The time-honored tradition of making stuff yourself will always be in fashion. Whether it's knitting, woodworking or embroidering, each medium gives characters a unique way of expressing themselves.
Television today has done an amazing job of presenting audiences with a variety of crafty characters who work their hobby into who they are.
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Sometimes crafting is such an essential part of their personality, that it seeps out of every pore. Yes, Jessica Day I'm looking at you!
Other times it's a quiet meditative practice done in the shadows while the main characters are out saving the day, like Agent Christopher's "ugly" scarves.
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Here are 21 TV Characters who are crafty AF!
Beth Boland (Good Girls)
Beth Boland is a crafty mama! Throughout Good Girls we see her making numerous things from her intricate "book club" schedule to a quilt for Ruby's daughter, Sarah. Beth even goes the extra mile making sandwiches that look like animals for her kids and a complete Thanksgiving menu that has cupcakes that look like turkeys. She also knits. When her daughter Jane was devastated over the loss of her "Dubby," a knitted pink blanket, Beth attempted to get it back, and when that failed she went straight to the yarn store.
Jessica Day (New Girl)
Jessica Day can't hide her crazy, and sometimes that comes out in the form of crafts. She's is a teacher who has a lot of art projects in The Loft, but on top of dressing like Galileo for Astronomy Day, she also knits and makes jam. And, bonus, she was able to fix her friend's wedding dress. Now that's putting your crafting skills to good use.
Serena Joy (The Handmaid's Tale)
One of the key observations Offred has about Serena Joy in the book is how much she knits. In the book, she talks about how she thinks Serena Joy is really just knitting the same thing over and over again. Serena Joy admits that she detests knitting, but she is also clearly skilled at it. By the end of The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 she reveals a trove of garments she's knit for Nicole.
In the series, the audience actually sees a trove of baby clothes that Selena Joy has created for the child she hopes to be blessed with. She may detest knitting, but she clearly has skill at it.
Piper Chapman (Orange is the New Black)
Before Piper went to prison she was making artisanal bath products with her best friend Polly. While it may have gotten a few eye rolls upon arrival she used her skills to make a rub for Red using cocoa butter, a cup, pantyhose, and jalapeno pepper. The end may not have resulted in a presentation worthy of Barney's, but it did settle her beef with Red.
Mary Wardwell (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Madam Satan and Mary Wardwell are both technically crafty. We don't know much about the OG Mary Wardwell, but given that there seems to be an abundance of yarn and knitting needles, she clearly did some kind of craft. Madam Satan also falls into this category too. She's constantly making poppets and dolls for her spellwork.
Frankie Bergstein (Grace & Frankie)
Frankie Bergstein is the epitome of a crafty lady. She's an artist who painted a rendering of her vagina with her vagina, but she also makes her own personal lubricant with yams. Not to mention, she's brave enough to attempt to make Bud a wedding cake just like one she found on Pinterest, complete with candy gushing out of it.
Allison Hendricks (Orphan Black)
Allison Hendricks had the craft room of any seasoned crafter's dreams on Orphan Black. While we constantly saw her in it when she was on the phone with one of her sisters, the room really saw some action when she interrogated her husband thinking he was "monitoring" her. Let's just say we'll never look at a glue gun the same way again after seeing it in Allison Hendrick's hands.
Ron Swanson (Parks & Recreation)
File Ron Swanson under the kind of person who's good to have around when you're getting married. Not only is he a woodworker, but he also made Leslie and Ben's wedding rings. As he says, "Any moron with a crucible and acetylene torch and a cast iron waffle maker could have done the same. Whole thing only took me about twenty minutes. People who buy things are suckers.”
Luke Danes (Gilmore Girls)
Get yourself the kind of friend that will build you a hoopa for your wedding. In short, get yourself a Luke Danes. Luke's craft leans more towards woodworking and attempting to finish his father's boat, but it's still a pretty mad skill.
Izzie Stevens (Grey's Anatomy)
Remember when Izzie sat with Denny and furiously knit a sweater that she intended to use to dupe Meredith into thinking that she'd knit herself? Or when Denny died and Izzie baked a ton of muffins after she got up off the bathroom floor? Or that time she was waiting for surgery and knit a scarf that she ended up giving to Bailey? Yea, there was no way Izzie wasn't ending up on this list.
Bree VandeCamp (Desperate Housewives)
The first time audiences met Bree VandeCamp, she was introduced as Wisteria Lane's own version of Martha Stewart doing everything from her own gardening to her own upholstery. In fact, she might be the character closest to Martha Stewart status on this list. She was pretty near perfect in that first season of Desperate Housewives.
Lester Freamon (The Wire)
When Detective Freamon was deskbound, he took to making dollhouse furniture. This craft turned into his side hustle, providing him with substantial supplemental income and contributing to his eccentric reputation among his fellow police.
Jerusha Sturgis (Superstore)
The best part about being crafty is giving gifts, and that's something that Jerusha Sturgis knows very well. She's always making her husband's employees quirky gifts that really, could only be made by her own two hands. Who doesn't love a quirky cross stitch?
Denise Christopher (Timeless)
No one ever thinks about what happens back home while the heroes are off racing through time. Well, if you're Agent Denise Christopher you knit a lot of ugly scarves that you stash all around your bunker. She may look calm while she's knitting but inside she's managing her anxiety in such a way that she could also make everyone on her list Christmas presents that year. And, to be honest, her scarves looked kind of cozy. I want one.
Monica Gellar (Friends)
Let's talk about the jam episode of Friends for a moment. We already knew that Monica Gellar was talented as a chef, with a side of a very meticulous Martha Stewart, but the episode where she was obsessed with making jam took it to another level.
Leroy Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
We can't forget Leroy Jethro Gibbs and the many boats he built in his basement. We can't explain how he got them out, but there have been many conversations had over a boat-in-progress during the show's run.
Delores Herbig (Dead Like Me)
Delores Herbig is a loveable dork with a passion for what she does. She loves her job so much that she even has a scrapbook about it. And her Happy Time scrapbook is not the only one either. She leads a scrapbook group where she teaches her coworkers how to scrapbook. That's spreading some crafting joy right there.
Josh Hoberman (The Magicians)
Josh Hoberman is a magician in more ways than one. Not only can he do magic, but he can also bake. Sure, some of his baked goods are enchanted with magical psychedelics, but he's also capable of making delicious "balls of carbs" that can cheer you up when you're having a bad day. So, keep on baking Hoberman!
Annie Edison (Community)
Annie makes vision boards and scrapbooks and uses them to further her can-do attitude. One of her best feats was her wedding idea scrapbook, presented to Shirley at a study group, in an attempt to get her to allow her to help plan the wedding.
Angus MacGyver (MacGyver)
Angus MacGyver needs no introduction. When you're so resourceful your name can be used as a verb to describe someone else's ability to get out of a sticky situation using everyday items. You earn the title of OG crafty human.
Harvey Kinkle (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
Harvey doesn't always get the recognition he deserves for his art. He draws and sketches comic book style art, and even maks a card for Roz. Harvey's father may not see much value in his art, but on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part II, his art was able to keep the hordes of hell at bay.