CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:00:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Carrot Centerpiece of Sadness Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:00:15 +0000 Read More »]]> carrots in a jar

Throwing a party is no easy task. Throwing a party for a kid? Even harder. Throwing a party and cooking for twelve people with a baby on your hip? Forget about it.

That’s what CraftFail reader Carly tried to do, though – all she needed was a little help from her mom! She’d decided on an Eater theme for her daughter’s baptism party, so she asked her mom to make this simple centerpiece she saw on Pinterest. Raw carrots, plunked in a jar full of water? No problem!

carrots in a jar fail

Okay, maybe there’s a *small* problem… those veggies need a serious revamp!

carrot centerpiece nailed it

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Lemon Loaf Let-Down Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:48 +0000 Read More »]]> Starbucks Lemon Loaf

Everybody’s day could be a little brighter with a daily slice of Starbucks Lemon Loaf! Well, unless you don’t like lemon. Or you’re allergic to eggs. Or you can’t afford a $2/day cake addiction.

The Internet can’t help you with the first two, but it can help you spread your Lemon Loaf dollar farther with copycat Starbucks lemon loaf recipes, like this one from Frugal Coupon Living.

CraftFail fan Brandy, of Max & Otis Designs, got a recipe from a friend and decided a homemade knock-off was way better than the budget-busting real thing. She’s not sure where she went wrong, but…

Starbucks Lemon Loaf fail

Brandy says, “I didn’t bother with the icing, nothing was going to help pretty it up.”

Good call, Brandy! Know when to cut your losses – and when to call in your hungry husband to clean up the evidence.

Starbucks Lemon Loaf nailed itl

For more sweet, sweet laughs, come visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Cut Bottle Bust Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:00:35 +0000 Read More »]]> cut glass with string

We’ve all seen tutorials, like this one by accidentalcharm on tumblr, for cutting glass with string. “That seems easy,” we crazily think to ourselves. “With just some string, highly flammable liquid, and empty bottles of booze, I could have some broken glass! What could go wrong?”

The answer is *plenty* - even if you stopped guzzling the contents of your bottle well before starting this project -which is what Nicole and husband discovered. Ignoring past failed attempts (and injuries), they followed the instructions to the letter.

And couldn’t get it to work.

So they went above and beyond what the instructions called for, soaking the twine in rubbing alcohol for 20 MINUTES and then setting it ablaze with a blow torch.

cutting glass with string

You can bet it worked this time! Just maybe a little *too* well…

broken bottle

As Nicole pointed out, the last stage of the process – gently sanding the edges smooth – was really out of the question. Oh well, time to start drinking again!

cut glass with string fail

For more funny (and dangerous, ill-advised projects – like raising kids) follow Robyn to Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Mashed Mustache Nails Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Read More »]]> Moustache Fingernails by cutepolish

We’ve seen attempts at this YouTube nail polish tutorial for Movember Moustache Nails by cutepolish before, with some hair-raising results. Still, it’s such an undeniably adorable manicure, it’s tough not to be tempted to try it!

CraftFail reader Louise definitely wanted to try her hand at this handlebar mustache, but she knew there was a lot of potential for a nail fail. So she watched a video, took her time and tried it out on just one finger…

mustache nail fail

“What the picture does not show, is that after 2 mins. I ruined the part of the mustache that actually looked good, since it was not dried,” says Louise. She says she’s not afraid to give it another chance, but maybe she should wait a few months; in October this would make a really great “bat that got run over by a steamroller” manicure!

mustache manicure NAILED IT

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Funny Runny Rainbow Jell-O Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:00:09 +0000 Read More »]]> rainbow jello

Jell-O is a classic – but in the past, the fanciest thing you could do with a gelatin dessert was pour it into a mold and float mushy bits of pineapple in it. Leave it to creative minds like the folks at Just A Pinch to take Jell-o from “monochromatic meh” to “rainbow layered WOW.”

To sweeten the deal, the recipe for this colorful treat is fairly simple: you just alternate different flavors of Jell-O with a special mixture of sweetened condensed milk, making sure to refrigerate between each layer until it’s set. Isn’t it beautiful?

rainbow jello failJessica, of Four Plus An Angel, definitely added at least a few flavors of Jell-O and what appears to be PLENTY of sweetened condensed milk, but… the layers part isn’t exactly happening. Instead of a rainbow, it looks more like lumpy, melted gummy bear ice cream – which, come to think of it, would be a gigantic hit at my house.

rainbow jello nailed itFor more laughs visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where her cooking is so bad her kids would be grateful to get this chunky Jell-O stew.


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Outdoor Underwear Lanterns Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:00:18 +0000 Read More »]]> paper lantern

Why buy what you can MAKE, right? That’s the mantra of many crafters, and it’s exactly what crossed CraftFail reader Tresa’s mind when she saw these square paper lanterns for sale at luna bazaar.

Using a pre-made, cheap white shade and solar lights, she assembled her creation. It would be lovely! It would be energy efficient! It would be… a useless pile of junk!

paper lantern fail

Tresa said it best when she confided, “What I ended up making looked more like a giant pair of men’s boxers hanging out to dry.”

paper lantern nailed it

For more illuminating funny, follow Robyn to Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Potted Wreath Imperfection Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:00:06 +0000 Read More »]]> pot wreathThis beautiful wreath made of terra cotta pots filled with succulent plants on a wire frame can be found on Bees Knees Bungalow – but just the photo. Although she does provide a tutorial for making her own version of it, the author, Jeanne, clearly states that she saw this particular wreath at Bachman’s, a historic home in Minneapolis that’s set up seasonally with decorating ideas.

Like Jeanne, CraftFail reader Emilea decided she could probably make a similar wreath just by using the photo as a guide. She figured it would be a fabulous gift for her in-laws, but reports having some trouble finding pots of different sizes… So how did the project turn out?

pot wreath fail

Well, not exactly like the inspiration, and apparently it ended up weighing several hundred thousand tons, but her in-laws loved it and that’s all that matters! Well, that and a really, really strong front door to support it.

pot wreath nailed it

For more funny, follow Robyn to Hollow Tree Ventures, where she’s working really hard not to make an inappropriate pot joke right now.


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Mucky Melted Cheesecake Pops Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:00:57 +0000 Read More »]]> Cheesecake Peanut Butter pops

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops.

Yes, please. I love every word in that recipe title, Food Network.

I can see why reader Lucy wanted to make them as a treat for her coworkers (note: I know that makes you wish you were one of Lucy’s coworkers, but you might want to scroll down before you quit your current job).

peanut butter pops fail

Ack! Nooooooooo!

I’ll let Lucy explain what went horribly, horribly wrong.

My first problem was starting at 1am. Then not having enough cream cheese.

Soon after popping the cheesecake in the fridge, I had to transport the semi-refrigerated delight to another location (a different story). A stop-over while getting from A-B meant the cheesecake sat melting in the car boot for a good half-hour.

Back in the fridge and left overnight.

The next night, I attempted the chocolate dipping/inserting the popsicle sticks part.

Could only find 80% chocolate. Way too bitter.

The re-refrigerated cheesecake was tasting pretty awful.

I then realised the popsicle sticks had been lost somewhere along the way getting from A-B.

48 hours later, my colleagues are grimacing while chewing, saying they taste nice – although I have put up an ‘Eat at your own risk’ sign, as well as a picture of what they’re SUPPOSED to look like. FAIL.

Oh well, Lucy, it was an awfully nice gesture – even if they tasted awfully not nice!

peanut butter pops nailed it

For more funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Oh Say Can You See… This Pile of Patriotic Cake? Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:00:05 +0000 Read More »]]> Betty Crocker flag cake

Some people like to bake from scratch, but box cake is about as close as I ever get to homemade. It’s way easier, and since I don’t have to stand in front of my pantry for twenty minutes trying to figure out the difference between “baking soda” and “baking powder” (How different could they BE, really?), I have a lot more time and energy left over for eating the cake.

The problem comes in when I re-complicate the simplicity. Since I don’t have to do stuff like grind my own wheat flour for the cake itself, sometimes I foolishly decide to put that effort into trying to make the cake look awesome, instead of just licking the beaters and calling it a day.

For example, Betty Crocker shows us how we can make a red, white and blue flag cake. It’s beautiful, but I noticed they didn’t mention how long it takes to go from simple, perfectly delicious plain white cake to frosted edible flag.

Reader Shanda went the extra mile and, instead of chowing down on a boring old (easy) cake, tried to make this fancy patriotic creation with her sister.  Do you suppose they’d say it was worth the time and effort?

Betty Crocker flag cake fail

I guess that’s why Shanda and her sis say if they had a cooking show they’d call it Questionable Kitchen!

Betty Crocker flag cake nailed itl

For more funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Pulled-Apart Polka Dot Cake Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:00:58 +0000 Read More »]]> polka dot cake

Polka dot cake recipes (like this one from Once Upon a Pedestal) are so popular on Pinterest right now; I guess people decided just plain cake pops weren’t challenging enough, so they started making colorful cake pops AND putting them inside other desserts.

Well, I guess it’s easier than decorating the cake pops themselves, right?


Maybe not, according to reader Chelle. Because when you’re just making cake pops, at least you don’t have to remember to grease a cake pan…

polka dot cake fail

Well, that’s one way to reveal the colorful surprise inside! At least she has the comfort of knowing she’s not the first to make a polka-dot-not cake.

polka dot cake nailed it

For more funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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