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25 Handmade State Pride Crafts

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25 Handmade State Pride Crafts

In celebration of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the New World on October 12th, 1492 (celebrated as Columbus Day) we decided to round up some very cool handmade wares that sport some of your favorite states. So whether that’s your hometown, current residence or the place where you met your beloved, enjoy flipping through these amazing creations.

Almost all of the items listed here can be made for any state in the U.S. (and some other countries as well), so don’t fret if we neglected to list something for your favorite state. Simply click the store name and see what they have to offer. You can also “convo” any shop owner and ask them questions about their custom options. Or take the internet in your own hands to find shoes, jewelry, art and household items inspired by your favorite states and cities. Happy browsing!


Not particularly beholden to any one state but feeling patriotic? We wanted to kick things off with this awesome embroidered adjustable necklace of the continental 48 (sorry, Hawaii and Alaska!) from Il Gatto Selvatico.

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Lo Lankford

Lo Lankford is a recent Los Angeles transplant after a decade in the Big Apple. In her "spare time" (ha!) she used to run a dog rescue called Badass Brooklyn and helped save over 400 dogs. Otherwise? Nerd'do well, whistle blower, proud hillbilly from the sticks.


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11:05AM PDT on Oct 19, 2012

Was a wonderful idea.

8:24PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Interesting, but would have to choose between where I lived the first 30 years of my life, and the second 30. Neat ideas tho. Thanks for the article!

12:21PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

In South Dakota, the late Gov. George S. Mickelson, had this changed to Native American Day to improve race relations. This should be done all across America. After all, we were here first.

10:48AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012


10:39PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

maybe the best thing for Columbus day would be a he would have known he wasn't in India. Had the indigenous people known what was going to happen to them years down the line, they would have pulled in the welcome mat.

5:16PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

7:46AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

hmm, thanks

6:50AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Thanks Jo for the slide show and info but was disappointed not to see Ohio represented. Guess I'll just have to come up with my own design :~)

6:40AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Ah well. I don't need a state-shaped anything to let people know I'm from New Orleans! They seem to catch on quickly. But I do like the cute map-necklaces or keyring fobs or whatever- something easy to make, too.

6:16AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Columbus's character and deeds in no way earned a celebration in his name. Some folks are now celebrating Indigenous people day.

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