CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:00:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Giant Cupcake Fail – and a Giant Cupcake Fix Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:00:36 +0000 Read More »]]> giant cupcake

This giant cupcake by Crafty Chic Mommy is a super-sized treat that’s super sweet. Even the cupcake “wrapper” is solid chocolate!

I’ll just wait for you to stop drooling. Take your time.

CraftFail reader Nikki sopped up her drool and decided to make one of these gigantic sweets for her daughter’s birthday. But we wouldn’t be here if she didn’t run into some problems, which of course she did. Namely…

  1. A buttered-pan fail. “I took a couple table spoons of a stick of butter and spread it around and then put the flour in and shook it around and dumped the excess off. (My cousin later informed me you are supposed to put the butter on a paper towel and really dig into all the crevices and spread it around really good. I didn’t do that.)”
  2. She used the ingredients on her box mix instead of the ones in the tutorial. WHO KNOWS what kind of havoc that might have wreaked!?!
  3. The cake *might* not have cooled all the way before she tried to flip the pan over.

So, what did happen when she tried to flip the pan over?

giant cupcake fail

Uh… oops? But wait! A little bit of cake disintegration couldn’t stop Nikki, or her giant cupcake dreams.

Her sister-in-law suggested she just shove all the cake crumbles into the chocolate-shell wrapper, since no one could see them anyway. A paper towel roll inserted in the center helped support the salvaged cupcake top, which she decorated as usual and… TA-DAH!

giant cupcake fixIt looks good as new! Or actually better than new, since it looked pretty hopeless to begin with.

Way to stick with a fail and save all your sugary sweet efforts, Nikki!

Giant Cupcake failed it nailed it

For more cleverly disguised failure that’s crumbling just beneath the surface, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Owl Bet You Can’t Guess What These Are Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Read More »]]> pretzel owls

You can find all sorts of great treat ideas on Party City‘s Facebook page, like these pretzel owls that’d be just perfect for a Halloween party!

Or for a Girl Scout event?

Sure, why not? As CraftFail reader and leader of Ambassador Troop 40582 (HI, GIRLS!) Sue shares, she and her troop decided to practice making these in preparation for an upcoming event.

They cut the Starburst candies, melted the candy and began dipping their pretzels. Well besides not having the eyes (and we really didn’t want them after they started looking like the picture), and having a little difficulty positioning the nose & ears just so, I guess they decided the pretzels looked more like sick looking pumpkins or kitty cats and called it a fail. Personally I think they totally nailed it!

pretzel owls fail

Obviously these clever scouts were too creative to be confined to the directions or a recipe – why settle for owls when you can have these jack-o-lantern owl cats? I’m sure everyone appreciated their imaginative awesomeness when they recreated them at the Girl Scout event!

Pretzel Owl Treats NAILED IT

For more creative twists on funny failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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CraftFail, The Book – Giveaway! Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:21:34 +0000 Read More »]]> CraftFail book!

I’m so excited to announce that my book CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong is hitting store shelves today! In honor of the new book, I’m giving away a signed copy!

People are saying:

You’ll feel better about your own craftfails after seeing some in this book- truly hilarious!

Hysterical to see how bad these craft fails can get! And the writing’s really funny.

About the book:

Poor Bridgit, who overestimated the size of her head–her homemade frilly lace shower cap came straight down to her chin. And who can blame Lindsey for thinking “glitter shoes” sounded like a cool, easy project instead of what it turned out to be: a puddle of sparkling glop. And really, whoever posted that incredible Spaghetti-Stuffed Garlic Bread on Pinterest should be sued. When Mindy pulled hers from the oven, it looked like a “hot mess of intestines streaming out of doughy flesh.” Mmmm, thank you, Pinterest!

Written by Heather Mann, publisher of, her hilarious blog with millions of page views and hundreds of thousands of followers, CraftFail celebrates the creative process, but from the other side. This is the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome. But once the laughter dies down, it also inspires a warm feel-good respect for crafters who aren’t afraid to fail. After all, even if there’s not a mortal alive except Martha who can make a Waxed Heart worthy of hanging in your window to catch the sun, why shouldn’t many try? When it goes wrong, why shouldn’t the rest of us enjoy this Epic Fail? And then look at all the full-color photos that document it.

Home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails– as one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” Luckily for us, it did.

Buy it:

CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong is now on shelves!


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The Reality of Pinterest Cake Pops Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:10 +0000 Read More »]]> Robyn's Crafty Corner Cake Pops episode

If you’ve spent any time at all on Pinterest, here at CraftFail, or elsewhere on Planet Earth, you’ve no doubt heard of cake pops.

And if you’ve heard of cake pops, you’ve seen some MAJOR cake pop fails. Like these frog pops, or Rudolph the crappy cake pop, or this polar bear cake pop flop. But seriously, one wonders, how could they really turn out that badly?

Pretty easily, as you’ll soon see.

We’re bringing you another episode of Robyn’s Crafty Corner (surely you remember the twine ball episode!), “the show that proves all those projects you see on the Internet really are possible” – to become miserable failures. Get your cake and heavy-duty kitchen cleaner ready, and join me for this quick tutorial that shows exactly how making cake pops goes horribly, hilariously wrong.

Robyn's Crafty Corner Cake Pops episodePlease pop by (SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) Hollow Tree Ventures for more funny stuff from Robyn!


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Gummy Bear Cake Bomb Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:00:49 +0000 Read More »]]> gummy bear cake by raspberri cupcake

Adding sweets onto sweets has always been one of my very favorite baking techniques – or it would be, if I didn’t just eat all the ingredients by the handful before actually making them into something. This gummy bear cake by raspberri cupcakes definitely falls into that category; if (unlike me) you can resist shoveling spoons of frosting and gummy bears into your mouth while the cake cools, it looks like it could be a sweetly adorable treat!

CraftFail reader Alice thought so too, so she decided to whip one up for her sister’s birthday.

gummy bear cake fail

SO CLOSE! As long as you don’t look at the back…

gummy bear cake fail rear view

Looks like the cake fell a little short of her expectations, and the frosting fell a little short of the correct quantity.

gummy bear cake nailed it

For more funny (and rear views that are better off hidden) visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Bleach Pen Blahs Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:00:40 +0000 Read More »]]> DIY bleach pen

Store-bought bleach pens are expensive, but you can find out how to make your own DIY bleach gel in an old glue bottle from Pinteresty tutorials like this one from Me and My DIY. As a bonus, they’re PERFECT to use on all those (also Pinteresty) bleach-designed t-shirts.

Kat, of How To, How Hard and How Much, put two and two together, and realized she could combine a DIY bleach pen and a t-shirt to recreate the look of this adorable top:

bleach pen tree shirt

This tree shirt is actually a screenprint design by MyFavoriteTee on etsy (no longer available, but she has lots of other cute shirts!). Imitating it seemed straightforward enough, though!

Unfortunately, the gel didn’t exactly cooperate. Nor did the bleach.

bleach pen shirt fail

And the results were… a little blah.

DIY bleach pen shirt - NAILED IT

You can find the details on Kat’s funny blog!

And for more failure, funny and probably improper use of bleach, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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These Ice Orbs Are Giving Me a Sinking Feeling Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:00:01 +0000 Read More »]]> ice orbs

It’ll be winter soon, so you can bet you’ll start seeing ice orbs all over Pinterest again within a few weeks. These lovely outdoor decorations, done so beautifully in the photo above by the queen says, are created by putting a few drops of food coloring in water balloons, filling them with water, and putting them outside to freeze. Like magic, in what seems like forever but is actually only a few days, you can spruce up your snowy landscaping with colorful bowling balls made of ice!

Now, I can see a few problems with this right off the bat:

  1. These are often touted as fun outdoor projects for kids. Kids. Food coloring. Need I say more?
  2. Kids’ attention spans rarely last long enough for you to even explain what the project is going to be. By the time these things are solid, the odds of the kids still being interested in putting on 800 layers of winter clothes to go outside and help you cut balloons off the ice balls they already forgot about are fairly low. Like, in the realm of 0%.
  3. Freezing temperatures. I don’t like being in them any more than my kids do, not even in the name of science or Childlike Wonderment or good parenting. Screw that. I want to be inside where it’s warm.

Karen Alpert of Baby Sideburns fell for that whole “good parenting” thing anyway, and went ahead and tried it. You should read her whole post about the debacle, called Ice Orbs are for “those” moms and people like Martha F’ing Stewart, A.K.A not me because it is full of hilarity, but in a nutshell she found Problem #4 with the project: food coloring isn’t such a great idea for adults to handle, either.

ice orb dyed hands

Among other things, she also found out that ice orbs are significantly less beautiful when they sink into the snow.

ice orb fail

To try and salvage the project, Karen says, “I managed to unwrap two others and place them more carefully on the snow along with a few of my fingers that had fallen off.” Way to find the frosty, negative 14 degree silver lining, Karen!

ice orbs nailed it

For more funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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What Your Craft Supplies Say About You Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:00:37 +0000 Read More »]]> what your craft supplies say about you


Everyone here at CraftFail – including our lovely readers – loves to cook and craft, even if we don’t always do it perfectly. And that says a lot about us – mainly, that we’re all awesome!

But did you know your favorite supplies can say a lot about you, too?

Today we’re sharing a funny (and informative) list from NickMom that explains what your favorite craft supplies say! So, which one are you?

what your craft supplies say about you-promo

For more funny lists and listy fun, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Disgusting Homemade Dog Food Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:00:38 +0000 Read More »]]> pupcakes is full of tips, advice, and – yes – even recipes for people who love to pamper their pets.

CraftFail reader Kelly found their Beef Pupcake Dog Food recipe, and knew it would perfect for her french bulldog, who suffers from food allergies. As a bonus, the pupcakes are SO CUTE – they look good enough to… well, eat!

pupcakes fail

Or… never mind. Sorry, pooch!


For more failure, funny, and possible unexpected nausea, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Vaguely NSFW Calzone Explosion Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:00:19 +0000 Read More »]]> calzones

Ham and cheese calzones like these from All Day I Dream About Food are an appetizing alternative to regular cold sandwiches.

Naturally, Leslie Marinelli (CEO and Editor-in-Chief at In the Powder Room, home of funny, cheeky entertainment for women) turned a similar recipe for hot lunch into this MUCH hotter calzone-splosion, which she likened to a certain anatomical area (CAN YOU GUESS WHICH ONE?):

calzone explosion

This surprises exactly zero people, especially those who know Leslie, are required by virtue of being her children to eat her meals, or have seen the kinds of obscene food she makes for breakfast.

I’ll take my entree with a side of sex ed, thank you!

Hot Calzone Collage

For more inappropriate giggles and probable TMI, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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