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I challenged my sisters to a Craft Smackdown. Who Will Win? You Decide.


Hello! I’d like you to meet my sisters. That’s Jacquie in the middle. She’s the middle sister. Julie, my youngest sister is on the far right. And that’s me sporting the apron on the far left. We met up recently in the Meijer craft department to check the selection after a store representative reached out and invited me to have a look at their beefed up offerings. I declined the free gift card offer because I’m a journalist and I wanted to write honestly about the Meijer craft department without my MLive column readers wondering if I was influenced by freebies. Meanwhile, my sisters who are not journalists, each accepted one to buy supplies to accept my craft off challenge.

The rules were simple: See what you can make using no more than $50 worth of products from Meijer’s craft department and let the public decide the winner. The two losing sisters have to buy lunch for the winning sister at El Charro, our favorite Mexican restaurant in our hometown of Fraser, Michigan. Our entries are anonymous, so vote for the one that speaks to you and I’ll reveal who made what after the votes have been tallied.

Here are the three project entries in random order:


Project 1: DIY Dinner party Decorations

This table setting includes handmade placemats and cloth napkins with burlap napkin rings, painted “Enjoy” letters that serve as hotplates and seating cards made of scrapbook paper backed with Meijer shopping bag paper and held in place by clothespins covered with washi tape. Additional accents are a Bon Appetit  banner, decorated mason jar candle holder and a styrofoam wreath wrapped with burlap and accented with fabric flowers and a bow.

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Project 2: Vintage Cabinet Makeover

A vintage metal cabinet was made over when decoupaged with teal polkadot scrapbook paper. The cabinet legs were wrapped with black and white K & Co. Smash Tape. And two mini clipboards were wrapped in more washi tape, then flower accents were added. The clipboards were hung on the front of the cabinet with magnetic hooks. Project Life cards from the Kraft Edition set were placed on the clipboards. Project life sets contain many cards, so statements can be swapped out according to one’s mood.


Project 3: Knitted Mohawk Hats and Felt Bunting

Party like a rock star every day with these knitted mohawk hats created using Lion Brand’s Hometown USA chunky yarn for the hat base and Red Heart Boutique Swerve yarn for the variegated mohawks. Create a fast and easy party backdrop by cutting triangles out of a 25-pack of felt and sew them together sandwiched between quarter inch bias tape. (Note: The bias tape was in the designer’s stash and not purchased at Meijer.)

CAST YOUR VOTE & ENTER TO WIN: Vote for project 1, 2 or 3 in the comments below and help decide who’s going to win this Ackerman sister show own. Just for voting you will be entered into a random drawing for a $50 Meijer gift card.

UPDATE: Congrats to Karen Mackechnie who was selected to win the Meijer gift card! Her comment “I like #2 the best” was picked at random. Congrats, Karen!

And even if you don’t win the giveaway, the folks at Meijer passed along a discount code that we can all use throughout March which just so happens to be national craft month. Here’s the code:

Use the mPerks digital coupon code “c4tb8d” to receive 20% off your craft purchase (valid 3/1-4/1).

To find our more about the Meijer craft department, check out my MLive column here.


Comment from Stephanie Phillips
Time: March 2, 2014, 9:55 am


Comment from Beth
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:02 am

It’s a really hard choice! I think I have to go for 1, though. Good job, ladies!

Comment from Karen
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:11 am

Number 1 is my choice for the most creative!
Others were great too though.

Comment from Judy Ludlow
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:20 am

I vote #1.
Anxious to try it!

Comment from Jill Stark
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:31 am

Loved #1.

Comment from Lori
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:35 am

#2-like repurposing old stuff

Comment from Dee
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:45 am

I vote for # 1.

Comment from Kim
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:59 am

All were great, and while I’m always partial to knitted items I have to pick #1

Comment from Sonya
Time: March 2, 2014, 11:14 am

#2- like the transformation

Comment from Margo
Time: March 2, 2014, 11:20 am

You all did a great job. I give my vote to #2.

Comment from Valeri Bent
Time: March 2, 2014, 11:27 am

1 is my favorite

Comment from Lisa Smith
Time: March 2, 2014, 11:34 am

Love them all but #1 is my favorite

Comment from Mary Ackerman
Time: March 2, 2014, 11:40 am

Number 2
Love it

Comment from Sheri
Time: March 2, 2014, 11:55 am

Fun contest. #1 would be my choice.

Comment from Deb
Time: March 2, 2014, 12:09 pm

#1 great job.

Comment from Laura
Time: March 2, 2014, 12:11 pm

#2 is the best–great challenge.

Comment from Julie A.
Time: March 2, 2014, 12:14 pm

My vote is for #2. Turned out great!!

Comment from ellie
Time: March 2, 2014, 12:24 pm


Comment from Laura
Time: March 2, 2014, 12:32 pm

Vote for #1 for variety. Liked all of them.

Comment from Andrew
Time: March 2, 2014, 1:18 pm

Definitely #1. Most creative use of supplies!

Comment from joe smiles
Time: March 2, 2014, 1:19 pm

Number 2 all the way. I collect vintage items and this would be a great way to remake something that may be to dingy to display

Comment from Mary J.
Time: March 2, 2014, 1:21 pm

2 is just lovely.

Comment from Lisa
Time: March 2, 2014, 1:29 pm

LOVE them all great job! My vote is #1

Comment from Rose
Time: March 2, 2014, 1:36 pm

What a creative family!! I vote for #2. Great repurpose of a vintage piece.

Comment from Mary Anne Perlmutter
Time: March 2, 2014, 1:43 pm

Number 2. I really could this cabinet in my craft nook. I enjoyed getting to meet your family. How fun to have crafty sisters.

Comment from Rosalie
Time: March 2, 2014, 1:58 pm

2. Would love this in my craft space.

Comment from Deanna Bedard
Time: March 2, 2014, 2:07 pm

I love #1!

Comment from Nancy
Time: March 2, 2014, 2:08 pm

#1 love your weekly article in Kalamazoo gazette!

Comment from Jodi Connors
Time: March 2, 2014, 2:12 pm

I would have to go with #2, I love to see things repurposed. This is great. I used to live in GR, MI, so Meijer was my go to place, used to be one at the top of my hill. I miss Meijer….

Jodi aka Mountain Gurl Quilts

Comment from denise bedard
Time: March 2, 2014, 2:17 pm

#3 My grandkids would love to wear these cute hats.

Comment from Gretchen
Time: March 2, 2014, 2:29 pm

2. Love seeing old things brought to new life.

Comment from Shirley
Time: March 2, 2014, 2:31 pm

Number 1! Looks great and like something I could do. 2 and 3 were also inspiring.
Great job girls!

Comment from Melissa
Time: March 2, 2014, 2:37 pm


Comment from Diana Smith
Time: March 2, 2014, 2:49 pm

#1 is my vote!

Comment from Juanita
Time: March 2, 2014, 2:50 pm

#2 The cabinet makeover.

Comment from Cindy
Time: March 2, 2014, 3:19 pm

Number ONE!

Comment from Rachel Rotar
Time: March 2, 2014, 3:31 pm

#2 is so cool

Comment from Carrie
Time: March 2, 2014, 3:32 pm

#1 – love all of the ideas! Nice job, ladies.

Comment from Pat
Time: March 2, 2014, 3:34 pm

I liked #2. It was so bright and cheery.

Comment from Joyce
Time: March 2, 2014, 3:42 pm

#2 – this would be a great place to keep all your crafty supplies.

Comment from Beth
Time: March 2, 2014, 3:52 pm

I vote for #2!! Great job, all!

Comment from Carolyn
Time: March 2, 2014, 3:52 pm

My vote goes to number 1. Love all the ideas for building a fun table-scape.

Comment from Liz
Time: March 2, 2014, 4:17 pm

I go for #3 it’s brighter & happier!

Comment from cynthia cunningham
Time: March 2, 2014, 4:34 pm

i like #3 the hats!

Comment from deb
Time: March 2, 2014, 4:36 pm

#3—-I think my kid swould love the hats too!

Comment from Janet
Time: March 2, 2014, 4:54 pm

All were great but I go for No. 2

Comment from Jenni Charneski
Time: March 2, 2014, 5:04 pm


Comment from nancy
Time: March 2, 2014, 5:24 pm

love the thought to recycle repurpose idea of the locker – my vote is project #2

Comment from Laura
Time: March 2, 2014, 5:32 pm

Project #2 is my vote!! I love the redecorated metal cabinet which has such useful potential!!

Comment from Danielle Manzella
Time: March 2, 2014, 5:32 pm

Love 1 !!!!!!

Comment from Shirley DelPapa
Time: March 2, 2014, 5:36 pm

Project 1

Comment from Barbara
Time: March 2, 2014, 5:52 pm

I vote for project 2. This is so practical, especially a good idea for changing a child’s room as they outgrow a certain style.

Comment from Nicole
Time: March 2, 2014, 6:05 pm

I like #1

Comment from Sheryl
Time: March 2, 2014, 6:11 pm

Project 1 gets my vote. Cute and fun items. These are items I would make.

Comment from judy
Time: March 2, 2014, 6:13 pm

i love all of them but am choosing 2..

Comment from Dania
Time: March 2, 2014, 6:30 pm

Project 2. Love the repurpose of older items. Look forward to reading your column each week.

Comment from Phyllis
Time: March 2, 2014, 7:04 pm

I like the hats the best. # 3

Comment from jenny
Time: March 2, 2014, 7:08 pm

2-love the color!

Comment from Sylvia Perkins
Time: March 2, 2014, 7:11 pm

#1 is so fun, I can envision summer parties…and that is a good thing this winter! All projects were great tho.

Comment from tracy
Time: March 2, 2014, 7:26 pm

They all were very clever, but my vote is for #1, good use of the $50 dollars in craft money. A pretty table accesories.

Comment from Kristi Morse
Time: March 2, 2014, 8:05 pm

I loved #2.

Comment from Kimi
Time: March 2, 2014, 8:17 pm

#1….all creative ideas!

Comment from Toni T.
Time: March 2, 2014, 8:24 pm

I vote for #2. Love the updated look!

Comment from Angela
Time: March 2, 2014, 8:35 pm

Project #1

Comment from Linda
Time: March 2, 2014, 8:51 pm

I like #3! They all were good projects!

Comment from Barbara G.
Time: March 2, 2014, 9:32 pm

Project #1
Loved it!

Comment from Jane R.
Time: March 2, 2014, 9:42 pm

#1 gets my vote

Comment from alicia
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:21 pm


Comment from paige
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:23 pm


Comment from Cristy
Time: March 2, 2014, 10:51 pm


Comment from Terrie Criner
Time: March 2, 2014, 11:36 pm

No. 1 is amazing.

Comment from Barb Johnson
Time: March 3, 2014, 12:02 am

I like all 3 but being an altered artist I really like #3. You all did a awesome job! What Meijers were you at?

Comment from Judy H
Time: March 3, 2014, 12:35 am

#3 – I like the hats and the party pennant

Comment from EL
Time: March 3, 2014, 1:10 am

#2 – I like the scrapbook paper and how it was used on the cabinet and clipboards.

Comment from DianeP
Time: March 3, 2014, 8:17 am

All three were great projects, but I did like No. 1 best. The hats were cute and the cabinet has a pretty new life.

So nice to see so many comments on your blog!

I’ve won before, so I’m not eligible. Just wanted to add my vote.

Comment from Amanda Rogers
Time: March 3, 2014, 8:33 am

I vote for number 1!

Comment from Janine
Time: March 3, 2014, 9:49 am

#2 is awesome!!

Comment from Bonnie
Time: March 3, 2014, 10:01 am

I vote for Number 1

Comment from Pam oumedian roach
Time: March 3, 2014, 11:38 am

Number 3!!!

Comment from Donna
Time: March 3, 2014, 12:05 pm

Hmmm… Hard to decide. I like no 1 as the money was used well, but prefer the colours in no 2 and 3, and the hats in no 3 are really cool!
My vote overall, just because its pretty, goes to no 2!

Comment from tanya
Time: March 3, 2014, 12:16 pm

Number one is creative and took the best advantage of the varied supplies.

Number two is lovely, but not something I could recreate at home with what I’ve got laying around.

Number three is my favorite. Love the rainbow mohawks! Great use of the novelty yarn for those. . .

Comment from Trudy Oele
Time: March 3, 2014, 1:50 pm

#1 is very creative!

Comment from Jamie C.
Time: March 3, 2014, 2:49 pm

#1!!! LOVE the wreath…I’ll be heading to Meijer this weekend to check out their craft isle…thanks for sharing!!

Comment from Donna Tharge
Time: March 3, 2014, 4:09 pm

Number 1 gets my vote.

Comment from JeanS
Time: March 3, 2014, 4:12 pm

Regarding the Meijer contest between 3 enthusiastic sisters: I like Entry #1 – although the colors are dark, #1 does fits in with current style. #2 craft for the Meijer contest reminded me of the 50’s and 60’s – the shades used look ‘off’ when I compare them with Benjamin Moore’s 2014 home paint shades. Craft entry #3 style doesn’t look like it will endure – the hats could have been classier with attractive color accompanied by fancy flower or pins like the ones at CVS…

Comment from claire
Time: March 3, 2014, 4:34 pm

I vote for #3 as I have a three stall locker that I will redo using your idea.

Comment from claire
Time: March 3, 2014, 4:36 pm

oops I mean #2

Comment from Sandy Kolka
Time: March 3, 2014, 4:41 pm

I like #2.

Comment from Janet Snider
Time: March 3, 2014, 5:33 pm

They are all special, but my favorite is Number 1. I enjoy setting a pretty table! :)

Comment from Nancy
Time: March 3, 2014, 7:29 pm

Number 1 … just barely beats number 2

Comment from Last Minute Lynn
Time: March 3, 2014, 9:19 pm

I love how all 3 projects are so different, but since I like different, I have to vote for #3.

Comment from Marj Hannapel
Time: March 3, 2014, 10:37 pm

#3! Love the Mohawks!

Comment from PlayladyMKH
Time: March 3, 2014, 11:43 pm

Project #1 is clearly my favorite! The others aren’t even close.

Comment from Karentime
Time: March 4, 2014, 10:31 am

Hard choice to make, but #1 is my selection. Very creative!

Comment from Cathy
Time: March 4, 2014, 1:12 pm

#1 is my vote. Hard to pick between 1 and 2….

Comment from Eriz Hughey
Time: March 4, 2014, 1:24 pm

how to vote?

Comment from Deborah G.
Time: March 4, 2014, 1:52 pm

#2. Is my choice. I have a cabinet that I can do this to and I have a some beautiful papers I can use. Good job to the sister that did this project.

Comment from Annette
Time: March 4, 2014, 2:23 pm

I like 1 the best :)

Comment from Meridith Borg
Time: March 4, 2014, 7:27 pm

I vote for #2!

Comment from Sherri Landstra
Time: March 4, 2014, 7:47 pm

Voting for #1

Comment from The Maker
Time: March 4, 2014, 11:59 pm

Number 3 is AWESOME! I love the simple pennant banner and the cool hats.

Comment from Laura
Time: March 5, 2014, 8:17 am

All entries are good food for thought. (I was bummed when I could not enter the competition.) My vote is for #2.

Comment from Elsie
Time: March 5, 2014, 9:40 am

Most definitely #3!!! Where can I get the pattern? I want to be a rock star!

Comment from Arica S
Time: March 5, 2014, 3:27 pm


Comment from Karen M
Time: March 5, 2014, 4:45 pm

I like #2 the best

Comment from Lisa
Time: March 5, 2014, 5:35 pm

#1 All are cute

Comment from Colleen
Time: March 5, 2014, 7:55 pm

I choose the cool #3 hats!

Comment from Courtney
Time: March 5, 2014, 10:16 pm

I like #2!

Comment from Bill
Time: March 5, 2014, 10:17 pm

#2 is the best

Comment from AP
Time: March 5, 2014, 10:18 pm

I choose number 2!

Comment from Nicole
Time: March 5, 2014, 10:19 pm

#2! It’s well done and the most useful out of all three! There are certainly some things around my house that could use such a touch, great idea.

Comment from Ginger
Time: March 5, 2014, 10:42 pm

I vote for #2.

Comment from Corinne
Time: March 5, 2014, 11:43 pm

I like them all, but have to pick #1. Good job girls!

Comment from Kathy
Time: March 6, 2014, 9:28 am


Comment from Char Holcomb
Time: March 6, 2014, 9:29 am

I vote for #3 – my grand kid’s would love wearing these hats.

Comment from Hillary Glaser
Time: March 6, 2014, 11:55 am

I have to pick #1 – so cute!

Comment from Christopher
Time: March 6, 2014, 11:56 am

#1 FTW!

Comment from Jerri
Time: March 6, 2014, 12:10 pm

I like #1 the best!

Comment from Sheila Condon
Time: March 6, 2014, 12:23 pm

#1 – Awesome creativity put into this project!

Comment from Janet
Time: March 6, 2014, 2:29 pm

All three are great but #1 is my favorite

Comment from Cathy Williams
Time: March 6, 2014, 4:49 pm

#3 love the funky hats!

Comment from Barbara Riffe
Time: March 6, 2014, 9:39 pm

2- Love to refurish things.

Comment from Maralea
Time: March 6, 2014, 9:47 pm


Comment from Angela
Time: March 7, 2014, 9:56 am

My vote is for #1. :)

Comment from Gary
Time: March 7, 2014, 12:08 pm

My wife is the craft person but I sincerely enjoy the wonderful things she makes. My vote is for #3.

Comment from JoAnn Sibley
Time: March 7, 2014, 2:10 pm

I vote for #1!

Comment from Cameo
Time: March 8, 2014, 3:50 pm

#3 – love those mohawk hats!

Comment from Ivonne snider
Time: March 8, 2014, 4:52 pm

I vote 2! All are great though

Comment from Joy Larink
Time: March 9, 2014, 5:55 pm

They are all creative and cute, but my pick is #2 because I love home DIY projects.

Comment from Carole Erickson
Time: March 9, 2014, 6:28 pm

Project 1

Comment from Jen
Time: March 9, 2014, 6:36 pm


Comment from Pat Lowe
Time: March 10, 2014, 9:21 am

I liked all the projects, but I vote for #1!

Comment from Susan Snyder
Time: March 10, 2014, 8:34 pm

All the projects are very nice but I vote for #1

Comment from lynda murray
Time: March 12, 2014, 12:31 pm

i vote for #2

Comment from Catherine
Time: March 13, 2014, 11:43 am

Tough to choose, but I’m pretty impressed that #1 could make that much dinner party decor with less than $50.

Comment from Sydney
Time: March 13, 2014, 5:50 pm

Nice job, ladies. Have to go with #1 just because of the bang for the buck.

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