CraftFail Where Crafters Go to Fail Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:08:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lego Brownie Bummer Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:00:02 +0000 Read More »]]> lego brownies

All you need to make cute Lego-themed brownies, like these documented on Rindy Mae, are brownies, frosting in bright Lego colors, and mini M&Ms.

As Glam Girls Rachel and Leah found out, you also might need to make sure your brownies are cut into actual rectangles. And, you know, a teeny bit symmetrical.

Even if they don’t fit together like Legos, I’m sure they fit into people’s mouths JUST FINE.

For more sticky situations, see what Robyn’s up to on Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Beach Ball Balloon Arch – Nailed It Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:05 +0000 Read More »]]> balloon archYou’ll see these beach ball balloon arches on Pinterest all the time – most of the time you’ll only find a photo, though, since it *seems* like something you could figure out how to make just by looking at it. But if you’re into things like “instructions” and “having a clue about what you’re supposed to be doing,” wikiHow has a tutorial that actually seems doable. And what a festive addition to any party!

Still, one thing you definitely CAN tell just by looking at it is that there are probably 8,352 things that could go wrong with its construction. Glue failures, partial collapse, supply substitutions… Just ask Karen, aka Dancing_Child

I laughed the hardest at her caption: “This took longer than I care to admit.” I bet if we took a poll, that’s the number one phrase uttered following a craft fail.

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

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This Is the Icing On the Pinterest Cake Tue, 02 Jun 2015 15:00:51 +0000 Read More »]]> melted frosting

According to many sources on Pinterest, regular frosting can be warmed up and poured over a cake, creating faux fondant without the fuss! This post and photo showing the easiest way to frost a cake ever by Sweet C’s Designs illustrate just how beautiful the results can be!

However, not everyone (Instagrammer Tabytha, for example) has luck with the technique…

I can only imagine that’s what would happen to me, assuming I could stop myself from drinking the frosting straight out of the can first.

Find more funny from frosting addict Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Berry Bursted Ice Cubes Thu, 28 May 2015 15:00:15 +0000 Read More »]]> Berry Ice Cubes

This image of delicious berries embedded in ice cubes is circulating the Internet without a source, but it’s inspiring people all over Pinterest to make fruity cubes for freshening up their water.

However, you might recall another berry/ice combo that turned into bungled blueberry cubes, so you can probably see where this is going…

berry bursted ice cubes

Once again we see a blueberry-splosion, this time brought to us by Morgan on her Instagram account, @iwishihadapenguinfriend. After out last brush with berry cubes I assumed blueberries just couldn’t be frozen (since the inspiration for those turned out to be a completely different kind of fruit), but the unnamed cube-maker from our inspiration photo seems to have found success. So what’s the secret??? If anyone out there knows, please share – I’m starting to get seriously thirsty for some un-exploded blueberries.



Find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures for more overblown humor!

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Crumpled Up Canadian Cake Tue, 26 May 2015 15:00:55 +0000 Read More »]]> ABC Block Cake

As we spread our crafty wings and try new projects (not always successfully), it’s important to remember that sometimes even a gifted, experienced crafter or baker can fail.

Sometimes they can even fail at THEIR OWN PROJECT.

Take Tamara, for example, who adapted a recipe to transfer a design onto a cake and ended up creating some really cool NHL Playoff Puck Brownies. She started by drawing her design in reverse using batter on parchment paper, freezing her work, then pouring brownie batter over the whole thing and baking.

Later, she used the same concept to bake up a first day of school treat for her son’s first day of first grade – the ABC Block Cakes you see above. AREN’T THEY SO CUTE?

So of course when Canada won the hockey World Cup finals, she decided to celebrate with little Canadian flag cakes. Hey, she was a pro at this process by now, right?

However, when her batter was a bit too runny and she had to hurry through tracing the maple leaf, she started to suspect things might not turn out as well this time…

Oh Canada cakes in process

And just as she feared, when she flipped it all over “my maple leaf could just as well be some jungle pucker-brush.”

Oh Canada cake fail

Says Tamara, “It’s not a total fail, but also not the way I wanted it to turn out.” Well, we’d definitley still eat them, if that makes you feel better!

Canadian Flag Cake NAILED IT

Find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures for more funny fails (though few failed flag cakes, because she doesn’t even TRY to celebrate stuff like hockey victories).

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Turtle-Shaped Cake – Nailed It! Thu, 21 May 2015 15:00:07 +0000 Read More »]]> turtle shaped cake calls these pull-apart turtle cupcakes, and for whatever reason if you want to tear a turtle limb from limb and eat it at your next party, I highly recommend using the cupcake version.

Instagrammer Good Girls Studio made one for her mom for Mother’s Day (her mom must be a turtle fan, unless I missed something and the new traditional gift of maternal appreciation is reptiles), but OOPS, “his face totally slid off.”

Oh dear, it’s really just a shell of what it could have been (turtle joke!).


For more funny (AS IF THOSE REPTILE JOKES WEREN’T ENOUGH!) find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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This Little Piggy Went To Therapy Tue, 19 May 2015 15:00:11 +0000 Read More »]]> pig cookies

These little piggy cookies from I Feel Cook are so cute, I almost can forgive them for not being bacon. You can tell the baker really put a lot of time, love and attention into making and decorating them.

This little piggy cookie via Our Stable Table, however, is probably going to need some therapy.

This is why I'm not an artist. #Pinterestfail #notpaleo #notsorry

A photo posted by Our Stable Table (@ourstabletable) on

Don’t worry, little fella, you’re still loved. Besides, I’m sure you’re beautiful… on the inside.

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

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Strawberry Layer Cake Slide Thu, 14 May 2015 15:00:14 +0000 Read More »]]> strawberry-lemonade-layer-cake

Doesn’t this strawberry layer cake from my recipes look delicious? It’s so pink! It’s so sweet! It’s so… vertical!

That’s more than we can say for Instagrammer Abi, who says, “note: when making a layer cake…. second thought, don’t make a layer cake. additional note : my child will eat the homemade strawberry frosting off of the refrigerator door…”

It still looks tasty (despite ending up a bit asymmetrical), so we’re glad the yummy frosting won’t go to waste at least!

For more accidental hilarity, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Tripped Up Leprechaun Trap Cake Tue, 12 May 2015 15:00:11 +0000 Read More »]]> Leprechaun cake insideview

I don’t do a whole lot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, besides wearing green to avoid getting pinched, but this Leprechaun Trap Cake by Not Martha is pretty tempting to try. You can see the rainbow hiding inside, but the real trick is the trap in the hollow center of the cake, where gold coins (meant to lure the leprechaun in) are balanced atop some pretzel stick bars in hopes he’ll fall in the hole.

Leprechaun cake

See? So cute! Our craftfailing friend Tamara got in the St. Pat’s spirit and decided to make one, but discovered just what I feared—that trapping an actual Leprechaun might be easier than trapping a rainbow inside a cake.

Leprechaun trap cake fail

Check out Tamara’s full post to see all her amazing St. Patrick’s Day ideas (I’m not waiting until March to make fruit rainbows!); she always delivers on the fails AND the inspiration!

Leprechaun trap cake nailed it

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

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Eye-Poppingly Pretty Paper Hat Fri, 08 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000 Read More »]]> paper hat on girl paper hat

This paper hat tutorial by Hello Natural shows how to make a derby hat for kids out of newspaper, but the Kentucky Derby isn’t the only occasion when a gal might need an oversized floral bonanza perched on her head. What about Mother’s Day brunch?!?

Using similar materials and a slightly different technique, Jess via Instagram shares, “I may be artsy but I am in no way crafty. Here’s to a weird, giant paper hat for the Mother’s Day tea party our preschool is hosting.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all you crafters out there, who put your kids before yourself (or your ego, or your fashion sense) every day of the year!

And for more motherhood funny, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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