CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:00:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This DIY Pacifier Clip Is Sew Messy Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:00:33 +0000 Read More »]]> pacifier clip

One of my kids was absolutely addicted to her pacifier, and I can tell you that this DIY pacifier clip from Sew Woodsy is easily a billion times cuter than the oddball ribbon and binder clip creation I Frankensteined together to keep my daughter from dropping her paci every five seconds. I really needed a clip though, mostly because this was my third baby we’re talking about, and let’s face it, by the time you’re on your third kid you barely even look to see if there’s dirt on the binkie before you pop it back in their mouth. My daughter’s best bet for a clean paci was to never let it hit the floor in the first place.

Emily, of Swimming Sideways, admired a similar pacifier clip that a friend of hers had made, and figured it would be an easy, thoughtful gift she could make for another friend who had a new baby. Unfortunately, her sewing machine proved to be no match for the cute pink ribbon she chose.

pacifier clip fail

Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right? Besides, before you could say, “Here, let me wipe that pacifier off on my yoga pants” the baby will have that whole thing caked in slobber and applesauce crust anyway.

pacifier clip nailed it

For more funny parenting failures that she would probably keep to herself if she knew any better, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Lumpy Lego Cake Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:00:56 +0000 Read More »]]> LEGO cake

When it comes to beloved kids’ toys, Lego really takes the cake (hahahahaha *sigh*). What I mean is, almost every kid goes through a Lego phase – so it stands to reason that a lot of parents will end up, at some point, throwing a Lego-themed birthday party. Since you can’t exactly decorate the cake with real Legos (unless you also want a choking-hazard-themed party), Betty Crocker has come up with a recipe for a “Building Blocks Cake,” which is what smart people call their Lego cakes if they don’t want to get sued.

You might think the directions for a cake like this would be complicated, but you’d be wrong! The directions are actually quite simple; it’s making the directions work in real life that’s complicated.

Sue probably should have been clued in to the fact that mortals shouldn’t attempt to make this cake when she found it on a Martha Stewart Living Pinterest board. Nevertheless, she had some birthday party magic to create, so she forged ahead and found out firsthand that the cake itself isn’t too hard, and cutting marshmallows in half to make Lego nubs isn’t difficult, but covering everything in frosting…

LEGO cake icing fail…not so easy. So, was she able to salvage her efforts?

LEGO cake fail

Read Sue’s entire hilarious 13-step Lego cake tutorial on her blog, The Spin Cycle, then visit her on Facebook, Twitter and the Pinterest, where she will make you laugh – but as for cake inspiration, you might be on your own.

LEGO cake nailed itFor even more laughs and lumps (some of which are even in her failed cakes), find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Imperfect Painted Plate Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:51 +0000 Read More »]]> painted plate


If you have an unsightly plate, or one that’s just plain old boring, you can punch it up with paint! Above, Momtastic shows how to paint a plate using tape to make bold, beautiful stripes.

Below, CraftFail reader Tanner shares what happens when your pretty painted plate doesn’t quite turn out like you planned.

painted plate fail

Well, if it’s any consolation, I still think it’s an improvement over the plate’s original design under the paint!

painted plate NAILED IT

For tons of crafts that AREN’T fails, check out Tanner and Courtney’s site, A Little Craft In Your Day!

And for tons of laughs that ARE mostly based on failure, check out Robyn’s site, Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Unsightly Iced Ornaments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:00:06 +0000 Read More »]]> iced ornament cookie kit

This ornament cookie kit by In the Mix promises to make your holiday baking a breeze with “everything you need to bake tasty, festive ornament-shaped cookies.”

Try telling that to @girlsavage, who declared her #craftfail on Instagram when she was apparently told, “It looks like an elf exploded over your cookies.”

iced cookie kit fail

Ouch! Well, the truth hurts – and in some cases it especially hurts elves.

iced cookie kit nailed it

For more hilariously disappointing failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Dumb Ways To Die Cake Pop Fail Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:18 +0000 Read More »]]> cake pops dumb ways to die

There’s a cake pop in every theme imaginable, and if you don’t believe me then look at these – My Cupcake Addiction‘s cake pops YouTube tutorial based on characters from the Australian safety campaign (and resulting hit video game) ‘Dumb Ways To Die.’

Enter Vicky, who tells the harrowing tale on her hilarious blog, The Pursuit of Normal, of how parenting guilt, high hopes and some “help” from the kids can turn those cake pops into… this:

cake pops dumb ways to die fail

Do yourself a favor and read the full story in Vicky’s post, The Road To Hell Is Paved With Guilt and YouTube Videos; you can thank me later.

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Peppermint Ornament Uh-Oh Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:00:06 +0000 Read More »]]> peppermint ornaments

When CraftFail reader Amanda saw these peppermint candy Christmas ornaments by Hello Homebody on Pinterest, she knew she wanted to try them right away.

But she found a way to make them even better – with IKEA cookie cutters that make shapes that fit together to make 3D trees and stars!

Her trouble started immediately, with the static-charged plastic candy wrappers sticking to e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g in her house. Then, hands hobbled by the task of unwrapping four zillion candies, Amanda carefully filled the cookie cutters and excitedly slid them into the oven.

Just three short minutes later, she went to check on the progress of her lovely peppermint ornaments. She was expecting them to look like this:

peppermint ornaments on baking sheet

But instead, they looked like this:

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Amanda explains, “…well, apparently 3 minutes is too much. They were everywhere! They’d leaked out from under the cutters and they were already hard as SOON as I get them out of the oven! I couldn’t salvage anything. I tried to just break the little bits off of the edges, but they shattered everywhere. I made the biggest mess ever! I suppose I just wasn’t -cut out- for this craft! HA!”

peppermint ornaments nailed it

For more laughs find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where her parenting often leaks outside the mold but the failures are still pretty sweet.

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Crummy Gingerbread Carousel Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Read More »]]> Gingerbread Carousel kit

Take a look at this Create A Treat Gingerbread Carousel, made from a kit! So cute, so clever, and so easy to assemble. All you have to do is slap the pre-baked pieces together – simple, right?

Now take a look at the carousel – made from this same kit – by CraftFail reader Isabel’s kids and their friends:

gingerbread carousel fail

Isabel says, “I shared this with my best friend to let her know how much fun my kids and hers had while putting the carousel (or carrot-cell like the kids said) together. All she replied on her text was a link to your website. I still don’t know why – LOL!!!”

Ha! Sounds like my kind of friend!

gingerbread carousel fail

Check out Robyn’s Hollow Tree Ventures for more humor and lots more failing miserably!

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The Myth of the Healthy Cookie Mon, 12 Jan 2015 15:00:40 +0000 Read More »]]> peppermint oatmeal cookies

YUM, this peppermint oatmeal cookie couldn’t look more delicious! And you know what that means – if it’s delicious, it’s probably worse for you than bacon-wrapped fried lard.

Well, CraftFail reader Jen‘s figured she could fix that! Add a little something healthy here, swap out a sugary ingredient there, and… Uh oh.

peppermint oatmeal cookies fail

Here’s what happened:

My family has always loved making this sugary peppermint cookie during the holidays, but we’ve been improving our diets, so I tried to make a healthier version. I substituted mint leaves for peppermint candies, coconut flour for standard flour, coconut spread for margarine, oatmeal mixed with other large grains instead of plain oatmeal,and I accidentally used baking powder instead of baking soda. The result was a meatball shaped scone like biscuit that disintegrated when you attempted to pick it up. Oops. I learned that when you make more than one substitution that you are no longer making the original recipe and that if you want to make a cookie, don’t try to make health food … make a cookie.

peppermint oatmeal cookies NAILED IT

For more funny words and failed attempts at being healthy, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Skull Cake Pops – A Little TOO Scary Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:00:17 +0000 Read More »]]> Skulls Cake Pop Mix

Baking kits, like this one by In the Mix for making skull cake pops, are supposed to take the guesswork out of baked treats. Great! I, for one, can use all the help I can get.

However, based on the number of cake pop fails we’ve seen here, I’m starting to wonder if maybe every cake pop I’ve ever seen on Pinterest was either Photoshopped or a figment of my imagination. Case in point: even with the help of a kit, here’s what happened when CraftFail reader Nadia whipped up these skull pops for Halloween:

skeleton cake pop FAIL

Well, at least they’re COMPLETELY TERRIFYING! The bleeding cyclops with the mono-brow is my personal favorite. They might not look exactly like skeletons, but they DO look like something that died, so there’s that.

skeleton cake pops


For more funny and failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures – where chances are good that her kids woke her up too early, causing her to strongly resemble the skull pop in the middle.

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Kids’ Craft-tastrophes Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:00:31 +0000 Read More »]]> cupcake liner fish

Pinterest is full to the gills (FISH JOKE!) with adorable kids’ crafts, like these cupcake liner fish by I Heart Crafty Things. So many of them are useful, or educational, or just flat-out cute enough to make you consider keeping them forever and ever, even after you manage to sneak them off the refrigerator door two years from now. This underwater scene qualifies as all those things!

However, in my experience it seems like a lot of real-life kids’ art projects aren’t really any of those things – in fact, 99% of them aren’t even recognizable as things!

If your wee-little crafter’s art never turns out quite Pinterest-worthy, maybe you can relate to these pictures a little bit better. Here are some of the more common creations kids will come up with when you bring out the art supplies:



Oh hey, I have several of these works of art at my house:


Look familiar? If you’ve spent more than five minutes with a kid, it probably does. But you’re not alone! See more realistic kids’ art in Who Needs Pinterest? Try These Crafts Your Kids Already Know How to Make!

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