Craft Wars – Casting Guide

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  • Contestants: 2 per Episode
  • Top Prize: $10,000
  • Selectivity: 2 Star
  • Original Release: June 26, 2012
  • Finale Date: –
This is a single episode elimination show in which three teams of contestants compete to make the best crafting project. The show is divided into two rounds with the first being a small craft that can be done in about an hour and is usually something created from fabric or flowers such as a backpack or a wreath. The second round the teams are given four helpers and several hours to create a larger piece. This second project usually involves some sort of woodworking or basic carpentry.

Craft Wars Overview

The show is hosted by Tori Spelling and appears on TLC . The show is judged by Eric Domesek, Stephen Brown, and Jo Pearson. As a bit of a joke, it seems a bit like an infomercial for Michael’s crafting store. While watching the episode the name “Michael’s” will be mentioned at least 5 times in nearly every episode. It’s a bit funny if you are looking for it to observe how the word is unnecessarily included in the various descriptions. In the first round, the contestants are judged against each other with the person who delivers the worst item sent home. A major tip for utterly everyone appearing on the show is to aim incredibly small and finish early. You can always add more details later to make it more fancy, but such a huge percentage of the contestants who appear on this show completely blow their first project due to time management the simple safe route is an almost guaranteed method of getting to the final round.

Another for the popup round is to demonstrate a variety of techniques. The judges often discuss the impact of color and texture choices on the overall outcome of the first project. The projects which seem to perform best usually have a simpler color pattern that doesn’t mix a lot of patterns. The crafting closet is completely filled with supplies and discretion is important.

The second round will always be the major project and while it’s best to play the first round safe, this is the money round so it’s more important to take risks. The primary obstacle in this part of the competition is instructing the helpers and the crafter’s partner on specifically what to do. For the average home crafter, they will have an idea in their head and will do the work rather than communicating the vision. Even the interior designers who appear on the show who do share ideas about projects will often be out of their element describing it without samples of previous work. When you are in the final round take the extra time to detail what you want done even if it means you personally will be doing less crafting. Many of the people on the show fail at the last minute or have to make major sacrifices to the overall design simply because they caught an issue too late.

Craft Wars Casting Tips

When you apply for this show, it is crucial to show that you are skilled in multiple mediums. We recommend highlighting several projects that include work with fabric, wood, styrofoam, and multiple types of paint. Each of these material is available in the supply center, and you’re going to look like a far more versatile contestant to display a jack of all trades. If you have won a state fair or other prizes in one field, you should definitely show off when mentioning that in your application, but don’t make that the center point. Remember, you want the television audience to like you, and it’s crucial that you be able to describe your crafting projects. I would recommend you create a couple YouTube videos describing projects that you’ve done so that you can show those to the producers as a method of getting one step ahead of the other applicants.

Applicant Restrictions:

  • Must be 18+ Years Old
  • Must be a US Resident


Craft Wars Auditions and Online Application

This show aired 10 episodes that initially aired on June 26, 2012. The show is still listed as active on the TLC website, and the network continues to occasionally air previous broadcasts. That being said, there does not appear to be an open casting call available. If an application form does become available, we will update this page and notified all of our followers via twitter.



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