CraftFail http://craftfail.com Where Crafters Go to Fail Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Skimpy Birthday Surprise http://craftfail.com/2015/03/skimpy-birthday-surprise/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/skimpy-birthday-surprise/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:23 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7750 Read More »]]> balloon avalanche

In an article containing great ways to make your kid feel special on his birthday, The House of Hendrix highlights this idea from the (no longer online) Sidetracked Mom. Basically you strap a ton of balloons to your child’s closed bedroom door with crepe paper. When they wake up and open the door, they’re showered with balloons! FUN!

I considered doing this for my son’s 13th birthday today, but luckily (before I hyperventilated blowing up 500 balloons) I remembered that his room is in the basement now. A surprise balloon avalanche at the top of the basement stairs is less, “WHEEE, fun!” and more like, “WHEEE-DOO WHEEE-DOO WHEEE-DOO – oh good I hear the ambulance coming.”

But even if you don’t accidentally send your kids pinwheeling backwards down the basement steps in the face of a birthday balloon onslaught, other things can go wrong as Instagrammer @hannalee_23 so perfectly illustrates.

Oops! Oh well, it’s the thought that counts – and let this be a lesson to kids everywhere to STOP GETTING OUT OF BED AT 2 AM! Yes, even if it’s your birthday.

For more funny failure, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where remembering not to knock her poor teenager down the basement steps is ranked among her top parenting achievements to date.

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Pinterest Recipes We Flat-Out Refuse To Even Try http://craftfail.com/2015/03/pinterest-recipes-we-flat-out-refuse-to-even-try/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/pinterest-recipes-we-flat-out-refuse-to-even-try/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:00:39 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7745 Read More »]]> 7 Easy Pinterest Recipes I Won't Be Making

Look, we love Pinterest as much as the next craft/food/fashion-obsessed person does, but faithful readers of CraftFail (and people who have ever actually visited Pinterest) know that the recipes you find there almost always claim to be “easy,” and that they almost NEVER ARE.

Take my own personal meaty brownie roll cake, for example. A simple brownie rolled up with ice cream and peanut butter filling – the appearance of which my own mother described as “two armadillos in a snowstorm.”

Not. Easy.

But over on NickMom, we found a whole list of “easy” Pinterest recipes that aren’t even worth trying for various reasons, such as:

Pinterest mango salad

Or maybe:

Pinterest pickles

Yes, we couldn’t agree more. Check out the rest of these “easy” Pinterest recipes and tell us – ARE ANY OF THESE EVEN POSSIBLE? Seriously, we’d like to know.

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This Is Your Brain On Cake http://craftfail.com/2015/03/this-is-your-brain-on-cake/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/this-is-your-brain-on-cake/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:00:40 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7736 Read More »]]> brain cake

OMG that looks so gross – but don’t worry, you can eat it! ISN’T THAT GREAT NEWS?

kiffakitty shares this brain cake tutorial via Instructables, and while the cake itself is exactly as freaky as it looks, the steps to make it aren’t as hard as you might think. She even shares how to make your own fondant, which we CraftFailers know from experience can be tricky to use.

Reader Teri’s husband decided to give it a try, which she shared with us on CraftFail’s Facebook page…

brain cake fail

Not exactly like the original, but considering it couldn’t POSSIBLY be nastier looking that the inspiration cake, I’d call it a win. He even included eyeballs and a red, bulbous nose – now that’s using your head! (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

brain cake nailed itFor more freakiness that might make you slightly uncomfortable but will make you laugh anyway, head on over to Robyn’s usual home at Hollow Tree Ventures!

 

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Leprechaun Pudding Potatoes http://craftfail.com/2015/03/leprechaun-pudding-potatoes/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/leprechaun-pudding-potatoes/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:00:06 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7728 Read More »]]> Leprechaun PuddingSt. Patrick’s Day is a great time for fun green treats, like this Leprechaun Pudding found on 24/7 Moms. It’s basically just vanilla pudding mixed with food coloring, but kids will eat it right up (in more ways than one)!

Repeat craftfailer Anna of Random Handprints went one better, telling us, “…instead of using store-bought pudding I said, ‘No my kids deserve healthy homemade pudding! I will make it myself!'”
Leprechaun Pudding
“It’s blancmange, which I thought was pudding, but it’s really pudding that has the consistency of custard,” she explains. “The kids were supposed to *smoothly* mix in blue and yellow [food coloring] and turn the pudding green, but instead well… this.”

*This* being some buttery, sour cream and chive St. Patrick’s Day potatoes, from the looks of things!

Leprechaun Pudding nailed it

For more funny find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she knows she probably shouldn’t be hungry for pudding after this, but PUDDING.

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Wire-Wrapped Heart – Snailed it! http://craftfail.com/2015/03/wire-wrapped-heart-snailed-it/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/wire-wrapped-heart-snailed-it/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 15:00:30 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7722 Read More »]]> gothic_valentine_by_ukapala-d37pzgd

Wire is a fun product to craft with, and truly skilled artists, like professional jeweler Ula of wirewrapped.eu, can make gorgeous things with it like this wire gothic valentine pendant.

In addition to beautifully adorning necks, Ula’s pendants also serve as inspiration to aspiring crafters who want to see what sort of twisted, twirly wire creations they can come up with themselves! That’s exactly what happened with “Goose,” a faithful and funny fan on CraftFail’s Facebook page, who attempted to recreate this intricate heart-shaped bauble herself.

wrapped wire fail

Um, heart-shaped? Not exactly. In Goose’s own words, “Wire wrapping. SNAILED IT.”

Maybe we’ll leave the wire pendants to the pros.

wrapped wire NAILED ITFor more stuff that’s funny because it misses the mark, join Robyn for fails galore at Hollow Tree Ventures, where she parents like she crafts – poorly.

 

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Bungled Bridal Cupcake Dress http://craftfail.com/2015/03/bungled-bridal-cupcake-dress/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/bungled-bridal-cupcake-dress/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:00:23 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7716 Read More »]]> cupcake wedding dress

This lovely cupcake bridal gown arrangement, as seen on Bridal Guide, is just perfect for a wedding shower! It’s simple, sweet, and guests can keep eating until long after it’s nothing but a frosted cupcake bridal bikini.

Instagram user @nellysim90 decided to put one together for her best friend’s bridal shower.

Not bad! But maybe there were one too many cooks in the kitchen – she got some help from a friend, and it looks like there might have been some disagreement about the best way to apply the icing. Should we stipple? Swirl? Stipple AND swirl? Just left it half-melt until it’s sorta smooth? Maybe if we toss some sprinkles on no one will notice…

I’m sure their friend appreciated the effort; and I’m sure she REALLY appreciated the effort it took to go out and buy a different cake!

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

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Rants From Mommyland and the Accidental Alien http://craftfail.com/2015/03/rants-from-mommyland-and-the-accidental-alien/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/rants-from-mommyland-and-the-accidental-alien/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:00:22 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7710 Read More »]]> Cake-Pops-By-Bakerella

Bakerella is the undisputed queen of cake pops. Rightly so! She has a million gorgeous designs, many of which are amazingly intricately detailed, and – oh yeah – she also INVENTED THEM.

But you don’t have to be a professional cake pop expert to make them – heck, according to the internet, almost anyone can do it! Now, we’ve shown you the reality behind Pinterest cake pops before, but that doesn’t keep people’s expectations from soaring sky-high.

Enter Julianna, of Rants From Mommyland fame, who decided not only to make cake pops, but also to plan and orchestrate every other feature of her daughter’s fourth birthday party. And host it at her house. A project she started a whole six days before the party itself.

Piece of cake (pop)!

Rants From Mommyland cake pop alien

Image via Rants From Mommyland, used with permission

Or… not. This accidental cake pop alien was the best of the batch, and that was BEFORE she left the refrigerator door open overnight and ruined all the food! (Well, the food that wasn’t already pre-ruined, that is.)

For the whole hilarious play-by-play, read her (very aptly named) I Am Bad at Kids’ Birthday Parties – I promise you’ll laugh, and possibly rethink the concept of ever hosting a kid’s party. Like, ever.

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Do You Want To Build a Terrifying Snowman? http://craftfail.com/2015/03/do-you-want-to-build-a-terrifying-snowman/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/do-you-want-to-build-a-terrifying-snowman/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:00:44 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7703 Read More »]]> melting snowman cookies

 

These melting snowman cookies from Land O Lakes recipes are just as adorable as they are delicious. All you need are you favorite sugar cookie dough, icing, some marshmallows, and assorted candy decorations to convince your kids that, since spring is coming and the weather is warming up, we’d better put the Frozen DVD away for a few months or THIS COULD HAPPEN TO OLAF!

Bonus points if you can sell the DVD in a garage sale this summer without them noticing.

Cookie lover and Instagrammer Breanna gave these cookies a try and…

melted snowman fail 1

OMG please do not show that cookie to any children! Try a different one!

melted snowman fail2

Noooooo! Never mind, with the nightmares these cookies would cause, you’d be better off just giving in and watch Frozen a couple hundred more times.

melting snowman cookies NAILED IT

For more laughs, or if you just need something to look at that isn’t Frozen-related FOR ONCE, stop by and say hi to Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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Robin Popcorn Balls – A Big Bust http://craftfail.com/2015/03/robin-popcorn-balls-a-big-bust/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/robin-popcorn-balls-a-big-bust/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:00:51 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7698 Read More »]]> pelican-bay-robin-caramel-popcorn-balls

These Caramel Popcorn Balls by Pelican Bay are, according the packaging which is obviously full of lies, supposed to end up looking like robins. As in birds. Now, I mean no offense when I say it’s full of lies, but let me submit the following evidence:

  1. Popcorn is lumpy – SIGNIFICANTLY lumpier than any robin I’ve ever seen. I’m not sure how you’re supposed to wad clumps of popcorn together and expect it to look anything like a bird, unless that bird has a disease of some kind.
  2. Diseased birds with sticks jutting out of their bellies is not the best mental image to have in mind if you’re trying to work up an appetite for caramel treats.
  3. Even Pelican Bay didn’t attempt to put an actual photo of their finished product on the package. Their version is cute, but it’s a drawing. And not even a drawing of the product – it looks like a drawing of mildly surprised matzoh dipped in glitter.
  4. All the real versions of it I can find online look roughly like this one from Laura, aka @Clothes_hound:

Honestly, Laura, I think you made them about as close to perfect as possible. Which isn’t really all that close to perfect, granted, but we’ve already established that “perfect” wasn’t really in the cards.

For more imperfectly lumpy things that are named like birds but don’t look anything like birds, join Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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It’s a Plush Cupcake, Brainiac http://craftfail.com/2015/03/7690/ http://craftfail.com/2015/03/7690/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:00:59 +0000 http://craftfail.com/?p=7690 Read More »]]> plush cupcake

Typically I prefer my cupcakes chocolatey and full of calories, but plush cupcakes like this one from Birthday Express are nice, too. You can even make your own with a little felt, a little time, and a little inspiration.

flickr user robobby summoned up some creativity (and a needle and thread) to whip up a felt cupcake of her own! Unfortunately she didn’t get the results she was hoping for.

failed moment of craftiness

In regard to her struggles, she says:

Ever since I went to Happy Happy Happy on Thursday night I’ve wanted to make a plush cupcake. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON’T PLAN THINGS. I cut out a circle for the base and basically worked from there. What did I end up with? Um. Uhh. A brown smiling thing with a pink hat. It’s like its brains are popping out. It’ll make a good pincushion I guess. Poor thing. To ad insult to injury, this took me about two hours while watching TV. Errgh. MY LIFE! GONE!

I totally understand, roboppy; that’s exactly how I feel when I try to help my kids with their homework. “Errgh. MY LIFE! GONE!” Also, it makes me feel like my brains are popping out.

For more funny and misuse of brains, find Robyn at Hollow Tree Ventures!

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