use a bit of (metaphorical) glitter in your lives.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • thetruth

      @Betty-No seriously, the show is really bad. I'm sure crafting is awesome but this show doesn't highlight the good stuff all the time. The judges, the host, and the projects are laughable.

      July 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmer


      You might as well tattoo "DORK" across your forehead.

      And Tori Spelling is uglier than a donkey's butt hole.

      July 5, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rumpelstiltskin That's funny.

    July 4, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Teri

    I watched this last night and it was painful. It is clearly scripted and the "actors" are awful. Get rid of the cheesy script and the terrible acting and it may be fun to watch if for no other reason than the tacky shock factor that some of the projects will bring.

    July 4, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Haha


    July 4, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. terrible show

    It truly is a bad show. Apparently crafting is synonymous with tackiness. Looking forward to its cancellation. I could care less if Tori Spelling is the host.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Arrogant White Dude

    TV has become a vast wasteland of cr@p. Tori spelling is addicted to being on television and will do anything to get airtime. So sad.

    July 4, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sly Sadie

      Couldn't agree with you more. Tv is passed a wasteland, it is becoming the cesspool of ideas. How many different reality shows are they going to come up with? Really sad, when you think about it. I guess creativity has left them altogether, and has left all the airwaves with this reality crap.

      July 4, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. ivy

    Who cares!!! My boyfriend thinks the same with me. He- is eight years older than me, lol. We met online at- Agelover .c-0`m ,a nice and free site for Younger- Women and Older Men, or Older Women and Younger Men, to- interact with each other. Maybe you wanna check out or- tell your friends.

    July 4, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tommy Boy

    I look forward to watching this, and then to show my appreciation, taking a steamy dirty potty on her forehead.

    July 4, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  16. The UberMitch

    I'd like to bedazzle her vaj.

    July 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sokman

    A reality show about bedazzeling your purse... Wow is Everyone out of ideas for tv?

    July 3, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |

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