CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:00:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 This Rainbow Fan Really Blows Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:00:05 +0000 Read More »]]> rainbow fan blades

Here’s a photo you’ve probably seen on Pinterest and thought, “What a clever idea – I should try that!”

According to the rainbow fan blade tutorial on Painting and Art, it’s exactly as easy as it looks. Just paint each of your fan blades a different color, wait for the paint to dry and enjoy your new rainbow fan! What could go wrong?

Kayla Christine found that out the hard way:

#nailedit #totalfail #wtfinternet #didnotwork #rainbowfan #rainbowfanfail #lol #internetfail #trieditfailedit #pinterestfail #pinterest

A photo posted by Kayla Christine (@parseltongue_h.g.a.d) on

However, if it makes you feel any better Kayla, almost every post and tutorial I found about this project was followed by comments from disappointed crafters saying it didn’t work. As one person, David, points out, “Doesn’t work in real life. Only works in pictures or video, since it slows it down enough to see the colors.” Sorry, Pinterest, but you can’t beat science! Or technology. Or whatever that would be.

For more failure and half-explained excuses for it, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Melted Crayon Tree Art Misunderstanding Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:00:42 +0000 Read More »]]> crayon treeThis vibrant tree was found on Pinterest by a CraftFail reader (who wishes to remain anonymous); she said it accompanied a tutorial for how to recreate this gorgeous work of art using nothing but crayons, a hair drier and glue! Now, who wouldn’t be inspired to give that a try?!?

crayon tree failAs my toddler so delicately put it while viewing these photos over my shoulder, “That one’s pretty, but, um… not quite as pretty as the other one.”

Our anonymous artistic friend was quick to point out that she definitely followed all the tutorial’s instructions, but after a bit of research I found that she’d overlooked the number one rule of Pinterest.


Despite what Pinterest’s melted crayon tutorial might have said, the inspiration photo is not the result of adding heat and glue to crayons. In fact, it isn’t made with crayons at all! It’s the work of professional artist Ann Marie Bone; it’s called Rainbow Tree and is described as a 12×16 inch Ink on Canvas. INK ON CANVAS, not Melted Crayon on Recycled Printer Paper.

So, the next time you “fail” at a Pinterest craft, please refer to Rule #1. It’s not you, it’s Pinterest. IT’S ALWAYS PINTEREST.

crayon tree NAILED IT

For more funny and more failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Upside-Down Cake Disaster Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:00:43 +0000 Read More »]]> Caramel Banana Upside Down Cake

I’m not a huge fan of pineapples, but I am a huge fan of cakes that aren’t ruined when you accidentally flip them upside-down since I’m fairly likely to drop things awkwardly in the kitchen. That makes pineapple upside-down cake something I probably COULD make, but I don’t because the whole pineapple dessert thing reminds me of fruit floating inside a 1970’s Jell-O mold and nothankyou I’ll just skip dessert.

The food magician at Pretty. Simple. Sweet. has outdone herself, though, with this Caramel Banana Upside-Down Cake because A) no pineapple B) CARAMEL C) I can still flip it upside-down on purpose to shake the %&@$ thing out of the pan, and D) DID I MENTION CARAMEL?

CraftFail reader Dany was on the same page as me with this attempt…

Caramel Banana Upside Down Cake fail

Oh, um, except for the part where the cake was flipped upside-down… onto the floor…? And possibly run over by the vacuum? I’m just kidding, I’m sure it just had a tough time coming loose from the pan; and maybe that dark color comes from an improvised chocolate sauce? If so, BRAVO! If not… oh well, I’m sure crumbly burned brown bananas are still better than pineapples!

Caramel Banana Upside Down Cake nailed it

For more funny find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she can’t decide if she’s more impressed that Dany attempted to recreate this cake, or that Dany so successfully staged the fail photo to match.

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These Deviled Easter Eggs Have No Guts Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:00:47 +0000 Read More »]]> deviled Easter egg chicks

Now, we’re not saying these deviled egg chicks on SheKnows are “brave” when we say the failed version “has no guts.” We’re saying the failed Easter appetizers @stottvi posted to Instagram appear to actually be lacking in creamy yellow yolk innards.

As @stottvi notes, “They were supposed to be way cuter but who has the patience! Haha”

Exactly—it’s like you’re singing the CraftFail anthem.

Find more funny at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Frosty the CraftFail Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:00:34 +0000 Read More »]]> snowman snowglobe

Cool Snow Globes has a nice selection of (as you might guess) cool snow globes, but since their Snowman in a Jar is currently out of stock you could always try making one yourself! Pinterest (as you also might guess) has plenty of tutorials to show you how it’s done.

However, be sure not  to skip whatever steps they might have concerning adhering your snowman to the inside of the jar lid, or else you might end up with a grisly scene like this:

drowning in snowglobe

flickr user MacQ titled this photo drowning in snowglobe, and wisely captioned it “go for the air pocket.”

Excellent advice, though I’m still not sure that snowman stands a chance.

Find more funny at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Pile Of Peep-Filled Peep Cake Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:00:52 +0000 Read More »]]> Peeps CakeCookies Cupcakes and Cardio has a YouTube tutorial for this Peeps-filled Peep cake, which looks like a really great way to celebrate Easter and/or explain to your children where baby marshmallow chickens come from.

CraftFail reader Sara gave it a try, and while it looks like it might have been shaping up into a Peep shape at first, something went wrong when it started looking like soup.

peep cake fail

At least she reports it tasted awesome, so hopefully that means she was able to scarf it all down before anyone got a good look at it!

Peeps cake NAILED IT

For more stuff that’s funny with a side of sweet, visit Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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Strawberry Cookie Surprise Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:00:44 +0000 Read More »]]> Strawberry-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies

The only thing wrong with these boxed-cake-mix-based strawberry chocolate chip cookies is that they’re on Sally’s Baking Addiction instead of on a giant heaping plate sitting directly in front of me, where they belong.

Ashley attempted a similar type of treat and ended up with the same problem I always do – rather than round little individual sweets, her cookies ran together, attempting to form one gigantic Super Cookie!

Um I baked cookies? And obviously NAILED it. #fail #pinterestfail #strawberry #cookies

A photo posted by Ashley (@_pixielion) on

But then Ashley was, mercifully, able to save her own cookie fail with a generous sprinkling of optimism.

Guess they don't look too bad once pulled apart. #strawberrychocolatechip

A photo posted by Ashley (@_pixielion) on

Surprise! You’re so right, they look great! But you know what also works to fix cookies that’ve grown together?

Eating them all. Immediately.

For more laughs (and advice about eating cookies immediately) that you’ll love, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Gingerbread Hovel Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:00:09 +0000 Read More »]]> Martha Stewart gingerbread house

Not every gingerbread house can be as magical as Martha Stewart’s Snow-Swept Gingerbread Cottage – when REAL people like Twitterer @HelenRees11 make them, they’re usually more like this:

At least this hovel (her words, not ours!) is probably still tasty, whereas Martha’s (we’re assuming) tastes like having too much time on your hands.

To make time for more laughs, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Demonic Druplicon Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:00:28 +0000 Read More »]]> druplicon

Drupal (according to their website) is “an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications.” I’m going to glaze over the part where I explain what that means because I have no idea, but I do know that their logo, affectionately dubbed the Druplicon, is pretty cute.

I’m not sure exactly why Quinn would want to applique it, though, but here at CraftFail we’re glad she did.

She says, “I’ve never loved the Druplicon, but trying to applique it on jersey makes it look downright demonic.”


For more slightly scary hilarity, join Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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A Not-Even-Close Cake Fail Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:00:57 +0000 Read More »]]> rainbow confetti cake

On the Food Network, where pretty much any recipe appears to be possible, you’ll find a recipe for this rainbow layer cake and instructions for how to cover it in sprinkles.

Spoiler alert: Much to my surprise, their method for covering a cake with sprinkles is *not* “Throw sprinkles hastily at cake from across the kitchen as your birthday party guests begin to arrive.” Well excuuuuuuuse me, fancypants.

I guess Instagrammer @mackenz_o found it to be slightly more challenging than she expected, too.

That’s… That’s just… That’s just not even close! It looks like a cake mated with the mushroom cloud from an atomic blast. And even though quite a bit of the frosting seems to have oozed off to show us what I can only assume is cake underneath, I can’t quite make out any layers at all, rainbow or not. But she’s definitely right, it’s the thought that counts! Not to mention the time investment – those eleventy billion hours count for something, for sure!

rainbow confetti cake NAILED ITFor more funny sprinkled on top of failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!


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